Module
descriptions

for Postgraduate Diploma Fashion: Journalism

Contemporary Journalism: Approaches and Skills

The aim of this module is to deliver the practical skills for a career in Fashion Journalism. You will study how to research and analyse fashion and the fashion system effectively, ranging from the luxury sector through to the mass market. These learnings will be applied to the delivery of interesting and entertaining journalism for a wide variety of different markets. The practical skills focus is on writing, editing and multi-media creation. It also aims to develop the practical skills for writers and editors for branded content, e-commerce and other fast-growing sectors.

Professional and Employability Skills 1

The aim of this module is to develop an appropriate portfolio of knowledge and skills which will allow you to make a successful transition into your chosen fashion career. The module features a mix of commercially focused hard and soft skills, which refer both to the generic and specialist knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed for success in the job. Professional and Employability Skills 1 is focused primarily on the mix of generic and industry focused knowledge and skills needed to help you research, prepare and apply for jobs in the fashion sector you have chosen. It will cover preparation for job applications, personal marketing, networking and interview performance. The scope is international, taking into account different working practices across the world, with learnings relevant across many different job roles within the broader fashion sector. The module is delivered utilising both the resources of Regent’s dedicated Careers and Business Relations team and the specialist staff on your programme.

Fashion Culture: History, Theory, Creativity

The aim of this module is to allow you to develop your knowledge of fashion history from the late 19th century to the present day. Balancing this are lectures on the fashion industry – how it works and how it is changing, including retail, manufacturing and the luxury sector. You will also learn how to analyse creativity in styling, photography and digital innovation as much as in fashion design. The scope is global and broad-minded, exploring how trends evolve and how fashion interlinks with many other creative sectors, for application to fashion and broader lifestyle journalism.

Introduction to Textiles and Product Manufacturing

The aim of this module is to develop your fashion knowledge with a broad understanding and appreciation of fabrics, garment construction and their manufacture. It will provide you with an understanding of how garments are made including the essentials of mass-market manufacture. This will include a fundamental understanding of the key design characteristics that impact on clothing manufacture and an overview of textile technology and terminology. Covering a cross-section of product types, it will address fabric and garment performance and respond to a demand for a greater understanding of the fashion business.

The module also explores the product development cycle from the initial design idea, mood boards and colour palette creation, through to sampling, costing and final production.

New Ideas in Digital Media

The aim of this module is to introduce and encourage you to explore the dynamic and fast-moving world of fashion digital media. Entrepreneurial instincts and a willingness to experiment are encouraged in this module, which works at the cutting edge of new media. The very latest digital media are analysed and discussed in intensive and free-form seminars, giving you the confidence to work in digital media in its many forms. The ability to practice convergence journalism, working across a variety of different skill sets, is explored.

Sustainability and Ethics in Fashion

The module aims to develop your understanding of the specific sustainability and ethical issues arising in contemporary fashion and to examine areas of overlap between the two. You will develop an understanding of the substantial ethical challenges facing the fashion industry, particularly with regard to the need to develop a sustainable ethos for the fashion system in a world of finite resources. Sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry are investigated with a dual focus on the supply side and the context in which demand for fashion products is created.

It aims to provide an understanding of the ethical challenges faced by the fashion industry dealing with heavily marketed and promoted products, from high street through to luxury. It will also address the diversity of issues arising from retailer’s and brands’ approaches to design, sourcing and manufacture of fashion products in the supply chain.

Final Project: Fashion Futures

The aim of this module is to develop a final project that shows off your skill sets acquired in earlier modules. Through negotiation with your tutor, a number of formats are permitted to display your versatility and specific interests to maximum effect, ranging from web-based work to a sample magazine format, always around the theme of Fashion Futures – where fashion is heading next.

Professional and Employability Skills 2

The aim of this module is to develop an appropriate portfolio of knowledge and skills which will allow you to make a successful transition into your chosen fashion career. You will require a diverse range of commercial and professional skills in order to meet the fast evolving and competitive challenges you are likely to face in your future careers. The module will feature a mix of commercially focused hard and soft skills, which refer both to the generic and specialist knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed for success in the job.

Professional and Employability Skills 2 is focused primarily on the mix of generic and specialist industry focused knowledge and skills needed to help you ‘hit the ground running’ on entering a job. This will involve a more specific and vocational set of knowledge and skills which will vary according to your chosen fashion career. The scope is international, taking into account different working practices across the world, with learnings relevant across many different job roles within your chosen fashion sector. The module is delivered primarily by the specialist staff on your programme.