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Fashion Communication (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Art and Design
Year zero: Frenchay; Year one to three: City campus
Four years
Programme leader:
Julian Scott
Key fact:
This course was developed alongside industry experts and has produced Graduate Fashion Week award-winners across several categories.

Page last updated 4 October 2018


Why study fashion communication?

The fashion industry employs over 80,000 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 UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in the foundation year and then at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, from year one onwards.

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.

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.

Showcase 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.

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 zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Drawing and Making
  • Developmental Projects
  • Foundation Project
  • Academic Skills.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

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 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.

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.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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.

The majority of the assessments are 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 role in the success of our graduates is unquestionable.

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

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

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.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

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


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review. We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability.

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).

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Fashion Communication course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us 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 we 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 here, 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.

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