UWE Bristol - BA Hons Fashion Communication with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Fashion Communication with Foundation Year

BA(Hons) Fashion Communication was developed alongside industry experts and has produced Graduate Fashion Week award-winners across several categories. This interdisciplinary, practice-led course enables you to explore how we communicate fashion through different creative media.

Why study fashion communication?

The fashion industry employs over 400,000 people in the UK alone, and engages and inspires global audiences through diverse media. Fashion brands use a range of platforms and techniques to speak to existing and new customers.

To do this, they need professionals with a solid understanding of contemporary culture and fashion. Studying fashion communication will introduce you to a variety of roles and specialisms.

The knowledge and network you'll develop will open the door to many careers paths in the fashion industry and beyond, from fashion film and photography to marketing, advertising, and event management.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Fashion Communication is a creative interdisciplinary course based at Arnolfini, one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. As a member of Graduate Fashion Week, the course has produced previous award winners and offers opportunities for you to showcase your work nationally and overseas.

Our staff are experts in their field and have strong relationships with the fashion industry, so you'll benefit from regular input from professionals in practice. Working closely with specialists enables us to keep the curriculum current and relevant.

Where possible, participate in live briefs and collaborative projects with industry experts and attend sector events and workplace visits. Gain valuable experience through professional practice and internships, where you'll see the fashion industry in action.

Where can it take me?

Fashion communication can take you in many directions, opening doors to many careers. Thanks to our blend of traditional and hands-on learning, you'll gain real-world knowledge and experience, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

As a fashion communication graduate, you'll be equipped with the hands-on skills needed to become a photographer, stylist, trend forecaster, fashion editor,digital marketer or visual merchandiser.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are requirement to have a mimimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Throughout your course, you'll shape your studies towards your chosen career path through your modules and assessments. Study and apply branding, market analysis and PR to your creative work and investigate digital marketing strategies, future trends and technology's role in fashion.

Discover approaches towards communicating and promoting fashion and apply new ideas through developing projects, such as online marketing campaigns, promotional films or publications. In your final year, you'll have the chance to demonstrate your creativity and fashion knowledge through an extended independent design project.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, you'll graduate with an impressive portfolio of work and skills, ready to take your place in the fashion industry. From the outset, you'll develop strong research skills to help you engage with contemporary and historical debates in fashion communication. Working with practitioners on live projects provides a unique opportunity for you to gain enterprise skills too.

You'll also hone your soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, teamwork, organisational skills and student conduct. We'll encourage you to use these skills to share your work online and offline throughout the course. See some of our students' exhibits on Instagram.

As a fashion communication graduate, you could go into a variety of professions across the fashion industry. These include art direction, fashion film, social media, advertising, marketing, copywriting, photography, event management, styling, social media, branding and more.

Past graduates have gone on to work in various positions at companies such as: Burberry, Gucci, Levi's, Garage Magazine, Getty Images, Stella McCartney, Disney, adidas, Vice, Oxfam, ASOS, Nike, Monsoon, Accessorize, LUSH Cosmetics, COS, Pandora Jewellery, Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters and Superdry.

Course Details

Year 0 Foundation Year

Drawing and Making
Developmental Projects: Building a Creative Identity
Foundation Project
Academic Skills.

Year 1

Critical Perspectives
Exploring Practice in Fashion Communication
Introduction to Fashion Communication
Introduction to Professional Practice: Observation and Exploration

Year 2

Professional Practice: Work Experience, Seeking, Doing, Reflecting.
Creative Analysis
Developing Practice in Fashion Communication
Innovative Practice in Fashion Communication.

Optional modules
International Exchange
Negotiated Presentation 2
Professional Practice (International).

Final Year

Contextualising Practice in Fashion Communication
Independent Research Project
Graduate Strategies: Reflecting, Consolidating and Planning for Exit
Self-Directed Study in Fashion Communication.

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