Image-makers and stylists are now fashion’s most powerful figures, creating aesthetics that transcend boundaries and influence popular culture at the highest level. Studying this course will greatly increase both your employability and cultural currency, preparing you for a successful career in the fast moving fashion industry.
The Fashion Image Making & Styling course is unique in its contemporary direction. We work with your individual talent and ability, encouraging you to build on your personal strengths, whilst helping you to develop as a creative practitioner.
Through project briefs that contextualise fashion within contemporary culture, you will develop a critical and cultural awareness that enables and promotes discourse around hegemonic visual trends and language. Technical skills and professional skills are nurtured alongside creative and conceptual thinking. You will engage with a range of technologies, enabling you to operate in a cross-media world.
Our students enter the industry in a wide variety of roles relevant to the ever-changing fashion environment. The great versatility of this course means that alongside freelance photographers and stylists, our graduates also go on to work in PR, film, TV and media. Many are now leading practitioners in industry employed by brands including Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Marina Rinaldi (Italy), Red Bull and X Factor and fashion publications including Dazed & Confused, i-D, Pop, GQ Style and I Love Fake.
Interview with current international student Karin at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester.
A video of 2012 graduate Michael Mayren working with Adidas as part of the London Olympics to customise trainers
A film by 2012 graduate Rachel Hannaway who won a 6 month placement with Warehouse to shoot a collection campaign
During Semester 1 you will undertake a broad exploration of fashion through a series of practical projects in both Fashion Image Making & Styling and Fashion Design. Experimentation is encouraged and you will be introduced to the fundamentals of a range of technical, knowledge and understanding skills. After Semester 1 you will choose your specialism.
During Semester 2 you will focus on specialist areas relating exclusively to Fashion Image Making & Styling. By the end of the year, you will have developed sufficient technical skills in the area to be able to realize your concepts, including photographic and fashion film-making skills. You will also have developed the ability to understand and communicate ideas in a professional visual form.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Foundation Diploma in Art & Design||Pass = 165 (plus other additional qualifications to a total of 260pts)|
|UCAS tariff points||240-280 UCAS tariff points, including an Art & Design subject|
|GCE A level||240-280 points including an A2 in an Art and Design subject at grade C|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants may be considered for entry into level 5 (year 2)|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into level 6 (year3)|
|Scottish Highers||240-280 points including an Art and Design subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||240-280 points including an Art and Design subject|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points including an Art and Design subject|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Personality, enthusiasm, passion and dedication are all critical characteristics that we look for in our prospective students. Projects demonstrating good visual communication skills are required, and investigation and development of creative ideas should be evident in your work. An interest in photography, styling and image making is essential.
Applicants are normally invited to bring their portfolio of work to a selection visit. We welcome applications from candidates who do not have formal entry requirements.
Visual and academic research may take several forms, according to specific briefs, your objectives and your personal approach to the subject. Drawing, photography, visual & written notebooks, blogs and self-published books are encouraged as a fundamental means of gathering, analysing, storing, retrieving and using visual information effectively.
This is generally seen as an opportunity for autonomy, although there is tutor guidance and support. You will also learn how to use the internet appropriately, and how to use library resources including archives and databases in order to obtain the required information from specialist sources.
Projects vary in the amount of time you will be in contact with staff. Styling projects generally require small group tutorials and more one-to-one discussions, especially at year 3 where research and personal reflection, as part of the learning outcome, become more imperative.
You will be assessed through:
Recent graduates have gone into all spheres of the fashion industry including brands like Adidas, Puma, River Island, Mulberry, Burberry, Matalan, Pop Magazine, Dazed and Confused etc.
Graduates entering the fashion industry work across a diverse range of careers – as designers, stylists, pattern cutters, buyers, visual merchandisers, illustrators and retailers. Many have set up their own labels. Recent graduates have found employment with companies such as Burberry, Monsoon, Paul Smith, J Crew, French Connection, Whistles, River Island, Erdem, All Saints. Others have found work with international fashion magazines including Dazed and Confused, Vogue and Elle.
Each year a number of graduates pursue their educational study at postgraduate and Master's level, continuing at the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martin's School, the University of Westminster, and Kingston for example. Some students go on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Recent FIMs graduates have gone into a wide variety of areas within the fashion industry including photography, styling, casting, art direction, PR, show production, fashion film, fashion media and visual merchandising. Image Making & Styling graduates are employed by leading international brands including Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Marina Rinaldi (Italy), Red Bull and X Factor. They also work for leading fashion titles including Dazed & Confused, i-D, Pop, GQ Style, Man About Town, Dust and I Love Fake.
Each year a number of graduates pursue their educational study at postgraduate and Master's level, continuing at leading institutions including Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins.
Michael Mayren, Fashion Photographer
Through early collaborations with up and coming designers, Michael Mayren began to have his work published whilst still a student. Now an established fashion photographer in his own right, Michael works with top international stylist Nicola Formichetti and is the face of Diesel. He has shot campaigns for Adidas, is regularly commissioned by Dazed & Confused, Man About Town and Dust and has been featured as a rising fashion photography star in Dazed & Confused and Ponystep. “Studying Fashion Image Making & Styling at Salford was a major turning point in my life. You have so much personal freedom and tutor guidance on the course that it gives you the ability to grow to anything you want to be. I loved every minute of it.”
Students have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals. The course has a wide network of professional contacts with leading fashion brands, publications and practitioners including Marina Rinaldi, Magma, X-Factor, River Island, Selfridges, Pop, Dazed & Confused, Man About Town, Optology, Nevs Casting Agency and Ryan McGinley. The valuable knowledge and experience this brings ensure that you are kept informed of the current changes and demands within the fashion industry.
|Type of Study||Fee|
Students should expect to pay approximately for £100 studio levy each year. In addition, in Year 3 of study, students may incur a cost of £200 for a promotional book or publication. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).