Fashion Styling - MA

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2015
Campus:
Fees:
£6,195 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)

Our practical postgraduate fashion styling course focuses on your ability to develop a personal creative style, entrepreneurial abilities and a professional approach to fashion styling.

What's covered in the course?

You'll learn the skills and knowledge needed for a professional career in fashion styling.

You will also explore and use different research methods to investigate the promotion of fashion styling through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity or public relations.

Why Choose Us?

  • Develop your career goals in fashion styling with opportunities for internships
  • Network and collaborate with other fashion students, our wider postgraduate community and beyond
  • Grow ideas and projects relating to your home town or country, comparing the European fashion styling sector with the rest of the world
  • Work on live projects with business and industry.

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • BB Fashion house
  • Oldrids

And in jobs such as:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Assistant Fashion Buyer

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Either a degree in a relevant subject such as fashion design, fashion communication, photography or media practice or equivalent qualifications and experience.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2015 FT 1 year £6,195
PT 2 years £3,100 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2015 FT 1 year £11,500

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Postgraduate Scholarships

We’re aiming to make a postgraduate qualification affordable to everyone and can offer awards of up to £10,000 to selected students.

There are three scholarships for postgraduate study that you should know about if you are considering studying a postgraduate course in 2015/16:

1
BCU Masters Scholarship

The BCU Masters Scholarship award is a £10,000 payment towards your tuition fees (and an additional cash payment of the remaining sum if your tuition fees are less than £10,000).

2
BCU Academic Excellence Scholarship

The BCU Academic Excellence Scholarship is a 50% reduction of your tuition fees.

3
BCU Loyalty Scholarship

The final scholarship on offer is the BCU Loyalty Scholarship, and is only available to students who progress to postgraduate study directly from their undergraduate course. It entitles you to a 10% discount off, plus an additional 5-10% subject to meeting certain criteria.

Applications for our BCU Masters and BCU Academic Excellence Scholarships 2015/16 have now closed. However, you can still register your interest for future opportunities.

Register your interest

This course is available part-time

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

On receipt of your application form, your application will be considered and you may be called for interview. After interview, if you are considered suitable for the course you will receive an offer of a place.

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Each postgraduate stage takes 15 weeks full-time or 30 weeks part-time. During all stages the majority of your study-time and effort is devoted to practical and creative studies.

During the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage emphasis is on your ability to conceive and initiate styling projects, then develop creative strategies for their realisation. You initially write a Personal Programme of Study (PPS) which outlines your study plans and can be interdisciplinary in nature. You then maintain a diary and give a seminar.

At the end of each stage you will present and explain your practical work. Written reports are required to conform to academic conventions – other documentation can be more creative in format. It is necessary to pass each postgraduate stage before progressing to the next.

Modules include:
Portfolio: Concepts and Treatments
45 credits
Lecture and Seminar Programme
15 credits

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage focuses on developing your ability to manage short styling projects from conception to realisation. You also write a strategic plan relating to your remaining studies, personal development and career ambitions.

You are introduced to a range of research techniques and resources. You can undertake work placement or experience at this time, or external activities related to your PPS.

Modules include:
Research Strategy
15 credits
Portfolio: Short Project, Portfolio
45 credits

Stage 3: Masters

For your Master’s you will undertake a single major styling project, that reflects your PPS, showcases your abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner.

You also write a reflective report that encourages you to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand your practice. Finally you present an exhibition (or equivalent) that reflects your studies and career goals. Your programme will include a mixture of practical projects and written work.

You will take one of the following options:
Major Project
60 credits
Dissertation
60 credits

Our course will equip you with the latest knowledge, skills and resources to help you investigate areas of personal and work-based interest.

You’ll develop your studies around your personal career ambitions and enjoy visits to leading fashion events. You can additionally arrange interviews with industry professionals working in fashion promotion in the UK or globally.

As a graduate you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and practical skills to fashion styling.

Assessment methods

Your programme will include a mixture of practical projects and written work. You will develop a portfolio of work that showcases your abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner. At each stage you will also write reflective reports that encourage you to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand your practice and future career choices. You are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

Further study

Our graduates can go on to study for a PhD in related subjects.

Trips and visits

We visit exhibitions in London, travel to trade fairs and you will also have the opportunity to arrange your own trips to fashion, retail and cultural events and locations in Europe.

Enhancing your employability skills

You’ll experience excellent opportunities for work experience and live industry briefs, giving you practical, professional exposure and an awareness of the challenges and opportunities in the fashion styling sector.

In addition to our expert staff, you will meet a wide range of visitors from industry who will offer insight into current business practices and issues.

Your research and experience of presenting your work in a professional manner makes you highly aware of current trends, cultural matters and industry practise.

You’ll also learn about working in teams and benefit from collaborating with other students across our extensive postgraduate fashion community.

Placements

Live collaborations, internships and work experience can form part of your projects and studies, and you’ll benefit from the networking opportunities this provides.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Potential areas of employment and expertise when you graduate include:

  • Fashion styling
  • Visual merchandising
  • Image consultancy
  • Brand development
  • Events management
  • Trend analysis and forecasting
  • Research.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Many of our students choose to develop projects directly linked to their home countries and conduct field research around the world.

Our course welcomes students from across the world. We have an excellent reputation globally, as well as over 20 years’ experience teaching international students.

We are proud of our extensive international graduate community, which has a particular focus in Asia.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our fashion styling course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Home to the Birmingham School of Architecture, School of Fashion, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design and School of Visual Communication, the five-floor site is packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social 'collision spaces.'

The campus also provides extensive workshop space, and the very latest in industry-standard equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

You will have access to Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility, and Gypsy, an exo-skeleton-based motion capture system to extend the many possibilities for production of 3D animation and films.

There's also a comprehensive range of tools and machinery in the wood and metal workshops.

You can use the latest in high-tech digital print, plus a range of other facilities including:

  • Editing and animation suites with unique equipment
  • Digital Visualisation Hub
  • Traditional print
  • Photographic studio and darkroom
  • High power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems
  • Theatre
  • Fashion workshops
  • Computerised looms and printers
  • Art shop
  • Library
  • Café

We are committed to showcasing the best student concepts and collections in exhibitions and on catwalks that include London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.

Professor Colin Gale

Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles

Professor Colin Gale is currently Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles. From an initial career start in Fine Art he has traversed virtually all of the art, design and media disciplines. He has research interests in high technology, business, cultural studies and has specialist expertise relating to design and craft in East and South East Asia.

Colin has lectured, published and exhibited internationally. He has undertaken a wide range of duties in academia including Course Directorships, managing Academic Schools and Departments and External Examinerships. He also continues to maintain his art practice and specialises in painting and computer art.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

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+44 (0)121 331 6295