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FdA Fashion Communication and Promotion

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Suffolk New College


Two years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).



Taught by experienced professionals, this exciting and innovative course offers you a multi-disciplinary pathway into the fashion related industries. Whether you want to be a designer, marketer, strategist, stylist, promoter or even run your own business, this course builds a great foundation for long-term career prospects in this flourishing industry.

By interlinking the cultural, creative, business and technology sectors, this industry led foundation degree offers you the opportunity to explore the theoretical, practical and commercial aspects of fashion communication and promotion.

The course will enable you to develop solid conceptual, visual and written communication skills. You will explore the theories and techniques in branding, design, marketing, photography, digital media, journalism and visual merchandising that shape the world of fashion today.

You will participate in live briefings, collaborative projects and industry competitions to develop skills that enhance your professional practice including; negotiation, budgeting, planning, communication and teamwork. To help strengthen your digital skills, we will teach you how to confidently use the most up to date creative software.

This course is designed to cultivate a unique and forward thinking approach to fashion, with consideration to the ethical and sustainable factors influencing consumer behaviour in our modern day society. In alignment with the entrepreneurial spirit of the industry you will also learn the commercial aspects of running a fashion business.

Throughout the course you will develop a diverse portfolio of academic writing and creative work that explores and uses a range of traditional and digital media. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge required to build a fantastic career in an industry that never goes out of style.

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.

Contextual Studies & Concepts for Fashion Communication (mandatory)
Introduction to Fashion Styling (mandatory)
Introduction to Branding, Marketing & the Consumer (mandatory)
Introduction to Design & Production of Fashion Retail Displays (mandatory)
Fashion Writing for Fashion Promotion (mandatory)
Professional Practice (mandatory)
Trend Forecasting and concept development (mandatory)
Image and Identity (mandatory)
Research Methods (mandatory)
Fashion Communication and Promotion (mandatory)

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you could work in a variety of exciting professions across the fashion related industries.

Imagine harnessing your creative potential and passion for fashion as a graphic designer, brand strategist, fashion house promoter, digital marketer, photographer or trends forecaster. Or perhaps you have a vision to create your own fashion brand, or run your own agency. Whatever your aspirations, this course will prepare you to craft a promising career in the fashion industry.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £8,220 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.

Students may be required to pay additional costs for trips amounting to a maximum of £300 payable at a later date.
Students are likely to incur other costs for equipment, materials, optional international trips, exhibitions amounting to approximately £1,500 per year.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see 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

Academic requirements

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

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.

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview with supporting portfolio as part of the application process.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU. 

Transferring Credit

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.