BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

The two-year fast-track BA (Hons) Fashion Communication is a varied, industry-focused programme that introduces and explains the world of fashion and facilitates the development of vital transferable professional skills. It is a broad based course that examines a range of areas within fashion communication, from visual elements such as image making and graphic design, through to media and marketing and the approaches used to sell fashion in a competitive global market place. The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree programme is validated by the University of Buckingham.

The programme’s key aims are to:

  • Introduce students to a broad range of areas within the fashion industry and facilitate their understanding of the key issues surrounding its advancement in the 21st Century
  • Develop students’ communication skills across a variety of media, with an emphasis on creative outputs and visual messages
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop key transferable skills in research and analysis, intellectual autonomy and creative thinking, collaboration, organisation, and enterprise
  • Enable each student to determine their own personal and professional strengths through critical reflection, with a view to identifying and pursuing a suitable career path within fashion

This intensive two-year degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from within. The unparalleled industry links inform the curriculum and the project briefs students are set and supported by visiting lecturers and industry guests that are leaders in their fields. The programme also includes a ‘Collaborative Industry Project’ module, which will allow students to work on an industry brief set by a partner company. Previous industry project partners include: Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Jaeger, Modus PR, Fenwick and GQ.

Previous speakers at the College include Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexandra Shulman, Suzy Menkes, Roland Mouret, Anya Hindmarch, Sarah Harris, Matthew Williamson, Henry Holland, Lulu Kennedy, Miles Aldridge, Lucinda Chambers, Kate Phelan, Caroline Issa, Yasmin Le Bon, Tamara Mellon, Bella Freud, Nicholas Coleridge, and many, many others. 

The BA (Hons) Fashion Communications degree is a fast-track two year programme, allowing students to gain an equivalent degree to one achieved in three years elsewhere. This is made possible by restructuring the academic year to provide an additional term each summer; fitting in the same number of teaching weeks as a conventional three-year programme, but ensuring the work-load in any term is no greater. In summary, a two-year degree offers:

  • An intensive, fast track degree course offering as much academic content in two years as other institutions offer in three
  • The opportunity to start working in the fashion industry one year earlier
  • Full use of the whole year, including the long summer holiday period taken elsewhere, which is better preparation for the world of work
  • A programme comprising of 360 credit units, just like other Bachelors degrees
  • Four ten-week terms, with twelve weeks holiday

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The programme is purposefully broad, allowing students to explore a variety of areas within fashion before deciding on a clear area of focus for their final projects in the last two terms. Each year of study also includes an elective module, providing the opportunity to focus on a personal area of interest. The summer term at the end of the first year includes an industry placement, which can be organised by the student* to take place in any relevant area of fashion and in any location. In the ‘Fashion Futures’ module students will examine possible and expected developments in the fashion industry in relation to their own career development, creating a relevant portfolio intended to assist with securing employment in their chosen field. Careers support is a significant aspect of the college and the programme and students will continue to be supported after graduation.

*The College will provide extensive support to assist with finding suitable work experience, however part of the module assessment is for students to search for and secure a suitable placement themselves. This is to facilitate learning and professional development and job seeking skills. Should they wish, international students can arrange a placement in their home country.


About the University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham is The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching 2016 and is one of only two private universities in the UK. Sir Anthony Seldon, previously Master of Wellington College, was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University in 2015. 


COURSE DATES 2016 – 2018

Year 1:

Term 1: 

4 October – 16 December 2016 (including freshers' week)

Three week Christmas break

Term 2:

9 January – 17 March 2017

End of term break/optional College trip: 20 - 24 March 2017

Term 3:

27 March – 16 June 2017

(includes two week Easter break from 10 - 21 April 2017)

Term 4:

26 June - 1 September 2017 (including industry placement period)

Summer break: 4 September - 6 October


Year 2:

Term 5:

9 October – 15 December 2017

3 week Christmas break

Term 6:

8 January – 16 March 2018

Three week Easter break

Term 7: 

9 April – 16 June 2018

Term 8:

25 June – 31 August 2018

(including independent study for final project)



£27,000 per year (including VAT)



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

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

We are happy to consider all international applications, please email 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 see visit English Language Requirements for more information. 



Applicants must complete the two-stage application process outlined below

Stage 1 – The online application form

Assesses an applicant’s potential to benefit from the course. Each applicant is asked to provide information about themselves including their personal details, education history (including one academic reference) 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 application deadline for this course is 24 March 2017.**

**If you cannot apply by this deadline, please contact for further advice as we may be able to accommodate your application. 

Stage 2 – The interview & portfolio submission

After submitting your application form for the BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication, you will be invited for an interview with the admissions team, where you are asked to bring your portfolio. If you are unable to create a suitable portfolio, you have the option to complete our College Challenge, an assignment to be completed in written or video format. (More information can be found here)

Soon after the interview, 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 deposit of £1,200 to secure your place on the course.

The remaining balance of the tuition fee payment can be paid in instalments.