MA Fashion Communication

  • Outstanding Industry Speakers
  • Careers Advice
  • Access to Vogue House

At a glance

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Location: Soho, London
  • Overall course fee: £27,540 (including VAT)
  • Enrolment: September 2019

The MA Fashion Communication enables professionals and post graduates to enter the world of Fashion through a series of modules that focus on past, present and future scenarios of the wider fashion industry. Students will enter into an education that is affiliated with Conde Nast Publishing providing exclusive access and support that is unparalleled in other learning establishments.

This course is specifically designed to provide opportunities for individuals who wish to enter the fashion industry, who may have no prior knowledge, and/or experience within this specialist and varied field. The course provides you with transferrable skills and knowledge that can be applied to a diverse range of career opportunities and pathways. Focused on the communication of fashion and brands, the course facilitates opportunities to communicate in the visual, verbal and written formats, capitalising on previous learning and specialist knowledge.

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

Highlights of the course include:
  • Access to professional industry mentors both from Condé Nast and the wider fashion industry
  • Outstanding Industry speakers
  • Careers advice
  • Access to Vogue House and the Vogue Archives

You will be studying this course with the only UK fashion education provider that operates from within the fashion industry. This unique environment provides you with an inside out perspective on learning the inner workings of fashion communication in all its forms and how the creative industries operate, as well as having access to a range of experts in their fields.

With weekly guest speakers representing a broad range of professions within the fashion and creative industries you will be learning directly from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

The first term of the MA programme explores pinnacle shifts in the culture of fashion and also facilitates the development of visual sensibilities and communication skills. The knowledge and skills acquired will support and underpin continued study by providing valuable context and awareness of fashion as a form of communication.

The second term aims to engage your imagination, creativity and foresight – you are asked to re-imagine the fashion industry, questioning how fashion will be experienced, used and purposed in future environments.

The third term develops collaborative skills and ingenuity with the introduction of an industry focused project and also examines and explores some of the complex ethical issues facing the fashion industry today. A key element of the learning experience is for you to question your own potential role in the fashion industry and reflect on what and how you can make a positive impact or contribution via your chosen specialist field.

The final term consolidates key aspects of previous study, whilst enabling you to develop your own themes, ideas and forms of fashion communication within your chosen specialism. The final fashion project presents an opportunity for you to present a body of work supported by a thesis that demonstrates your academic ability, independent thinking and creative prowess.

  • Brand Communication & Marketing Strategy
  • Fashion Re-imagined
  • Creative Research: Fashion Markets & Creative Industries
  • Creative Collaboration: Applied Fashion Communication
  • Final Fashion Communication Project & Thesis
Paying the course fee:

In order to confirm and secure a place on this course, students will be asked to pay a deposit in the amount of £1,200 at the point of receiving an offer from us.

UK/EU students can pay the tuition fee in instalments throughout the year.

International students will be asked to pay their course fee in full in advance of arriving at The College and prior to the issue of CAS.

Bursaries and Alternative Funding:

There are no bursaries or funding options currently available for this course.

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.

Studying and Living in London

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

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

The standard entry requirements for this course are:

  • An honours degree, preferably at 2:1 or above, or an equivalent EU / international qualification.
  • Aged 18 years or older on the first day of the course

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Applications are welcome from people who do not meet the standard entry requirements if they can extensively demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at postgraduate level. Relevant learning which has taken place through a range of experiences, often unstructured, personal and unconsciously gained, can be equal to learning undertaken by students following traditional courses through formal education. Exceptional applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may still be considered through APEL. The admissions and academic teams will consider each application that shows exceptional strengths and alternative evidence, which may include:

  • Work experience
  • Non-accredited courses
  • Extensive reading and research
  • The quality, relevance and credibility of the personal statement
  • An exceptionally strong academic or professional reference
  • OR a combination of these

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above or equivalent Secure English Language Test (SELT)

Full information can be found on our International Students webpage.

Selection Criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • Can demonstrate a strong personal identity
  • Shows potential to benefit from the course
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrates motivation and commitment
How to apply for the MA Fashion Communication Programme

All applicants are required to complete the online application form using the Apply Now button, and submit one of the following:

  • A suitable portfolio – a portfolio of work to demonstrate creative skills
  • A piece of written work – a 1000-word statement that demonstrates their understanding of the focus of the course, the relevance of their background and their reason for applying.
  • Complete the College Challenge

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with a member of the academic team.

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

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design provides expert career advice to students and graduates, utilising our extensive industry contacts and preparing students for employment through live industry projects and work placements.

Throughout the learning experience you are encouraged to develop your own industry links and source a potential placement that contributes to your study and professional development, whilst broadening your knowledge of specific roles and careers.

The personal and professional development of students is a continued focus throughout the study and forms a key aspect in the process of sourcing potential placements and identifying future careers within the fashion industry.

In recent years, technological advancements have driven new opportunities within fashion communication and there is now a wealth of varied and exciting career opportunities in both publishing and brand communication. The boundaries between the commercial selling of products and the creation of media content have broken down to create an exciting creative landscape for media communication across all fields of the fashion and lifestyle industries resulting in an increasingly broad range of job opportunities.

You will be studying this course with the only UK fashion education provider that operates from within the fashion industry. This unique environment provides you with an inside out perspective on the inner workings of fashion communications in all its forms, as well as how the creative industries operate. You will have unique access to a range of experts in their fields.

With weekly guest speakers representing a broad range of professions within the fashion and creative industries you will be learning directly from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Your Campus

Condé Nast College is situated in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of London’s creative and cultural hub Soho. Surrounded by numerous film, fashion and media houses provides you with unrivalled opportunities for professional networking and cultural experiences. The College is only a 10-minute walk away from the Condé Nast International Headquarters, as well as the iconic, Vogue House, which our students visit as part of their exposure to the professional world.

Who Teaches at The Condé Nast College?

The academic team at Condé Nast College provide a varied background and knowledge base of the wider fashion industry. Individual links and continued study provide constant updates from within the fashion industry sector and beyond. The culture and style of teaching is designed to enhance personal perspectives on the fashion industry and to question fashion communication, its methods and future whilst supporting and developing individual skill sets and styles.

During your course, you will be taught by a range of our academic staff as well as industry guests and visiting lecturers.

Some of our previous industry speakers included: Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham to name a mere handful.

Course Leader

Gemma Peterson

Gemma Peterson has been working in academia for more than 10 years, as a former BA Course Leader and now as Principal Lecturer and Course Lead at the College. Gemma is an experienced External Examiner and has held positions at the London College of Fashion in recent years.

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