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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
Develop core fashion journalism skills such as catwalk reporting, styling, red carpet verdicts, street style photography, social media, beauty and video journalism.
Learn from industry experts, publishing opportunities and fashion trips. Earn your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism, the industry-recognised qualification. Get hands-on reporting, editing and managerial experience at Fashion North and Spark magazine, based in our innovative mediaHUB. Previous student placements include Grazia, Elle, ASOS or Glamour.
Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.
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 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.
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.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine various approaches to studying journalism and PR.
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.
Optional modules (choose one):
Our typical offer is
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) represents the consumer publishing sector and helps students with access to world-famous media brands. Their endorsement is a great badge of honour for our students. During their 2018 reaccreditation visit the PPA said:
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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