• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length15 weeks

Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism

Recruitment has been suspended for 2018/19. Please contact the College for details on other courses that may be of interest.

A dynamic fast-track course preparing the next generation of fashion, lifestyle and feature writers and editors. Develop a professional writing portfolio, build up essential contacts and find your place in the industry.

About this course

The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course aims to give students a working knowledge of fashion and lifestyle media, as well as a professional practical foundation in writing skills developing vocational skills and analytical thinking.

The course is designed for graduates and those with appropriate industry experience who wish to develop their career prospects in the highly competitive fashion industry. It is also a suitable preparation for higher level postgraduate study. This dynamic course cultivates both a practical and theoretical understanding of fashion and lifestyle journalism in the UK.

The PG Cert is a great preparation for future fashion and lifestyle journalists and editors. Practical and realistic, it’s a really intense burst of up-to-the-minute training and advice.

Tamsin Blanchard, Style Director of Telegraph Magazine

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Image of garments and quote saying 'I'm not sentimental about clothing. I think we come in to the world naked and we leave naked, and the bit in the middle is the fun bit.'

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Graduate Meg Doyle created a web journal that tells the stories of women who are innovating, creating and contributing to the textiles industry.

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Graduates have progressed to publications including Vogue, Elle, Dazed & Confused and Marie Claire.

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Nirma Madhoo-Chipps

Magazine project created by PGCert student Emily Lobell for an East London fashion brand.


Course detail

With a close eye on changing trends in contemporary lifestyle media, emphasis is placed on developing an analytical understanding of the commercial marketplace as well as the rigours of practical journalism.

You will develop an enhanced commercial awareness, enabling you to produce editorial material for this specialist area.

The programme is supported by a series of guest speakers from the fashion and lifestyle media industry, from publications including Elle, The Guardian, W, Net a porter, i-D, Another, Harper’s Bazaar, 10 Magazine and Telegraph Weekend magazine. The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course is based at the university’s John Prince’s Street and High Holborn sites, in the heart of the city.

Course structure

Weeks 1-10: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits, level 7)
Weeks 1-10: Markets and Context (20 credits, level 7)
Weeks 11-15: Major Project (20 credits, level 7)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Course units

The Introduction to Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism foundation unit introduces you to the practical requirements of Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism. In a series of workshop-based editorial sessions, you will be guided through the key principles of journalism from researching stories, developing ideas and writing in a range of styles and formats, right through to pitching and selling feature ideas. The importance of commercial awareness and the needs of specialist readerships will underpin this vocational unit, leading to a sharpened editorial sense of fashion and lifestyle journalism.

The Markets and Context: contemporary trends, current issues lecture and seminar based unit looks at contemporary fashion and lifestyle media. A range of guest lecturers and practitioners will give insight into their specialist markets from mainstream publications to niche, consumer and specialist. The unit provides a contextual framework for understanding fashion and lifestyle media; potential areas for discussion and debate include the anatomy of magazine publishing, trends in lifestyle journalism, Internet publishing, the feminisation of the news and the economy’s impact on magazine publishing. The research assignment will give you an opportunity to explore a specific area of the lifestyle market with focus and depth This can potentially feed into and inform your final project.

The Major Project aims to put into practice the practical skills and theoretical knowledge acquired in units one and two, providing an opportunity to produce a portfolio of journalistic work suitable for professional advancement. This may take a variety of formats, for example a portfolio, supplement or dummy magazine. You will negotiate your preferred market or area of fashion and lifestyle journalism and present editorial work or a range of pieces, suitable for this area.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group tutorials
  • Practical workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Presentations
  • Guest lectures
  • Briefings and feedback
  • Library inductions
  • Online learning
  • Museum and gallery visits

Assessments methods

  • Portfolio of work
  • Magazines, blogs and editorial projects
  • Presentations
  • Essays and reports
  • Tutorials


Glenn Waldron, Course Director, is an award-winning freelance journalist writing on fashion, style and popular culture. A former Editor of i-D magazine, he has contributed to publications including The New York Times, W, Wallpaper*, Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, Another, Fantastic Man, Nylon and 10 Magazine, as well as writing for the Taschen books Fashion Now, Fashion Now 2 and Smile i-D. Read Glenn's full staff profile

Alison Taylor is a writer and editor living in East London. Specialising in fashion, arts and lifestyle, Alison has regularly contributed to Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, The Guardian, Stella, Nylon and Stylist. She has worked as a consultant editor at NET-A-PORTER.COM, and covers fashion week for The LFW Daily. Her first book, The Still Single Papers, was published by Mainstream in June 2012. A wry, self-deprecating look at dating in the second decade of the 21st century, it led Stylist magazine to declare Alison “the new chick-lit anti-heroine”.

The programme is also supported by a series of guest speakers from the fashion and lifestyle media industry, from publications including Elle, The Guardian, W, Net a porter, i-D, Another, Harper’s Bazaar, 10 Magazine and Telegraph Weekend magazine.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Home / EU and international applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

Recruitment has been suspended for 2018/19. Please contact the College for details on other courses that may be of interest.


Application form

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).


You will be required to submit digital examples of relevant writing, editorial or journalism.

This may include:

  • Pages from your university newspaper or magazine;
  • Published work in local, regional, national or international media;
  • Work from digital outputs, e-zines or blogs;
  • Press releases or marketing material that you have generated;
  • Academic writing which relates to fashion or lifestyle media.

Applicants should also provide three headlined feature ideas. Each should be no more than 100 words, convey its relevance, research potential and which title it could be targeted at.

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

If you are unable to provide this work digitally, please bring it with you to interview.

At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of fashion and lifestyle media and be asked to sit a writing test, which will take no more than an hour. Applicants who are dyslexic, will upon providing evidence, be entitled to an extra fifteen minutes. As this is an opportunity to test quick thinking and effective communication, questions will be disclosed at interview.

Entry requirements

  • A degree (or equivalent) in English, media, cultural studies, fashion studies, visual communications, public relations, design theory or visual arts, plus A level in English;


  • relevant and qualitative experience in any of the following industries: fashion, interiors, design, architecture, art, visual communications, music, journalism;


  • Good IT skills.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.                          

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • an awareness of current trends in the media and an interest in fashion and lifestyle journalism;
  • a critical and analytical approach and enthusiasm for research and writing;
  • the potential to develop their writing skills to a professional level.

Portfolio and interview advice

At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of fashion and lifestyle media and be asked to sit a writing test, which will take no more than an hour. Applicants who are dyslexic, will, upon providing evidence, be entitled to an extra fifteen minutes. As this is an opportunity to test quick thinking and effective communication, questions will be disclosed at interview.

International applicants

International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee


This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.

International fee


This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Career paths

From monthly fashion magazines and newspapers to online and industry titles, graduates will be in a position to gain employment as writers and editors across a wide range of fashion, lifestyle and general interest publications.

As well as launching themselves as feature writers and freelance journalists, a growing number of graduates are working across social media, e-commerce and brand journalism.

Graduates destinations include:

  • Dazed & Confused
  • Business of Fashion
  • Matchesfashion.com
  • i-D
  • Vogue (UK, Netherlands)
  • Buzzfeed
  • Net-A-Porter
  • Marie Claire (UK, Taiwan, Ukraine)
  • Elle (UK, Turkey)
  • Wonderland


  • Topshop
  • Seventeen
  • FT’s How To Spend It
  • Nylon
  • WGSN
  • Fantastic Man
  • Sunday Herald (Scotland)
  • Flare (Canada)
  • Grazia (Netherlands)
  • Whistles
  • Viva (Netherlands)