skip to main content
an image

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P507

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism 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. The course engages with up-to-date communication practice and technologies as well as cultural issues. A Teeline shorthand course enhances students’ professionalism.

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.

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.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Lime Grove and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

Portfolio gallery

Student work by Yap Weiqi

Junk by Esme Victoria Bourne

Latest news from this course

Student Life: Budget tips on campus

Welcome to all our new students on campus! A lot of view will have just moved to London, and we know it’s an expensive city to live in as a student. So here are our tips in order to save while studying at LCF.

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.

Photo Studio, Lime Grove

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

LCF's social spaces

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

Course overview

Introduction 

On BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism you will study fashion and journalism to gain all the key skills and subject knowledge needed to work in this exciting industry.  
 
London College of Fashion offers one of the most prestigious fashion journalism courses, with alumni working in senior roles at esteemed publications around the globe. 

What to expect 

  • Based in London, students have multiple opportunities to engage with the creative industries by visiting London Fashion Week, galleries, museums, cultural events and fashion showrooms to generate stories and content. There is also a trip to influential fashion capital Paris. 

  • Throughout the course students write and edit news and features and can create their own magazines, content platforms, podcasts and broadcast packages. They work professionally on our award-winning website, _shift, which replicates work-place practices and team building. They can also contribute to Hi-Vis magazine, which is focused on diversity in fashion. 

  • 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. 
     

Work experience opportunities 

We have forged strong links with the fashion and media industries, so students benefit from access to a diverse range of guest speakers and visiting lecturers. Current collaborators include Sunday Times Style, The Guardian, Attitude, 10, Phoenix and niche zines as well as fashion designers, 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 which capitalises on our strong links with newspapers, magazines and digital content platforms. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. 

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. 

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 (40 Credits)
  • Fashion Journalism in Context (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:

  • Cultural and Historical Studies (20 Credits)
  • Feature Treatments (20 credits)
  • Inside the Industry (20 Credits)
  • Situating Your Practice (20 Credits)
  • Fashion Journalism Practice, Ethics and Law (20 credits)
  • Creating Concepts for Digital Fashion Journalism (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 (20 credits)
  • Independent Project: Fashion Journalism (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 term 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:

  • Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum, gallery and other visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Studio teaching

Assessment methods

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

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ​dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

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.

  • 96 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);
  • 96 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;
  • 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

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

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

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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.

Rich Mix Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place at the Rich Mix Arts venue in Shoreditch from February 17th to 22nd 2020. Please see here for a map of the location; nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and TFL Rail), Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Bethnal Green (Central). Local buses also serve the venue – please see the Richmix website for further details.

Should you be unable to attend your interview, you must notify us as soon as you can. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule so you should make every effort to attend the scheduled interview.

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:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – 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.

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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, 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 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 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study, 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

£22,920

This applies for the 2020/21 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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

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.

Scholarship search

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.

Alumni

Josh  Walker

Josh Walker

Fashion Writer

Ella  Alexander

Ella Alexander

Online Deputy Editor, Harper's Bazaar

View college guides

Contact

Address

Follow us