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Fashion Business Certificate

  • UK/US accredited Fashion Business Certificate
  • Outstanding industry speakers
  • Weekend Paris trip

At a glance

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Location: London
  • Overall course fee: £11,185 (including VAT)
  • Start date: September 25, 2023

Fashion Business Certificate is a unique, semester-long course delivered in collaboration between Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design and Richmond, The American International University in London.

The course is delivered across two locations in an exclusive West London and Central London location at Bedford Square.

The Certificate is designed to provide you with an opportunity to study a semester abroad in the heart of London developing your knowledge and skills in the fashion business.

Students on this course will be participating in a weekend Paris trip experiencing some of the most outstanding museums and galleries.

The course is designed for those already enrolled in a degree level course at another university or those already holding a BA level degree.

Programme Highlights:

  • UK/US accredited Fashion and Business Certificate awarded by Richmond, The American International University in London, the only university accredited by both the US (Middle States Commission of Higher Education) and the UK Government
  • Individual academic advisors and support staff
  • Lectures and workshops with Industry specialists and guest speakers
  • Invitations to talks at the London Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design
  • Visits to London museums and galleries
  • Vogue House Experience, the British Vogue headquarters and home to Condé Nast
  • All-inclusive weekend trip to Paris (24th-26th March) by Eurostar train which includes visits to the most iconic Parisian fashion buildings, such as the Condé Nast French headquarters, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Museum, and Galeries Lafayette

Richmond, The American International University in London

Having been founded in 1972 as the UK’s pioneering liberal arts University, Richmond has gained a strong reputation in the UK higher education market.  We are also the only UK university to offer all of our students both a UK and US degree, with a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate and graduate programmes, including BA Fashion Management and Marketing and MA Luxury Brand Management.

The main Richmond University campus building is in a quiet residential area surrounded by beautiful parkland, on the edge of Richmond Park and close to the River Thames, with all the shops and amenities of Richmond upon Thames in walking distance.   Set in a five-acre site at the top of Richmond Hill, student accommodation is located in the impressive main building, together with our dining hall and classroom facilities.

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Covid Information

The health and safety of our students and staff is the University’s top priority, see our website for more details of what steps are being taken to keep our students safe. We are fully committed to providing the best possible academic experience and will be closely monitoring the wider Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to ensure all of our teaching is in line with UK Government guidance.

Guest speaker and specialist sessions with Condé Nast are truly complementary to my studies of Luxury Brand Management. Condé Nast College shows us the real side of luxury and helps to deepen our knowledge. In addition, Richmond courses are very hands-on with loads of case studies. Max Schmitt, MA Luxury Brand Management, 2021-2022

The Richmond and Condé Nast College Certificate will be awarded after one semester and on completion of 15 US credits (3 credits per class). Students will be able to select four of the following business fashion classes timetabled by Richmond, plus a Condé Nast-Richmond class specifically tailored for the students participating in this programme.


Foundations of the Business of Fashion

This course acts as a foundation for the world of fashion from a business point of view. The course investigates the notion of what a customer is and separates this out from customers within the context of business-to-business relationships. The course further investigates issues of market segmentation, positioning, promotion, and branding. The course concludes with some fundamental discussions on the role of business strategy within the fashion business. Read full syllabus

History of Fashion

This course analyses the history of fashion from a sociological perspective – covering the period from the beginning of the modern period to the present. Relationships between dress, fashion, class, political power, ethnicity, and gender are investigated. While the primary focus is upon the historical development of western fashion global interconnections are investigated throughout the course.

Fashion Marketing and Retail

This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization, and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion. Read full syllabus

Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

Consumer psychology within the context of the consumption of fashion and luxury products and services is complex and is influenced by many factors. A thorough analysis and understanding of these factors allow organisations to plan effective marketing activities suitable to their target markets. This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behaviour in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services. Read full syllabus

Ethical Fashion and Sustainability

This course focuses on analysing ethical considerations within the fashion industry, whilst also exploring changes in practice, communication and consumerism, and the diversity of stakeholders in the supply-chain of this industry toward sustainability movements. This course will give students an overview of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry, ranging from textile fibre production to the globalisation of fast fashion. The course considers the growing demand from consumers that the fashion items they choose have been produced ethically. The course also focuses on the needs of stakeholders who look for sustainability in the creation of shared value. Ethical sourcing is increasingly becoming the norm for the fashion industry and it has changed the way of fashion production and consumerism. Read full syllabus


Fashion Buying and Merchandising

The course seeks to produce creative learners who have a strong industry focus and awareness of contemporary issues, who can offer insight to the local, national and global marketplaces with an entrepreneurial outlook and considered critical perspective. Read full syllabus


The course is for those already enrolled in a degree level course at another university or those who already hold a BA degree.

Students joining this programme must be fashion and/or business majors at the sophomore level or above and with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).

Please complete the Direct Online Application form following the below instructions:

  • When you get to Programme Information you need to select the following on the drop-down menu:
    Condé Nast Fashion Business Certificate 
  • For curriculum, the next box, you need to select on the drop-down menu:
    Non-degree visiting student
    This is the very last choice on the drop-down menu.
  • For the mode of study, next to Curriculum, you need to select: Full Time.

English language requirements

If not from a majority English speaking country, such as the USA, candidates must have an acceptable level of English proficiency.

IELTS level minimum of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Writing or the equivalent Secure English Language Test (SELT). More information can be found here.


For details on applying to this programme (including information on housing, visas, payments, etc…) please contact enquiries@Richmond.ac.uk

For queries relating to a specific academic component of this programme please email: Professor Sabine Spangenberg, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes: Sabine.spangenberg@richmond.ac.uk

Visa Information

US students can come to the UK on the standard visitor visa now instead of the short-term student visa. They do not need to apply for this in advance. We will provide US students with an admissions letter for them to use on arrival in the UK and they will also need to obtain a stamp in their passport on arrival. Likewise, they do not need a visa to travel in Europe as a tourist.

EU students studying less than six months in the UK can come to the UK as visitors as well. We will provide EU students with an admissions letter for them to use on arrival in the UK.

Chinese and other non-UK/ UE nationals do have to apply in advance for a visitor visa and should get a Schengen visa before they come to the UK as they are unable to apply in the UK for a visitor visa.

The visa national list here indicates which nationals would have to apply in advance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-visitor-visa-national-list. Any national listed here will need to apply for entry clearance (unless an exemption applies). Any national not listed has the option of applying in advance or at the border.

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 perspective on learning how to set up a business and how businesses in the fashion and the creative industries operate, as well as providing access to numerous 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 get to experience through visits or online activities, as part of their exposure to the professional world.

Who teaches at Condé Nast College?

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

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

Previous industry speakers have included Victoria Beckham, Tory Burch, and Tommy Hilfiger, to name but a few.