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The Vogue Summer Intensive Course is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including school-leavers and graduates hoping to work in fashion, as well as those who are seeking a new career path.
This course is a concentrated four-week programme that offers a broad introduction to the fashion industry through the expert eye of the world’s most famous and influential fashion magazine – Vogue – and other Condé Nast Publications titles (including GQ, Tatler, Love.) to give students a unique insight into fashion and media.
Vogue Summer Intensive Course highlights
- Access to the Vogue archives
- Industry speakers each week
- An editorial team project
- Visits to exhibitions
- Careers talk and alumni panel
Although British Vogue is our starting point, the course also draws upon the broader influences that inform this fast-paced and exciting industry. The course will touch on a wide range of topics, from journalism and PR to creative direction.
Each week, a key theme is considered, and you will work on group projects and activities throughout the course, including styling in our on-site photography studio and designing your very own Vogue cover.
The College day begins at 10am and ends at 5pm. Any activities taking place beyond this time are optional.
On your first day you will receive a class timetable, which you will access through TimeEdit, the College scheduling system.
There are no specific books to buy for the course. Students will have access to the College reference library and recommendations for further reading will be made throughout the course.
6 July 2020 – 31 July 2020
*All dates subject to change
During the course you will gain academic credit for completion of our 15-credit level 4 Fashion Media module. Independent and group work to complete the assessed elements of the course will take place on the first three Fridays, with project submission and assessed presentations taking place on the final day.
Week 1: Introduction & Context of Fashion
College induction and introduction to key topics that will be covered on the course. As well as weekly themes, there are regular sessions on the topics below, all of which are introduced during the first week.
- The evolution of fashion in the 20th century.
- Planning for a career in the fashion industry.
- Visual communication and digital design skills.
Week 2: Creative Practice in Fashion & Styling
The focus is on creative practice in fashion and styling – considering key influences on fashion and identifying the wider macro-environmental trends shaping tastes and consumer behaviour.
Other key topics include:
- Trend analysis
- Celebrity styling
- The influence of street style
- Still-life styling
- Creating mood boards
Week 3: The Role of the Media in Fashion
A closer look at fashion journalism, including the editor/publisher relationship and how to create great covers.
Other key topics include:
- Fashion journalism
- The editor and the publisher/CIO
- Understanding your audience
- Magazine branding and creating covers
- PR and the media
- Journalism on social media platforms
Week 4: The Future of Fashion
The final week will focus on completing and presenting a course assignment as well as working in teams on two studio-based shoots, alongside photographers and other creative professionals.
Other key topics include:
- Fashion marketing and consumer influences
- Ethical issues in fashion
- Fashion 2050
- Creating your portfolio
- Career opportunities in the fashion industry
London provides the backdrop to this four-week course, with visits to galleries and exhibitions – as well a trip to Vogue House –contributing to an exceptional experience.
And what better guide than the Condé Nast family of magazines and digital platforms to explore the fashion world today?
This is an intensive study programme with classes and activities Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm. Lectures delivered by fashion academics will be supplemented with presentations and workshops from Condé Nast staff and leading industry specialists.
On the final Friday, at 4pm, there will be an end-of-course celebration.
Applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course, and be able to demonstrate a good level of English.
There are no formal English language requirements for this course, however it is delivered and assessed in English. 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 if you do not hold an English language qualification, before you start. It is your responsibility to ensure that you will be able to participate fully.
How to apply for the Vogue Summer Intensive Course
You can apply via our online application form.
There are no application deadlines, however places will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For further information or any queries regarding entry requirements or admissions, please contact the Admissions Office.
Paying the course fee
In order to confirm and secure your place on the course, you will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,200 when you receive your offer. The deposit option is not available if booking within six weeks of the course start date.
More information – including visa requirements – can be found on our International Students webpage.
There are no funding options available for this 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 Vogue Intensive Summer Programme provided an incredible insight into the fashion industry, with a thorough overview of subjects I am covering on the BA. I recognised that progressing onto the BA would allow me to combine both the academic stimulus of a varied and interesting fashion communication module list with unprecedented industry access and skill development to equip me for a career in the industry.”
Alice Morey, currently studying BA (Hons) Fashion Communication
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 the fashion and the creative industries operate, 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 sectors, you will be learning directly from the best in the industry.
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 Condé Nast College of Fashion?
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 include
- 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 course also have access to the College-wide industry lecture programme that takes place once a week. Previous 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.