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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
UCAS code
P590
Start date
September 2024
Course length
3 years (optional 1 year placement)

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.

Course subject to re-approval

Please note that 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.

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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. 

Climate, Social and Racial Justice

We are committed to ensuring that your skills are set within an ethical framework and are working to embed UAL’s Principles for Climate, Social and Racial Justice into the course.

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)

Optional Diploma Year

CCI Creative Computing

Between years 2 and 3, you can undertake the year-long Diploma in Creative Computing. This will develop your skills in creative computing alongside your degree. After successfully completing the diploma and your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree: BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation (with Creative Computing).

CCI Apple Diploma 

Between years 2 and 3, you can undertake the year-long Diploma in Apple Development. This will give you an opportunity to become an accredited apple developer alongside your degree. After successfully completing the diploma and your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree: BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and Content Creation (with Apple Development).

Industry DIPS 

This optional diploma can be taken between years 2 and 3. With support from your tutors, you’ll undertake an industry placement for a minimum of 100 days/20 weeks. As well as developing industry skills, you’ll gain an additional qualification upon successful completion. 

Enterprise DIPS 

This optional diploma can be taken between years 2 and 3. With support from your tutors, you’ll undertake an enterprise placement year where you will explore a business idea from proposal to minimal viable product (MVP). As well as developing enterprise skills, you’ll gain an additional qualification upon successful completion. 

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. 

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Staff

Josephine Collins, Course Leader

As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a leader on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in School of Media and Communication, Josephine Collins’ work is guided by driving social justice in higher education. Prior to becoming an academic, Collins was an editor and writer specialising in the business of fashion, interiors, brands and retailing. She has worked with business and consumer magazines, newspapers and online platforms, and led on print and online launches and relaunches.

Steve Spear, Year Tutor

An experienced journalist specialising in fashion, Steve Spear built his career as an editor and held senior positions with trade publications – both print and digital. In addition to leading several units on the course, Spear continues to freelance as a journalist and create content for fashion brands while pursuing academic interests across the fields of student engagement and effective assessment.

Liz Miller, Year Tutor

With diverse experiences across both publishing and academia, Liz Miller is a journalist and lecturer whose portfolio includes a range of consumer magazines and fashion business titles including WGSN, Mix Magazine and Drapers. Outside of the course, Miller also works on developing content strategy for fashion brands and has continued her journalistic career as a freelancer. Meanwhile, her academic focus lies in the field of student wellbeing.

Disha Daswaney, Lecturer

With a background in lifestyle journalism, trend forecasting and social media strategy, Disha Daswaney is a multitasking creative who brings an all-encompassing approach to her work. Dasweney has worked across Asian and European markets with a diverse range of clients, including Dazed Studio, AllBright, and London Evening Standard, while providing commentary for Canvas8, Grazia and Esquire. She also collaborates with international brands on developing innovation and commercial content strategies globally. While building her academic career that covers all of her past experiences, she continues to freelance as a consultant.

Dino Bonacic, Associate Lecturer

Dino Bonacic is a freelance journalist, editor, and lecturer with a focus on fashion, arts, and culture. After editing online and print editions of independent magazines, Bonacic began a full-time freelance career in 2020, writing for publications including the Guardian, Dazed, i-D, Financial Times, AnOther Magazine, Sunday Times Style and more. In addition to his writing, Dino works as a media strategist for emerging designers and on developing concepts for creative agencies and global brands, including Condé Nast.

Emil Collins, Lecturer

A broadcast tutor with a history in IT, Emil Collins is a filmmaker, producer and founding director of a video production company that creates TV and online content. Throughout his broadcast career, Collins has created

award-winning work and collaborated with the likes of BBC, Kiss FM and Sony. His academic interests lie in the fields of collaboration and diversity, while his filmmaking career explores the passion of innovative digital production, created and curated for the creative industries.

Becky Hill, Associate Lecturer

As the founding editor of Sister magazine, Beccy Hill has been building a safe and inclusive platform that encourages discussions around womxn’s issues, whilst actively pushing for concrete change. Since its launch, Sister’s unique approach to intersectional feminism has attracted coverage from international publications. In addition, Hill is a freelance writer and creative director who has collaborated with tech start-ups and creative agencies as well as written features for titles such as Dazed, Riposte and Gurls Talk.

Simon Last, Lecturer

With over 17 years teaching experience and two decades in the media industries, Simon Last is an expert in visual communication – both practically and academically. Last has worked in graphic design for web and print for a wide range of clients, including national arts institutions and corporate companies. With a particular interest in self-publishing and photography, he is an active speaker in the field, as well as a co-founder and curator of the independent artist book fair, Handmade & Bound.

Timi Odejimi, Associate Lecturer

A creative strategist, lecturer, and poet – Timi Odejimi specialises in digital media and design, with a focus on strategic and innovative thinking. A graduate of the College himself, Odejimi has built his career in both journalism and the corporate world before making a switch into entrepreneurship. As a result, he became the co-founder and COO of London-based digital design and branding agency, Acts37. In addition, Odejimi has recently finished his PgCert in Academic Practice.

Olivia Pinnock, Associate Lecturer

Olivia Pinnock is a fashion journalist and lecturer specialising in topics of sustainability and social justice. Her writing has appeared in a range of business-led publications, including Forbes, Drapers and The Telegraph. Pinnock is also the founder of The Fashion Debates, a series of events that examines ethical topics in fashion. She holds a degree in journalism, an NCTJ Diploma in magazine journalism and is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

India Price, Associate Lecturer

With experience across both fashion and lifestyle sectors, India Price is a freelance editor, writer and brand strategist. Price’s list of clients is varied, primarily covering the digital space – from tone of voice development to brand copy, editing, strategy and more. Some of her collaborators include John Lewis & Partners, ASOS, Into The Gloss, Hackett, Next and more. In addition to bringing her past experiences into her lecturing, Price is also currently working with several top secret, soon-to-be-launched brands.

Richard Ward, Associate Lecturer

Having taught shorthand since the age of 15, Richard Ward has been enthusiastic about the subject ever since. Over the years, his work has taken him everywhere from PA roles with public institutions to a range of positions at IT companies, and even becoming the President of the IPS, the oldest shorthand society in the world. Today, he teaches shorthand at several educational institutions as well as to corporate and private clients. Ward also doesn’t stop to push his own speed further – he is currently writing at 150 words per minute.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

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

£28,570 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

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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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);
  • Merit at 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

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

If there are places available after this date, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.

Apply to UAL

Home students can apply to this course through UCAS with the following codes:

University code:

U65

UCAS code:

P590

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

If there are places available after this date, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.

Apply to UAL

International students can apply to this course through UCAS with the following codes:

University code:

U65

UCAS code:

P590

Start your application
or

Apply with a UAL Representative

Based across the world, our local UAL representatives can support you with your application from your home country. Check to see if there is a representative available in your country currently.

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How to apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for this course

Step 1: Initial application

You will need to submit an initial application including your personal statement.

Personal statement advice

Your personal statement should be maximum 4,000 characters and cover the following:

  • Why have you chosen this course? What excites you about the subject?
  • How does your previous or current study relate to the course?
  • Have you got any work experience that might help you?
  • Have any life experiences influenced your decision to apply for this course?
  • What skills do you have that make you perfect for this course?
  • What plans and ambitions do you have for your future career?

Visit the UCAS advice page and our personal statement advice page for more support.

Step 2: Written task

We will review your initial application. If you have met the standard entry requirements, we will ask you to submit a written task.

You’ll need to submit this via PebblePad, our online portfolio tool.

Written task advice

In 500 words, tell us what you think the most important fashion media is today and why?

For more support on how to upload your written task to PebblePad, please see our PebblePad advice.

Step 3: Interview

You may be invited to an interview following our review of your application. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes.

For top tips, see our Interview advice.

You also need to know

Communicating with you

Once you have submitted your initial application, we will email you with your login details for our Applicant portal.

Requests for supplementary documents like qualifications and English language tests will be made through the applicant portal. You can also use it to ask questions regarding your application. Visit our After you apply page for more information.

Visas and immigration history check

All non-UK nationals must complete an immigration history check. Your application may be considered by our course teams before this check takes place. This means that we may request your portfolio and/or video task before we identify any issues arising from your immigration history check. Sometimes your history may mean that we are not able to continue considering your application. Visit our Immigration and visas advice page for more information.

External student transfer policy

UAL accepts transfers from other institutions on a case-by-case basis. Read our Student transfer policy for more information.

Alternative offers

If your application is really strong, but we believe your strengths and skillset are better suited to a different course, we may make you an alternative offer. This means you will be offered a place on a different course or at a different UAL College.

Deferring your place

You must apply in the year that you intend to start your course. If you are made an offer and your circumstances change, you can submit a deferral request to defer your place by 1 academic year. You must have met your conditions by 31 August 2024. If you need an English language test in order to meet the entry requirements, the test must be valid on the deferred start date of your course. If not, you will need to reapply. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contextual Admissions

This course is part of the Contextual Admissions scheme.

This scheme helps us better understand your personal circumstances so that we can assess your application fairly and in context. This ensures that your individual merit and creative potential can shine through, no matter what opportunities and experiences you have received.

Careers

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.