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Love fashion? Want to share that love with others? Our BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Communication is aimed at ambitious, creative individuals who are keen to develop a career in fashion styling, image-making and digital media.
As the rise of social media has transformed the way we consume fashion, the industry has opened a plethora of opportunities beyond the fashion designer’s role, in areas such as fashion photography, trend forecasting, styling and art direction, branding and fashion media. You’ll benefit from workshops with industry professionals, collaborations with other students and guest speakers.
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Why study this subject?
Join a fast paced and ever-evolving industry, whether you are design, creating or selling garments, with our textiles and fashion courses you can be sure you are doing something that you love.
Your ideas could pave the way for future fashion and styles. Inspire and empower others with your creations or the selling of others. Be part of an industry facing ethical, social and sustainable change.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.
Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will focus on understanding how fashion can be communicated and promoted creatively through a range of media.
Using our state-of-the-art facilities you will be able to develop knowledge, skills and techniques in photography, trend analysis, illustration, film, marketing, visual merchandising, branding and PR, styling, writing and the creative use of new digital platforms.
With our strong links with the fashion industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading designers. With London only a short journey away, you can take the opportunity to visit some of the world’s best shop fronts, galleries and museums for inspiration.
What facilities can I use?
Not only will you be able to benefit from our Red Shed which homes our textiles and fashion course, but you’ll also have access to our remarkable, fully-equipped photographic studio. Here you will be able to make your ideas come to life.
As well as these specialist facilities, we also have a range of mac suits with the latest Adobe Creative software for you to use.
In our workshops, you’ll receive one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, specialist technicians and alongside fellow students.
What will I study?
At the core of the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Communication course you can find creativity, innovative thinking and an exploration of contemporary approaches to the marketing of fashion.
Combining theory with creative practice, you will be able to develop intellectual, technical and professional skills and knowledge to succeed. This will help you when pursuing a career in a range of fashion industry related roles.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
As there are links with our BA (Hons) in Fashion Design programme, you will be able to gain a holistic view of the fashion industry. You will acquire first-hand insight into the fashion process, from original concept to design through to the promotion of the final project. This will help give you the edge in a competitive market.
You’ll also have the opportunity to work on live briefs, which will challenge and enhance your skills, knowledge and approaches. Our collaborations with industry will foster professional working practices, further preparing you for employment once you’ve graduated.
You’ll benefit from a close-knit community with your fellow students, as well as great studio-based lecturers from our experienced and specialist team of lecturers who are made up of designers, current industry practitioners and researchers.
By the time you graduate you will have gained a deep understanding of the industry through knowledge of the communication and design process within a historical, social, ethical and cultural context.
From day one, you will be making connections, meaning you’re working on your career the very moment you begin your course.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for success: Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Introduction to Fashion Promotion and Communication
Year 2 Modules
Marketing and Communications
Contextual Studies 1
Year 3 Modules
Contextual Studies 2
Year 4 Modules
Final Major Project
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Communication course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Fashion stylist
- Fashion photographers
- Fashion branding and buying
- Creative/Art Director
- Fashion-show producer
- Fashion film maker
- Fashion marketing and PR
Graduates can also choose to further explore fashion in a postgraduate course.