Vogue Foundation Programme

  • Inspired by Vogue
  • Access to the Condé Nast Network
  • High Profile Industry Speakers

At a glance

  • Duration: 9 Months
  • Location: Soho, London
  • Overall course fee: £15,480 (including VAT)
  • Enrolment: October 2019

The Vogue Foundation Programme is an introductory course that will prepare students for further study in higher education. The focus is on creative practice and students will develop practical visual and digital design skills using ‘Vogue: Voice of a Century’ as the main source of inspiration.

Vogue Voice of a Century
Vogue Voice of a Century
Inside Vogue: Voice of a Century
Inside Vogue: Voice of a Century


The Foundation Programme is suitable for school-leavers interested in fashion related courses, who are as yet unsure which area they would like to specialise in at degree level. It is also suitable for those that do not meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication or equivalent degree courses at other institutions.

Study and research skills are embedded into all modules to ensure students are effectively prepared for the transition to higher education and support with degree applications is a priority. Successful and engaged students who complete the Foundation Programme will be considered for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication should they wish to join this course as their next step.

3 terms
3 contact days p/w
3 qualification level
120 credits

Studying at our state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Central London, students will have unique access to the incredible roster of industry speakers in addition to their studies. Past speakers have included British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, Tory Burch, Natalie Massenet, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, and many more. Students will also benefit from our unique staff to student ratio which guarantees a tailored learning experience from our outstanding academic team.

Programme schedule*

Autumn Term (Term 1)07 October 2019 – 13 December 2019
Christmas Break16 December 2019 – 03 January 2020
Winter Term (Term 2)06 January 2020 – 03 April 2020
Spring Term (Term 3) (Wk1 Independent study)16 March 2020 – 03 April 2020
Easter Break06 April 2020 – 17 April 2020
Spring Term (Term 3)20 April 2020 – 05 June 2020

*All dates subject to change

Vogue Fashion Foundation is Level 3 (120 credits) pre-university course is suitable for UK, EU and international students interested in studying fashion-related subjects at degree level at a later stage. During the course, you will be introduced to key aspects of the creative industries with an emphasis on fashion and media. In line with Condé Nast’s core areas of expertise, the focus is on digital design, imagery and media, as opposed to garment design and construction. The programme will focus on developing transferable skills in research, academic practice and communication.

Programme modules:

Design & Visual Culture (20 Credits)

  • Examine how messages are communicated visually
  • Introduce key art movements and their influence on visual culture
  • Consider the wider impact of design and visual culture on society
  • Understand the importance of research and how this informs the design process
  • Design an artefact of your own choosing
  • Evaluate and reflect on learning and relate this to your own design process

The Creative Industries (20 Credits)

  • Examine the development of the creative industries over the last 25 years
  • Define creativity and explore related skills and techniques
  • Explore a range of disciplines within the creative industries
  • Creating and presenting project work

Fashion Media & Communication (20 Credits)

  • Consider the heritage of the Vogue brand and the evolution of fashion media
  • Examine creative content from the Vogue archives to inform visual communication ideas and best practice
  • Explore key media and communication channels and their influence on audiences
  • Critique media representation and its positive and negative influence on individuals and groups
  • Examine the role of the media in relation to consumer behavior in the fashion sector
  • Successfully present brand communication messages for the fashion industry

Multi-Media Practice (20 Credits)

  • Familiarisation with appropriate design and media tools/equipment
  • A basic introduction to key software commonly used in the creative industries
  • Supports the development of practical design and multi-media skills, in line with project and portfolio work
  • Experiment with a range of illustration and visual communication skills mixing digital with physical media
  • Provides the opportunities for working collaboratively in creative teams

Fashion Portfolio (40 Credits)

  • Facilitate the development of an individual portfolio of work
  • Showcase creative practice and application throughout the Foundation Programme through a professional portfolio
  • Develop skills in a chosen area through the completion of an independent project
  • Support PDP and progression, including supporting the application process for further study in higher education and alternative career options
  • Introduce study skills suitable for independent study in higher education

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are GCSE English and Maths at Grade C (4) or above, or equivalent EU / international qualifications as well as applicants must be 18 years or older on the first day of the course.

Applicants can apply for this course via the application form on our website. This allows us to assess an applicant’s potential to benefit from the course. Each applicant is asked to provide information about themselves, including their personal details, education history and any relevant work experience. Applicants will also be asked to write a 500-word personal statement describing their academic interests and reasons for applying to the Condé Nast College.

The College is looking for students that will actively contribute to the course and take an original approach to their work.  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 £1200 to secure your place on the course.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to take an English language test and achieve IELTS level 6.0 or above or equivalent Secure English Language Test (SELT).

More information can be found on our International Students webpage, including visa requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Applications are welcome from people who do not meet the standard entry requirements if they can extensively demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at this level. Relevant learning which has taken place through a range of experiences, often unstructured, personal and unconsciously gained, can be equal to learning undertaken by students following traditional courses through formal educational. Exceptional applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may still be considered through APEL. The admissions and academic teams will consider each application that shows exceptional strengths and alternative evidence, which may include:

  • Work experience
  • Non-accredited courses
  • Extensive reading and research
  • The quality, relevance and credibility of the personal statement
  • An exceptionally strong academic or professional reference
  • OR a combination of these

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

UK/EU students can pay the tuition fee in instalments throughout the year. In order to confirm and secure your place on this course, you will be asked to pay a deposit in the amount of £1200 at the point of receiving an offer from the College.

International students will be asked to pay their course fee in full and in advance of arriving at the College.

There are no bursaries or funding options currently available for this course.

For more information on the costs of living in London – including accommodation – please see our Accommodation and Living Costs page.

Although the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design provides expert career advice to students and graduates, utilising our extensive industry contacts and preparing students for employment through live industry projects and work placements, the Foundation Programme aims to assist students in preparation for further study in higher education.

Students on the Foundation Programme can go on to study our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree, which has seen previous graduates take up positions at companies such as Vogue, Glamour, Net-A-Porter, Condé Nast International, Harvey Nichols and many other leading companies in the field of fashion and the luxury sector upon graduation.

You will be studying this course with the only UK fashion education provider that operates from within the fashion industry. This unique environment provides you with an inside out perspective on learning the inner workings of fashion communication in all its forms and how the creative industries operate, as well as having access to a range of experts in their fields.

With weekly guest speakers representing a broad range of professions within the fashion and creative industries you will be learning directly from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Your Campus

The Condé Nast College is situated in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of London’s creative and cultural hub, Soho. Surrounded by numerous film, fashion and media houses provides students with unrivalled opportunities for professional networking and cultural experiences.

The College is only a 10-minute walk away from the Condé Nast International Headquarters, as well as the iconic, Vogue House, which our students visit as part of their exposure to the professional world.

Unrivalled Industry Links

You will be supported by highly experienced academics and industry practitioners as well as regular industry talks delivered by leaders in all the creative industries – including design, media, PR, advertising, retail and all things digital. Past Speakers have included : Victoria Beckham, Natalie Massenet and Edward Enninful, to name a mere handful.

Visit our industry speakers page for more information on previous speakers.

Course Leader

Gemma Latimer

Gemma Latimer has worked in the field of visual communication for the past 12 years as an Illustrator and University Lecturer. Her illustration has featured in editorial, advertising and fashion campaigns with clients including BAFTA, The Times, HTC, BBC, Ted Baker, Radio Times, Classic FM and Marie Claire amongst many others. More recently Gemma has become a published author producing an internationally successful adult colouring book.

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