Frequently Asked Questions

The Application

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Q. How do I apply for the courses?

The application process varies for each course. Please click on the course below to find information on how to apply. 

MA Fashion Media Practice

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

Vogue Fashion Diploma

Foundation Programme

Vogue Fashion Certificate 

Vogue Intensive Summer Course

Short courses (including One Week Fashion Styling Course, One Week Fashion Journalism Course, One Week Fashion Business Course, One Week Business of Beauty Course and the Vogue Teen Weekend)

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Q. What are the entry requirements to study at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design?

The entry requirements vary for each course. Please see below for more details:

For the MA Fashion Media Practice, the entry requirements vary depending on the particular pathway: 

All applicants must have an honours degree, preferably at 2:1 or above. The chosen pathway must be stated at the application stage. Entry requirements for the pathways are as follows:

Business:

  • For the Media Business pathway applicants should hold a business-related degree or a general media degree. There is no requirement for a portfolio, however applicants are asked to provide a 1000-word statement that demonstrates their understanding of the focus of the course, the relevance of their background and their reason for applying.

Journalism:

  • Fashion Journalism applicants must provide a portfolio of work to demonstrate strong writing skills and a clear interest in the fashion sector. An English or humanities based degree is preferred (for example: English Literature, Philosophy or Art History). We will also consider applicants with general fashion or media degrees. 

Creative Direction:

  • For the Creative pathway applicants should have a design/visual-based degree in an appropriate subject, such as Graphic Design, Fine Art or Photography. A portfolio of work to demonstrate creative skills is essential. 

We welcome applications from those that have studied topics relevant to their chosen pathway, however the programme is not suitable for those already holding degrees in the same subjects (i.e. a BA in Fashion Media, Fashion Journalism or Creative Direction). 

For the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, the entry requirements are:

The preferred A-level requirement for this course is BBB*. Applicants should also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.  The College also accepts equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC and Baccalaureate awards and our own Vogue Fashion Certificate or Foundation Programme. Completion of a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design or Art, Design & Media) also fulfills the entry requirement.

The preferred International Baccalaureate score is between 28-32

*If your A-level profile or IB score does not meet this requirement please contact admissions to discuss this further.

We are happy to consider all international applications, please email admissions@condenastcollege.ac.uk for further information on equivalent entry requirements for international students.

If English is not your first language you will need to take an English language test. Please visit English Language Requirements for more information. 

For the one-year Vogue Fashion Diploma, the entry requirements include the following: 

- 3 GCSEs (grade A-C) or BTEC First Diploma
- 1 GCE A Level (grade A-C) or equivalent qualification 
- All applicants must meet our English language requirements and must be 18 years or older upon starting the course. 

For the Foundation Programme, the entry requirement include the following: 

For UK students: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (must include English and Maths) and one A-level or equivalent 

For international students: High school certificate from your country of residence and an academic transcript (with marks for years 11 and 12)

For the ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate, the four-week Vogue Intensive Summer Course, and the one-week courses, there are no other formal admission requirements, though you are expected to have strong academic standing, meet our English language requirements, and must be at least 18 years of age.

For the Vogue Teen Weekend, you must be sixteen or seventeen years of age and meet our English language requirements.

For all courses there are no specific subject requirements. Meaning, you do not have to have taken textiles or come from a relevant subject background. Generally, we look for individuals with strong academic standing, work experience (when possible), and a serious ambition for a career in the fashion industry. 

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Q. Does the College require any English Language Certificates?

The College requires non-native English speakers to have an English Language Proficiency Qualification. Although we may consider a variety of tests, our normal requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an average of 6.5 or higher, and a score of no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

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Q. Can I apply before I take an English test?

Yes. Applicants who are offered a place prior to taking an English test will have a conditional place reserved. Evidence of having the appropriate level of English must be submitted prior to starting the course.

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Q. Do I need to have studied certain subjects to be accepted?

You need to have studied certain subjects for the MA Fashion Media Practice only. For all other courses, there are no subject requirements. 

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Q. What is the deadline to send in my application form?

For all courses, there are no application deadlines; we continue to accept applications until the course is full. Given the intense competition for places, you are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, please check with the Admissions team who can inform you if a course is already full. 

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Q. Do I require any references as part of my application?

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication are required to submit one academic reference with their application form. Please see here for more info.

For all other courses, we do not require references as part of your application. If we consider a reference necessary for your application, a member of the admissions team will send you a request in writing. 

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Q. Do I need to have a portfolio?

Applicants for the MA Fashion Media Practice are required to submit a portfolio of work depending on their pathway. Please visit entry requirements for more information. 

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree are required to submit a portfolio as part of their application. Please visit our portfolio guidelines for more information.

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Diploma or Foundation Programme may submit a portfolio or other relevant evidence of their interest in fashion and design instead of a College Challenge, though it is not required for their application. Portfolios are accepted in either print or digital format but please do not send in unsolicited material. The Admissions team requests that you bring your portfolio to your interview or send it in electronically before your interview. Please notify the admissions team if you plan to submit a portfolio instead of the College Challenge. 

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Q. Do I need to be a current student to apply to either of the courses?

You do not need to be a current student to apply for our courses. We welcome applications from individuals who are returning to education, and take into consideration alternative qualifications and relevant work experience when appropriate.

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Q. I have submitted my application. When should I receive a response about my decision?

For the MA Fashion Media Practice and the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, you are required to submit a portfolio of work after submitting your application. Once this has been received, we can invite you to an interview at the Condé Nast College. 

For the Vogue Fashion Certificate, the Vogue Fashion Diploma, and Foundation Programme, after you submit your application, you will be sent the details of the College Challenge, a short writing assignment. You have three weeks to complete and submit this assignment. After you submit your application we will invite you for an interview (via email) in person at the College. In some instances, we can interview international students via Skype. Shortly after your interview you will be informed about the status of your application. 

For the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, you will receive a response regarding your application within two weeks.

For the One-week Courses and the Vogue Teen Weekend, after you have submitted your booking form you can make the payment online to reserve your place. 

 

 

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Q. How does the interview process work?

Successful applicants for the MA Fashion Media Practice and BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree are invited for an interview after the application and portfolio have been submitted. 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 use of quality research with breadth and depth
  • Your personal tastes and interests


Above all, the interview is for you 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.

You will be informed of the status of your application shortly after your interview. 

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Diploma, Foundation Programme, and Vogue Fashion Certificate are invited for an interview after completing their College Challenge assignment. This will be conducted in person, or via video enabled Skype, depending on your location.

The interview aims to assess your range of skills and experiences and is a chance for us to get to know you a little better. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions and for you to get a feel for what it will be like as a student at the Condé Nast College.    

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Q. Does the College offer any bursary or scholarship programmes?

There are two bursaries available for each intake of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication, which are available for UK residents only, and funded by Condé Nast Publications Ltd. These are awarded at the discretion of the College Principal. They are means tested and intended to assist talented students who would not otherwise be financially in a position to undertake the course.

The applicants need to demonstrate that their annual income, if they are financially independent, is below £20,000 per annum, or if they are financially dependent, that their parents'/family annual household income is below £50,000 per annum. Students who meet this criteria are invited to indicate their interest in competing for one of the Condé Nast bursaries by completing and signing the designated bursary application form. This will include a confidential Financial Disclosure and should be submitted after students have submitted the standard, online College application form.

Along with all other students, bursary applicants will undertake the normal application process. Before the interview, you must indicate that you have applied for a bursary in order for your application to be considered.

Candidates who have been shortlisted for a bursary will then be invited for a second-round interview with the Admissions panel a few months prior to the start of the course.

Successful students will receive a 100% remission of fees. Prior to confirmation of the award, successful candidates will be required to provide hard copy evidence of earnings/financial status.  

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Q. Do you offer bursaries for international students?

The College only offers bursaries to UK residents. 

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Q. Can I apply for multiple courses?

The College welcomes you to apply for multiple courses, but discourages you from attending both the Vogue Fashion Diploma and the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication. This is because the Diploma follows the first year of the BA degree, and thus we suggest you choose the course that is most suitable for you. We welcome students to enrol on the Foundation Programme prior to enrolling on the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, as this course acts as a preparatory course for the degree. 

We also discourage students who have completed the Vogue Intensive Summer Course from attending the Vogue Fashion Certificate.

If you are deciding between two accredited courses, we welcome you to apply for one course, and discuss your preference/suitability for both courses during your interview.  

We welcome students to attend a short course and then enrol on an accredited course. This is also a great opportunity to experience the Condé Nast College before deciding to enrol on a longer course, though of course it is not mandatory. 

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Q. Will there be open days so I can visit the College before enrolling?

Yes. Dates for Open Days are published on the website at the start of each academic year. Please see Open Days for more information. 

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Q. What are the tuition fees for each course?

MA Fashion Media Practice £27,540 (including VAT)

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication £55,080 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma £25,536 (including VAT)

Foundation Programme £15,000 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Certificate £8,646 (including VAT)

Vogue Intensive Summer Course £3,750 (including VAT) 

One-week Fashion Journalism Course £858 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Styling Course £858 (including VAT)

One-week Business of Beauty Course £858 (including VAT)

Vogue Teen Weekend £534 (including VAT)

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Q. At what point will I be required to pay my tuition?

If you are accepted onto the MA Fashion Media Practice, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, Vogue Fashion Diploma, Foundation Programme, Vogue Fashion Certificate, or the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, we will ask you to pay a deposit of £1,200 to secure your place on the course. For the MA degree, BA degree, Vogue Fashion Diploma course and Foundation Programme you are permitted to pay in instalments. For the Vogue Fashion Certificate course and the Vogue Intensive Summer Course you must pay the full tuition fee six weeks prior to the start of the course.

For the One-week courses and the Vogue Teen Weekend, you are required to pay your tuition fee at the time of booking in order to secure your place on the course. 

The College

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Q. What will I gain from studying on an accredited course at Condé Nast College?

The ethos of the Condé Nast College is to equip students with knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of careers in the fashion industry or to prepare them for further study in relevant fields. Successful students leave the College with a clear competitive advantage when applying for jobs. Prospective employers appreciate that students from Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design have an informed understanding of how the fashion industry works, making them an asset in the workplace. Additionally, our students are well placed to pursue higher qualifications in a wide range of disciplines including design, publishing, journalism, and marketing should they choose to do so.

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Q. What will I gain from studying on one of the short courses at the Condé Nast College?

We run a variety of short courses at the Condé Nast College lasting from a weekend to a month. These are designed to give students an introduction to a number of specialisms (journalism, styling, etc) or a basic grounding in the business of the wider fashion industry. Students on these courses benefit from our unparalleled insight into the fashion industry and outstanding academic team. Please note that there is no assessed work on any of the short courses and we cannot provide the same level of career guidance or networking opportunities due to time limitations.  

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Q. How will my work be assessed?

The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication is assessed in a variety of ways, as relevant to the module and subject area. This includes: presentations, essays, portfolios, written reports, practical tasks and projects. Examinations are used occasionally, but are one of the least prevalent methods of assessment used on the course and there is no major ‘exam diet’ at the end of each term.  The main forms of assessment are project based.  

Students taking the Vogue Fashion Diploma, Foundation Programme and the Vogue Fashion Certificate are assessed by 100% coursework, including oral presentations, focused workshop activities, written submissions, and other projects. This will provide an excellent opportunity to develop your portfolio for your future studies and job applications. There is no assessed work on any of the other short courses. 

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Q. What are the work opportunities at Condé Nast after graduating from one of the courses at the College?

The BA includes an industry placement in the first summer term. Students are expected, as part of the assignment for the module, to search and apply for their own placements, however they will be fully supported in this by our academic team and careers advisor.

After completing an assessed course at the Condé Nast College, work experience and internship placements at Condé Nast may be offered to a select handful of the most talented and hardworking students. Students will be alerted when suitable jobs or internships are available within the company and the faculty may also make individual recommendations to our wider network. The College cannot pledge work placements for all students at Condé Nast or at any other business, but it will make introductions and recommendations for outstanding students when appropriate. Due to the short nature of the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, the One-week Courses, and the Vogue Teen Weekend, we do not provide career guidance after the course has ended. 

College Life

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Q. Is the College in a good location and close to public transport?

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is located on Greek Street in the heart of London's Soho. This means that our students have easy access to the many famous museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural landmarks. The College is in walking distance of the Underground Stations at Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road. In addition, national and international rail links and international airports are within easy reach.

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Q. Do you offer accommodation options for international students?

We do not provide student accommodation, however the College can offer advice and further guidance to assist students in finding accommodation in London. Flat-shares are also very popular and may be a good option for some students.

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Q. Do I have to live close to the College?

While London is a vast city, public transport is fast and effective, and so there is no requirement for students to live close to the campus. However, we do recommend that you consider your daily commute, and live close to a transportation link that gives easy access to Central London.

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Q. Are there any sports facilities near the College?

Although the College has no dedicated sports facilities of its own, there are numerous gyms, swimming pools and sports centres nearby. Many of these facilities also offer special discount prices for students.

International Students

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Q. As an international student, what kind of visa will I require?

For the MA Fashion Media Practice, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, Vogue Fashion Diploma and Foundation Programme

International students without a UK/EEA passport will require a Tier 4 (general) student visa to attend either of these courses. You can apply for this visa only after you have been accepted and issued with a CAS number by the College. You can apply for this visa no more than three months before the start of the course or the date of travel. This is a requirement of the UK government.

Once you have been accepted, we will send you all the required information to help guide you through the visa application process. 

More information on this visa can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa

For all other courses- Vogue Fashion Certificate, Vogue Intensive Summer Course, One Week Courses and Vogue Teen Weekend

International students without a UK/EEA passport should apply for a short-term study visa if you are coming on any course except the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma. Depending on which country you are applying from, this may be able to be done on arrival in the UK at the UK border provided you have the required documents. (Please consult the short-term study visa page on the Gov.uk website to confirm this in relation to your nationality.) A list of the required documents can be found on the Gov.uk website, as well as other important information on the short-term study visa.

https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview

In order to apply for this visa, either in your home country or at the UK border, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter. This is a letter from us (the Condé Nast College) confirming your enrollment on the course. We can only issue this letter once we have received your full payment of the tuition fee. We then send you the original copy of the letter, which you will need for the short-term study visa application. Please note that photocopies and scans are not accepted. 

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Q. When can I apply for my visa?

Tier 4

You can apply no more than three months before the start date of the course or the date of travel. You should check with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website as to their processing times. You must apply for the visa in your home country.

After you have been accepted onto the course, we will send you a checklist of documents you will need to submit to us for review before we issue you a CAS. Once we have verified all your details and documents, we will issue you a CAS, which you use to apply for your Tier 4 visa.

Short-term study visa

You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.

Depending on what country you are applying from, you may not need to apply for your visa in advance and instead present your documents to a passport official on arrival in the UK border, provided you have the required documents. (Please consult the short-term study visa page on the Gov.uk website to confirm this.) A list of the required documents can be found here, as well as other important information on the short-term study visa: https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview

In order to apply for this visa, either in your home country or at the UK border, you will need an unconditional acceptance letter. This is a letter from us (the College) confirming your enrollment on the course. We can only issue this letter once we have received your full payment of the tuition. We then send you the original copy of the letter, which you will need for the short-term study visa application.

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Q. What documents do I require for my visa application?

Tier 4

  • Copy of the photo page of your passport and any previous UK visas
  • Copy of your bank statement and other evidence of financial maintenance (more details can be found in the checklist we send you)
  • Copy of your English language qualification, if applicable
  • Copy of your TB certificate, if applicable (See here for more details: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/overview
  • If you have applied for and previously been refused a UK visa for whatever reason, please provide a copy of the visa refusal letter

 

Short-term study visa

You must provide documents that prove you:

  • Have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study (the unconditional acceptance letter from us)
  • Have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you
  • Can pay for your return or onward journey (evidence of return tickets or bank statements)
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Q. What do I need to do before coming to the UK?

For pre-departure information and further guidance on living in London, please see here