University of East London

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism

Rehearse for your career as a fashion journalist in East London, at the sharp end of the London fashion brand.

You will learn fashion journalism by doing it, as a reporter and editor working for UEL Journalism’s publications and for external clients.

In addition to producing fashion journalism, you will plan your role in its future and develop your own creative projects.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an ‘extended’, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Additional Requirements

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio should include elements of the below:

  • Evidence of use of colour, mixed media, sculptural work, photography, collage, and idea development.
  • Drawing skills - life drawing, observational drawing, understanding of garment scale and proportion on the body, fashion drawings, and inspiration development
  • Visual research and inspiration development
  • Evidence of understanding of fashion market levels
  • Evidence of publication knowledge – relevant newspaper and high-end conceptual fashion magazines
  • Fabric research
  • Any samples/photographs of work
  • Evidence of own projects/work/blogs etc

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

We're determined to prepare you in the best way possible for a career in after journalism after your studies.

Journalism is, of course, a competitive world to enter. You have a head start at UEL, though, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for.

You can go on work in different areas such as Fashion Journalism, Fashion Industry, PR, Branding and Communications. 

Course Details

You will learn:

  • Professional, editorial formats (text, photo, audio, video, social media) for fashion journalism
  • Fashion styling
  • Fashion trends and social forecasting
  • Story ideas and how to spot them
  • Interviewing
  • Reviewing
  • How to collaborate on editorial outputs
  • How to pitch ideas to commissioning editors
  • How to work to a client’s brief
  • How to be a commissioning editor
  • Media law
  • Journalism ethics
  • Past, present and future projections of fashion journalism
  • How to conduct original research and develop commercially viable projects 

Foundation Year

Academic Development
The Creative Portfolio
Journalism Portfolio
Narrative and Creativity
Group Film Project
Professional Development (Mental Wealth)

Year 1

Essential Journalism
Photo, Audio and Video
Media Law, Ethics and Regulation
Production Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1 (Rising East)

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)
Employment and Enterprise (Journalism)
Features (1): Interviews
Brands and the Magazines Business
Documentary: Publications (1)
Fashion Writing and Trend Forecasting

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)
Final Project: Development
Final Project: Completion
Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)
Features (2): Data and Visualisation
Visualising Fashion: Photo and Video Storytelling

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