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BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion (Progression Route)

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Suffolk New College


One year full-time. 

Next intake September 2022

Typical Offer: 

A Foundation degree, (or equivalent), FdA or FdSc


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.

Course modules

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.

Concepts and Innovation

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.

Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship (FMP)

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

Professional Futures

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.

Career opportunities

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. 

  • International Tuition fee: £12,150 p.a. (plus a Lab fee of £1,575)

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.

Further Information                                                       

  • Tuition Fees
  • Financial Support
  • Loans and Grants
  • 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. 

Entry requirements

Facilities and Resources

Mac Suite with 15 iMacs

Photography Studio

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