Fashion & Image

  • Industry Speakers
  • Academic Excellence
  • Introduction to Fashion & Image

At a glance

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Location: Online
  • Overall course fee: £750
  • Start date: June 1, 2020

This online course offers an insight into the fashion industry and explores how fashion is influenced by culture and communicated through image – a perfect introduction for those fascinated and inspired by fashion and image.

Through this course in Fashion & Image, you will explore how fashion, image and culture have shaped the industry over the decades.

You will learn how to recognise who the key influencers are in these fields, and how fashion is communicated and marketed through image.

This course covers:

  • Knowledge of the history of fashion and image
  • Social, cultural and technological drivers of change in fashion and image, and how marketing in these industries works
  • Ethical dimensions of fashion and image.

You will work on a range of activities every week, combining individual projects and group work; this allows opportunities to work independently as well as collaboratively alongside other students undertaking the course.

All of the sessions will be recorded so you can follow the course at your own pace.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Condé Nast Certificate of Achievement.

Sophie Stevens Video
Sophie Stevens – Course Leader

This course also acts as a stepping-stone on to other Condé Nast College courses at higher levels for those wishing to progress their studies.

Opportunity to network

During the course participants will be an opportunity to network via:

  • Live sessions with the course leader
  • Discussion forums as part of the course work
  • Messaging system where course attendees can communicate with each other

Why choose this course?

The Condé Nast College has unrivalled access to the best and brightest minds in the industry, including the teams at Vogue, LOVE, Glamour, GQ, and a host of other Condé Nast titles. The College is in the elevated position of being able to combine academic excellence with unrivalled links to the fashion and media industry. This creates a unique educational environment for students to thrive in.

Course Award

By the end of the course, those who complete and pass the assessment will receive a Conde Nast Certificate of Achievement.

Course Outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how fashion, image and culture have shaped the industry over the decades.
  • Identify methods, channels and techniques of communicating and marketing fashion and image.
  • Acquire creative and practical thinking skills that relate to the fashion and creative industries.
  • Recognise key influencers of fashion and image from past to present.

The course is entirely online and lasts six weeks with 4-5 hours of online activities each week along with guidance and advice on what to read, watch, and listen to.

The course is interactive, multimedia-driven, and academically-rigorous, delivered by expert academics and industry professionals.

Course Schedule

The course learning activities can be accessed at any time and own pace.

Each week will have a set of activities that will need to be complete before learner can proceed to the next week.

Most of the lectures are narrated, pre-recorded lectures by our academics and industry contributors. These can be watched multiple times and at any time within the week that they are set. 

Live Sessions

There will be two live events per week scheduled to accomodate any timezone. Recordings of the events will be available after and can be watched at any time.


Course Structure

Week 1:Historic & Cultural Influences on Fashion & Image
– Introduction to the Course
– The Most Important Fashion Images
Subject Specialists:
Ben Evans – Art Coordinator, British Vogue
Week 2:Social & Technological Developments – Capturing Image
– The Influence of Arts & Culture
– Streetstyle
Subject Specialists:
Ben Evans  – Art Coordinator, British Vogue
Sara Hassan – Creative Director & Head of Styling, Condé Nast College
Week 3:The Use of Image: Photographers, Media, Brands & Marketing
– The Dawn of Fashion Branding
– Hall of Fame – The 1990’s
Subject Specialists:
Harriet Posner – Course Director, Condé Nast College and Author of ‘Fashion Marketing’
Zoe Souter – Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Condé Nast College
Week 4:From Shelf Appeal to Virtual Appeal: Packaging, Graphic Design and Advertising
– Key Components of an Advertising Campaign
– Advertising Images vs Editorial Images
Subject Specialists:
Ben Evans – Art Coordinator, British Vogue
Tim Rennie – Creative Director, Design & Branding
Week 5:Ethical Considerations: The Image of Fashion & Beauty
– Retouching of Fashion Images Through the Ages.
– Diversity On The Catwalk, In The Media and Brand Campaigns
Subject Specialists:
Ben Evans – Art Coordinator, British Vogue
Louise McCabe – Founder, Flourish CSR
Week 6:The Future of Fashion Image & Re-Cap of Topics Covered
– Fashion & Image: The Future
– Re-cap / Revision of Course Topics
Subject Specialists:
Ruth Marshall Johnson – Futurist / Founder Do Your Research
Sophie Stevens – Course Leader, Fashion & Image


Required Technology

You don’t need specific technology to participate in the course as long as you have a computer, or an iPad with the latest IOS and internet access.


This course is ideal for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of how fashion is communicated and wanting to explore an exciting innovative way of learning from academics and experts within the fashion industry.

Entry requirements

This course has no academic prerequisites. It’s designed for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of how fashion is communicated and those wanting to explore an exciting and innovative way of learning from academics and experts from within the fashion industry.

You must be 18 years or older by the start of the course, and have a good level of English.

English language requirements

There are no formal English language requirements for this course. However, if you are a non-UK student and English is not your first language, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 5.5 or be able to use English at this level before commencing your studies. It is your responsibility to ensure you will be able to participate fully in a qualification delivered and assessed in English.

How to apply

You can apply via the application form on our website.

There are no application deadlines, however, places are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are accepted on to the course, you will be required to pay the full fee in advance in order to secure your place.

Alumni Discount

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design offers course fee reduction to our alumni.

For complete fees information visit  Terms and Conditions

Course Leader

Sophie Stevens

Sophie Stevens is an established stylist and art director with more than 20 years experience.

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