Display of students' fashion designs


Fashion Communication

Clearing applicants who do not meet the standard requirements as specified on the Entry tab may be considered.

Please call our Clearing helpline on 0117 32 83333 for further advice.

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:
This course was developed alongside industry experts and has produced Graduate Fashion Week award-winners across several categories.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study fashion communication?

The fashion industry employs over 400,000 people in the UK alone, and excites and inspires global audiences through diverse media.

Alongside print and film, brands use installations, events and online and mobile platforms to communicate their message.

To do this they need professionals with a solid understanding of popular culture, contemporary fashion and how to successfully attract customers through each medium.

Why study this course?

BA(Hons) Fashion Communication is a creative interdisciplinary course based at Arnolfini, one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts.

Our staff are industry experts and have strong relationships with the fashion industry so you will benefit from regular input from fashion professionals.

Exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital media studios. Production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

Discover approaches towards communicating and promoting fashion. Work with photography, drawing, digital media and film to explore ideas around fashion and its global dissemination.

Study and apply branding, market analysis and PR to your creative work and investigate the use of digital marketing strategies, future trends and technology's role in fashion.

Apply new ideas through project development, which can include online marketing campaigns, web development, promotional films or publications. Demonstrate your creativity and fashion knowledge through an extended independent design project.

We work closely with industry specialists to keep the curriculum current and relevant to industry. Develop professional and entrepreneurial skills and participate in live briefs and collaborative projects with industry professionals.

Go on visits to factories and sector events where you'll see the fashion industry in action. Gain valuable experience through professional practice and internships and graduate ready to take your place in the fashion industry.

City Campus is a creative powerhouse that spans the city of Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton, Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

Choose from a variety of professions across the fashion industry. Potential careers include photographer, stylist, trend forecaster, fashion editor, web-developer, online marketing, online visual merchandiser and events manager.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • 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:

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

Plus optional modules (the number depending on your credit requirements) from:

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

Final year

You will study:

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

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

Develop your individual strengths and interests through fast-paced, experimental projects.

Learn through a combination of taught, independent and collaborative learning. This includes lectures, seminars, technical workshops, tutorials, presentations, critiques and external visits.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Benefit from regular professional input. As well as making sure that the course reflects industry, experts come in to present and deliver live briefs. Past speakers include freelance fashion journalists, photographers and designers and experts from YADDA, Antiform, Kurt Geiger, Burberry, Dora Larsen and BRICKS magazine.

We currently offer live projects in association with Kurt Geiger, Confinery, Movement Boutique, Antiform and Native Youth, as well as the chance to take part in national and international design competitions.

Showcase your work at our final year Creative Industries Degree Show. We also encourage you to show work on and off-line throughout the course and will help you develop the skills to do this.

See some of our students' exhibits on Instagram and Tumblr.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

You can expect to be taught for a minimum of three days each week.

You'll have access to the studios based at Arnolfini and the photographic studios at Bower Ashton campus. In your final year, you'll 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.

All assessments are 100% coursework. Assessment types include portfolio assessments, presentations and exhibitions. You're also required to engage in peer assessment as part of the formative assessment process.

You'll receive written and verbal feedback on all the work you submit.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

The role of practical experience in the success of our graduates is unquestionable. Past and current students have worked with well-known brandssuch as LOVE magazine, Toni and Guy, Storm Model agency and Harvey Nichols and fashion labels such as Moschino and Vetements.

You'll study professional practice and work experience modules in all three study years, enabling you to find work experience that fits with your career ambitions.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Go behind the scenes of the fashion industry at trips to agencies, factories and events. We also arrange an optional visit to an event such as Fashion Week in London, Paris and Milan.

Study facilities

Fashion Communication is based at Arnolfini contemporary arts centre.

It's an excellent base within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol.

Bower Ashton houses the main creative and cultural industries library and support services for students.

Access industry standard department facilities and resources and collaborate with students, alumni and industry professionals.

Develop skills in photography, filmmaking and digital media in our state-of-the-art technical resource centres. Bring your ideas to life using a range of media.

Attend lectures and seminars at the Watershed in Bristol city centre.

This mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Choose from a variety of professions across the fashion industry. Potential careers could include fashion photography, styling, web-development, trend forecasting, fashion journalism, merchandising, photography, brand development, social media, events, marketing management and e-commerce.

Past graduates have gone on to work at Vogue, COS, Crack and i-D magazines, Company magazine, Burberry, Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Superdry and Urban Outfitters.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers 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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

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

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Students starting this course in September 2018 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/4 or above 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.
  • Relevant subjects: Fashion, Photography, Textiles, Media Studies, English Literature
  • 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.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information


UWE Main Campus

You might also like

Back to top