Display of students' fashion designs


Fashion Communication

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Art and Design
City Campus
Three years full-time, six years part-time
Full-time; Part-time
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Anthony Wilkins
Key fact:
Explore fashion and its communication on this inspiring course, which is developed alongside industry experts and has bred Graduate Fashion Week award-winners across several categories.

Page last updated 17 August 2017


Why BA(Hons) Fashion Communication?

The fashion industry employs over 80,000 people in the UK alone, and excites and inspires global audiences through an increasingly diverse range of media. Alongside print and film, brands use installations, events and online and mobile platforms to communicate their message. To do this well they must have a solid understanding of popular culture, contemporary fashion and how best to apply these to their chosen outlet.

Why study this course?

Fashion Communication is based at City Campus at Arnolfini. Situated above this internationally renowned centre for contemporary art, you will be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community, with access to UWE Bristol's City Campus and all it has to offer.

On this creative interdisciplinary course, you will explore approaches towards communicating and promoting fashion. Working primarily with photography, drawing, digital media and film you will explore ideas around fashion and its global dissemination. You will study and apply branding, market analysis and PR to your creative work.

As you progress, you will explore the use of digital marketing strategies, future trends and technology's role in fashion. This is applied through project development, which can include online marketing campaigns, web development, promotional films or publications. During your final year, you will showcase your creativity and fashion knowledge through an extended independent design project.

Real world experience

We work closely with industry specialists to keep the curriculum current and relevant to industry. You will develop professional and entrepreneurial skills throughout the course and participate in live briefs and collaborative projects some with industry professionals. You will gain valuable experience through professional practice and internships. You will also go on visits to events, design studios, factories and events where you will see the fashion industry in action.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can work in a variety of inspiring professions across the fashion industry. Potential careers include photographer, stylist, trend forecaster, fashion editor, web-developer, online marketing, online visual merchandiser and events management.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Fashion Communication
  • Exploring Practice in Fashion Communication
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Communication 1
  • Critical Perspectives.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Developing Practice in Fashion Communication
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Communication 2
  • Creative Analysis.

In addition, you will study optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Developing Practice in Fashion Communication 2
  • International Exchange
  • Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Presentation 2.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Preparation for Extended Study in Fashion Communication
  • Extended Study in Fashion Communication
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Communication 3
  • Independent Research Project.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Projects are fast-paced and experimental. You will be encouraged to develop your individual strengths and interests.You will learn through a combination of taught, independent and collaborative learning. This includes lectures, seminars, technical workshops, tutorials, presentations, critiques and external visits. You will visit design studios and be taught by industry professionals.

For more details see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You can expect to be taught for a minimum of three days per week. You will be required to work in the studios and workshops outside of teaching time. In level 3 you will have evening access to the studios and workshops.


We use various methods of assessment so you can develop a range of critical, creative and practical skills. Assessment types include portfolio assessments, presentations or exhibitions.

You will receive written and verbal feedback on all work submitted. You are also required to engage in peer assessment as part of the formative assessment process.

All assessments are 100% coursework.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Work experience is vitally important within this fashion course and its role in the success of our graduates is unquestionable. Professional Practice and Work Experience modules are integrated across all years, enabling you to find and negotiate work experience which fits with your career ambitions. UWE Bristol has an excellent record of finding exciting opportunities for students. Past students have worked with well-known brands including Storm, Selfridges, Love Mag, Harvey Nichols and fashion labels such as House of Holland and Natalie Coleman.


Throughout the course, you will go behind the scenes at the fashion industry at trips to agencies, factories and events. We also arrange optional visits to events such as Fashion Week at cities including London, Paris or Milan.

Study facilities

You will be based at Arnolfini overlooking Bristol's historic harbourside. Studying at Arnolfini offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. 

In addition to the studio and teaching spaces at Arnolfini, you'll have access to facilities and resources at Bower Ashton Studios including a state-of-the-art digital media studio, library facilities supporting the creative and cultural industries and student support services.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our staff are industry experts and have strong relationships with the fashion industry so you will benefit from regular input from fashion professionals. As well as making sure the course reflects the latest industry developments, industry experts come in to deliver collaborative and live briefs. Past speakers include established designers, label managers, sales directors, fashion historians, PR and marketing professionals, and freelance consultants. We currently offer live projects in association with Next, G F Smith papers, Collective Apparel and Bostik, as well as participating in national and international design competitions.

Showcase your work

You are encouraged to showcase your work externally via multiple platforms at every level of the course and will be supported to develop the skills to do this.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.

Useful links

The fashion film 2015

The UWE Fashion blog

Follow us on Twitter: @UWE_Fashion and Instagram: uwe_fashion.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, there are opportunities to work in a variety of inspiring professions across the fashion industry. Potential careers could span the following areas:

  • Fashion photography
  • Styling
  • Web-development
  • Trend forecasting
  • Fashion journalism
  • Merchandising
  • Photography
  • Brand development
  • Social media
  • Events
  • Marketing management
  • E-commerce.

Previous graduates from UWE Bristol have gone on to work for brands including:

  • COS
  • Crack and i-D magazines
  • Company magazine
  • Vintaged
  • Vogue
  • Hobbs.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year400
Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)500

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Portfolio and selection session

Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. Students of all ages are recruited with a variety of qualifications including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A levels or equivalent qualification in Art and Design.

Applicants demonstrating commitment to and knowledge of the subject on their application form are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The emphasis of your portfolio should be on be on quality rather than quantity and could include photography, sketchbooks, garments and / or textiles as well as other 2D and 3D work. We are looking for visual work that reflects your ability to explore and communicate ideas. Students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note, as this is a new course, we are unable to consider applications for advanced entry to Level 3.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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