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MA Entrepreneurship: Fashion & Creative Industries

  • Unrivalled Industry Links
  • Dedicated Industry Mentor
  • Intimate Learning Environment

At a glance

  • Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
  • Location: Bedford Square, London
  • Overall course fee: £24,950 (UK) | £29,950 (Non-UK)
  • Start date: 30 September 2024

Note:

CondéNast College of Fashion & Design is changing its name to Vogue College of Fashion on 30th September 2024. From there on we will refer everywhere officially to the College as Vogue College of Fashion including your final diploma and certificates obtained at the point of graduation with the College post 30th September 2024.

Regular Decision Deadline: May 1, 2024

If you are an international student who will need to secure a visa for the UK, you are advised to submit your application before the Regular Decision Deadline. 

Our MA Entrepreneurship: Fashion & Creative Industries programme offers a truly distinctive learning experience, providing students with a bespoke introduction to entrepreneurship and business acumen tailored specifically for the dynamic realms of fashion and the creative industries. Drawing participants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, this programme immerses students in an array of subjects, including branding, marketing, business theory and practice, as well as business planning and finance. In doing so, it refines existing transferable skills while nurturing a profound understanding of the intricate workings of the fashion and creative sectors.

Situated within the College’s postgraduate Fashion Business portfolio, which also includes master’s programmes in Luxury Brand Strategy & Business, Fashion Communication, and Entrepreneurship: Fashion & Creative Industries, by pursuing our MA Entrepreneurship: Fashion & Creative Industries you will share some taught sessions and projects with your counterparts in other Fashion Business master’s programmes. This collaborative approach ensures that you acquire a holistic and dynamic understanding of the fashion business industries.

This programme leverages the wealth of expertise held by Condé Nast and its extensive network of collaborators within the fashion and creative industries. You will be actively encouraged to engage with industry professionals and organisations, fostering invaluable connections. The programme seamlessly blends independent research with structured academic content, enriched by illuminating talks and masterclasses led by luminaries from the industry. You will be equipped with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, amplifying your professional creative communication abilities and fostering an environment conducive to the free flow of innovative ideas.

Notably, Condé Nast College boasts unparalleled access to industry luminaries, including the editorial and business teams behind iconic publications such as VOGUE, GQ, Glamour, Tatler, House & Garden, World of Interiors, and WIRED. This unique advantage allows us to combine academic rigour with outstanding industry connections, creating an educational environment like no other. This programme will also provide you direct access to a relevant professional industry mentor from Condé Nast, or the wider fashion and creative industries, who aligns with your entrepreneurial endeavour.

At Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, our unwavering commitment to industry preparation is evident. This programme is meticulously crafted to explore the landscape of entrepreneurial opportunities within the fashion and creative spheres, making it an appealing prospect for you no matter what your background.

Programme Schedule*

Induction Week 30 September 2024 – 04 October 2024
Autumn Term (Term 1) 07 October 2024 – 13 December 2024
Winter Break  16 December 2024 – 03 January 2025
Winter Term (term 2) 06 January 2025 – 14 March 2025
Reading Week 17 March 2025 – 21 March 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 24 March 2025 – 11 April 2025
Spring Break  14 April 2025 – 25 April 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 28 April 2025 – 13 June 2025
Reading Week 16 June 2025 – 20 June 2025
Summer Term (Term 4) 23 June 2025 – 29 August 2025
Graduate Exhibition w/c 15th Sept 2025 TBC

*All dates subject to change

This MA is an internationally recognised qualification validated by the University of Buckingham and is worth 180 credits at QCF level 7.

 

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During the MA Entrepreneurship course, I researched and developed my recently launched sustainable fine jewellery brand, MATILDE Jewellery. Not only did CNC give me the knowledge and tools to embark on this journey, but I also met incredible people along the way. Click here to read more. Matilde Faria Mourinho Felix, MA Entrepreneurship, 2019-2020
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The college offered me a unique opportunity to gain my BA and Masters in just three years whilst gaining invaluable industry experience and insights as well as actively supporting me with my career journey, encouraging me to think forward into my future. Click here to read more. Emma Bell, MA Entrepreneurship 2019-2020 & BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, 2017-2019

The programme is structured as four 10-week terms. The first three are taught and the final term is dedicated to independent study to complete the final projects and a thesis. The programme structure consists of modules that are shared across all Fashion Business programmes, which focus on research skills and building critical awareness of current issues as well as developments in the fashion, media and luxury industries along with programme-specific modules that enable you to acquire technical and practical skills aligned with your career goals.

Programme Structure

MA Entrepreneurship: Fashion & Creative Industries
Term 1
Autumn Term
Brand Communication & Marketing Strategy
30 credits
Critical Research: understanding Audiences
30 credits
Term 2
Winter Term
Creative Entrepreneurship
30 credits
Term 3
Spring Term
Business & Financial Modeling for Creative Industries
30 credits
Final Masters Project
60 credits
Term 4
Summer Term

 

Modules

This is a broad and forward-thinking programme that examines a range of areas within the fashion and creative industries. You will be encouraged to identify opportunities in the market and propose your own business solutions using relevant innovative and traditional start-up models and methods. The emphasis is on developing the right industry knowledge and practical business skills to establish and develop a sustainable creative business. You will be supported in your transition from student to business owner (or employee), connecting theory, business models, academic study and industry thinking within the world of business and entrepreneurship in the creative industries. Modules on this programme are:

Brand Communication & Marketing Strategy

This module introduces you to contemporary communication methods used within the fashion and creative industries to sell their brands. You will examine successful communication strategies and explore the formats, technologies and themes brands use to target their markets. The module also provides opportunities for you to develop visual communication and the software skills required for successful brand communication.

Creative Entrepreneurship

This exciting module introduces you to the world of entrepreneurship, examining key considerations and challenges in the fashion and creative industries. You will also explore a range of entrepreneurial business models and theories, and be able to evaluate the attributes and strategies used by successful entrepreneurs and their value within global economies. While learning to recognise market opportunities in the fashion and creative industries, you will apply models of reflective practice to encourage you to recognise your own personal traits, qualities and skills.

Critical Research: Understanding Audiences

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are vital for developing an insight into audiences. The module will cover the philosophy of research, ethics, primary and secondary research methods, and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. The module will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the media industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Business & Financial Modelling for Creative Industries

This module aims to help you develop a business plan that will attract investment from potential stakeholders and act as a guide for launching a new venture. The planning undertaken at this stage will underpin the final entrepreneurship project where the concept will be developed further, in readiness for launch.

Final Masters Project

During this module, you will create a practical outcome aligned with your programme specialism and identified career focus. You will also inevitably approach this as an opportunity to create or enhance a portfolio of work, initiate a live or simulated industry project or take an entrepreneurial approach by creating a project that you might continue to pursue after finishing the degree.

A written thesis will underpin the practical element, allowing you to identify a clear connection between academic theory, scholarly research and genuine industry practice. The aim is to consolidate and enhance previous learning on the programme, providing the opportunity to develop an individual research proposal in any area of interest relevant to the programme’s content.

This project aims to provide you with an opportunity to conduct live research on a topic of interest to you, developing skills in project management and engaging with professional development planning.

To view more detailed Programme Specifications click here.

To view Programme Handbook click here.

Exceptional ideas and eye-opening perspectives are sought after from individuals interested in learning about the fashion and media industries and having something valuable to contribute to the future of fashion. To be eligible for this course, individuals must be at least 18 years old on 1st September at the start of the academic year in which they intend to begin their studies, and must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic Entry Requirements | UK Applicants

Applicants will need to have achieved an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of subject areas and professional backgrounds but with a genuine interest in the fashion, media or luxury lifestyle industries. Applicants are not required to have a business idea or concept to apply for this course.

Academic Entry Requirements | International Applicants

Applicants will need to have achieved an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a UK 2.2 classification or above. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of subject areas and professional backgrounds but with a genuine interest in the fashion, media or luxury lifestyle industries. Applicants are not required to have a business idea or concept to apply for this course.

If international applicants are unsure whether they meet the requirements, they can contact us for clarification. If we do not have a good enough understanding of an international qualification, we may ask an applicant to obtain a Statement of Comparability from UK ENIC

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Exceptional applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may still be considered through APEL if they can demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at this level. Sometimes experience is as beneficial as what is learnt in a classroom. The admissions and academic teams will consider applications that show exceptional strengths and alternative evidence, which may include:

  • Work experience
  • Non-accredited courses
  • Extensive reading and research
  • A brilliant, relevant and credible personal statement
  • An exceptionally strong academic or professional reference
  • OR a combination of these.

Each application will be considered on its own merit, although we cannot guarantee every applicant an offer.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will require a CEFR Level B2 in a standardised English language test e.g. IELTS Academic for UKVI Level 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and include the appropriate results certificate with their application:

More information on English language requirements can be found on our FAQs page.

Portfolio

There is no portfolio submission required for this course.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit with their application a 1,000-word personal statement/statement of purpose that demonstrates their understanding of the focus of the course, the relevance of their background and their reason for applying.

What Happens Next?

We will review applications against the entry requirements and asses the examples of work and the personal statement submitted. Please note that any missing supporting documents will cause a delay in an application assessment, and could result in an application rejection.

Those who pass this first application review will be invited to a 20-30 minute online interview to further assess suitability for the course. Please note that, unfortunately, not all applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

When reviewing an application and during an interview, we are looking for applicants to demonstrate their potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • Demonstration of a strong personal identity
  • The potential to benefit from the course
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of motivation and commitment

A final outcome decision will be sent to applicants within 5 working days following an interview.

How to Apply

UK and Non-UK applicants should apply directly to the College using the Apply button on this page. All applicants MUST ensure that their application contains all supporting evidence before it is submitted:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copies of academic transcript(s) / certificate(s) – (or partial transcript / predicted grades if studies are not yet complete)
  • Suitable standardised English test results certificate (Non-UK applicants only)
  • Personal Statement

For further information or any queries regarding entry requirements or admissions, please contact the Admissions Office.

UK & Non-UK Student Tuition Fee

£24,950 (UK) | £29,950 (Non-UK) total course fee.

Deposit Fee – Confirming a Place

In order to confirm and secure a place on this course, applicants holding an offer from us must pay a non-refundable deposit of £3,000.00. Offers must be accepted, with the deposit payment made, within 2 weeks of the offer letter date.

Paying Tuition Fees

Once a place has been accepted and secured with a deposit, students will be required to settle their relevant tuition fees by 15th August in advance of the course start date. International students are required to pay their first instalment from 15th March in order to obtain a CAS for a Student Visa application – this instalment will be due immediately for offers accepted between 15th March and 15th August by international students.

Please note that international students will be required by UKVI to evidence the full course fee amount is accessible to them (in addition to other amounts) before a Student Visa is granted. For more information please see our International Students page, including visa requirements.

All students can request an instalment plan. The total course fee (less the deposit amount) will be payable over 4 termly instalments under this arrangement. Full details and schedule in our Terms and Conditions.

Payment Method

All fees must be paid through FlyWire. FlyWire facilitates credit card, debit card and bank transfer payments. Other local payment methods may also be available in some territories.

Student Loans & Finance

UK students do not currently have access to any loans or grants from Student Loans Company (SLC)

Non-UK students generally do not currently have access to any government student loan schemes or programmes, but this may differ in some countries and may be worth researching in their locations.

Bursaries & Alternative Funding

There are no bursaries available for this course. Students are welcome to explore alternative third-party bursary or scholarship programmes that may be available to them in their locations, such as the Chevening Scholarship.

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is proud to work with Chevening, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. More details here.

Additional Course Costs

There is an optional study trip abroad that is not covered by the course fee. This takes place in spring and further information is provided at the outset of the course.

For more information visit Terms and Conditions

Alumni Discount

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design offers course fee reduction to our alumni. Please refer to Alumni Page for more details.

Living Costs

For information on studying in London and what this could cost, please visit our Living in London webpage.

For information on accommodation while studying at the Condé Nast College, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

We are dedicated to empowering our students to excel in the fashion world. We recognise that a thriving career in this dynamic field requires more than just academic knowledge; it demands practical skills, guidance, and opportunities. Throughout your educational journey with us, we will provide an array of career support options tailored to your needs.

This programme contains modules, experiences and opportunities meticulously designed to equip you with the essential skills, knowledge and practice crucial for a successful fashion career, from personal development to professional practice.

Although the focus of the MA is on entrepreneurship and encourages students to launch their own businesses, the skills gained on the course are also highly relevant to the increasingly broad range of job opportunities in today’s fashion and creative industries. Entrepreneurial qualities are particularly valued in these highly creative and visionary. industries, and the course is suitable for those keen to pursue the following careers:

  • Launching a business / start-up
  • Business director
  • Business management
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Buying
  • Merchandising
  • Retail management

During the course, students will examine the roles outlined in magazine mastheads and the increasing roles in digital media.

Within the course content, there will be many career and professional development elements and activities available to you, including:

  • Alumni Career panel during the induction week
  • Multiple career focussed workshops until your final term
  • Careers Day at the end of the course

You will also have access to our Career Services including, but not limited to:

  • Strengths testing
  • CV & Cover Letter Editing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Optional 1-2-1 tutorial with our Career Consultant

Previous students graduating from our higher education programmes have gone on to work at: Condé Nast, VOGUE, Glamour, Aisle 8, Net-A-Porter, Harvey Nichols, L’Oréal, Hayley Menzies, Grazia, HanSpringett LTD (AKA H-Lans), GQ, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, WGSN, TikTok, Tatler, Louis Vuitton, The Times and many more.

For more information on careers, please visit our Careers in Fashion webpage.

Our Campus

Condé Nast College is situated in a historic building at Bedford Square, in Central London.

The area was built between 1775 and 1783 and is one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London. The square takes its name from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury. Bedford Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, an exciting area for academia and the arts; originally made famous by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set.

The College is a short walk from the headquarters of Condé Nast, which our students visit as part of their exposure to the professional world.

Who Teaches at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design?

During your course, you will be taught by a range of our academic staff as well as Industry Guests and Visiting Lecturers. Previous industry speakers have included Edward Enninful, Victoria Beckham, Nicholas Coleridge, Natalia Gamero del Castillo, Anna Dello Russo, Adwoa Aboah, Miles Aldridge, Bella Freud, Sarah Harris, Tommy Hilfiger, Anya Hindmarch, Henry Holland, Caroline Issa, Lulu Kennedy, Yasmin Le Bon, Natalie Massenet, Tamara Mellon, Suzy Menkes, Roland Mouret, Kate Phelan, Matthew Williamson and many more.

Building Accessibility Notice

Condé Nast College is located in a historic Georgian building at Bedford Square in Central London. Our campus comprises a Grade I listed building dating to the late 18th Century which is currently not fully accessible to wheelchair users. We are committed to improving the accessibility of our premises, and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work toward this important goal. Some teaching activities may take place at other venues in central London, which have varying levels of accessibility. If you have specific questions about the accessibility of our campus, either as a visitor or prospective student, please do not hesitate to contact us at dione.hyland@condenastcollege.ac.uk

Course Leader

Dennis Lucan

Dennis is an awarded entrepreneur in national and international business competitions. He is a business consultant and investor with a background in digital marketing, data analysis and business development.