Postgraduate programmes

Fashion Journalism

MA

Translate trends, generate content and refine your writing skills on our industry-relevant fashion journalism programme.

September
Full Time
Fashion & Design
  • NameFashion Journalism
  • QualificationMA
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration3 terms (one full calendar year)
  • Tuition fees£18,000 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2018
  • Future start dateSeptember 2019
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationSubject to validation

The MA Fashion Journalism is an ideal progression for students who wish to build on a bachelor’s education in fashion, but also for those with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than fashion who may wish to move into fashion and specifically in to the specialist field of fashion journalism.

The programme will prepare you to embark on your career within Fashion Journalism with a good understanding of current developments at the forefront of the industry, while nurturing your ability to enter a world of journalism that is evolving very quickly. The programme will develop journalists who are independent in their thinking and who will welcome the challenge of a fast-moving environment in a state of flux.

The MA will explore traditional journalism and newer forms of journalism. You will strengthen your ability to approach evolving landscapes and digital platforms as well as niche print zines with a fluid approach and a spirit of exploration. While the programme will enable you to work in fashion journalism, it will acknowledge the interconnectedness of fashion with its closely related industries including art, graphics, product design, furniture and interior design, marketing and brand strategy, architecture, music and performance and wider contexts including entrepreneurial business and community projects.

You will have the opportunity to travel to other fashion capitals and one fashion study trip is included in the cost of your programme, ensuring an international perspective on the fashion industry and on your specialist area. You will take part in the study trip alongside other fashion master’s students. You may also have the opportunity to take additional, optional, fashion study trips with your fellow students.

Through the programme you will engage with the community, reporting on subjects which are brave and demand exploring. In line with developments in fashion journalism, the programme uses fashion as a starting point to explore new avenues of interest to the increasingly sophisticated and global 21st century audience. The programme educates journalists who lead rather than to merely follow the crowd.

The programme is delivered over three terms. It is a 180-credit programme with 60 credits per term. The programme has been designed so that some modules are shared with other programmes, enabling you to study within a wider community of fashion and business students and to broaden your understanding of the fashion industry.

In the third term, you have the opportunity to complete either a dissertation or a consultancy project. The project can, if desired, be completed through a professional placement in industry.

Modules

Term 1

  • Contemporary Journalism: Approaches and Skills
  • Professional Development: Media Law, Ethics and Community
  • Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity
  • Introduction to Textiles & Product Manufacturing

Term 2

  • Innovation in Fashion Media
  • Sustainability in Fashion
  • Fashion Publications
  • Research Design and Methods

Term 3

  • Dissertation
  • Individual Consultancy Project (with or without professional placement in industry)

Your programme contains a study trip to an international fashion city where you will be able to study alongside your fellow students and gain a truly international perspective on your subject and industry. You may also have the opportunity to go on further optional study trips.

You will find that your programme involves contact with a lot of fashion professionals. This will happen naturally through your lectuerers who are industry professionals as well as academics, through guest speakers and live projects with industry and there may well be other opportunities to network, for instance at fashion events.

See module descriptions

Assessment structure

Assessments are authentic and challenging. Briefs are realistic and can be used both to build confidence and resilience, and showcase work required for portfolio and cv.

Assessment is both formative and summative. Formative assessment is information at interim stages during the term (and sometimes as often as once a week) which enables you to understand how you are progressing on a module, what you have done well, what you need to concentrate on in order to do better and what independent study you need to do for the next part of the module. Formative assessment is intended to help you during a module so that we can support you in your learning to do as well as you can.

Academic Calendar

Study methods 

The MA Fashion Journalism is taught by academics experienced both in industry and also in the academic delivery of the subject. They have considerable reputation within the field. For example, Julia Robson is one of the best regarded fashion journalists in London. Julia used to work on the Daily Telegraph as Deputy Fashion Editor to Hilary Alexander. She has also held posts as a fashion editor on a national and fashion columnist for an international (Middle Eastern) newspaper and has written for The Daily at London Fashion Week while working as a consultant for major fashion brands.

Your programme is industry-orientated. For that reason, experiential learning is fundamental to many of the learning and teaching methodologies used on the programme and to many of the assessments that you will complete. Preparation for careers in relevant disciplines contributes to the mission and goals of the University and is integral to the design of your programme.

The following learning and teaching methods are used on your programme:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speakers
  • Subject area or University-wide talks
  • External visits
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Independent study
  • Formative assessments
  • Summative assessments 

Meet the team

Heath Brown was Fashion Director of The Times weekend magazine commissioning and writing features and styling with world class photographers and creatives. He has contributed to many publications, including The Financial Times, and worked on the e-zine website of fashion brand, Matches.com. Kim Blake is an experienced Fashion PR who helped launch the career of fashion designers including Alexander McQueen and British fashion brands, Whistles and Jigsaw. Guests and visiting lecturers include fashion writers, editors, such as Penny Martin founder and editor in chief of The Gentlewoman, and reporters from global multi-platforms and international mixed media.

Students with disabilities

Assessment will be adjusted to suit the needs of students with disabilities. The aim of such adjustments is to ensure that students with disabilities can be tested on an equal footing with all other students. If you have a learning disability it is important that you register this with the Disability Officer so that we can begin to support and work with you to determine what adjustments are appropriate. Some of our programmes encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer

This programme will prepare you for a career in fashion journalism, both print and digital media. 

Typical entry level jobs open to graduates of the programme include:

  • Junior Online editor
  • Fashion Writer
  • Fashion journalist
  • Copy/content Writer/Editor
  • Web Editor
  • Social Media Writer/editor
  • Fashion Assistant
  • PR and brand strategist
  • Brand agency researcher
  • Trend researcher
  • E-commerce Product Writer
  • Fashion News Reporter
  • Features Assistant
  • Creative Director
  • Creative brand consultant
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Blogzine entrepreneur
  • Media marketing Assistant

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 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • 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 admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

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 admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • 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.

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. 

Fees September 2018

Tuition fee: £18,000
Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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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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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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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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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