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VOGUE Fashion Foundation Programme

  • Inspired by Vogue
  • Intimate Learning Environment
  • High-Profile Industry Speakers

At a glance

  • Duration: 9 Months (Full-Time)
  • Location: Bedford Square, London
  • Overall course fee: £16,500 (UK & 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.

Overview

The VOGUE Fashion Foundation Programme offers an exceptional opportunity to be immersed in the dynamic fashion and media industries with Condé Nast, and serves as an introductory stepping stone, equipping students for their journey into higher education. This course places a strong emphasis on nurturing creative skills and talents, focussing on practical visual and digital design skills, all while drawing inspiration from the authoritative Vogue: Voice of a Century book,

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

You may be a school-leaver with a passion for fashion-related fields, but uncertain about your specialisation at degree-level; or you may not meet the entry criteria for our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication or similar courses at other institutions; or you may wish to first explore your creativity and better understand fashion-related fields before committing to higher education.

This foundation programme seamlessly integrates study and research skills throughout its modules, ensuring that you will be well-prepared for the transition to higher education. Furthermore, our commitment to facilitating your educational path includes comprehensive support for degree applications. Successful completion of the VOGUE Fashion Foundation Programme opens doors to further pursuits, including your eligibility to be considered for our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice degree.

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. Past guest speakers have included iconic figures such as Victoria Beckham, Edward Enninful, Deborah Joseph, Bertrand Michaud, and many more. Our unique staff-to-student ratio guarantees a personalised learning experience, ensuring that you receive guidance and mentorship from our exceptional academic team.

Programme Schedule*

The course is structured as a nine-month course, consisting of three 10-week terms.

Induction Week 30 September 2024 – 04 October 2024
Autumn Term (Term 1) 07 October 2024 – 13 December 2024
Winter Break 16 December 2024 – 03 January 2025
Winter term (Term 2) 06 January 2025 – 14 March 2025
Reading Week 17 March 2024 – 21 March 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 24 March 2025 – 11 April 2025
Spring Break 08 April 2025 – 25 April 2025
Spring Term (Term 3) 28 April 2025  – 13 June 2025
Exhibition w/c 16 June date TBC

*All dates are subject to change

The Award

This VOGUE Fashion Foundation Programme is an internationally recognised qualification validated by the University of Buckingham and is worth 120 credits at RQF level 3.

To view more detailed Programme Specification click here.

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Condé Nast College has a way of bringing people together from all over the world. That diversity had made this experience so intriguing as not only did we learn about the fashion industry here in London but all over the world. The programme pushed me to explore all areas of the fashion industry by writing articles for the Condé Nast blog or encouraging me to put my work out there on instagram. To read full testimonial and find links to Sadaf's blog click here. Sadaf Fatima Punjoo, Vogue Foundation, 2020-2021
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The Foundation Programme enables students a broad yet detailed spectrum of careers within the industry which is perfect for those wanting a career in the creative field but do not know exactly what they want to specialise in. To read the full testimonial click here. Gabriel Summerfield, Vogue Foundation, 2020-2021

Award Structure

The programme is structured as three 10-week terms, an RQF level 3 (120 credits) pre-university course validated by the University of Buckingham. The programme is designed 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 also focuses on developing transferable skills in research, academic practice and communication.

Course Structure

VOGUE Fashion Foundation Programme course map

 

Programme Modules

This programme is suitable for UK and international students interested in studying fashion-related subjects and exploring creative mediums and outputs to utilise in readiness for higher education degree-level studies at a later stage. Modules on this programme are:

Understanding Design & Visual Culture

This module explores visual communication and its impact. It covers message visualisation, influential art movements, and design’s societal role. It emphasises research’s importance and allows for artefact creation. You will reflect on learning and its relevance to your design process.

Introduction to the Creative Industries

You will gain insight into the creative industry’s evolution, define creativity, explore skills, and delve into various creative disciplines. You will also create and present projects to understand the industry’s dynamics.

Fashion Media & Communication

This module will study Vogue’s heritage, media evolution, and content impact. You will analyse media channels, critique representation’s effects, explore media’s role in fashion consumer behaviour, and learn effective brand communication.

Independent Fashion Portfolio

You will build a personal portfolio showcasing your creative work and develop skills through an independent project, supporting personal development and higher education aspirations. Yu will also learn study skills for independent higher education study.

Multi-Media Practice

This module will allow you to master design tools and software while developing multimedia skills for projects. You’ll experiment with digital and physical media, working collaboratively in creative teams.

To view detailed Programme Handbook click here.

 

To complete the course you will be required to create a project that will form an End of the Year – Vogue Fashion Foundation Exhibition. You can view a short video from the last cohort below as well as visit Student Portfolios page to read in more detail about each project.Vogue Fashion Foundation student portfolios video

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Being on the Vogue Foundation Programme allowed me to connect with people in different parts of the fashion industry, and hear their experiences, which really helped me narrow down my career choices. It also required me to visit various exhibitions and shows, including an open day at Rankin’s studio, where I met the stylist I now work for. Ayzhulk Jogezai, Vogue Foundation Programme, 2019-2020
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Condé Nast College highlights how there are many doors to be opened in the creative industry, and give the tools and encouragement to explore different paths and careers. To read the full testimonial click here. Erika Thomazi, Vogue Foundation Programme, 2019-2020

Entry Requirements

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 passes in two subjects at UK GCSE Grade C (4) or above, and include the appropriate transcript(s)/certificate(s) with their application.

Academic Entry Requirements | International Applicants

Applicants will need to have achieved an internationally recognised qualification(s) which is equivalent to passes in two subjects at UK GCSE Grade C (4) or above, and include the appropriate transcript(s)/certificate(s) with their application.

For equivalent International qualifications, applicants can consult UCAS. 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 B1 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 – including visa requirements – can be found on our International Students webpage.

Portfolio

There is no portfolio requirement.

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

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

Paying the Course Fee

To secure your place on this course, you will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,200 at the point of receiving an offer from the College.

UK/EU students can pay the tuition fee in three instalments throughout the year.

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

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

Bursaries & Alternative Funding

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

Alumni Discount

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

For more information visit  Terms and Conditions

Studying & Living in London

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

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 help you prepare for further study in higher education. You will be able to progress from the VOGUE fashion Foundation Programme to our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice degree at Condé Nast College, or explore degree courses at other institutions that may align more closely with your career goals.

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

  • UCAS application support and guidance
  • Personal statement support
  • Higher Education courses research
  • Introduction to our BA information session

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

  • CV and cover letter tutorial with our Career Consultant
  • Support with applying for jobs/internships
  • Termly 1-2-1 consultation with an Academic

Previous students graduating from our higher education programmes 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

Fiona Howells

Fiona has been working within academia for the last ten years lecturing within the discipline of Fashion Design. She holds a postgraduate certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training. 

Laura Holmes

Vogue Foundation Programme

After establishing and growing my own company (AGS) over the past 10 years with my husband I felt the time was right for me to explore my fashion aspirations. During this year at Condé Nast College, I have had the opportunity to develop creatively.

View My Work
Vogue Fashion Foundation Portfolio
Fashion Foundation Portfolio
Laura Holmes Portfolio