Northumbria University Newcastle - Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication course 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 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.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

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

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:

International Qualifications:

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

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English Language Requirements:

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

Career Prospects

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.

Such live briefs take place with many industry and creative partners, which have included size?, Dr Marten, Trend Bible, and Fashion Revolution, and which have led to students securing placements and/or graduate jobs.

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. 

Course Details

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.

Through the creative and professional practice modules at each level, 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

Year One

Fashion Journalism and Photography (Core,20 Credits)
Film and Fashion Space (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Fashion Communication (Core,40 Credits)
PR, Social and Brand (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Design Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)
Fashion Insight and Innovation (Core,40 Credits)
Fashion Editorial (Core,20 Credits)
PR and Media (Core,40 Credits)
Professional and Contextual Studies (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year three

Design Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Design Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Critical Research Project (Core,20 Credits)
Industry & Competition Briefs (Core,20 Credits)
Major Project (Core,60 Credits)
Professional Practice and Portfolio (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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