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The application process

The application process varies for each course. Please click on the relevant course below for information about how to apply.

MA Fashion Media Practice

MA Luxury Brand Management

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

Foundation Programme

Vogue Fashion Certificate

Vogue Intensive Summer Course

Short courses (including One Week Fashion Styling Course, One Week Fashion Journalism Course, One Week Fashion Business Course, One Week Business of Beauty Course and the Vogue Teen Weekend)

Here you will find the entry requirements for postgraduate, degree and short courses. Please read them carefully as they are very important for your application.

MA Fashion Media Practice

All applicants must have an honours degree, preferably at 2:1 or above. The chosen pathway must be stated at the application stage. A portfolio will be required for interview. Interviews can take place locally or via the internet.

Entry requirements for the pathways are as follows:

The Media Business pathway:

Applicants should hold a business-related degree or a general media degree. There is no requirement for a specific portfolio, however applicants are asked to provide a 1000-word statement that demonstrates their understanding of the focus of the course, the relevance of their background and their reason for applying.

The Fashion Journalism pathway:

Applicants must provide a portfolio of work to demonstrate strong writing skills and a clear interest in the fashion sector. An English or humanities degree is preferred (for example, English Literature, Philosophy or Art History). We will also consider applicants with general fashion or media degrees.

The Creative Direction pathway:

Applicants should have a design/visual-based degree in an appropriate subject, such as Graphic Design, Fine Art or Photography. A portfolio of work to demonstrate creative skills is essential.

We welcome applications from those that have studied topics relevant to their chosen pathway, however the programme is not suitable for those already holding degrees in the same subjects (i.e. a BA in Fashion Media, Fashion Journalism or Creative Direction).

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in accordance with the College policy. The course team will consider each application that 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

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case. Contact the admissions office to discuss your case.

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

The preferred A-level requirement for this course is BBB*. Applicants should also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. The College also accepts equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC and Baccalaureate awards and our own Vogue Fashion Certificate or Foundation Programme. Completion of a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design or Art, Design & Media) also fulfills the entry requirement.

The preferred International Baccalaureate score is between 28 and 32*.

*If your A-level profile or IB score does not meet this requirement, please contact the admissions office to discuss this further.

We are happy to consider all international applications, please email admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk for further information on equivalent entry requirements for international students.

If English is not your first language, you will need to take an English language test. Please see our English Language Requirements below for more information.

Foundation Programme

UK students: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (must include English and Maths) and one A-level or equivalent.

International students: High school certificate from your country of residence and an academic transcript (with marks for years 11 and 12).

Vogue Fashion Certificate, Vogue Intensive Summer Course, and the one-week courses

No formal admission requirements, though you are expected to have strong academic standing, meet our English language requirements, and must be at least 18 years of age.

Vogue Teen Weekend

Applicants must be 16 or 17 years of age and meet our English language requirements.

For all courses there are no specific subject requirements. This means, you do not have to have taken textiles or come from a relevant subject background. Generally, we look for individuals with strong academic standing, work experience (when possible), and serious ambition for a career in the fashion industry.

The College requires non-native English speakers to have an English Language Proficiency Qualification.

All classes are taught in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must prove their proficiency in written and spoken English, and show that they will be able to participate in group discussions and give presentations in English.

The standard English Language requirement for entry to MA and BA courses is 6.5 overall, Foundation and Certificate 6.0-6.5 and all other courses 5.5 overall. Other relevant exams and experiences in written and spoken English may also be taken into consideration, depending which course you are applying for.

For more information on IELTS click here.

Although we may consider a variety of tests, our normal requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an average of 6.5 or higher, and a score of no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Yes. Applicants who are offered a place prior to taking an English test will have a conditional place reserved. Evidence of having the appropriate level of English must be submitted before starting the course.

You need to have studied certain subjects for the MA Fashion Media Practice only. For all other courses, there are no subject requirements.

For the One Week, Vogue Intensive Summer and Vogue Teen Weekend courses, applicants are required to apply no later than one week before the course starts.

For the BA & MA degrees, Foundation and Certificate courses, you will be required to complete your application two weeks before the course starts.

Given the intense competition for places, you are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, please check with the Admissions team who can inform you if a course is already full.

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication are required to submit one academic reference with their application form. 

For all other courses, we do not require references. If we consider a reference necessary for your application, a member of the admissions team will send you a request in writing.

Applicants for the MA Fashion Media Practice are required to submit a portfolio of work depending on their pathway, just as applicants for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree are required to submit a portfolio as part of their application.

A digital portfolio is preferred in all instances, and you will be asked to submit your portfolio via email to: admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk

Please ensure that you send your portfolio as one file. If it is too large to send via email, you are welcome to send it via WeTransfer. 

You will also be asked to bring your portfolio with you on the day. If you are attending the interview in person, you can provide a link on the day – there will be a computer and viewing screen available. Alternatively, you can use a USB stick containing digital copies of your work, or you can bring a laptop. If you are providing work on a USB stick, please ensure that files are compatible with Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative suite.

If you have a traditional Art & Design or Textiles portfolio, please consider the contents carefully and select examples of your work that are most relevant to the course. Paper-based work should be scanned, and textiles work photographed.

If you have a well-maintained blog, this is considered a suitable portfolio.

During your interview, your portfolio will act as a point of discussion to allow you to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of, but most importantly a genuine interest in, the fashion industry and fashion brands.
  • The ability to communicate visually and the level of your digital visualisation skills.
  • Your use of quality research with breadth and depth.
  • Your personal tastes and interests.
  • We are also interested in your ability to communicate in writing and would like to see suitable examples of written work.

The most appropriate types of work to include are those with a close relationship to the course content, such as styling and photography, graphic design and branding, journalism, marketing campaigns, websites etc.  Fine Art and Textiles examples are also relevant, but please follow the guidelines above regarding editing these and providing them digitally.

Above all, the interview is for you to show that you can communicate your ideas and thoughts about fashion in three ways – visually, verbally and in writing. The college is looking for students who will actively contribute to the course and take an original approach to their work.

You will be informed of the status of your application shortly after your interview.

Please note this is for specific applicants only and must be submitted after completing the online application form. Only complete and submit this assignment when you have received an automated email instructing you to do so.

The College Challenge is for applicants that do not have a suitable portfolio due to varied educational or professional backgrounds. This activity may be submitted in place of a portfolio for the following courses: MA Fashion Media Practice, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, or MA Fashion Communication. The level of analysis, quality of response and size/depth of the project should reflect the level of the course being applied for.

Courses at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design have a strong vocational basis and are designed to foster both academic and professional interests. To that end, your challenge is to critically evaluate one of the following:

EITHER a specific collection or garment that you feel defines either the designer or the era in which it was designed. (For clarity, give two obvious examples, illustrated by images, e.g. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian shift dress from 1965, which is often used to represent the era, or Marc Jacobs’s notorious Grunge collection for Perry Ellis in 1992.)

OR an advertising campaign for a major fashion brand. Consider how the image reflects the brand, its values and the target audience through the theme, setting, models, styling and photography/choice of photographer. (Illustrate with well-known/high-profile campaigns from the past few years from designers/brands with a very pronounced visual style in their ads, such as Dolce & Gabbana by Steven Klein or Vivienne Westwood’s campaigns by Juergen Teller.)

We welcome you to complete the assignment either in writing or as a short video. If completing a written response, the visual presentation and image selection should be carefully considered.

If you choose to respond to the above prompt in writing, the assignment should be approximately 600 words in length and include clear images that effectively highlight key points. Research your chosen topic thoroughly and provide a bibliography of your sources. Give careful consideration to the layout and presentation of the document, as your response to the College Challenge should demonstrate your visual and written communication skills.

Share Your Story in Video

Some of you may wish to answer your chosen topic through video. We are always amazed by the creativity of our potential students and we want to see yours! Your video may be as simple or as elaborate as you desire but it must adhere to the guidelines of the chosen prompt and must feature you speaking to the camera for at least two minutes. To emphasise, it is you and the content we are interested in – not the Hollywood production! You could film it using your phone, or for a more sophisticated movie, you could use QuickTime Player, Photo Booth, iMovie or even Final Cut Pro. Your final video should last between two and five minutes, including any intros or closing credits. When it is finished, please send the video as an email attachment to admissions@condenastcollege.co.uk. If the file is too large, please send the file through via WeTransfer using the same email address.

The College Challenge is due approximately three weeks after it has been assigned - but do consult the email sent to you from the Admissions team regarding the specific deadline.

Once you have completed the Challenge, please submit this electronically to admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk.

Feel free to contact the Admissions team if you have any questions.

You do not need to be a current student to apply for our courses. We welcome applications from individuals who are returning to education, and take into consideration alternative qualifications and relevant work experience when appropriate.

For the MA Fashion Media Practice and the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, you are required to submit a portfolio of work after submitting your application. Once this has been received, we can invite you to an interview at the College.

For the Vogue Fashion Certificate, Foundation Programme, and Vogue Intensive Summer Course, you will receive a response regarding your application within three weeks.

For the One-week Courses and the Vogue Teen Weekend, after you have submitted your booking form, you can make the payment online to reserve your place.

Successful applicants for the MA Fashion Media Practice and BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degrees are invited for an interview after the application and portfolio have been submitted. During your interview, your portfolio will act as a point of discussion to allow you to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of, but most importantly a genuine interest in, the fashion industry.
  • The ability to communicate visually and the level of your digital visualisation skills.
  • Your use of quality research with breadth and depth.
  • Your personal tastes and interests.

Above all, the interview is for you to show that you can communicate your ideas and thoughts about fashion in three ways – visually, verbally and in writing. The college is looking for students who will actively contribute to the course and take an original approach to their work.

It is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions and for you to get a feel for what it might be like as a student at the College.

The interview will be conducted in person, or via video-enabled Skype, depending on your location.

You will be informed of the status of your application shortly after your interview.

There are two bursaries available for each intake of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication, which are available for UK residents only, and funded by Condé Nast Publications Ltd. These are awarded at the discretion of the College Principal. They are means tested and intended to assist talented students who would not otherwise be financially in a position to undertake the course.

The applicants need to demonstrate that their annual income, if they are financially independent, is below £20,000 per annum, or if they are financially dependent, that their parents'/family annual household income is below £50,000 per annum. Students who meet this criteria are invited to indicate their interest in competing for one of the Condé Nast bursaries by completing and signing the designated bursary application form. This will include a confidential Financial Disclosure and should be submitted after students have submitted the standard online College application form.

Along with all other students, bursary applicants will undertake the normal application process. Before the interview, you must indicate that you have applied for a bursary in order for your application to be considered.

Candidates who have been shortlisted for a bursary will then be invited for a second-round interview with the Admissions panel a few months prior to the start of the course.

Successful students will receive a 100% remission of fees. Prior to confirmation of the award, successful candidates will be required to provide hard copy evidence of earnings/financial status.  

The College only offers bursaries to UK residents.

The College welcomes you to apply for multiple courses.

We welcome students to enrol on the Foundation Programme prior to enrolling on the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, as this course acts as a preparatory course for the degree.

We discourage students who have completed the Vogue Intensive Summer Course from attending the Vogue Fashion Certificate.

If you are deciding between two accredited courses, we welcome you to apply for one course, and discuss your preference/suitability for both courses during your interview.  

We welcome students to attend a short course and then enrol on an accredited course. This is also a great opportunity to experience the Condé Nast College before deciding to enrol on a longer course, though of course it is not mandatory.

Yes. Dates for open days are published on the website at the start of each academic year. Please see Open Days for more information.

MA Fashion Media Practice £27,540 (including VAT)

MA Luxury Brand Management £21,000 (including VAT)

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication £56,160 (including VAT)

Foundation Programme £15,480 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Certificate £8,832 (including VAT)

Vogue Intensive Summer Course £3,822 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Journalism Course £870 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Styling Course £870 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Business Course £870 (including VAT)

One-week Business of Beauty Course £870 (including VAT)

Vogue Teen Weekend £540 (including VAT)

If you are accepted on to the MA Fashion Media Practice, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, Foundation Programme, Vogue Fashion Certificate, or the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, we will ask you to pay a deposit of £1,200 to secure your place on the course.

For the MA degree, BA degree, and Foundation Programme you are permitted to pay in instalments.

For the Vogue Fashion Certificate course and the Vogue Intensive Summer Course you must pay the full course fee six weeks prior to the start of the course.

For the One-week courses and the Vogue Teen Weekend, you are required to pay your course fee at the time of the booking.

The College

The ethos of the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is to equip students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for a wide range of careers in the fashion industry or to prepare them for further study in relevant fields.

Successful students leave the College with a clear competitive advantage when applying for jobs. Prospective employers appreciate that students from the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design have an informed understanding of how the fashion industry works, making them an asset in the workplace.

Additionally, our students are well placed to pursue higher qualifications in a wide range of disciplines including design, publishing, journalism and marketing, should they choose to do so.

We run a variety of short courses at the Condé Nast College, lasting from a weekend to a month. These are designed to give students an introduction to a number of specialisms (journalism, styling, etc) or a basic grounding in the business of the wider fashion industry.

Students on these courses benefit from our unparalleled insight into the fashion industry and our outstanding academic team.

Please note that there is no assessed work on any of the short courses and we cannot provide the same level of career guidance or networking opportunities due to time limitations.  

The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication is assessed in a variety of ways, as relevant to the module and subject area. This includes: presentations, essays, portfolios, written reports, practical tasks and projects. Examinations are used occasionally, but are one of the least prevalent methods of assessment used on the course and there is no major "exam diet" at the end of each term. The main forms of assessment are project based.  

Students taking the Foundation Programme and the Vogue Fashion Certificate are assessed by 100% coursework, including oral presentations, focused workshop activities, written submissions and other projects. This will provide an excellent opportunity to develop your portfolio for your future studies and job applications. There is no assessed work on any of the other short courses.

The BA includes an industry placement in the first summer term. Students are expected, as part of the assignment for the module, to search and apply for their own placements, however they will be fully supported in this by our academic team and careers advisor.

After completing an assessed course at the Condé Nast College, work experience and internship placements at Condé Nast may be offered to a select handful of the most talented and hardworking students.

Students will be alerted when suitable jobs or internships are available within the company and the faculty may also make individual recommendations to our wider network.

The College cannot pledge work placements for all students at Condé Nast or at any other business, but it will make introductions and recommendations for outstanding students when appropriate.

Due to the short nature of the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, the One-week Courses and the Vogue Teen Weekend, we do not provide career guidance after the course has ended.

College life

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is located on Greek Street, in the heart of London's Soho. This means that our students have easy access to the capital's many famous museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural landmarks. The College is within walking distance of the Underground stations at Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road. In addition, national and international rail links and international airports are within easy reach.

We do not provide student accommodation, however the college offers advice and further guidance to assist students in finding accommodation in London. Flat-shares are also very popular and may be a good option for some students. Click here to read our guide.

While London is a vast city, public transport is fast and effective, so there is no requirement for students to live close to the campus. However, we do recommend that you consider your daily commute, and live close to a transportation link that gives easy access to central London.

Although the College has no dedicated sports facilities of its own, there are numerous gyms, swimming pools and sports centres nearby. Many of these facilities also offer special discounts for students.

International students

Most non-EU/EEA nationals starting a degree course will need a Tier 4 (general) visa.

The type of visa you will need, and the process for applying for it, will differ according to the type of course you plan to study, the length of your course and several other criteria.

You can get more information on how to apply for your visa and which visa to apply for on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

You can also find more information on the Home Office website.

For the MA Fashion Media Practice, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Foundation Programme

International students without a UK/EEA passport will require a Tier 4 (general) student visa to attend either of these courses. You can apply for this visa only after you have been accepted and issued with a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number by the College. You can apply for this visa no more than three months before the start of the course or the date of travel. This is a requirement of the UK Government.

Once you have been accepted, we will send you all the required information to help guide you through the visa application process. More information on this visa can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Short-term visa for Vogue Fashion Certificate, Vogue Intensive Summer Course, One Week Courses and Vogue Teen Weekend

International students without a UK/EEA passport might be required to apply for the short-term study visa. Consult the Gov.uk website to confirm this in relation to your nationality. A list of the required documents and other important information can also be found on the site.

To apply for the short-term visa, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter from the Condé Nast College confirming your enrolment on the course. The original letter will only be issued once the full payment of the tuition fee has been received and cleared. Please note that photocopies and scans are not accepted.

Tier 4

You can apply no more than three months before the start date of the course or the date of travel. You should check with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website as to their processing times. You must apply for the visa in your home country.

After you have been accepted on to the course, we will send you a checklist of documents you will need to submit to us for review before we issue you a CAS. Once we have verified all your details and documents, we will issue you a CAS, which you use to apply for your Tier 4 visa.

Short-term study visa

You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within three weeks.

Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.

Depending on what country you are applying from, you may not need to apply for your visa in advance and instead present your documents to a passport official on arrival at the UK border, provided you have the required documents. (Please consult the short-term study visa page on the Gov.uk website to confirm this.) A list of the required documents and other important information on the short-term study visa can be accessed on the Gov.uk website.

In order to apply for this visa, either in your home country or at the UK border, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter. This is a letter from us (the College) confirming your enrollment on the course. We can only issue this letter once we have received your full payment of the tuition. We then send you the original copy of the letter, which you will need for the short-term study visa application.

Tier 4

  • Copy of the photo page of your passport and any previous UK visas.
  • Copy of your bank statement and other evidence of financial maintenance (more details can be found in the checklist we send you).
  • Copy of your English language qualification, if applicable.
  • Copy of your TB certificate, if applicable (See here for more details: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/overview).
  • If you have applied for and previously been refused a UK visa for whatever reason, please provide a copy of the visa refusal letter.

Short-term study visa

You must provide documents that prove you:

  • Have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study (the unconditional acceptance letter from us).
  • Have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you.
  • Can pay for your return or onward journey (evidence of return tickets or bank statements).

Before you come to the UK to study at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, there are processes you must follow and information you will need. Our essential Condé Nast guide is full of information and advice about:

  • Immigration and visas
  • Working during your studies
  • Money and banking
  • Travelling in London
  • Council tax
  • Telephones
  • Healthcare and more…

For pre-departure information and further guidance on living in London, please see our guide.