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BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice

  • Two-Year Intensive Degree Course
  • Four-Week Industry Placement
  • High Profile Industry Speakers

At a glance

  • Duration: 2 years (Full-Time)
  • Location: Bedford Square, London
  • Overall course fee: £39,900 (UK) | £60,000 (Non-UK)
  • Start date: 30 September 2024

Notice:

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

We are still accepting applications for the September 2024 start.

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.

Course Overview

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice programme, spanning two enriching years, offers an exceptional opportunity to be immersed in the dynamic fashion and media industries with Condé Nast. This comprehensive programme delves deep into the fashion, media, and creative industries, encompassing areas such as fashion marketing, branding, business management, styling, image-making, photography, film, creative direction, graphic and digital design, as well as fashion journalism and media. With a strong emphasis on both theory and practice, students will engage directly with industry professionals, ensuring a well-rounded education that keeps pace with the latest trends, debates, theories, and industry practices.

As a student in this fast-track intensive programme, you will explore a holistic view of fashion’s cultural, economic, global, and local significance. You will foster diverse perspectives and cultural awareness, preparing you for a career in fashion communication and media.

The overarching goal of this programme is to guide you towards obtaining an Honours Degree in Fashion Communication & Industry Practice while equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the fashion, media, and associated industries. Whether your passion lies in creative subjects like styling and image-making, a strategic or business-oriented approach, or a combination of both, this programme accommodates your unique skills and interests.

It will introduce you to the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political foundations of fashion, media, and communication practices, and foster lively discussions regarding the future of the fashion and media industries, emphasising the importance of positive systemic change. The programme is designed to enhance your communication skills across diverse media platforms, striking a balance between strategic and creative outputs. Additionally, it focuses on nurturing crucial transferable skills, encompassing research, analysis, critical thinking, innovation, and the production of both creative and strategic content. The programme also provides valuable opportunities for experiential learning and engagement with professionals in the fashion, media, and related industries, and will aid you in identifying your strengths and formulating a well-suited career path within these dynamic fields, or pursuing further higher education.

Unique Features of the Course

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.

At Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, our unwavering commitment to industry preparation is evident. The programme’s standout features include the Fashion Industry Placement module and the Collaborative Industry Project. These modules will offer you invaluable interactions with industry professionals. You will have an opportunity to embark on a four-week industry placement at the end of year one (please note placements are not guaranteed and you will have to apply for this opportunity), followed by an autumn engagement with a live industry brief set by a partner company; previous industry partners have included Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Jaguar Land Rover, Estée Lauder, Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Modus PR, Manolo Blahnik, GQ, Hugo Boss, Coach, Métier London, MAC, Coach, and Penhaligon’s.

Course Schedule Year 1

Induction Week 30th September – 04th October 2024
Autumn Term (Term 1) 07th October – 13th December 2024
Winter Break 16th December 2024 – 03rd January 2025
Winter Term (Term 2) 06th January – 14th March 2025
Reading Week 17th March – 21st March 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 24th March – 11th April 2025
Spring Break 14th April – 25th April 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 28th April – 13th June 2025
Reading Week 16th June – 20th June 2025
Summer Term (Term 4) + Industry Placement 23rd June – 29th August 2025

28th July – 22nd August 2025

Summer Break 1st September – 3rd October 2025
Autumn Term ( Term 5) Year 2 06th October – 12 December 2025
Winter Break 15th December 2025 – 2nd January 2026

 

The Award

This BA programme is an internationally recognised degree qualification validated and awarded by the University of Buckingham and is worth 360 credits at RQF level 6.

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The College has made me who I am in terms of knowledge and employability. If you set yourself goals, push the boundaries and make yourself noticed then the right doors will open for you. Click here to read the full testimonial. Alexander Ron, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, 2018-2020
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Everything I learnt had real, practical value. We did a collaborative industry project with Coach and it wasn’t just a theoretical, ‘Imagine you’re working for Coach,’ exercise at all. We went to the store and talked to people working there and actually acted as consultants for them. It was all real and I don’t think you’d get that level of genuine involvement anywhere else. Click here to read full testimonial. Megan Meaney, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, 2018-2020

Award Structure

The programme is structured as eight 10-week terms spread across two academic years, transitioning from RQF level 4 to RQF level 5 in term three, before progressing from RQF level 5 to RQF level 6 in term six. The programme offers a unique blend, combining academic rigour and industry engagement with practical and professional skills, drawing on the expertise of Condé Nast and the College’s wide network of industry professionals.

Programme Structure

BA Course Structure

To view more detailed Programme Specification click here

To view Programme Handbook 2023-2025 click here.

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It was a unique opportunity that allowed me to become immersed in the fashion media sphere. My favourite experience was getting career advice from Anna Wintour in her office in New York. Josephine Judd, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication 2017-2019
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Coming to the Conde Nast College has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as it has taught me about who I am and the person I want to be when going out into industry. Click here to read more. Emma Bell, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, 2017-2019

Admissions

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 a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points from one, or a combination, of the following full RQF Level 3 qualifications, and include the appropriate transcript(s)/certificate(s) with their application:

  • Two or more A-Levels
  • Vogue Fashion Foundation Programme
  • At least grades Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • an equivalent full Level 3 qualification

Applicants can work out how many UCAS points their qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff Calculator.

Academic Entry Requirements | International Applicants

Applicants will need to have achieved EU or non-EU qualifications that are generally equivalent to grades BBB at A-Levels in the UK, and include the appropriate transcript(s)/certificate(s) with their application:

Examples of equivalent overseas qualifications can be found on our International Qualification Equivalents Guidance document. 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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and include the appropriate results certificate with their application.

Full information can be found on our FAQs page.

Portofolio

Applicants must submit with their application a digital portfolio that displays creativity and intellectual skills, and must include:

ONE written piece (600-800 words) – an existing piece of writing covering any subject, or a new piece covering one of the following fashion and media topics:

  • Fashion Shows: Do they belong to the past – is it a still a valid way to promote and show fashion? What could be the future of the show for a more sustainable era?
  • What purpose does a print magazine serve in 2023/24

AT LEAST TWO creative pieces (e.g., photography, videography, styling, creative writing, illustration).

If you don’t have an existing portfolio, then please create the following:  a visual moodboard to show to show ideas for a fashion shoot for a magazine of your choice, featuring a model/celebrity/cultural icon of your choice. Indicate which designers you would feature and explain with the moodboard, your reasons for your choices.

We also accept web, blog, or video portfolios; a document with a link to the relevant portfolio format should be submitted as part of the application in place of a PDF portfolio document.

The portfolio should showcase intellectual and creative abilities, originality, and a commitment to fashion, media, and luxury lifestyle. Self-directed projects are welcome where examples of suitable or relevant work do not already exist.

Portfolios should be submitted as one file/body of work, ideally as a PDF with links to any pieces (such as videos) which cannot be displayed within the document, and must be included as a supporting document as part of a course application.

If you are applying through UCAS, you will need to send this to us separately at admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit with their application a 500-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. Interviews will take place on specific interview dates, details of which will be sent to you if invited to interview. These dates are fixed and will be the only opportunity for us to meet with you.

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 via UCAS (using the course code W230) or 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)
  • Portfolio
  • Personal Statement

Contact

For entry requirements or admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Office.

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Conde Nast College has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop in an industry I love. Their encouragement, inspiration and teaching have prepared me for my future, and have inspired me to pursue significantly more ambitious goals than when I started. Matty Hickman, (BA) Fashion Communication 2017-2019

In order to confirm and secure your place on the course, you will be asked to pay a deposit of £3,000 when you receive your offer. The deposit option is not available if booking within six weeks of the course start date.

UK students can pay the tuition fee in instalments over the two years of the course.

International students will be asked to pay their first installment of the course fee in full and in advance of issuing the CAS number necessary for Student Visa purposes.

Tuition fees can rise each year in response to market conditions.

Please note that the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is not currently eligible for students to receive loans from Student Finance while they are studying here.

The College offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries for this course, which cover the full fee. These are available to lower-income households only. For information on our bursaries, please visit our fees and funding page.

Additional Course 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 Condé Nast College, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

There is an optional study trip abroad in year one 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. The Living in London webpage lists estimated costs for this activity along other additional student costs to consider..

Alumni Discount

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design offers course fee reduction to our alumni.

For more information visit Terms and Conditions

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.

The technological developments of recent years have driven new opportunities in the fashion communication sector, and there is no longer such a distinct separation between fashion media and fashion retail. Professionals now move seamlessly between editorial roles and positions with major fashion brands and retailers, and this shift has greatly widened the scope of available careers.

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

  • Professional Development Portfolio module
  • Fashion Industry Placement module
  • Professional Practice Portfolio module
  • Support with finding an industry placement
  • Careers Day at the end of the course
  • Alumni Career panel during the induction week
  • Reality of careers in the fashion industry session

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

  • Strengths testing
  • CV & Cover Letter Editing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career path planning
  • Professional Portfolio creation
  • Optional 1-2-1 tutorial with our Career Consultant
  • Termly 1-2-1 consultation with an Academic

Previous students graduating from our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice degree 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 and many more.

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

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Pursuing my education journey abroad at the Condé Nast College is one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I’ve met some amazing people and friends at the College. I have grown so much as a person over these last two years and am so grateful to be able to add this experience to the CV of my life. Taylor Leigh Wilkinson, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication 2016-2018

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

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My studies not only equipped me with skills I now use every day such as InDesign, Photoshop, Premier pro, Illustrator. But also, it gave me a greater understanding of fashion business, marketing, and ethics. I particularly loved hearing Tory Burch speak, as her entrepreneurial journey was so inspiring. Click here to read more. Rachel Feibusch, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

Course Leader

Harriet Posner

Harriet Posner specialises in marketing and branding for fashion, and is the author of Marketing Fashion: Strategy, Branding and Promotion (2015), used by fashion scholars around the world.

Alice Morey

BA(Hons) Fashion Communication

I’m a freelance writer motivated by a fascination with the world around me. I have a keen eye for detail, exceptional communication skills, and a passion to create a narrative. I utilise fashion as a vehicle to connect different disciplines and gain a deeper understanding of the topic.

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