Fashion (Journalism)

MA

Programme details

  • Next start date: 30 Sep 2019
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 terms (one full calendar year)
  • Fee: £18,500

This programme is designed for brave, innovative individuals who want to challenge the conventions of the one of the most fast-moving and competitive fashion industries.

New technologies are changing the world of journalism, and there is more demand for content about fashion than ever before.

You will be trained in traditional journalism skills, including:

  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Interviewing
  • Legal issues
  • Reporting
  • Pitching

You will also explore other forms of communication, including:

  • Digital platforms
  • E-commerce
  • Social media
  • Branded content
  • Multimedia creation (video and audio)
  • Advertorials
  • SEO

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry, from the idea, concept, design and production of clothes to their labelling, costing and promotion. This includes:

  • Fashion catwalks
  • Designers and celebrities
  • Image creation and critique
  • PR campaigns
  • Styling and photography

You will study the history and theory of fashion as well as emerging trends. You will also learn to analyse brands and products, from high-street chains to luxury designers.

You will study at our Marylebone site in central London. The programme includes trips to nearby galleries, museums, design studios and textile factories. You will have the opportunity to visit London Fashion Week. You may also have the opportunity to visit another fashion capital (included in the programme fee). You will join our creative and commercially-oriented community, working alongside fashion, marketing and design students on our other connected programmes. You will also hear from industry professionals and work on live briefs. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement.

This programme considers fashion in a range of global contexts and with particular emphasis on ethical practice, including topics such as:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Fashion activism within the community
  • Social responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Waste

You will consider the moral aspects of fashion production and reporting, and gain confidence in critiquing the retail industry. For example, you will work as a group on a community engagement outreach project.

You also have the option to work on an individual consultancy project. This is flexible, ranging from a self-produced film to a magazine, an entrepreneurial project or a collaboration with a brand.

The MA Fashion (Journalism) programme is an ideal progression for students with a BA degree in fashion, or a discipline other than fashion who may wish to move specifically in to the specialist field of fashion journalism in its broadest sense.

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This is a full time, one year Master's programme.

Term 1

Module Title Overview
Fashion Cultures: 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. You will develop an understanding of fashion’s societal, cultural and other contexts. 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 learn how to analyse creativity in styling, photography and digital innovation as much as in fashion design. You will explore semiology and meaning within fashion text and image and concepts and philosophies surrounding this. The scope is global and broad-minded, exploring how and why trends evolve and how fashion relates to other creative sectors including broader lifestyle journalism.
Introduction to Textiles & Product Manufacturing The aim of this module is to develop your commercial fashion knowledge with a broad understanding and appreciation of the fashion product: fabrics, garment construction and clothing manufacture. This will include a fundamental understanding of the key design characteristics that affect clothing manufacture and quality. You will gain an overview of textile technology and terminology. Covering a cross-section of product types, the module will address fabric and garment performance enhancing your 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.
Contemporary Journalism: Approaches and Skills The aim of this module is to deliver the essential and practical skills, knowledge and understanding of working practices for a career in Fashion Journalism. It runs concurrently with the Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity module to embed and establish the context for specialist fashion journalism within the wider breadth of what constitutes fashion. 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. Its practical skills focus is on writing, reporting, 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 Development: Media Law, Ethics and Community This module aims to develop an ethical, social and moral responsibility towards what is professionally deemed ‘good practice’ within the framework of multi-platform fashion journalism. You will learn about the primary importance of accuracy and clarity when story gathering and writing, along with issues surrounding, for example, defamation, plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property. You will learn how to fuse perspective with professionalism and integrity with original thinking in order to challenge stereotypical definitions of fashion, as you develop a more critically nuanced perspective.

You will also study the ways in which fashion communication can be used to explore and raise awareness of social injustice, under-represented peoples and problematic global issues within the parameters of what constitutes a fashion story. You will explore how fashion journalism is used as a dialogue to reduce prejudice and enhance mutual understanding and respect between individuals, and how it plays an important part in initiatives towards global stability.

Term 2

Module Title Overview
Sustainability and Fashion This module will develop your understanding of sustainability issues in the contemporary fashion industry. Sustainability in fashion is investigated with a focus on the supply of fashion products and the context in which demand for them is created. Implicated in the global supply chain are questions of ethical standards and social justice.

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. You will also consider what has been called the ‘true cost’ of fashion: its human and environmental impacts.
Research Design and Methods The aim of this module is to examine research design and to explore a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods which you will learn to apply to your specialist area. You will become familiar with research ethics and its importance to research projects. You will learn how to design and conduct advanced research and how to select appropriate research tools and methodologies. You will acquire the necessary skills to analyse and interpret research data. Through exercises and projects, you will apply research techniques to your area of study. You will learn through lectures, group and individual exercises, field work and tutorials. The module will prepare you to engage in original research during the final term of your degree.
Innovation in Fashion Media The 21st century fashion journalist must acquire a diverse range of skills in order to meet the competitive challenges they are likely to face in their professional careers. The aim of this module is to introduce and encourage you to explore the dynamic and fast-moving world of fashion media and become digitally literate. Entrepreneurial instincts and a willingness to experiment are encouraged in this module, which works at the cutting edge of new media. Traditional and new media platforms are analysed and discussed in free-form seminars, giving you the confidence to work in many forms. The ability to practise convergence journalism and deliver fashion content, working across a variety of different skill sets, is explored.
Fashion Publications This module will enable you to explore and demonstrate developing journalistic and technical skills acquired in earlier modules. It will test your understanding through practice and application within the evolving context of media platforms and can form the basis to your final term’s project. Through negotiation with your tutor, a number of formats are permitted to display your versatility and specific interests to maximum effect. We will advocate using fashion as a starting point to explore new avenues of interest to the increasingly sophisticated and global 21st century audience. You will generate and deliver an original portfolio themed around global fashion-related topics. With strong contemporary relevance, your work will showcase a range of feature treatments (for example; investigation, report, interview) and appropriate skills required for mixed media.

Term 3

You will choose one of the options below.

Module Title Overview
Dissertation The aim of this module is to enable you to learn how to determine a suitable topic for research, to conduct research at the forefront of the discipline, engage in critical analysis and in the formation of an argument that involves original thought.
Individual Consultancy Project (with or without professional placement in industry) The Individual Consultancy Project (ICP) is a major research-based activity. It is the final stage of the master’s degree and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have gained the knowledge, understanding, conceptual awareness and skills to plan and conduct a research project worthy of achievement at this level. It should demonstrate your ability to identify an area or topic suitable for research: to set aims and research objectives; devise an appropriate research methodology; locate, assimilate, organise and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data and relevant authoritative literature in the field; draw conclusions based on sound judgement; and where appropriate make relevant recommendations and indicate areas for further research.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Fashion Journalism Scholarship

Pakistani students studying the MA Fashion (Journalism) programme are eligible for a scholarship worth £4,000. The scholarship is offered in partnership with OK! Pakistan and includes the opportunity to take a leading role in covering Pakistani fashion events in London for the magazine.

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India Postgraduate Taught Masters scholarships

Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business. Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching and Assessment

This programme has been developed by industry experts, who will teach you through a range of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest talks
  • Role-play
  • Live industry projects
  • Fashion shoots

Academic Calendar

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a range of staff who are experienced in traditional journalism as well as in new media.

Methods of assessment

  • Creative tasks, such as mood boards, blogs and magazines
  • Essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Reports

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component and 6.0 in all other components
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

The programme will equip you with the interdisciplinary skills to succeed as a fashion journalist. You will also be able to consider a wide range of related roles, including:

  • Fashion trend researcher
  • Online fashion entrepreneur
  • PR and brand strategist
  • Publishing assistant

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MA Fashion (Journalism)