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BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation

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BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London
College
London College of Fashion
Start date
September 2022
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P590

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation is designed to equip students with both the skills and knowledge they need to work in – and to help shape – the exciting and fast-moving fashion and media industries. The course combines journalistic skills and values with core fashion knowledge, engaging with up-to-date communication practice and technologies as well as cultural issues.

Apply to start in September 2022

This course has places available for UK applicants only. Read our Guide to applying for a course starting this September through UCAS Extra.

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

For a full list of UAL courses open for 2022/23 entry, visit the Courses with places available page.

Re-approval

Please note this course is undergoing re-approval. This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Journalistic skill building: students learn the skills, critical thinking, subject knowledge and ethical awareness needed to work in journalism across traditional and new media in fashion and beyond.
    • Industry practice: students have the opportunity to practice skills in professional situations and on live projects, and to develop their specialist skill and knowledge.
    • Fashion focus: students are encouraged to critique and influence the media and communications industries within the fashion context and to engage with cultural issues.
    • Industry links: strong links with industry are reflected in high-level guest speakers, collaborative projects, quality of placements and an ever-growing list of graduates working in influential positions in fashion and across the media.

Location

This course is based at Lime Grove in Shepherd’s Bush. Find out about the local area, including Holland Park and Notting Hill in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

LCF’s move

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023. This is part of a new development for London, prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Some students studying this course from September 2021 may start their studies in Mare Street and transfer to LCF’s new site in East London to complete them. Please see LCF’s move to the Olympic Park for more information about the College’s relocation.

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LCF Facilties

  • An image of the LCF library at John Prince's Street
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    Archives and library

    Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

  • Students in Lime Grove's print workshop with print works on high table tops
    Students in Lime Grove's print workshop with print works on high table tops. Photography by Ideal Insight.
    Media facilities at Lime Grove

    Take a tour of Lime Grove's media facilities from photographic studios to darkrooms.

  • Canteen, Mare Street
    Canteen, Mare Street Photography by: Ideal Insight
    Social spaces

    Explore the social spaces across LCFs six sites to study, relax or meet friends.

Course overview

Introduction 

On BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation you will study fashion journalism and content creation to gain all the key skills and subject knowledge needed to work in these exciting environments.

London College of Fashion offers a prestigious fashion journalism and content creation course, with alumni working in senior roles at esteemed media outlets and fashion brands worldwide. 

What to expect 

  • Based in London, students have multiple opportunities to engage with the creative industries. 
  • Throughout the course students create and edit news, features and content, and can create their own magazines, websites, social media, podcasts and broadcast packages. They work professionally on our award-winning website, shiftlondon.org, which replicates work-place practices and team building. 
  • Aligned with London College of Fashion’s values of promoting sustainability, inclusivity and social responsibility, students are encouraged to use their skills as media practitioners to explore these themes and help foster better lives across local and global contexts.  
  • Our students have a well-earned reputation for working effectively in professional contexts across broadcast, digital and print newsrooms and features desks, and for creating current, nuanced and challenging journalism and content. 

Work experience opportunities 

We have forged strong links with the media and the fashion sector, so students benefit from access to a diverse range of guest speakers and visiting lecturers. Among them, representatives of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the BBC, The New York Times, Sunday Times Style, The Daily Telegraph, Attitude, 10 and niche zines as well as fashion designers, broadcast channels, influencers, PR agencies and content agencies.   

On our Knowledge Exchange programme, students work with industry experts to develop insights that influence and shape professional practice. 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work experience placement during their second year of study that capitalises on our strong links with newspapers, magazines and digital content providers. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into three stages over three academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. 

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Course units

Stage 1 (Level 4) 

The units you will study in Year 1, Stage 1, Level 4 are as follows: 

  • Introduction to Fashion Communication (20 Credits)
  • Essential Skills of Fashion Journalism and Content Creation (40 Credits)
  • Fashion Journalism: Collaborative Project (20 Credits)
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 Credits)
  • Better Lives (20 Credits)

Stage 2 (Level 5) 

The units you will study in Year 2, Stage 2, Level 5 are as follows: 

  • Critical Issues in Fashion Research (20 Credits)
  • Fashion Features in Practice (20 credits)
  • Inside the Industry (20 Credits)
  • Situating Your Practice (20 Credits)
  • Fashion Journalism: Practice, Ethics and Law (20 credits)
  • Creating Fashion Content (20 credits)

Stage 3 (Level 6) 

The units you will study in Year 3, Stage 3, Level 6 are as follows: 

  • Fashion Journalism: Professional Working (20 Credits)
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation (40 Credits)
  • Research for Independent Project: Fashion Journalism and Content Creation (20 credits)
  • Independent Project: Fashion Journalism and Content Creation (40 Credits)

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

  • one induction tutorial (group or one to one);
  • one tutorial per block for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes: 

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars. 
  • Group workshops. 
  • Technical workshops. 
  • Guest speakers. 
  • Self-directed study.
  • Practical workshops. 
  • Industry visits. 
  • Placements. 
  • Peer assessment and group critiques. 
  • Group presentations. 
  • Learning teams. 
  • Panel discussions. 

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Portfolios of journalism and content work.
  • Written reports and projects.
  • Essays.
  • Group work.
  • Self-reflection. 
  • Research files. 
  • Dissertation.
  • Individual negotiated project. 

Staff

Josephine Collins is the course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation and senior lecturer in print and online journalism. She has extensive experience as an editor and writer across business and consumer magazines, newspapers and online. A former editor of weekly fashion ‘bible’ Drapers, Josephine’s specialist areas are the fashion business, fashion product and retailing. Josephine combines her role of course leader with a school-wide remit that includes Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and Quality Assurance.
She holds an MA from SOAS, University of London in History of Art and Architecture and a PGCert teaching qualification from UAL. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Steve Spear is an experienced journalist specialising in fashion. He has worked as a magazine editor and held senior positions on national trade titles and websites. Alongside lecturing, he continues to freelance and his work features in consumer titles and business publications and he creates content for fashion brands. Steve holds an MA from Queen Mary University and a PGCert from UAL. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Liz Miller has over 20 years experience as a journalist working for magazines and online platforms and continues to work as a freelance. She has written for fashion business titles, including WGSN and Drapers, consumer magazines and created content for major retailers. Liz holds an MA from Bournemouth University, a PGCert from Plymouth Marjon and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Kath Melandri is a College Admission tutor for the School of Media and Communication at LCF and broadcast lecturer on BA Fashion Journalism. A broadcast journalist with almost 25 years’ experience at the BBC, she can be heard as a presenter on BBC Local Radio and television announcer for BBC Two. Kath has a special interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and holds a MA in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication from UAL and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Jason Kass is Progamme Director for Fashion Communication. He has spent the past 20 years exploring principles, practices and theories of visual communication across fine art, fashion, and media. He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and completed a PhD at Winchester School of Art investigating the psychology of art spectatorship. Early in his professional career, Jason was a freelance communication designer and production artist in NYC for clients including MTV and GB65. He then entered the field of fashion publishing, first at GQ and then at Visionaire (V/V Man magazines), before working for several years at a creative studio managing editorial and commercial imaging for fashion and beauty. Jason has taught in higher education for the past decade, most recently at Parsons School of Design in New York City where he was an Assistant Professor of Fashion Communication and Associate Dean of Parsons School of Fashion.

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • 112 tariff points from A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include, English, a foreign language and Media Studies);
  • a Distinction Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • 112 tariff points from UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 112 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 25 points minimum;
  • and five GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4 to include English.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements 

Selection criteria

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • An enthusiasm for writing and ambition to develop their writing to a professional level
  • A familiarity with the media in all its forms from newspapers to television, from glossy magazines to radio, the internet and Twitter
  • A strong interest in fashion as it affects all parts of modern life
  • Evidence of engagement with current affairs and the ability to form considered judgements based on good information
  • An appreciation of how words and pictures work together to tell stories for television, online and in print

Making your application

Places available 2022/23

This course has places available for UK applicants only for 2022/23 entry. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply, how your application is considered and what happens next.

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 P590

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a piece of written work of up to 500 words, the subject of which should be ‘What do you think are the most important fashion media today and why?’

The written work is assessed by Academic Reviewers who will decide if they are able to make an offer based on the work you have demonstrated. It may be, however, that the tutor wishes to speak with you further about your work and so you will be invited to attend an online interview. At the interview the Academic Reviewer will discuss your written work that you submitted in PebblePad; it will be possible to show more of your work during the interview if the tutor feels it necessary for you to do so.

Please note that not all applicants will be invited to attend interview.

If you are made an offer, you will have the opportunity to engage with course teams at a number of planned engagement activities, where you will be able to ask any questions you may have and also speak to current students studying on the course.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply, how your application is considered and what happens next.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

You must apply through UCAS, where you will need the following information:

  • University code – U65
  • UCAS course code – P590

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2 - if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1.
  • Year 3 - if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2.

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a piece of written work of up to 500 words, the subject of which should be ‘What do you think are the most important fashion media today and why?’.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview - these will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview. At interview an international academic will ask questions to establish your suitability for the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work nor to attend an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend interview, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use the enquiry form above.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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Careers and alumni

Developing your skills

All of our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies, Recent graduates are currently working on a variety of magazines and for brands including Powder, Vogue, Future Lab, Refinery 29, Dazeddigital, Hello, Grazia, The Idle Man, Net A Porter, Gentleman’s Journal, Kent & Curwen, Procter & Gamble, Dare, Asos and Stylist. Other graduates can be found working at some of the most innovative content producing companies such as Hat Trick Productions, Mentorn, Betty and MDTV.