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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)
  • Start date: September 30, 2019

The MA Fashion Communication enables professionals and postgraduates to enter the world of fashion through a series of modules that focus on past, present and future scenarios of the wider fashion industry. Closely affiliated with Condé Nast Publications, the course will provide exclusive access to the fashion industry and an unparalleled level of support.

This course is specifically designed to provide opportunities for individuals who wish to go into the fashion industry, but who might not necessarily have experience in this field. You will graduate with a set of transferrable skills and knowledge that can be applied to a diverse range of career opportunities within the industry.

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 exceptional environment provides you with a unique insight into fashion communication in all its forms, as well as providing access to numerous unrivalled experts in their fields.

With weekly guest speakers from a broad range of professions within the fashion and creative industries, you will be learning directly from the best.

The first term of the MA programme explores significant moments in the culture of fashion, and also helps develop visual appreciation and communication skills. The knowledge acquired will support further study by putting fashion communication into context.

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

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

The final term consolidates key aspects of your previous study, while enabling you to develop your own ideas and forms of fashion communication within the area in which you have chosen to specialise. The final fashion project will be an opportunity for you to present a body of work supported by a thesis that demonstrates your academic ability, independent thinking and creativity.

Modules:
  • 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

To secure a place on the course, students will be asked to pay a deposit 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 before they start at the College and prior to the issue of a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

More information – including visa requirements – can be found on our International Students webpage.

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 the spring and further information is provided at the beginning of the course.

Studying and living in london

For more information on the costs of living in London – including accommodation advice – please see our Accommodation and Living Costs page.

The standard entry requirements for this course are:

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

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 extensively demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at postgraduate 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

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:

  • A strong personal identity
  • The potential to benefit from the course
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of 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 on the left of the page, and submit one of the following:

  • A suitable portfolio of work to demonstrate creative skills.
  • A piece of written work – a 1,000-word statement that demonstrates their understanding of the focus of the course, the relevance of their background and their reason for applying.
  • Completion of the College Challenge.

Successful applicants will be invited to the College for an interview.

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

With our unique access to the fashion industry, the College prepares students for employment through live industry projects and work placements, and provides expert career advice to students and graduates.

Throughout your time here, you are encouraged to develop your own industry links and arrange a placement that will contribute to your study and professional development, while broadening your knowledge of specific roles and careers.

The personal and professional development of students is a constant focus throughout the course and is key in the process of securing placements and identifying future careers within the fashion industry.

Recent technological advancements have created new opportunities within fashion communication and there are now plenty of varied and exciting career opportunities in both publishing and brand communication. The boundaries between retail and media have broken down to create an exciting creative landscape for media communication across all aspects of the fashion and lifestyle industries, resulting in a 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 exceptional environment provides you with a unique insight into fashion communication in all its forms and the workings of the creative industries, as well as providing access to numerous unrivalled experts in their fields.

With weekly guest speakers from a broad range of professions within the fashion and creative industries, you will be learning directly from the best in the industry.

Your campus

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

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

The academic team at the College offer an unrivalled knowledge of the fashion sector; they are kept constantly up to date through their unique industry links. Staff encourage students to think independently and critically, and individual students’ skill sets and strengths are nurtured and supported throughout the course.

Visiting lecturers and guest speakers

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

  • Osman Ahmed, senior editorial associate at The Business of Fashion
  • Georgia Murray, fashion editor at Refinery29
  • Nova Dando, creative director
  • Aled John, head of business development at Condé Nast International
  • Paul Nesbitt, head of audience research at Condé Nast International
  • Dr. Kate Nelson Best, fashion and media scholar

Students on the programme also have access to the College-wide industry lecture programme that takes place once a week. Previous industry speakers have included Adwoa Aboah, Miles Aldridge, Victoria Beckham, Nicholas Coleridge, Anna Dello Russo, Edward Enninful, 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 and Matthew Williamson.

Course Leader

Gemma Peterson

Gemma Peterson has been in academia for more than decade, first as a BA Course Leader and now as Principal Lecturer and Course Leader at the College. Gemma is an experienced external examiner and, in recent years, has held positions at the London College of Fashion.

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