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Diploma in Fashion Communication

  • Industry Speakers
  • Central London
  • Practice Focused

At a glance

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Location: London
  • Overall course fee: £22,500 UK/ £30,000 Non-UK
  • Start date: September 26, 2022

The 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:

  • fashion media,
  • fashion marketing & promotion, branding,
  • image-making,
  • visual communication,
  • and fashion retail.

The 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 Diploma is designed for those who wish to learn more about the fashion industry, but who may not wish to study long-term at degree level; also for professionals who might want to explore new avenues for a potential career change, progress their career, or develop their transferable skills; and anyone, who wish to expand their knowledge, learn more about the possibilities of what the fashion industry has to offer, or gain credentials. 

Programme Schedule

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
Research & Reading Week 17th April 2023 – 21st April 2023
Spring Term 24th April 2023 – 16th June 2023
Reading Week 19th 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.

Course Structure

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:

  • Three A-levels graded BBB, or an equivalent EU / international qualification
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C (4) or above
  • Aged 18 years or older on the first day of the course

The College also accepts equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC and International Baccalaureate Diploma qualifications; the preferred International Baccalaureate (IB) score is between 28-32.

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 level 6.0 or above

Full information can be found on our International Students page.

Application Deadline

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.

Referee Considerations

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.

Portfolio Submission

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 admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk. If you are not able to create a suitable portfolio, you have the option to complete our College Challenge, an assignment to be completed in written or video format.

Portfolio Guidelines

A digital portfolio is preferred in all instances. If you have a traditional Art & Design or Textiles portfolio, please consider the contents carefully and select examples of your work that are most relevant to this particular course. Paper-based work should be scanned and textiles work photographed.

If you have a well-maintained blog, this is considered a suitable portfolio.

During your interview, your portfolio will act as a point of discussion to allow you to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of (but most importantly, a genuine interest in) the fashion industry.
  • The ability to communicate visually and the level of your digital visualisation skills.
  • Your ability to research broadly, deeply and relevantly.
  • Your personal tastes and interests.

We are also interested in how well you communicate in writing, and we would like to see suitable examples of written work.

Include work that is relevant to the course content, such as styling and photography, graphic design and branding, journalism, marketing campaigns, websites etc. Fine Art and Textiles examples are also relevant, but please follow the guidelines above regarding editing these and providing them digitally.


Personal Statement

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.

Alumni Discount

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

For more information visit Terms and Conditions

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

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.

Students on this course will also have access to our Career Services including, but not limited to:

  • Strengths testing
  • CV editing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career path planning

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

Previous students graduating from our Diploma in Fashion Communication have gone on to work at:

  • Condé Nast International
  • Vogue
  • Glamour
  • Aisle 8
  • Net-A-Porter
  • Harvey Nichols

Further Studies

The course is designed so that a student exits with the Diploma at the end of the three terms, or if you wish, you could transfer across to the two-year BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice, joining the programme for term 4 through to the completion in term eight. In this case you would still need to go through an interview process before being allowed to transfer.

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.

The Campus

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?

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 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.

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.

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