Suffolk New College
One year full-time.
The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion progression route is ideal if you have a keen interest in a career in fashion retail, trend forecasting and buying. The degree is predominantly practical with skills and knowledge being underpinned by academic theoretical and research modules.
All of the practical modules are being currently delivered by professionals working in the industry so the students gain high levels of skills in areas such as Fashion Styling, Branding, Marketing and the Consumer, Introduction to Design and Production of Fashion Retail Displays, Trend Forecasting.
Suffolk New College has a well-equipped HE Fashion Studio and access to several iMac and PC Suites with a software instructor to support software skills development. In the final year, you will be required to consolidate your learning and skills to produce an extensive fashion promotion campaign effectively communicated to a global audience, demonstrating the transferable skills of independent, drive, entrepreneurship and initiative.
There are trips both national and internationally offered to relevant Fashion related shows, Conferences and Museum exhibitions such as London Fashion week, New York and the Balenciaga Show at the V&A Museum. You must complete all modules in order to gain the qualification.
The offer will incorporate industry-led projects that are key to building skills to gain the qualification. There are opportunities to incorporate a work placement to support progression into the sector.
The programme comprises tutors and contributors direct from (and many still in) the fashion industry as lead designers, buyers and stylists from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Macy’s, Next, Topman/Topshop, Mulberry, M&S, ALL Saints, French Connection and many more.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
To explore and develop ideas underpinned by theoretical knowledge to a campaign brief, outline of outcomes, specification and critique that demonstrates innovation and fashion awareness. This unit underpins the dissertation and final major project.
To develop and explore the theoretical context of Fashion Communication and Promotion practice through critical analysis using sustained independent research in preparation for the final major project.
Production of a self-initiated extensive major piece of work that synthesizes the skills, knowledge and learning that has been undertaken throughout the course. Contextual theory, critical evaluation and practice should be integrated throughout to underpin the conceptual and practical elements
To complement the Final Major Project (FMP) so should focus on the dissemination of the work undertaken throughout the FMP. This involves group work to stage a fashion show and reflect on the learning from this so to be able to identify opportunities for disseminating their work to a wider public audience.
The fashion communication and promotion sector offers multiple career opportunities across many creative disciplines and other sectors, including marketing.
Some of the roles that fall within the field include:
- Fashion Styler
- Fashion Buyer
- Fashion Journalist/Editor Fashion Retail consultant
- Brand & Marketing manager
- Fashion Show Producer
- Trend Analyser
- Art Director
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
- International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.
Additionally students may be required to pay for transport if any site visits are organised. Student may also be advised to spend up to £60 per year on books but this is not compulsory.
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- At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
2019 entry: A Foundation degree, (or equivalent), FdA or FdSc
All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
Also see How to Apply.
You will be asked to attend a portfolio interview with the course team.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.
Facilities and Resources
Mac Suite with 15 iMacs
Digital Graphics Suite with 22 iMacs and full Adobe Creative Suite
HE Common Room with PCs and full Adobe Creative Suite
HE Art Studio with 15 PCs and full Adobe Creative Suite
HE Support Advisor in Student Support