"I really like the diversity the course has offered me." Kerry Francis, Fashion student
This multi-disciplinary, industry-relevant degree gives you the opportunity to work with a wide range of media and visual communication methods central to the fashion industry including styling, photography, graphic communication, film and show production.
Our diverse degree takes an innovative approach to the production of contemporary fashion media. We have a reputation for producing a broad range of high quality creative work using traditional and digital media, exploring emerging technologies and new promotional platforms. Our graduates go on to work in areas including styling, photography, graphic design, art direction and curation.
This is a studio-based degree that gives you the opportunity to develop practical, specialist skills while contextualising your work and connecting your thinking to cultural, political, socioeconomic and philosophical issues. We encourage creativity, problem solving and independent thinking at every stage of the course. You will learn not only the knowledge and practical skills essential for a successful career in fashion but also develop a range of abilities that will enhance your employability in other industries.
You can view some of the work produced by our graduates at www.fashioncommunication.co.uk.
You will engage with current industry practice in fashion media and styling. The course also looks closely at the cultural contexts of fashion communication.
The skills you will develop include:
You can find information about teaching and assessment on this course in the programme specification.
You will learn your craft at lectures, workshops, seminars, demonstrations and tutorials. A programme of masterclasses and industry speaker sessions runs through all three years of study. You will work on projects, practical assignments, critical essays and presentations, all of which you will supplement with your own independent research. In addition to specialist skills, the course aims to improve your written and verbal presentation skills. Students will be asked to give feedback on each other's work, and you will also assess yourself and evaluate your own work.
The course includes a work placement of about six weeks during year 2 in the run-up to London Fashion Week, which will allow you to spend time in your chosen area of the fashion industry. We will help you to find your placement, and the course also includes CV workshops and sessions giving advice on networking and self-promotion.
Most of our staff are involved in professional work and research outside the university and our facilities are extensive.
You will be assessed through practical and written coursework, reports, portfolio presentations, group assignments, and one-to-one tutorials. Your attendance at and participation in practical sessions will also count.
We will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
The School normally makes offers on condition of 280 UCAS tariff points in line with our long held belief that the achievement of distinction from a Foundation or Level 3 Diploma or BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design is an excellent preparation for our courses. The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Progression Diplomas, specialising in Art and Design subjects, are also accepted at the equivalent tariff and above. We accept the Access to HE Diploma. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required for a student entering the University.
Recognised overseas qualifications must evidence at least the equivalent standards as home students. The School invites the submission of portfolios from all of its applicants so that we can assess ability and potential. To find out more about the requirements from your country of origin, please see further information under support in your country.
Applicants must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
This degree leads to a diverse range of roles including stylist, photographer, fashion editor, designer, art director, graphic designer, journalist and illustrator.
Graduates from the fashion courses at Middlesex include internationally known illustrator and art director Richard Gray and Richard Sloan, stylist and art director who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen and designer Robert Cary-Williams.
A period of work experience of approximately six weeks is embedded in the degree in the middle of the second year. This is in the weeks leading up to London Fashion Week in February. It is an assessed part of the degree offering a wonderful opportunity to work with fashion based designers, show producers, magazines, PR companies, stylists and photographers in their studios at their busiest time of the year and often leads to job offers. Students are supported by the Fashion tutors and the Placement Officer.
We also offer a four-year 'Thick Sandwich' version of the course, allowing students to undertake a year-long placement in their third year.
"I really like the diversity the course has offered me. I'd previously specialised in photography and I've been able to continue with this whilst improving my skills in other areas, such as graphics. The chance to take part in a six week work placement was also a great experience and it allowed me to incorporate the theory I've learned into my practical work.
"After I graduate I plan to stay in London and gain more experience in the industry to figure out what area of fashion I'd like to explore for a career. The guidance offered by my tutors has been a great help in figuring out my pathway post-graduation."
Senior Lecturer, Fashion Communication and Styling
"The BA Fashion Communication and Styling is visceral, fast-paced and consistently exciting. We really explore across culture and counterculture - its not just about fashion.
"The students we attract frequently exceed our expectations. Their innovation and experience working in the industry makes them much stronger graduates. And when they start tackling complex aesthetic issues in their final year work, we know we've developed truly confident communicators."