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Always wanted to know how to create a fashion magazine, turn your blogging skills into an exciting career, plan a fashion show or predict consumer and lifestyle trends?

 

Above is a film by Fashion Communication graduate and winner of 'Portrait of Britain 2018' Megan Jepson

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore the communication of fashion through images, experiences, film and the written word.

Addressing the visual, practical, intellectual and cultural demands of an ever-changing society and dynamic fashion audience, you’ll work on real-life creative briefs, giving you practical experience within an industry context.

Options for year-long work placements and study abroad, together with the opportunity to set up a live business will build your professional and entrepreneurial skills. Previous students have won prestigious national and international design and enterprise awards.

You will gain a broad range of skills to prepare you for a career in the dynamic industries that promote fashion from a course that boasts an impressive graduate recruitment rate.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

91% of students said that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey, 2018).

Always wanted to know how to create a fashion magazine, turn your blogging skills into an exciting career, plan a fashion show or predict consumer and lifestyle trends?

 

Above is a film by Fashion Communication graduate and winner of 'Portrait of Britain 2018' Megan Jepson

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore the communication of fashion through images, experiences, film and the written word.

Addressing the visual, practical, intellectual and cultural demands of an ever-changing society and dynamic fashion audience, you’ll work on real-life creative briefs, giving you practical experience within an industry context.

Options for year-long work placements and study abroad, together with the opportunity to set up a live business will build your professional and entrepreneurial skills. Previous students have won prestigious national and international design and enterprise awards.

You will gain a broad range of skills to prepare you for a career in the dynamic industries that promote fashion from a course that boasts an impressive graduate recruitment rate.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

91% of students said that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey, 2018).

Course Information

UCAS Code
WP29

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Fashion Communication BA (Hons) / Creative Presentation Guide

We are interested in seeing examples of things you do in your spare time which demonstrate your personal interests - from social media posts to travel pictures.

Degree Shows / Graduate Fashion Week

During your studies you may be offered the chance to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. Showing at Graduate Fashion Week is a great opportunity to network with potential employers.

Instagram / Fashion Communication

Follow our Instagram page and keep up to date with everything that is going on with Fashion Communication at Northumbria.

Learning and teaching will enable you to acquire a flexible and imaginative approach to real-life problem solving. You’ll be active in your learning, carrying out research and displaying creative thinking as you advance your visual literacy skills and present your work and ideas to different audiences.

You will be introduced to fashion communication methodologies and practices, exploring branding and design influences while developing your academic, intellectual and practical skills.

Cultural, critical and media studies will help you put fashion communication in a social, and theoretical context and allow you to develop your personal practice within a moral, ethical and commercial setting.

You will be assessed on the whole range of learning and activity, through a range of projects and tasks including portfolio, video, group presentations and essays. Assessment is designed to support your progression through levels of study by formative and summative methods and through feedback from staff and peers.

Study A Fashion Course / Our Fashion Community

You will learn from award-winning, research-active academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the world of fashion to Northumbria. Benefit from being taught by industry experts, developing the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career from inspiring, exciting and innovative staff.

Research-active staff act as consultants and provide supportive critiques, questioning the reasoning and aesthetic judgement behind your work, to support you in developing your practice through self-reflection.

Alumni and industry collaborators support the course at every level through professional association, live projects, internships, visiting lecturers and competitive portfolio briefs.  

View Staff Profiles

As you learn, you will be expected to keep up with the fast-moving and evolving digital platforms used in the fashion communication world and fluent in a wide range of online communication methods.

Access to a specialist mobile Mac laboratory will help you keep up to date with software and publishing methods and you will also use a photographic studio stocked with state-of-the-art equipment.

Your course is supported by technology with tools such as the eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Electronic Submission and Feedback (eSAF) will facilitate feedback on your project work, while Turnitin allows you to submit written documents with a critical eye on research, sources and developing your own ideas.

Throughout your course, you will produce a digital online portfolio which will help you apply for work placements and act as a reference for your work through your studies to graduation and beyond. 

Fashion Facilities

Northumbria School of Design has been fitted out with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in design technology.

Fashion Communication is a mainly research-based course delivered by inspiring, entrepreneurial staff who are active in their own research.

You’ll be encouraged to embark on your own research, as you identify your personal practice, taking responsibility for your own learning and using constructive feedback to develop your academic, intellectual and practical skills.

Working on live project briefs, often set by fashion industry partners and taking part in work placements or study abroad will give you the opportunity to refine your specialist skills and entrepreneurial and professional competencies as you gain real-life experience.

In your final year you’ll deliver an enquiry-based project that demonstrates your ability to research, conceptualise and realise a creative Fashion Communication project including promotional strategy and implementation plan. 

Throughout your course you will gain experience of working on real-life creative projects, some set by industry collaborators, giving you the confidence to handle professional practice in the creative industries.

Through the Creative and Professional Practice module you’ll develop your own practice and get the chance to engage in competition briefs. You’ll build a professional portfolio of your own work and a CV to help you prepare for interviews and explore career options.

As part of your final year, you will set up a live business with students from other faculties and disciplines, building real-life entrepreneurial skills and engaging with the Young Enterprise national competition.

You have the option of a one-year placement within the fashion industry or studying abroad at a partner institution for a semester. There’s usually an optional trip, generally to New York, to experience fashion communication in an international setting.  

You will graduate with a wide range of specialist skills, professional qualities, cultural and ethical awareness and commercial understanding that prepare you for a future career in the world of fashion communication.

By working on real-life projects, engaging in industry placement and establishing your own creative portfolio you’ll be well placed to enter a successful career within the fashion industry.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to conceive concepts, design innovative experiences, write editorial, promotional and creative copy, produce beautifully styled and photographed images and present professional campaigns and strategy. This broad range of multi-disciplinary skills is routinely praised by employers and the course boasts an impressive recruitment rate. 

Alumni Profiles / Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

Our graduates are really making an impact, transforming their lives and others.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion Communication. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, or Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Specialist equipment and materials - several A4 sketchpads, drawing pens and pencils, a steel ruler, craft knives and glue - approx £20-30. Print costs - A3 print-outs x 3 (approx £25) and A4 press pack (approx £20) at Level 4. Photographic print-outs (approx £50) at Level 5. Final project - choice of book/magazine/website/PR campaign documents (approx £20-200) at Level 6. Optional field trip - one week in New York (approx £850) or several days in Europe (approx £400). Optional attendance at Graduate Fashion Week in London - travel and accommodation costs for those who live outside of London (approx £200).

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Specialist equipment and materials - several A4 sketchpads, drawing pens and pencils, a steel ruler, craft knives and glue - approx £20-30. Print costs - A3 print-outs x 3 (approx £25) and A4 press pack (approx £20) at Level 4. Photographic print-outs (approx £50) at Level 5. Final project - choice of book/magazine/website/PR campaign documents (approx £20-200) at Level 6. Optional field trip - one week in New York (approx £850) or several days in Europe (approx £400). Optional attendance at Graduate Fashion Week in London - travel and accommodation costs for those who live outside of London (approx £200).

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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Contact Details for Applicants:

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