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The Condé Nast Diploma course provides a learning environment that will introduce you to the fundamentals of fashion communication.
The course aims to develop your understanding and knowledge of the fashion and related media industries, and to study a range of topics that include:
- The Context of Fashion & The Fashion System
- Fashion Media
- Fashion Marketing & Promotion
- Branding & Brand Identity Design
- Image-making & Visual Communication
- Fashion Retailing & Retail Environments
The Condé Nast Diploma qualification will provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to prepare you, either for further study in higher education, or for employment in fashion or a related sector.
The Condé Nast Diploma in Fashion Communication is designed for those who wish to learn more about the fashion industry and can act as a springboard to further education, to start a career in the fashion industry, or for professionals who might want to explore new avenues for a potential career change. The course works through the integral elements of the Fashion Communications industry shedding light on what the fashion industry has to offer.
|Induction Week||26th September 2022 – 30th September 2022|
|Autumn Term||3rd October 2022 – 9th December 2022|
|Winter Break||12th December 2022 – 6th January 2023|
|Winter Term||9th January 2023 – 31st March 2023|
|Spring Break||3rd April 2023 – 14th April 2023|
|Spring Term||17th April 2023 – 23rd June 2023|
|Reading Week||12th June 2023 – 23rd June 2023|
Our Diploma in Fashion Communication is being validated by the University of Buckingham.
The course offers a unique blend combining academic rigour and industry engagement with practical and professional skills acquisition, drawing on the expertise of Condé Nast Publications and the College’s wide network of industry professionals.
You are encouraged to develop their understanding of how the fast-paced and ever-changing fashion and media industries operate, and to consider your potential future role within these industries.
The programme’s key aims are to:
- Introduce students to the culture and context of the fashion industry
- Develop students’ knowledge of the fashion and media industries
- Introduce students to the key theory and industry practices relevant to fashion media, marketing, promotion, branding and communication
- Provide opportunities for students to learn from professionals within the fashion, media and associated industries
- Provide opportunities for students to develop key transferable skills in research and analysis, creative thinking, communication, and the production of creative and strategic outputs
- Enable each student to consider their potential path within the fashion industry or continuing study, and to leave with a portfolio of work.
|Autumn||Fashion Culture & Trends||Fashion, Image & Visual Communication||Introduction to Fashion Media|
|Winter||Fashion Marketing & Promotion||Fashion Retail Environments||Fashion & Society|
|Spring||Fashion Branding & Creative Communication||Brand Identity & Design||Professional Development Portfolio|
Students must be aged at least 18 years old on 31st August at the start of the academic year in which they intend to join this course. An academic year runs 1st September-31st August annually. For the duration of the academic year, a student is considered to be their academic age for admissions purposes, regardless of when their birthday falls within that academic year.
The standard entry requirements for this course are:
- Aged 18 years or older on the first day of the course
- A level or an equivalent EU / international qualification or
- GCSE English and Maths at Grade C (4) or
- Relevant professional experience
The College also accepts equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC and International Baccalaureate Diploma qualifications; the preferred International Baccalaureate (IB).
Condé Nast College students who have completed a Foundation Programme can also apply for this course.
Completion of a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design or Art, Design & Media) also fulfills the entry requirements.
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
IELTS for UKVI level 6.0 or above or equivalent Secure English Language Test (SELT) Full information can be found on our International Students webpage.
For the Diploma, applicants are required to submit their application no later than six weeks before the course starts.
Application Form & Reference
To apply for the Diploma in Fashion Communication & Industry Practice degree, you can apply directly to us using the “Apply direct” button. Alternatively, you can apply via UCAS.
Apply directly to Condé Nast College
Apply via UCAS – our course code is W230.
All applicants for the Diploma in Fashion Communication will need to provide an appropriate academic reference. This needs to be submitted with your application.
When choosing a referee, please consider the following:
- If possible, your referee should be someone who knows you academically. If you are currently (or were recently) in education, your reference should be from a tutor, teacher, lecturer or head of school/department.
- If you have not been in education in the past two to three years, please ask an employer, placement or volunteering supervisor, or trainer.
- Do not ask family, friends or current/past partners to write you a reference – the referee must know you in a professional or educational context.
- The reference should discuss your suitability for the course and for higher education, and include your work ethic, interaction with other students and whether a future career in the fashion industry is for you.
- If you are an A-level student and your reference is from a teacher, they should also add your predicted grades.
Along with your application, you are also required to submit a portfolio of your visual and/or written work that shows your interest in the fashion industry. If you are applying through UCAS, you will need to send this to us separately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for a collection of examples that show creative and written work. This can include work completed for current or previous studies along with pieces undertaken specifically for an application for the BA FCIP at Condé Nast College.
A portfolio should include work that enables us to assess both intellectual and creative abilities. We look for individuals who show the commitment and self-discipline required to produce work to the highest standards.
Listed below are suggestions to help when collating a body of work to submit as a digital portfolio alongside an application:
- Drawing and artwork illustrations which reflect the use of different media and use of colour – think also about form and composition
- Research-based sketchbooks/notebooks / annotated visual diaries, showing a working process and contextual and/or historical research and understanding
- Written work, ideally fashion-related – blogs, articles, essays, journalistic/analytical reviews, etc
- Examples that demonstrate an understanding of different software programs relevant to the course
- Examples of image-making, e.g., photographic work, styling, scenography, and filmmaking
- Evidence of creative problem-solving
- A willingness to engage on a variety of topical and cultural issues.
A portfolio is an opportunity to demonstrate and professionally present a diversity of creative and intellectual skills, and innovative work. We want to see evidence of creativity and originality, along with a commitment to exploring the fashion, media, and luxury lifestyle industries.
Where examples of work do not already exist in line with the above suggestions, self-directed projects undertaken for the purpose of creating a portfolio can be submitted using these points as guidelines.
Undergraduate Portfolio Requirements
We’ll require a digital portfolio of 10-15 quality pieces of work that reflect strengths aligned with the scope of the course. Using the above guidelines to help curate a small body of work, we’d like to see a selection that MUST INCLUDE:
- At least TWO written pieces of work (minimum of 800 words each). One-piece should comment on a relevant fashion or media issue or topic, and the other piece can be of an applicant’s choosing.
- At least TWO creative pieces of work which could relate to the following types:
- Photographic work
- Videography work
- Concepts for magazine covers or pages
- Illustrations and drawings, graphics, infographics
- Research, sketchbooks, and work in progress – try to show processes and creative problem solving
Applicants are free to choose further works to complete the required number of pieces of work that best represent their skills, potential, and career aspiration. If work is going to be sent off for assessment on a current course, please try to ensure photographs are taken of it beforehand so that it can be included in the digital portfolio for this course,
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 should be included with an online application.
We can also accept portfolios in the form of a website/blog/video; a document with a link to the relevant portfolio format should be submitted within the application in place of a PDF portfolio document.
It is paramount that you use this opportunity to show imagination, creative thinking and professional ambitions. Above all, you need to show that you can communicate your ideas and thoughts about fashion in three ways – visually, verbally and in writing. The College is looking for students that will actively contribute to the course and take an original approach to their work.
The outcome of your Application
Soon after the review of your application and portfolio (10 working days), we will write to inform you of the status of your application. If you are offered a place, you must confirm (in writing) that you wish to accept our offer. We will then send you the invoice for your tuition fee, and you must pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,200 to secure your place on the course.
If you are an international student you might need to secure a visa to study with us, so please familiarise yourself with all the requirements and procedures in obtaining those. You can read more about visas and international students here
For further information or any queries regarding entry requirements or admissions, please contact the Admissions Office.
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.
UK students can pay the tuition fee in instalments over the duration of the course.
International students will be asked to pay their year course fee in full and in advance of arriving at the College.
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 more information on the costs of living in London – including accommodation advice – please see our Accommodation and Living Costs page.
Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design offers course fee reduction to our alumni.
For more information visit Terms and Conditions
Students who have completed shorter courses at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design have gone on to achieve notable success within the industry.
Previous students graduating from our Diploma in Fashion Communication have gone on to work at:
- Condé Nast International
- Aisle 8
- Harvey Nichols
Students who have successfully completed the Condé Nast Diploma in Fashion Communication may wish to continue studying with us. One option would be to transfer onto the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication course, joining for the summer term and then progressing onto the second year of study. Diploma students studying with us, who believe this might be the right step for them, should communicate their intention during term 3. Agreement to progress onto the BA is via interview and agreement with the Programme Director.
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 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 get to experience through visits or online activities, as part of their exposure to the professional world.
Who Teaches at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design?
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, Matthew Williamson and many more.