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University for the Creative Arts

Fashion Journalism

UCAS Code: WP25

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Journalism

On our BA (Hons) Fashion journalism course, you will learn how to communicate breaking news, future trends and industry issues to the public.

Whether you're reporting from a front-row seat at a fashion show, interviewing a celebrity for a new retail campaign or uncovering what really happens in sweatshops in the developing world, the life of a fashion journalist is as stimulating and fast-paced.

This dynamic and highly creative Fashion Journalism course encourages you to explore the vast landscape of fashion and lifestyle media, whilst equipping you with the journalistic skills needed to become a versatile and creative fashion communicator on the print and digital landscape.

This course’s unique philosophy revolves around the idea of the voice – training and finding your voice in Year 1, developing and widening that voice in Year 2, and expressing and promoting each voice’s unique attributes in Year 3.

Working on our Epsom campus alongside students on a range of Fashion courses, you'll have a deep understanding of the business of fashion, and the role of the journalist within it. You'll gain important skills in networking, self-promotion, interviewing and communication with a variety of people.

You’ll develop skills through individual and collaborative work in both studio and industry environments, including a work placement and live project briefs, and learning from teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and connections in the industry.

Over the three years, you’ll build a portfolio of work of work demonstrating various styles and techniques across a range of markets and communication platforms, allowing you to head out fully equipped into the journalism industry.

Modules

In Year 1, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity. In Year 2 you'll examine the importance of research in producing work through investigative feature writing, trend reporting, critique and informed opinion. You'll work in a team to produce a sample magazine, finding your own specialist way of working. You’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad. In Year 3 you'll look at how the past and present can inform the next generation of fashion and lifestyle publishing, and you'll produce a body of creative work as well as a dissertation or dissertation and combined critical reflection.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,540
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Epsom

Department:

Fashion and Textiles

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Media professionals
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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