Taught course

Creative Direction for Fashion and Beauty

Solent University · School of Art, Design and Fashion

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

  • Applicants will be required to send a portfolio and may be contacted by video call.
  • Alternatively, applicants may be considered with industry experience in one or more areas of the fashion industry, including retail, management, design or a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

The term creative director originated in advertising agencies, but in the last few years has also become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries. The role of creative director within fashion and beauty is multi-faceted and varied. Generally speaking, creative directors find themselves responsible for the creative direction and visual identity of a brand, publication, website or event.

Solent’s fashion and beauty programmes have strong links with industry, giving students the chance to work with experienced academics and industry professionals. Students can leverage these industry links when they are looking for internships, as part of the essential work-based learning module.

On the MA Creative Direction, students benefit from a programme of guest lectures throughout the course, with representatives from fashion, beauty, media, creative industries, and researchers coming to campus and sharing their experiences. The course includes also two live briefs involving, as industry partners, IBM and a reputable fashion/culture magazine (e.g. Beauty Papers, or The Protagonist).

The course culminates in a final Masters submission, where students can either write a thesis or produce an original creative outcome. Students will have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities in support of this project. Available facilities include photography studios, film studios, make-up studios, cameras, location lighting kits, ‘infinity cove’ studios, and Mac suites with the latest industry software.

Information for international students

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum of 90 in each component or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team
023 8201 5066