BA (Hons) Fashion Photography (Top-up) (Full Time)

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This highly creative one-year top-up course allows you to focus on fashion whilst being able to develop industry-relevant skills that will enable you to work in a variety of roles, including photographer, stylist or art director.

You will be taught by practising photographers and stylists with a wealth of experience in the fields of advertising, editorial and fashion catwalk photography. The development of practical and creative skills will be underpinned with the study of fashion and photography theory, encouraging you to explore the social, political and historical factors that have informed innovative fashion image-making.

Working regularly in photography studios with professional ligh…

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This highly creative one-year top-up course allows you to focus on fashion whilst being able to develop industry-relevant skills that will enable you to work in a variety of roles, including photographer, stylist or art director.

You will be taught by practising photographers and stylists with a wealth of experience in the fields of advertising, editorial and fashion catwalk photography. The development of practical and creative skills will be underpinned with the study of fashion and photography theory, encouraging you to explore the social, political and historical factors that have informed innovative fashion image-making.

Working regularly in photography studios with professional lighting, cameras and backdrops, you will get the opportunity to use industry-standard photographic equipment. You will hone your IT, layout and design skills using In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop.

During your final year, you will be encouraged to focus on gaining work experience, on self-promotion and on producing a professional portfolio that will enable you to find work in the competitive fields of fashion and photography. Graduating students will exhibit work at a number of high-profile exhibitions, both in London and closer to home.

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Industrial focus

The emphasis of this course is on employability, encouraging students to take part in work experience and live projects with fashion industry partners at every level. This year students are working on live projects in conjunction with Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

Guest speakers are invited on a regular basis to discuss their own experiences of working in fashion and to give students advice on how to forge their own career pathway. In the past year guest speakers have included Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor), Jason Kass (V magazine, Visionnaire) Debra Bourne (PR consultant and campaigner), Alex Brownless (Artsthread), Hannah Al Shemmeri (fashion editor, Seventh Man magazine) and National Magazines CEO Terry Mansfield.

Course content

Two core units and two option units:

  • Major Project: Proposal
  • Major Project: Production and Evaluation.

Options:

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

Why choose Solent

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

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 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.

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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.

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, FHM and Net-a-Porter. A formal fashion industry work-based learning option is a popular choice in the final year.

Key career skills

Creative thinking, concept generation, professional photographic technique, project management, visual communication and problem solving.

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