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BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P507

Course summary

Applications open for 2019/20 entry

See the 'How to Apply' tab for more information

This fashion journalism degree teaches the core skills to become a professional journalist, critic, broadcaster and writer in a rapidly evolving sector.

About

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism teaches print and digital journalism and broadcast skills for a range of contexts. A focus on technical competency and creative direction ensures students develop a well-rounded approach. The course also incorporates critical thinking, ethical awareness and subject knowledge. The Teeline shorthand course boosts students professionalism.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates have gone on to work for Vogue, Future Lab, Refinery 29, Dazeddigital, Hello, Grazia, The Idle Man, Net A Porter, Gentleman’s Journal.
  • Students are taught traditional and new media approaches specifically for the fashion industry.

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.

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Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

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

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Media facilities at Lime Grove

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

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LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course details

You will acquire the skill sets, critical thinking, ethical awareness and subject knowledge to be able to work as a practising journalist. In the second year students have the opportunity to do a work placement, and these have been with a number of prestigious companies, including British Film Institute, Dazed and Confused, Nick Knight, Vogue, Sunday Times Style Magazine and Net-A-Porter, among others.

The course attracts a number of high profile speakers each year, and recent speakers include Hadley Freeman from The Guardian, Stefan Seigal, the founder and CE of NOT JUST A LABEL, Richard Bee from the BBC, Martin Raymond from The Future Laboratory, Perry Price, Innovation Director of Dare Digital, and Colin McDowell, author and journalist. Graduates from this course are competent, confident journalists who can move into the media workplace and make a significant contribution. Recent graduates are currently working on a variety of magazines and newspapers, as well as on online sites, whilst other graduates with a particular interest in broadcast can be found working at innovative content-producing companies.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Communication
  • Essential Skills of Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Journalism in Context
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Feature Treatments
  • Inside the Industry
  • Option: Situating Your Practice unit
  • Fashion Journalism Practice, Ethics and Law
  • Creating Concepts for Digital Fashion Journalism

Year three

  • Fashion Journalism: Professional Working
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation
  • Research for Independent Project: Fashion Journalism
  • Independent Project: Fashion Journalism

Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Communication introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Essential Skills of Fashion Journalism unit introduces you to the context within which you will operate as a fashion journalist. The emphasis is on creating written content for different media platforms and targeted to specific audiences, which you will learn to identify and analyse. You will also create stories for broadcast on television and the internet, and edit the content. The unit includes an introduction to the history of fashion from which you will develop an understanding of the language of fashion. You will learn Teeline shorthand and work with various software packages.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces the Cultural and Historical Studies approach to fashion and related areas. The unit provides a broad overview of the subject and introduces key concepts and ways of thinking that will form the basis of subsequent study. It will also inform decisions regarding the Cultural and Historical Studies unit that is chosen for future study.

In the Fashion Journalism in Context unit you will work in a group to create an original fashion magazine and complementary digital content. You will learn to apply your understanding of journalism production using appropriate software packages and content management systems. Individually you will continue to improve your journalism skills for print and broadcast. At the same time you will continue to deepen your knowledge of fashion, including looking at sustainability in the fashion and lifestyle industry. You will continue to study Teeline shorthand.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society.

This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point.

Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Year two

To begin you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.

The Feature Treatments unit deepens your understanding of the variety of treatments used by fashion journalists, developing strong primary and secondary research and your ability to find and deliver written and broadcast stories on video and audio. In this unit you will look at written and broadcast feature formats, for example investigative and campaigning fashion journalism; fashion trend and ‘how to’ features; fashion journalism as critique, comment and opinion; set piece interviews; fashion shoots. You will continue to develop your critical analysis of journalism, looking particularly at diversity and inclusion in the global fashion media.

The Inside the Industry unit provides an opportunity to gain insight into critical issues, innovations and challenges within the global fashion, media and communication industries. You will participate in seminars with students from your course and programme and attend panel discussions with industry practitioners. In groups you will interrogate and respond to relevant themes that emerge. The unit will also help you to identify relevant areas of professional conduct and prepare you for working in an industry context.

Situating Your Practice unit

Industry Project
This unit provides an opportunity to situate your practice by undertaking a project with industry. It fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of professional practices, principles, roles and responsibilities to help you define your career ambitions. During this unit you will be expected to manage your own learning and build on existing skills and knowledge in a professional context. You will work collaboratively with students from your course and programme to produce a creative outcome in response to a brief developed with industry.

Work Placement

This unit provides an opportunity to situate your practice by undertaking a professional work placement. It fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of sector practices, principles, roles and responsibilities to help you define your career ambitions. During this unit you will be expected to manage your own learning and build on existing skills and knowledge in a professional context. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours and significant personal reflection evidenced in the submission of a placement report.

LCF Careers provide career guidance and one to one opportunities starting in your first year at LCF, to help you plan ahead and prepare for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience and one that is suitable to your own personal development, skills, course requirements and career aspirations. This means producing an updated CV and directly applying to companies for work experience using LCF CAREERS LIVE, LCF’s own job board, as well as other resources. You will also be expected to feedback on your work experience after your work experience.

International Study Communication

This unit provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning. Please check with the Exchange and Mobility Officer for an up-to-date list of partnerships for your programme. Students studying at a partner institution in Europe for a minimum period of three months (approx. 12 weeks) will be eligible for Erasmus grant. We are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.

The Fashion Journalism Practice, Ethics and the Law unit requires you to work on the course media outlet, contributing written and broadcast stories at the same pace as in the fashion media. This fast paced environment will prepare you for roles in the fashion media and supports the development of your digital portfolio of published work. At the same time, you will contextualise your writing within the constraints of media law, regulation, ethics and copyright as required in Industry.

The Creating Concepts for Digital Fashion Journalism unit develops your creativity, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship as researchers, writers, editors and broadcasters specialising in fashion and as a member of an editorial/production team. You will work in groups to create a content-loaded digital product for an identified market. This unit emphasises experimentation and professionalism in both your ability to produce original, credible, authoritative, publishable work and in your readiness to work as part of a team. Through further study of the theory of journalism, you will contextualise digital content in the changing media landscape.

Year three

The Fashion Journalism: Professional Working unit will require you to work at the same pace and intensity as junior journalists are required to do in the fashion media. You will achieve this by working on the course media outlet, both contributing written and broadcast stories and taking on a role of responsibility on one editorial cycle during the unit. At this stage in your degree, you will understand the value of in-depth information gathering and articulate this through thorough, quality journalism. The unit will focus on collaboration prior to graduation, and enable you to further develop your digital portfolio of published fashion journalism.

The overall aim of the Cultural and Historical Dissertation is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply those perspectives in a specific study. You will research a topic of your choice that has relevance to the discipline of cultural and historical studies. This may relate to your course discipline, and should elaborate knowledges developed in prior cultural and historical studies units. You will undertake a substantial piece of structured primary and secondary research that critically engages with cultural issues relating to fashion, the body, performance, or the media and communications industries and which reflects on the critical debates and concerns addressed in your course.

Research for Independent Project: Fashion Journalism
Through extensive, in-depth primary and secondary research and analysis of the findings, you will make a proposal for a portfolio of print, online and broadcast journalism on a fashion-related topic and in a format agreed with your tutors. You will look at audience, market, competitors and the topic in depth using a variety of methods and methodologies, for example focus groups, in depth interviews, case studies and questionnaires, as appropriate, plus secondary sources, for example demographic data and published market research. The aim of this unit is to create a viable editorial concept that you can deliver for your Independent Project: Fashion Journalism.

Independent Project: Fashion Journalism integrates all previous learning and allows you to demonstrate your understanding of all aspects of journalism specialising in fashion, working to a self-managed schedule and programme of study to produce a portfolio of journalism. Your Independent Project: Fashion Journalism will be in a format and on a fashion topic agreed between you and your tutors and targeted to particular audiences. The unit focuses on your ability to deliver an editorial concept from idea to product, using all the journalism and research skills acquired during your course.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Museum and exhibition trips
  • Collaborative and project work
  • Crits/peer reviews
  • Industry trips and industry talks

Assessments methods

  • Portfolio course work of individual journalism work
  • Presentations
  • Group journalism work
  • Essays
  • Tests

Staff

Josephine Collins is the course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and 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 holds an MA from SOAS, University of London and a PGCert teaching qualification from UAL.

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, brand copy and trade publications. Steve holds an MA from Queen Mary University and a PGCert from UAL.

Kath Melandri is a broadcast lecturer and year tutor on BAFJ. A broadcast journalist with over 20 years experience working for the BBC, she can regularly be heard as a presenter on BBC Local Radio. Alongside her role at LCF Kath also lectures on the Journalism degree at London College of Communication. Kath holds a PGCert from UAL.

Kelly Dearsley is the programme director for the Fashion Communication courses, which include BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion, BA (Hons) Fashion Public Relations and Communication and MA Fashion Media Practice and Criticism. Kelly began her career as an advertising executive in the 1980s working with clients in the film and entertainment industries. She returned to study Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion and has worked as a freelance photographer for publications including Guardian, Vogue Pelle and ID magazine. She has made a number of short films which have been shown at film festivals across the world, including Leeds, Liverpool, Greece, Sweden, London, Slovakia, Croatia and Brazil. Her most recent new work ‘I’ve a Feeling We’re not in Kansas any more’, a fine art installation/performance was devised and performed in Glasgow at the New Territories International Festival of Live Art in March 2011. Kelly is currently studying for a PhD at LCF. Her research, a comparative study of the reading practices and reception of fashion media in print and digital formats, will be a wholly written thesis that uses phenomenology as a methodology to explore the reception of fashion media paying particular attention to the role of new media in this process.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

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

  • 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, Pass 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;
  • 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

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.

Making your application

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

How we assess your application

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.

Making your application

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 P507

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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 the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to our interview week (18th to 22nd February 2019) where the course team will ask questions to establish your suitability for the course. For this course you will be required to bring a piece of written work with you for interview, this can be any title of your choice of up to 500 words which will form the starting point of your interview.

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 are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, 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. 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.

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

How we assess your application

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. Further instructions will be sent after application submission outlining the essay title. The essay is assessed by the international academic team who will decide whether to invite you to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 P507

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January 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 or direct application 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. If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where 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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our *Undergraduate tuition fees page* for more information.

International fee

£19,890

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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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.

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