BA (Hons) Fashion Photography (Full Time)

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Description

This highly creative course allows you to focus on fashion while developing skills that will prepare you to work in a variety of roles, such as photographer, fashion stylist or art director.

Key elements include:

  • Practical study underpinned by fashion and photography theory, including social, political and historical influences
  • Expert staff team of practicing photographers and stylists with wide experience in advertising, editorial and catwalk photography
  • Industry-standard equipment, including cameras, lighting and backdrops
  • IT, layout and design teaching in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Professional portfolio production
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work at high-profile shows…

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This highly creative course allows you to focus on fashion while developing skills that will prepare you to work in a variety of roles, such as photographer, fashion stylist or art director.

Key elements include:

  • Practical study underpinned by fashion and photography theory, including social, political and historical influences
  • Expert staff team of practicing photographers and stylists with wide experience in advertising, editorial and catwalk photography
  • Industry-standard equipment, including cameras, lighting and backdrops
  • IT, layout and design teaching in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Professional portfolio production
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work at high-profile shows in London and closer to home
  • One-to-one, group and peer feedback sessions to help you to understand your progress.
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Industrial focus

This course has employability at its heart, to help you build a career in the competitive worlds of fashion and photography.

Guest speakers regularly share their own experiences of working in fashion and give advice on how to succeed in the industry. Recent speakers have included:

  • Terry Mansfield (CEO National Magazines)
  • Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor)
  • Debra Bourne (PR consultant and campaigner)
  • Alex Brownless (Artsthread)
  • Jason Kass (V Magazine, Visionnaire)
  • Ian R Webb (creative director and fashion stylist).

In your final year, we’ll encourage you to build a portfolio, find work experience, promote your skills and work on live industry projects. Recent projects have involved Topman, Terry Mansfield, D&AD and IKEA, and recent work placements have included Vivienne Westwood, Dazed & Confused, ASOS and Rankin.

Course content

Year 1

Four core units:

  • Photo Techniques and Digital Design
  • Creative Fashion Development
  • Design in Context
  • Styling Practice.

Year 2

Six core units

  • Fashion Performance Photography
  • Fashion in Context
  • Visual Communication
  • Fashion Photo Narrative
  • Design Image Context
  • Advanced Digital Design.

Year 3

Two core units and two option units:

  • Major Project: Research and Proposal
  • Fashion Photography Major Project.

Options:

  • Photographic Practice: Research
  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Fashion Industry Work-based Learning.

Why choose Solent

Students at Solent are offered industry-standard photographic and digital production facilities – including photographic studios and a comprehensive range of photographic equipment – to produce a high level of work.

Visiting speakers from the fashion industry offer insights into their practice and help students develop an awareness of professional environments and contexts. Live projects with industry professionals provide the opportunity for first-hand experience of work-based learning environments and, along with work placements during the course, prepare students for their careers in the industry.

  • Visits to museums and exhibitions in London and field trips to fashion capitals such as New York and Paris.
  • Work experience and fashion industry projects offer a realistic insight into the fashion industry.
  • Students gain awareness of professional practice, collaborating on creative projects.
  • Strong industry links enhance employment opportunities for new graduates.
  • Industry-standard studios and equipment.

Assessment

Students receive regular feedback in seminar sessions and small group tutorials. Practical skills and creative thinking are assessed through the submission of design projects, sketchbook research and written assignments.

During the final year, students write a dissertation and produce a self-directed final major project, allowing them to explore their interests, strengths and career aims.

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Projects/work experience

Past work experience placements have included a variety of PR, styling, photography and design roles at organisations such as Show Studio, Seventh Man magazine and Net-a-Porter. A formal fashion industry work-based learning option is a popular choice in the final year.

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Key career skills

Creative thinking, presentation, project management, communication and problem solving.

Student quote

Kimberley Langstone

“I would recommend this course to anyone passionate about both photography and fashion. The structure of the course really helps you to gain an insight into the type of briefs you can expect to work on in industry, whilst allowing you the freedom to build on your own unique photographic style.”

Partner Affiliation Network

The Partner Affiliation Network is a group of companies aligned to each course area in the School of Design with the purpose of supporting a range of activities to help students engage with employers and gain relevant industrial experience. This is achieved through live project work, design competitions, work placements and guest speaker programmes.

All students studying on this course programme will have the opportunity to work with industry.

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