We pride ourselves on being part of one of the most innovative and exciting fashion courses in London.
You'll be able to build valuable skills on placement before London Fashion Week. You'll also be able to take part in the Degree Show, showcasing your work and increasing your professional network.
You’ll get the opportunity to work with a wide range of media and visual communication methods that are central to the fashion industry.
We take an innovative approach to the subject and you’ll be encouraged to consider and develop your own personal style and direction.
Besides a theoretical and practical foundation, you’ll also gain essential abilities that will enhance your employability even beyond the fashion industry.
Ours is one of the most exciting fashion courses in London - we’re proud to be ranked fourth in London for Fashion (Guardian University Guide 2019).
You’ll explore fashion’s past and future developments and take part in the Degree Show, showcasing your work and building your professional network.
You’ll work with a wide range of media and visual communication methods that are central to the fashion industry, all the while developing your own personal style and direction.
The course will give you essential skills that will enhance your employability in the fashion industry and beyond.
Our Fashion Communication and Styling BA will offer you the chance to:
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Our course will help you gain insight into both contemporary fashion and the wider field of visual communication. You'll engage with a broad range of professional skills and acquire first-hand experience of current industry practice, through work experience and collaboration.
In your first year, you'll learn a broad range of skills and get the opportunity to apply these skills through live and collaborative projects. You'll cover topics such as styling, photography, graphic design and art direction, film and magazine production.
Your second year is industry-focused with a six-week industry placement during London Fashion Week and a live industry brief. In previous years this project has run in collaboration with Buffalozine, The Face and Dust Magazine.
This final year is self-directed, supported by one-to-one tutorials and workshops. You'll work towards the production of a professional portfolio showcasing your specialist skills and a written dissertation.
Taking place in the first term, this module will encourage the exploration of individual style, identity and abilities through a series of introductory projects covering specialist fields of fashion communication. It will provide induction sessions in appropriate workshops within the Faculty and a basic level of training in associated skills. We will give an overview of the range of roles, tasks and creative responsibilities within the fields of fashion communication.
During term 2, you will be given the opportunity to apply the skills you gained in the first term, in relation to the production of fashion communication outcomes. We encourage you to consider your own role within the field of fashion communication, how this role interacts within a wider collaborative network and how project requirements reflect client and audience needs. As the title suggests, the programme of study will typically include a mixture of collaborative and individual projects.
Throughout this year-long module, you will explore a range of visual research methods relating to fields of fashion communication and styling. We will introduce you to networks of communities and their currency and influence on contemporary fashion design, communication and promotion and related audience and markets. We will also investigate cultural and sub-cultural belonging and how this influences and translates into identity and style. You will gather, organise, edit and display a range of personal, original and inspiring research material.
Throughout this year long module, we will introduce to you to different ways of looking at and thinking about fashion, providing an introduction to historical sources and narratives as well as key cultural and contextual theories. You will be encouraged to draw connections between fashions from the past and the present to encourage you to understand the rich cultural and social meanings of clothing and adornment in Western traditions. We cover a broad range of visual and material research methodologies, enabling you to be resourceful and explore different archives and historical collections in a hands-on way.
This term 1 project will enable you to hone skills appropriate to a specific role, ideally reflecting your choice of career pathway. It will engender a developed awareness of fashion communication industry practice through the adoption of a specialism, typically styling, photography and film or art direction, in relation to self-generated themes. We will provide a range of industry-focused project opportunities appropriate to this specialist role.
This module will enable you to undertake a period of work experience within a field of the fashion communication at the beginning of the second term. We support you in identifying possible career networks and areas of employment. The project provides the opportunity for you to apply the specialist and transferable skills you have acquired so far in a professional setting.
When you return from your internship in term 2, this module will build on your awareness of fashion communication industry practice in relation to market and audience. You will further hone your skills in a particular field, as a stylist, photographer or art director, considering how your own creative practice demonstrates awareness of professional standards and client expectations. You will further explore your personal style and direction through the production of a self-directed project aimed at an appropriate market, outlet or platform.
This OPTIONAL module allow you to undertake a year-long internship in the fashion industry, returning to undertake take your final year as a fourth year of study. You will utilise an employment experience to provide an insight into the work methods and operation of a fashion business or freelance role in a field of fashion design and production. You will carefully document the experience, engendering an understanding of the principles of reflective practice and their application in a professional context.
This project will allow you to engage with the identification, organisation and development of a substantial, in-depth, self-directed dissertation with a clear and sustained critical argument. We encourage the pursuit of a research topic related to issues explored in your own practice in any area of fashion. You will further develop critical awareness and self-reflection of historical and/or contemporary contexts of your discipline and research topic, building on primary and secondary research skills embedded in Years One and Two, and developing your ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate appropriate sources and research methods.
This is your final major project. The year-long module will provide the opportunity for you to research, develop and produce a series of self-directed projects that reflect your understanding of industry standards within a chosen field of fashion communication, demonstrate a clear personal style and direction and show awareness of current and innovative practice. The aim is to produce a graduate portfolio of creative output appropriate to a specific role or field of fashion communication.
To find out more please download the Fashion Communication and Styling BA Honours specification (PDF).
We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.
Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.
Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.
You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.
We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.
This degree leads to a diverse range of fashion media roles including stylist, photographer, fashion editor, art director, casting agent, graphic designer and PR consultant.
Year after year our students produce outstanding industry-standard work and leave the course with an impressive portfolio to launch their careers. Take a look at some of the work from last year’s graduates on our Creative Graduates 2022 website.
Graduates from the fashion courses at Middlesex include internationally known illustrator and art director Richard Gray, menswear designer Martine Rose and Richard Sloan, stylist and art director who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen.
Jared is a fashion image maker and founder of @forservicezine who graduated in 2020. Jared has consulted for Balenciaga on their Summer 22 campaign.
Valeria is a fashion stylist and consultant who graduated in 2022 and has a cult following on Instagram with her @sushiandbaklava account. Vogue was celebrating her Y2K-focused Depop store pop-up at Selfridges before she even graduated.
Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.
Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has put us in the top 10 UK universities for students who want to be CEOs and entrepreneurs (Hitachi, 2021).
Want to be your own boss? You'll have the chance to pitch your business to gain mentoring and grants of up to £15,000.
You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.
The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:
Part-time: £77 per taught credit
Full-time students: £16,600
Part-time students: £138 per taught credit
The following study tools are included in your fees:
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees, and you may be required to purchase these to complete the course. The costs are approximate and may change due to changes in pricing at the retailer.
To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:
1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.
Each year we take final year projects from students on BA Fashion Communication and Styling to be displayed at the Arts and Creative Industries degree show, usually held at the Truman Brewery.
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Created by our programme leaders and showcasing the best of our student work, this website is dedicated to this course, it's students and their work.
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Fashion Communication and Styling BA graduate
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.