Fashion Styling - MA

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
  • Full Time (1 year)
  • Part Time (2 years)
School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design
City Centre

Previously part of:

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

The course is primarily vocational and practical, and caters for those with career interests in contemporary fashion styling, visualisation and communications.

Key Facts

  • Helps you develop the skills and knowledge required to establish a professonal career in fashion styling.
  • Provides a forum to discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of fashion and fashion media in contemporary society.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are one of the largest and most experienced providers of fashion education in the world.
  • You can undertake studies directly related to your career ambitions.
  • The course offers extensive opportunity to network and collaborate with other fashion students, the wider postgraduate community and beyond.

Download the Course Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2015 MA Full Time (1 year)
Sep 2015 MA Part Time (2 years)
Online application for non-EU students
Sep 2015 MA Full Time (1 year)

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

For more information please contact the School Admissions Office. Tel: 0121 331 5150 / Email

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.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 1 year MA £6,195
Sep 2015 PT 2 years MA £3,100 per year
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 1 year MA £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.

For information on fees please contact School Admissions. Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5150. Email:

New scholarships for 2015/16

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.

Find out more about scholarship opportunities for 2015/16

International Students

International Students at BCU

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 reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

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

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 22 April 2015 (2-7pm). Registration is now open – you can sign up at the foot of this page.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Postgraduate Open Day - 22 April 2015

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

Potential areas of employment and expertise on exit are:

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

Course Structure

The course focuses on your ability to develop a personal creative style, entrepreneurial abilities and a professional approach to fashion styling. Throughout the course you are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion and textiles. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Modules

  • Portfolio: Concepts and Treatments
  • Lecture and Seminar Programme
  • Research Strategy
  • Portfolio: Short Project, Portfolio
  • Major Project or Dissertation

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.

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.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK


For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

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