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Accredited fashion journalism diploma

Fashion journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Justine Holman
An interest in fashion. Take our journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Hollie Warren: fashion journalism course

The course itself was brilliant, as was the course material and the tutor support. It was great how flexible it was.
My tutor Justine Holman was fantastic; she really helped when I needed it and was there to encourage and motivate me.

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Nadia Hazbunova: fashion journalism coirse

I wanted to enhance my CV and improve my writing skills in English, while getting some useful information about fashion blogging in general.

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Gabriela Vaquera: fashion journalism course

The tutorial support was good - all of my queries were solved within 24-48 hours.

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Molly Shrimpton: fashion journalism course

The content was interesting and relevant. I picked up lots of tips for self-promotion and learnt some interesting facts about the blogging world to be aware of.

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Charles McDonald: fashion journalism diploma

The course surpassed my expectations. It was a fantastic experience! I have since had a book on fashion published. The course content was very comprehensive. It covered all the areas and aspects I expected, and some that I did not.

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Renato Palmi: fashion journalism course

I did the fashion journalism diploma through CMP and it has contributed to my credibility and status within South Africa’s apparel industry sector. I was impressed with CMP's credentials and quick responses to my questions about the course.

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Simone Sant: fashion journalism course

I enrolled to acquire niche knowledge of fashion journalism. The tutorial support was very good, with quality feedback and prompt marking. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to start out in fashion journalism.

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Course overview

Fashion journalism course students taking photos at a fashion showOur fashion journalism course equips you with the skills you need to cover the exciting and glamorous world of catwalk shows, top designers and the latest high street trends.

If you can’t wait for the latest issue of Vogue to hit the shelves and your favourite blogs are all about fashion, a career as a fashion journalist could be a perfect fit!

Our fashion journalism course will teach you how to develop saleable article ideas.

You will also learn how to write topical and engaging content for a variety of print and online publications.

You can join people like our graduate, Charles McDonald, who is now a fashion correspondent for two leading European fashion websites and regularly covers the top fashion shows. Read his story 

Or our ex-student Lounette Loubser, who got a job on Glamour magazine after finishing her course. Read more

You will learn key journalism skills, such as covering live events, writing news from press releases, reviewing your favourite products, and maintaining that all-important contacts book.

Our comprehensive online fashion journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for fashion publications and websites

  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews

  • write fashion news, articles and features for digital and print publication

  • apply media law and ethics to the world of fashion journalism

  • sell your work and get paid

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in fashion journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified fashion journalist.

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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This fashion journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in fashion journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified fashion journalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for fashion journalism jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.



As well as helping many individuals become successful fashion journalists, this course is also used to train staff from many respected organisations.  


You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running our courses since 2003.

We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providerswhich is run by the Department for Education and Skills. 

We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangements with other countries, which means you can study this course from whichever country you live in.

Price and payment

The price of our fashion journalism course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16. 

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Duration and hours

The duration of this course is approximately 60-80 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you - we offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits. 

This means you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestlye.

On average, people take around 1 month to complete it, but it doesnt matter if you take longer - the course has no expiry date.

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

Student discount card

Our fashion journalism course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.

You can get 10% off at the Co-op, 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at Superdrug, 10% off at New Look, and 20% off at WH Smith. Plus many more. 



Course tutor: Justine HolmanJustine Holman

Features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.

All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.

Justine Holman is our fashion journalism tutor. She has written for many large publications, including: Elle, The Express, Chat, Women's Weekly, TV Times and Just 17.

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Course subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a fashion journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to fashion journalism
  • Examine what the fashion journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse fashion magazines, and the fashion pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit fashion articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with fashion journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain fashion journalism data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your fashion skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for fashion articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your fashion stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your fashion stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview celebrities, and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from models to designers, and retailers to agents
  • Prepare to interview VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write fashion articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your fashion articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your fashion articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your fashion journalism activities, especially privacy, harassment and the use of photos
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of fashion features: topics, reviews, tips, backgrounders, lists and profiles
Lesson 12: Press releases and handouts
  • Use fashion press releases to produce original articles
Lesson 13: Events, receptions and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, fashion shows, product launches, receptions, open days and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your fashion copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting fashion journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the fashion media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Course delivery

Online courses are different. But most people find they are more effective and convenient than face-to-face study.

You study when, and where you want to.

You’ll have access to our Online Learning Area where you can access course material, submit assignments, and use our extensive library of resources. You can also connect with other students if you want to.

We provide you with a personal course tutor who will mentor you through the course, so you wont be studying on your own. You can contact your tutor as often as need to.

We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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What will I need to study this course?

In order to study our fashion journalism course, you'll need the following:

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • either Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or iWork pages software, and basic knowledge of how to use it. 
  • a camera. A smart phone will be sufficient. 
  • an email account

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Where you could fit in as a fashion journalist

As a fashion journalist you could get paid to travel the world, attend top fashion shows and interview the hottest designers. But you need the right skills and training.

Our fashion journalism course goes beyond the glamour to teach you how to become a multimedia professional.

A fashion journalist needs to stay on top of all the latest trends, and anticipate new trends.

They also need to know how to interview industry experts and get all the inside scoop on the fashion world.

Because the fashion world is constantly changing, the media needs bright, topical, and informed content across a wide range of print and multimedia publications.

As a fashion journalist, you could be:

  • profiling a leading designer for a glossy fashion magazine
  • enjoying exclusive previews of next season’s exciting trends
  • covering prestigious fashion events and parties, with full press credentials  
  • blogging about the hottest new looks on the high street

You could join people like our course graduate, Sarah McGough, who covered Milan fashion week for the top fashion website, Catwalk Yourself. See more 

If the exciting world of international fashion is your style, our comprehensive online fashion journalism course can help you achieve success.

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CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

And don't take our word for it: 

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We'll connect you with the right people

Fashion journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

We go the extra mile

We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.

We provide:

  • personal careers advice
  • help with your CV
  • help looking for work
  • a reference when applying for jobs

What happens when I enrol?

Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have made payment, we will be in touch very quickly via email (usually within 15-20 minutes, during office hours), with your introductory materials so you can get started. 

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Course reviews

The course has contributed to my credibility and status within South Africa’s apparel industry sector. I was impressed with CMP's credentials and quick responses to my questions about the course. Renato Palmi

The course met my expectations. A quick response to any questions, practical advice on finding work. Ceri Heathcote

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