BA (Hons) Fashion 2022/23Southwark Campus
This dynamic course centres on the necessary skill set to develop a career in the fast changing world of 21st century fashion. Focusing on diverse fashion practice, but excluding fashion design, it combines creativity with commercial awareness to provide you with the best chance of employment and career progression when you graduate. Integrated with practical studio work, and working towards a multi-disciplinary portfolio, this course is designed to introduce you to a range of aspects of the fashion industry including fashion promotion, fashion buying and merchandising and fashion media.
By being a part of this course, you will explore analytical, creative and technical aspects of fashion media and promotion. Through experiencing real life briefs linked directly to industry brands you can develop skills around innovative technology, film and photography as you design dynamic ways to commercially engage with your audiences. The course will also provide you with an extensive overview of fashion buying, product development, sustainability, innovation and finance, as well as a thorough understanding of how a fashion business operates and promotes itself.
In this digital world you will establish key business skills which will enable you to become an entrepreneur and gain highly sought after entrepreneurial skills. Complemented by input from industry practitioners and placement opportunities, your educational journey with us will be challenging and innovative as it prepares you for the world of work in the global fashion industry.
Why study Fashion at LSBU?
- Ranked joint 7th in the UK and 1st in London for Graduate Prospects in Art & Design (Complete University Guide 2021)
- We have a dedicated Fashion Studio, part of the multi-million pound Elephant Studios at the forefront of digital technologies and multimedia practice for creative students.
- Inspiring location: a short walk to the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, and The Young Vic.
- Ranked 1st in London for graduate prospects in Art and Design (Sunday Times League Table 2020).
Full-time (with sandwich year)
- Digital journalism
The media industry expects fresh entrants to have practical competence in, and knowledge of, a range of digital skills, enabling a story to be told in a variety of mediums suitable for online publication. This module seeks to offer students an introduction to these skills.
- Fuelling ideas
This module provides a foundation for students to start exploring the analytical, creative and technical potential of fashion media. A series of fashion-focused lectures and accompanying technical workshops encourage students to understand how practitioners use research insights to ‘fuel’ creative concepts and develop media outcomes. Project briefs allow students to visualise and communicate concepts and ideas through using contemporary image-making practices. Research methodologies, ideas development and production techniques are investigated in ways that promote and champion creative and critical thinking.
- Visual communications
This module explores how the fashion industry uses new media to reach identified target audiences, and asks students to produce a strategic multi-platform campaign. Lectures further explore the sweep of marketing activities inherent in successful promotional planning and the contemporary techniques and technologies employed to realise them. Supported by a number of technical workshops and group tutorials, students work both independently and in small production teams to realise practical project briefs. The importance of effective communication (visual, verbal and non-verbal) is stressed throughout the module and students learn a range of presentation and ‘pitching’ techniques to develop their ability to communicate creative concepts and practical outcomes successfully.
- The artistry of post-production
This module examines contemporary approaches to understanding post-production in Fashion Media. Lectures investigate the creative potential of digital-imaging techniques and technologies and uncovers the complex range of decision-making processes involved in fashion media production. Technical workshops adopt an artistic approach to post-production, exploring principles usually associated with more traditional forms of fine art practice. This encourages the development of a diverse portfolio of work that demonstrates a sensitive and considered use of light, colour, tone, composition and form.
- Fashion promotion in context
The global fashion industry is a vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing marketplace and this module seeks to situate the roles of the fashion promoter within a broader industry context. Key areas of Fashion Promotion are introduced alongside the new technologies, events and activities that have shaped them. Through a series of lectures and seminars, you will be encouraged to explore and critically evaluate core areas of contemporary practice; from fashion retailing, visual merchandising, advertising, public relations, celebrity endorsements, fashion shows and events to the production of fashion films and animations, strategic brand collaborations, editorial and fashion publications.
- Introduction to broadcast journalism
This module will provide students with an introduction to the production techniques that are relevant for a range of multi-platform broadcast journalistic tasks. It will equip students with the essential foundational technical skills needed for the rest of the degree. This will include creating and presenting simple news bulletins; operating the radio studios and news wire systems within ethical and legal frameworks. The module will give students grounding in the broader areas of production processes, including file management and technical work flow; studio/location safety; and the ethical and legal consequences of production work, such as, copyright, privacy, permissions and trespass plus relevant codes of practice. Voice coaching and presentation skills will be introduced – both during core sessions alongside the teaching of video and audio packages and as a standalone workshop run by an external voice coach, concentrating on building confidence with the voice and listening to recordings of their own voices.
- Innovation and visual thinking
A lecture/seminar series investigating modern and contemporary aspects of fashion media, culture and communication. Students are introduced to some of the great practitioners of the 20th and 21st Centuries: fashion designers, image-makers and visual innovators, working with ‘new’ approaches to pioneer change. Students are introduced to a range of themes and perspectives including issues of invention, innovation and transformation. Methods of production and communication are debated, relating to technological, interactive and consumer-driven influences and links between the historical and contemporary are made. A cross-fertilisation of ideas is encouraged that spans multiple disciplines in fashion media and that inputs positively into students’ own developing practice.
- Innovation and digital design
This module introduces students to the fundamentals of digital media through image manipulation, writing and audio practices. You are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of how images carry meaning, explore the relationship between word and image and learn about the expressive power of colour, print and typography. This module offers students the opportunity to communicate their ideas by undertaking a series of creative briefs in which they experiment with digital image acquisition, capture, editing, composition/design, illustration us graphic design, Adobe or Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for range plans, creative photo manipulation. On this module you will explore the power of websites with creative design through the internet (such as WordPress), apps, social media and set briefs. This module will focus on design concepts and reveal current trends in digital design for those seeking to work within the digital space. It will enable to you to deliver your final project through an online platform.
- Innovation in practice
This module marks a significant half-way-point within the degree programme whereby students are asked to develop highly experimental briefs to investigate advances in new media. A lecture series examines innovation in practice and guest speakers are invited to talk to students about a transformative approach to fashion media that attempts to bridge the gap between creativity and enterprise. Central themes may include experimental fashion, new technologies and the development of technical fabrics and materials. Students are encouraged to undertake wide-ranging research and thoroughly test concepts to produce media-merging outcomes. Students are supported in developing a more autonomous approach to their studies and a bold approach to learning new skill sets.
- Fashion, editorial and advertising photography
In this module students will explore the use of digital photography in fashion, editorial and advertising contexts. Students will generate a project and create a portfolio of images, of a conceptual and technical quality suitable for one of these contexts. Skills appropriate for commercial uses of photography will be delivered through workshops in medium format digital cameras, digital post production, and output for web and print portfolios. On completion of the project students will present their portfolio of work to a panel in the format of a portfolio review.
- Creative industries
This module conceptualises the notion of creativity, unpicking what constitutes ‘the creative industries’. Taking a critical look at contemporary tactics and strategies that define cultural production, the module introduces aspects such as organisational behaviours, policy frameworks, cultural and civic contexts, and issues around value and monetisation of creativity. Furthermore, the module supports students to develop a creative project around their own creative interests and expertise, through questioning for themselves what it means to be creative, reflecting on how their creative practice sits within an industry context and how it is valued. Students apply the theoretical and critical frameworks presented onto a creative project developed through work experience or mentorship.
- Audiences of the future
This module allows students the opportunity to come together to better understand contemporary media production and distribution practices and the resulting network effects driven by social media. The module also looks the emerging cultural and political debates surrounding the role and responsibilities media platforms and governments have towards today’s audiences as well as those of the future. The module will look at a combination of emerging formats such as VR and AR, emerging technologies and infrastructure such as 5G, and speculate as to the impact this will have on online audiences in the future.The module considers research as an ongoing component of the creative process and aims to embed critical communication skills, both oral and written. Through lectures, seminars, discussion and debate, students will develop an advanced awareness of both the cultural and technological frameworks within which they will develop their creative practice and engage with their online audiences.
- International live brief
This course offers students the opportunity to learn design thinking principles and apply those in order to solve real world problems. Students work in interdisciplinary and international teams, collaborating across programs at LSBU, and with interdisciplinary teams of their peers at Ryerson University, Canada. Their aim is to build prototypes that can address real-world problems and challenges raised by clients based both in London and Toronto. Supercourse teams work closely with supervisors to learn new skills in digital creativity, collaborative practice, documentation and presentation skills.
- Optional placement year
This course also offers an optional 3rd year sandwich option that provides the opportunity to spend your third year on an industry placement to enhance your employability. Students can choose to take a year out between Levels 5 and 6 in order to gain industry experience by working for one year in an organisation or company of their choice. This allows students to apply the knowledge and skills learned at Levels 4 and 5 to a practical industry context. The Course Director will help students who opt to take a sandwich year identity and approach an appropriate placement context. The students also benefit from a second semester of work placement for a minimum of 10 weeks.
- Creative research project
The Creative Research Project (CRP) provides a platform for you to demonstrate your ability to work independently to produce a critical piece of work responding to research in the form of a dissertation, practice-based dissertation or detailed marketing report.Each format is encouraged and supported and a suitable research question, arising out of agreed individual interests and will be negotiated with CRP supervisors. Through group and individual tutorials, students will determine the nature, form, breadth and depth of the research project to produce a substantial body of work.
- Enterprising futures
This module focuses on enterprise and employability, encouraging you to find your strengths, recognise your potential and maximise your opportunities for connecting with industry professionals. You will be supported in a process of critical self-reflection from which you will develop a personal and professional strategy around a series of aims and objectives. Maximising work placements, industry mentorships and professional networking opportunities are encouraged and you will demonstrate a strategic, resourceful and professional approach to advancing your skills and building valuable industry links.
- Portfolio evolution
This module asks students to define a short programme of study on a self-initiated basis, which builds on level 5 learning and encourages an expansive and exploratory approach to project development. Students are encouraged to take chances and evaluate progress to produce exploratory rather than final outcomes. Collaboration with students working across different disciplines in fashion and media is encouraged and facilitated, and students are expected to contextualise their practice within relevant creative and critical contexts. Students produce a project proposal / pitch, a body of developmental work, supporting materials and research, as well as a reflective evaluation. This is used to identify, in discussion with tutors, a substantial programme of work for semester 2.
- Future fashion
This module will encourage students to develop their group work and work across fashion courses, and to understand how fashion interacts with the world in different industries. You will explore fashion with science, fashion with nature, fashion with engineering, fashion with architecture, amongst others. You will be encouraged to innovate and develop your ideas into a reality and produce a final innovative outcome ready to present to industry. You will produce a tangible product. In this final project, students will be encouraged to show experimentation across several different skills sets: Product development, technology, innovation, media and marketing, which will all be explored and developed.
- Major project portfolio
Using current market research, sector knowledge and insights developed from the Creative Research Project, students will negotiate and develop a Major Project Portfolio. The module is the culmination of students’ creative visual practice and will form the basis of future professional practice and postgraduate study. Lectures and tutorials encourage students to be entrepreneurial and strategic in developing project proposals that are relevant to personal career ambitions in fashion promotion and that seek to remain at the forefront of creative innovation. Students are encouraged to revise and refresh self-promotional materials that are relevant to their specialist areas of practice and devise a collaborative strategy with their peers to launch themselves and their work to appropriate industry audiences. This might take the form of a collaborative exhibition, pitching for business start-up/incubator funding, or a multitude of entrepreneurial and enterprising activities that support a successful and purposeful transition into industry.
Entrepreneurship is something we value greatly. Together with experiential learning and live briefs, this course will equip you with the skills you need for a successful career in a dynamic industry.
This course is special because you can identify your subject interests, focus on them and strategically plan their pathways into industry.
By the time you graduate you’ll already have a professional network in place and will have had some work experience, through internships, a placement, a sandwich year in industry, or an industry mentor.
Graduates from this course go on to work as fashion promoters, fashion digital marketing managers, creative directors, stylists, photographers and journalists.
There are so many other related career paths you could take:
- Creative direction
- Fashion filmmaking
- Fashion journalism
- Fashion photography
- Fashion styling
- Graphic design
- Public relations
- Digital editor
- Social media editor
- Trend forecaster
- Event planner
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Opportunities to work with industry during your study are what this course is all about. You’ll be offered opportunities to undertake industry internships or placements, and to have an industry mentor. You will also be offered the opportunity to take off a sandwich year working in the industry. Thanks to our central London location and our large and enthusiastic network of alumni our marketing industry contacts are numerous and strong, and you can expect to meet them during your studies and through frequent networking events. Last year our marketing students met managers of brands including Coca-Cola, Grazia Magazine, Lynx and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) and enjoyed guest lecturers from leading and award winning companies such as Vogue, W magazine, Elle, Burberry, ASOS and many more.
Students will have the opportunity to work in industry brands throughout the course.
There is also a semester and module for students to work within industry for a minimum of 10 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to work in industry brands throughout the course. There is also a semester and module for students to work within industry for a minimum of 10 weeks.
Additionally there is the option to extend the course to 4 years and have your 3rd year (sandwich year) on placements.
Teaching and learning
Our teaching and learning strategy seeks to reflect and apply the educational philosophy of the institution and the rationale, aims and learning outcomes of the course. The acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies:
These allow key topics to be introduced and investigated across each academic level. Guest speakers from business and academia will bring specialist knowledge into the classroom.
Seminars and workshops
These will support the lectures with a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students, develop peer learning and promote the sharing of knowledge and support amongst our diverse student body. These sessions promote dialogue and debate and offer a platform for the exploration of theory and practice.
Group work and in-class presentations
To promote inclusivity, active participation and effective communication skills, students will work together to share knowledge and develop an understanding of co-operative practice and teamwork. The successful use of verbal and non-verbal presentation styles are key skills taught in relation to pitching to clients / planning high-impact presentations.
Group tutorials - ‘Learning Teams’
Both tutor and student led to encourage appropriate and effective communication styles in a professional context. Group tutorials allow the sharing of ideas amongst peers and the evaluation of opinions within a diverse student body. This enables students to develop and evaluate logical arguments and encourages students to be accepting and open minded to new ideas and divergent ways of thinking.
Supporting students on a one-to-one level is useful in the evaluating progress. As students move through the course there is a shift towards more self-directed study and individual tutorials support the practical application of skills in more specialist and professional contexts.
Providing opportunities to learn and develop practical skills through technical instruction, focusing on the safe and effective use of equipment and the professional techniques employed in fashion industry. This may take place in a lecture theatre, seminar room, studio, computer lab or ‘on-location’.
Students are expected to undertake self-directed study for each module of the course. A 20 credit module will involve 200 hours of study and a 40 credit module will involve 400 hours of study overall. This study time is broken down into classroom-based ‘contact hours’ and ‘student managed learning hours’ (a breakdown of these hours are included within each module descriptor for the course). Self-managed learning activities should supplement and consolidate classroom based activity and include: researching and developing practical outcomes for project based work, reading recommended texts and relevant journal articles, application of knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion and review of key topics. Many of these activities are supported in the virtual learning environment (VLE).
Resources to support studies
The course content draws on the opportunities offered by our brand new, advanced production facilities located in at LSBU. Students have access to equipment and studio spaces, such as the Photography and individual Fashion Learning Space, LSBU’s Print Lab and Mac Labs ensure students are able to produce professional quality outcomes and collaborate with a highly creative community of undergraduate and postgraduate practitioners.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
To support the exchange of information between staff, students and student collaborators. This virtual environment also provides access to the most up-to-date information at a modular and course level, acting as a central hub whereby students can find links to important information about staff and course resources i.e. libraries, computer labs, studios and equipment stores (including opening hours). Further information about additional services that LSBU provides around student support can be found on the university website.
- Interview and/or creative portfolio
- A Level BCC; 104 UCAS points
- BTEC Extended Diploma MMM; 96 UCAS point
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits; 96 UCAS points
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
Accreditations and course subject to validation
Student employability is at the forefront of our teaching. To ensure our provision aligns to a modern job market, we will be launching a fresh new course offering for September 2022 entry. This has been designed to equip our students with the skills and hands-on teaching to meet the needs of employers, businesses, and sectors we contribute towards.
This updated course offering for Sept 2022 entry is currently “subject to validation” to make you aware that the courses are at the final stages of approval. This means the course content is not yet finalised and may undergo further changes. Validation is a rigorous process to ensure high academic quality and standards are met and able to prepare students for future employment or further study.
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Full-time (with sandwich year)
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BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK fee: £9250||International fee: £14900|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5543||Session code: 1FS00|
|Total course fee:|
BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising (with Placement) (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK fee: £9250||International fee: £14900|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5544||Session code: 1FS00|
|Total course fee:|
|UK (excluding any optional years) £27750|
|UK (including any optional years) £27750|
|International (excluding any optional years) £44700|
|International (including any optional years) £44700|
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