World’s first BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion degree launched

The School of Fashion at Southampton Solent University is launching a new BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion course recruiting now for October 2015.

The innovative three-year course will focus on developing students for a career within the global beauty industry. Magazine beauty director turned academic, Elizabeth Barnett-Lawton developed the course, building on the success of the Media Fashion Styling programme, led by Principal Lecturer, Jennifer Anyan.

The programme includes BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and BA (Hons) Make Up and Hair Design, which both launched in 2007. The two degree courses were groundbreaking in the UK and have fast become leaders in their fields, attracting students from the UK and abroad.

The new BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion course will deliver units in various areas much like a Fashion Promotion degree but tailored to the beauty industry. Students will study multi-platform journalism, styling, marketing, PR, advertising and trend forecasting with an opportunity to specialise as they progress.

With over a decade’s experience writing and styling beauty, celebrity and fashion editorial features for women’s magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Good Housekeeping, Elizabeth Barnett-Lawton is excited to be leading the course.

“Through mentoring final-year Media Fashion Styling students, it became clear that there was a need for a course that developed students specifically for careers in the beauty industry and where there is good potential for graduate employment,” says Elizabeth Barnett-Lawton.

The beauty industry is worth £17 billion and is forecast to grow 16% by 2016. It employs over a million people in the UK and yet there has been no course to develop students for career in the professional beauty industry, until now.

For course details please visit: BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion.


About Southampton Solent University 

Southampton Solent University offers more than 19,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

The Schools of Art and Fashion at Southampton Solent University offers the widest range of creative and art and design degrees in the south of England outside London. The university was voted one of the top creative universities by students. Situated on the central south coast of England, Southampton Solent University offers students the benefits of a full university experience while having the advantage of easy access to the culture, shops and museums just an hour and half from London.

About Elizabeth Barnett Lawton: Editor, stylist, writer and lecturer

Elizabeth is an award winning editor and senior lecturer on the Media Fashion Styling programme. She has over a decade of experience as a journalist and stylist, writing features and art directing photo shoots for some of the world’s leading magazines, including InStyle; Vogue; Vogue China and Harper’s Bazaar.

She began her career in 1998 in the beauty departments of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as Health and Beauty Assistant to leading beauty directors, Kathy Phillips and Newby Hands, respectively. In 2000, she was hired as part of the launch team of the UK edition of InStyle, initially as the Beauty Writer and then Deputy Beauty Editor, where she won the Johnson & Johnson Best Monthly Beauty Journalist Award and edited the InStyle Best Beauty Buys supplement. In 2005 she was appointed Beauty Director on the innovative but short-lived fashion magazine, Happy. Here she was nominated for the prestigious P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards and the Wella Hair Journalism Awards, alongside Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She then consulted on the relaunch of First, in 2007, heading up the beauty section, which won prizes at both the P&G and Johnson & Johnson awards.

Elizabeth’s most recent editorial staff position was acting Beauty Director of Good Housekeeping, Britain’s second biggest selling magazine, where she wrote and styled beauty features for both the main magazine and She was nominated for a Jasmine Award for a perfume feature in 2009. Elizabeth has freelanced for Vogue China, The Sunday Express Magazine, Marie Claire, Psychologies and guest edited the Elemis magazine, Time to Spa. In 2010 she launched the online styling business, Style on Call and has consulted and written advertorial copy for brands including Harrods, Dior and Olay.

Elizabeth is now a Senior Lecturer on the Media Fashion Styling degree programme at Southampton Solent University where she teaches on BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and BA (Hons) Make Up and Hair Design and is launching BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion in 2015. She has four years’ experience developing and leading dynamic, industry relevant and academically challenging course content for undergraduates with ambitions for a career in the media, fashion and beauty industries.


About Us

Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.



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Through mentoring final-year Media Fashion Styling students, it became clear that there was a need for a course that developed students specifically for careers in the beauty industry and where there is good potential for graduate employment.
Elizabeth Barnett-Lawton