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By studying BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism at Sunderland, you'll develop essential fashion journalism skills such as catwalk reporting, editorial styling, studio photoshoots, street style photography, podcasting, social media stories and beauty and video journalism.
You'll learn from industry experts, publishing opportunities and fashion trips, while earning your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism, the industry-recognised qualification. You'll also get hands-on experience as part of the Fashion North editorial team and go on placements which have previously included Sunday Times Style magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Grazia, Elle, ASOS and Glamour.
Get to know Spark, Fashion North, Northern Lights, SR News, and Sportsbyte, our students' award-winning websites for local news, local sport, fashion and arts and entertainment.
Teaching methods include fashion newsdays, attending editorial conferences and creating content for Fashion North, lectures, workshops, photographic studio time and group projects. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with national and regional media organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to host guest lectures and masterclasses.
Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
Download examples of our students' work:
Decorum, a luxury magazine for the style-conscious man by Alysha Stirling
Margot, a quarterly fashion magazine for creative women by Roseanne Bradley
Your Prom, a fashion and beauty magazine by Megan Goodwin
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. Learn how to interview, structure stories and write.
Understand the development of newspapers, magazines, broadcast and online through the decades.
Learn about the most important fashion designers throughout history, the importance of celebrities and different fashion subcultures, from wartime through to punk.
Acquire core fashion skills including catwalk reporting, red carpet verdicts, street style photography and trend forecasting. Create moodboards and Fashion North stories.
Learn laws such as copyright, privacy and libel along with the ethical regulations which are essential for every professional journalist.
Develop digital skills for an online audience such as infomaps, graphics and other non-traditional storytelling techniques.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
What influences how journalists work? And how does journalism shape our world? Do some original research on a subject of your choice from diversity in fashion; whether magazine covers are racist; to sustainability and fast fashion.
Develop skills in shooting and editing video content to create compelling fashion content for online audiences.
Develop and practice advanced fashion journalism skills including memoirs, fashion news and styling location shoots in a module which includes editorial conferences and is taught in the real-world Fashion North newsroom.
Get published and build your journalism portfolio by finding, researching, interviewing and writing news stories to deadline in our state-of-the-art mediaHUB.
Learn professional magazine design and subbing skills, using the latest software to experiment with design for print and digital platforms, essential for creating magazines.
Spend time in our photographic studio styling outfits, learning advanced photography skills and create a portfolio of work.
Learn Teeline, the system of rapid handwriting, used by journalists to quickly write down the spoken word. Aim for 100 words per minute, the industry standard.
Take a senior editorial role and hone your real-world fashion journalism skills via our bespoke Fashion North website, based in the mediaHUB. Record podcasts, write fashion analysis and attend Fashion North conferences to present ideas for content.
Create an interactive CV, learn how to win jobs through interview techniques and gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement. Develop your own Fashion North feature for publication with words, photos and video under real-world pressure.
Examine the daily dilemmas and global challenges facing journalists in the world today.
Plan and produce your very own fashion magazine or website. You'll create stories, photos, videos, podcasts and social media platforms as part of your own brand.
Optional modules (choose one):
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
If successful you will be required to attend an applicant day where you will have a short informal interview with an academic member of staff.
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.
Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 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.
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.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for a variety of careers in fashion. You may become a writer for magazines, supplements and newspapers, covering the fashion shows and interviewing designers. Some of our graduates now work as stylists, either for celebrities (such as Nicole Scherzinger and Jessie J); for a fashion house, such as Burberry; or for a fashion publication, such as You magazine or Mail on Sunday.
Other graduates have moved into public relations, or writing and styling while travelling the globe for retailers such as Gymshark.
The industry qualifications you will gain from this course also equip you to work as a general features or news writer for a magazine or newspaper.
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 David Puttnam 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.
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 courses.
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 creating an online autumn/winter lookbook for shopping mall The Bridges, in-store styling challenges at John Lewis, and talks from fashion journalists, stylists, photographers and trend forecasters.
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.
Here, Candice Farrow shares her experience of her two-week placement at the Sun newspaper in London in the autumn of 2018, working on their Fabulous fashion pages.
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 this course 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.
Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board:
"The programme offered at the University of Sunderland is the best fashion journalism course in the country. Fashion North is unique, with nothing like it elsewhere.
Students are supported throughout their three years on the degree and continually encouraged to improve their work and achieve higher standards. The team must be commended for their excellence in both teaching and pastoral care.
Working as a magazine consultant in the industry, I would have no hesitation in recommending this course for anyone who wants to become a fashion or lifestyle journalist."
External Examiner and Lecturer at Bournemouth University
Author of Writing Feature Articles: Print, digital and online (2019) and Business Strategies for Magazine publishing: survival in the digital age (2018).
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