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Develop the core skills of fashion journalism. Learn specialist skills such as catwalk reporting, styling, red carpet verdicts, street style photography, style icons and subcultures, social media, beauty and video journalism.
Access industry experts, placements, publishing opportunities and field trips within the fashion industry – recent trips include our London Fashion Masterclasses. Graduate with both an honours degree in Fashion Journalism and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification significantly boosting your employability as a Fashion journalist.
During the first year, we’ll set you up with Journalism essentials – writing styles, research, Media Law and online skills. You’ll look at style icons and sub cultures and be introduced to the fascinating world of Fashion Journalism. In the second and third years, you’ll study topics in more depth. You’ll experience our Newsroom in action, consider Styling for Fashion Editorial, Design and Production Journalism, and undertake a shorthand course free of charge.
Increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on Fashion North; our student-run website covering fashion across the North-East. Get involved in award winning Spark Sunderland or Spark magazine, all based in our innovative mediaHUB, BBC Newcastle’s home in Sunderland and host to visiting Journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).
In your final year, you’ll go on placement on a fashion publication at the likes of Grazia, Elle, Asos and Glamour - putting what you’ve learnt into practice. You’ll undertake a project to produce your own fashion magazine or website which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.
Teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, group projects and practical skills work. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with regional employers and industry organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to carry out regular guest lectures and classes.
Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Essential journalism toolkit – learn what a journalist does and how you can get started.
Understand the development of the mass media from inception to present day.
Learn about the most influential fashion designers throughout history and their influence on today’s styles.
What you can say and when can you say it. Essential for media professionals.
Develop skills in non-traditional storytelling techniques for an online audience.
Acquire core fashion skills including catwalk reporting, red carpet verdicts, street style photography and trend forecasting.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine various approaches to studying journalism and PR. Shorthand Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Find interesting stories, and shoot and edit them into compelling video content.
Learn advanced fashion journalism skills including memoirs, fashion news and styling location shoots.
Experience the thrill of working in a live newsroom in our state-of-the-art Media Hub.
Use professional tools and software, experiment with design for print and digital platforms.
Explore the techniques and processes of creative imagery for fashion media.
Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Take a senior editorial role and hone your real-world fashion journalism skills via our bespoke Fashion North website, based in the Media Hub.
Gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement and learn how news organisations work.
Explore the concepts of freedom of expression, looking at the conflicts between public interest and personal privacy.
Plan and produce a piece of independent work such as a magazine, a series of in-depth articles or a website.
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Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements. If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact email@example.com
As part of our NCTJ accreditation we will also invite you to an informal interview. We’d like to hear about you, why you’re interested in fashion journalism, and tell you a bit more about our course and what makes us special.
The annual fee for this course is:
The tuition fee includes the NCTJ exam fees. It covers the cost of one attempt at all seven exams required for the NCTJ Diploma, including each shorthand speed.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Tuition fees for part-time home and EU students are £5,000 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for writing and talking about fashion in magazines, radio, TV and online media, as well as for retailers or brands. The industry qualifications also equip you to work as a general magazine or newspaper journalist.
The degree is also highly relevant to many positions in industry, commerce and the Civil Service, as well as to jobs in PR and the arts and voluntary sectors.
Recent journalism graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as Sky, MTV, The Guardian, Grazia, Elle, regional newspapers and PR companies.
Real-world experience – right on campus
Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle Journalists, get advice from former Sky News Journalists and see a Newsroom in action in our innovative mediaHUB.
You’ll be actively involved in the Fashion North website and have the opportunity to get involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the Media Centre. Spark has won many awards and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East. Students are responsible for all news-gathering, programme production and advertising.
Sunderland’s daily newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, has a weekly page called 'On Campus' that is written entirely by students at the University. It’s an opportunity to find and research your own stories, take photographs, meet deadlines and see your name in print.
Other opportunities for real-world experience include Spark online magazine, SR-News website, Northern Lights website and SportsByte, which are all linked to our Journalism and Media courses.
Superb industry links
Our academics are industry experts and have excellent relationships across the fashion industry including Vogue, Grazia, ITV and BBC.
Broaden your horizons with inspiring trips – recently students have enjoyed visits to the Clothes Show in Birmingham and Fashion Masterclasses in London with speakers from across the industry. The Student Style challenge with John Lewis Retail, inspired students with an industry talk with stylist Josta Wood, followed by a styling challenge in-store.
You will undertake a work placement module in your final year, though many of our students arrange placements for all three years. Recent student placements at fashion publications include Elle, Grazia, Asos, More! and Fabulous - the Sun on Sunday’s magazine.
In the past, our students have commissioned and styled fashion shoots for magazines and newspapers, worked on catwalk shows and fashion weeks and provided fashion reports for the websites of major retailers in the North East.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Fashion Journalism courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Join award winners
Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board.