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VOGUE Diploma in Fashion Communication

  • High Profile Industry Speakers
  • Central London Location
  • Industry Practices Focus

At a glance

  • Duration: 9 Months (Full-Time)
  • Location: Bedford Square, London
  • Overall course fee: £22,500 (UK) | £30,000 (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

Next Decision Deadline: June 1, 2024

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.

Overview

Our VOGUE Diploma in Fashion Communication programme, 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, 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 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 equip 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 areas such as the context of fashion, the fashion system, Fashion Media, marketing and promotion, branding and brand identity design, image-making and visual communication, fashion retailing and environments. 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.

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. These modules will offer you invaluable interactions with industry professionals.

Programme Schedule

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

 

Award

Diploma in Fashion Communication programme is an internationally recognised qualification validated by the University of Buckingham and is worth 135 credits at RQF level 4.

The course offers a unique blend, combining academic rigour and industry engagement with practical and professional skills acquisition. You are encouraged to develop your understanding of current and potential future practices within the ever-changing fashion and media industries, and to consider your potential future role within these industries. During your time of study, you will have the opportunity to tap into the College’s wide network of academics and industry professionals.

The programme is structured as three 10-week terms, an RQF level 4 (135 credits) undergraduate diploma course validated by the University of Buckingham. The programme combines academic rigour and industry engagement with practical and professional skills acquisition. You will be encouraged to develop your understanding of current and potential future practices within the ever-changing fashion and media industries and to consider your potential future role within them.

Programme Structure

Diploma in Fashion Communication Programme Structure

 

To view more detailed Programme Specification click here.

To view Programme Handbook 2023-2025 click here.

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:

More information on English language requirements can be found on our FAQs page.

Portfolio

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)

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.

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 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.

When reviewing an application, 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 after submitting an application.

How to Apply

UK and Non-UK applicants should apply 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)
  • Personal Statement

Contact

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 £3,000 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 first instalment 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 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

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 will allow you to progress onto the final 5 terms of our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice degree.

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

  • Professional Development Portfolio module
  • Careers Lectures
  • Job Roles Within Media Lecture
  • Alumni Career panel during the induction week
  • Reality of careers in the fashion industry session
  • 1-2-1 careers support session
  • 1-2-1 consultation with academics
  • Masthead

You will also have access to our Career Services including, but not limited to: CV & Cover Letter Editing Email etiquette Looking for and applying for jobs Creating a portfolio of work.

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.

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

Course Leader

Hannah Shakir

Hannah has worked in the fashion industry for more than a decade writing lead fashion features for POP, Glass Magazine, Velour and Emirates Woman.