BA (Hons) Fashion Communication How to Apply

All applicants are required to complete the three stage application process:

Stage One - Application form & reference

To apply for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree, you can apply via UCAS or directly to us.

UCAS - Our course code is W230. Please follow the link below or search Condé Nast College on the UCAS homepage:

Direct - Condé Nast College Application Portal:


Academic Reference (to be submitted with online application form)

All applicants for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication will need to provide an appropriate academic reference. This needs to be submitted with your application. 

When choosing a referee please consider the following points:

  • If possible, your referee should be someone who knows you academically. If you are currently, or were recently, in education your reference should be from a tutor, teacher, lecturer or head of school/department.
  • If you have not been in education in the last 2-3 years please ask an employer, placement or volunteering supervisor, or trainer.
  • Do not ask family, friends or current/past partners – the referee must know you in a professional or educational context.

The reference should discuss your suitability for the course and for higher education. This can include consideration of your work ethic, interaction with other students and your suitability for higher education and a future career in the fashion industry. If you are an A-level student and your reference is from a teacher, they should also add your predicted grades.     


Stage Two – Portfolio submission

You are also required to submit a portfolio of your visual and/or written work that evidences your interest in the fashion industry. If you are not able to create a suitable portfolio, you have the option to complete our College Challenge, an assignment to be completed in written or video format (though a portfolio is preferred).

Portfolio guidelines:

A digital portfolio is preferred in all instances; 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 providing work on a USB please ensure that files are compatible with Microsoft Office or Adobe.

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 this particular 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
  • 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.


Stage Three – The interview  

Applicants who have successfully completed the first stage of the application process will be invited for an interview (either in person or via Skype for international students) by email after their application has been submitted. The interview typically lasts 20-30 minutes will aim to assess your suitability for the course. It is paramount that you use this opportunity to show imagination, creative thinking and professional ambitions. 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 that will actively contribute to the course and take an original approach to their work.

Soon after the interview, we will write to inform you of the status of your application. If you are offered a place, you must confirm (in writing) that you wish to accept our offer. We will then send you the invoice for your tuition fee, and you must pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,200 to secure your place on the course. The remaining balance of the tuition fee payment can be paid in instalments.