Frequently Asked Questions

The Application

Q. How do I apply for the courses?

The application process for both courses typically consists of three stages.

The first step is to fill out the online application form. Every applicant must complete this form. After the application deadline, or, if you have applied after the deadline, after we have received your application, you will be sent the details of the College Challenge. This is a short writing assignment (approximately 600 words) or video presentation (approximately 2-3 minutes) designed to showcase your personality, creativity, and interest in the fashion industry.

After we have received your College Challenge and reviewed your application, we may invite you to an interview with a member of the College Admissions team. This is conducted either in person at the College or remotely via Skype.

The interview lasts no longer than a half hour. Please refer to the How to Apply section for guidelines regarding the application process and the link to the online Application Form, as well as further information on the College Challenge.

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

All applicants are required to have a good command of the English language and must be 18 years or older upon starting the course. For the one-year Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma, the entry requirements include the following:

- 3 GCSEs (grade A-C) or BTEC National Diploma
- 1 GCE A Level (grade A-C)/AVCE International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification
- You will also require a portfolio or other form of relevant evidence of your interest in fashion and design

For the ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate, there are no formal admission requirements, though applicants are expected to have strong academic standing, good command of the English language and must be at least 18 years of age.

For both courses there are no specific course 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, solid work experience, and a serious ambition for a career in the fashion industry. All applicants must be 18 years or older to enrol, and international students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

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 a score of no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

The main alternative to IELTS is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We look for a TOEFL score of 91 in the internet-based test, with at least 24 out of 30 in the reading and writing sub-tests, and 23 out of 30 in the listening and speaking sub-tests.

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.

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

Given the intense competition for places you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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

Throughout your application process we may request references as part of your application. Please only send these in if the Admissions office has requested you to. You are responsible for contacting your referees and providing both the reference and the contact details for your referees. Ideally, at least one referee should be in a position to comment on your academic performance.

If you have been away from academia for more than three years we will accept two professional references. Please note that references from fellow students, family and friends are not acceptable.

Q. Do I need to have a portfolio?

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma should submit a portfolio or other relevant evidence of their interest in fashion and design. Portfolios are accepted in either print or digital format but please do not send in unsolicited material. The Admissions team will inform you when portfolios and other supporting documents are requested.

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

Applications from individuals returning to education are welcome. We take into consideration alternative equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience.

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

After submitting the online application form, the Admissions team will confirm that each candidate is eligible for the course. Approximately two weeks after the application deadline the College will begin inviting applicants for interviews and requesting the necessary supporting documents. The College will then inform students of their status when review of their application is complete.

Q. How does the interview process work?

The interview will aim to assess your range of abilities and experiences. It is paramount that you use this opportunity to show imagination, creative intelligence and a real interest in the course for which you are applying. The interview is an opportunity to show that you can marshal arguments and organise your thoughts.

If you are asked for an interview, this will be conducted in person, or via video enabled Skype, depending on your location. Prior to attending the interview you will be asked to complete The College Challenge, a short writing or video assignment.

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

There are three Condé Nast College scholarships that are intended to assist talented students who would not otherwise be in a financial position to undertake the course. To qualify applicants will need to demonstrate an annual household income of £25,000 or less. Competition for the Condé Nast scholarships is expected to be highly competitive.

As well as the standard application form, applicants for a Condé Nast scholarship will need to complete a scholarship application form. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the College Admissions Committee, and are only available for students applying for the one-year Diploma course.

Q. Do you offer scholarships for international students?

The College only offers scholarships to UK and EEA residents at this time.

Q. Can I apply for both the ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate and the one-year Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma?

The College welcomes students to apply for both courses, but discourages successful applicants from attending both. This is because the first term of the Diploma course is very similar in content and design to the ten-week Certificate course, and thus we suggest applicants choose the course that is most suitable for them.

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. 

Q. What are the tuition fees for each course?

Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma £23,472 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Certificate £7,920 (including VAT)

Vogue Intensive Summer Course £3,360 (including VAT) 

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

If you are accepted onto either course, we will ask you to pay a deposit of £1,000 (plus VAT) to secure your place on the course. We will then reserve a place for you. Six weeks prior to the start of the course we will ask you to pay the remaining balance of the tuition fee. For the Vogue Fashion Certificate, we require our students to pay the tuition fee upfront.

For the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma, you can pay the tuition in installments, but you need to let us know in advance so we can set you up with a payment plan. You will be required to pay each semester’s fee six weeks in advance of the semester start date. Course fees must be paid prior to starting the course by debit or credit card; cheques (in pounds sterling only) should be made payable to the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. Further information on how to pay will be given to students when they receive their conditional offer letter.

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

If you do not hold a UK/EEA passport, we cannot accept you on the one-year Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma. This is because an institution needs to be operating for a specific amount of time before they can apply for Highly Trusted Sponsorship Status from the UK Border Agency which will enable us to accept student requiring a Tier 4 Visa. By the autumn of 2015 we hope to have obtained this sponsorship status, and will welcome international students on the year-long course. More updates on this matter will be posted on the website and our social media pages.

International students without a UK/EEA passport are welcome to apply for the ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate. We have applicants from all over the world and have enrolled students from Australia, Armenia, Bulgaria, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United States (to name a few!). To come on the Vogue Fashion Certificate course as an international student, you will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. Depending on what 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 Student Visitor Visa page on the UKBA website to confirm this.) A list of the required documents can be found on the UKBA website, as well as other important information on the Student Visitor Visa. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

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 Student Visitor Visa application.

Q. What should be in my portfolio?

If you are visiting our Greek Street Campus in person for your interview, we will allow your portfolio to be in either physical or digital form (could be on an iPad/website or laptop or plastic file etc). If you are not visiting us in person (e.g. Skype interview), you should seek to submit your portfolio beforehand in digital form only. In other words, if your portfolio is a physical pack of your work and influences, you should either scan or photograph the contents and collate them into something you can send via email or via other digital delivery systems (EG Dropbox). Please note – the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design will not accept unsolicited physical packages sent in the post and cannot send anything posted back to the sender.

Your portfolio should demonstrate your creativity and skills relating to any previous courses or creative practice you may have taken, or any innovative endeavour you may have undertaken in your own time. This could include examples of drawing, life drawing, painting, illustration, print, photography, styling, fashion design, textiles, media studies, film, graphics, and computer generated work (e.g. Adobe Photoshop). We also welcome any self-initiated projects (for example your own personal photographic/film work). There are no set criteria for the perfect portfolio – you are simply using this mechanism to demonstrate your creative capacities and your skills and abilities and your influences.

The College

Q. What will I gain from studying 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 enter a degree programme in a wide range of disciplines including fashion, design, publishing, journalism, marketing and public relations, should they choose to do so.

Q. What are your teaching methods?

Teaching is intensive and supportive, combining a high proportion of face-to-face sessions with state-of-the-art online learning facilities. This modern, blended learning approach also enables tutors to monitor students’ progress regularly and to deliver the regular and effective feedback that is vital to ensure successful learning.

Q. How will my work be assessed?

Students taking the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma are assessed by a combination of practical tests, essays, and oral presentations and an extended piece of research, analysis and presentation in the form of a final project. This will provide an excellent opportunity to develop your portfolio for your future studies and job applications. Assessment of the Vogue Fashion Certificate will be by project work. Successful students will be awarded the Vogue Fashion Certificate and the highest achieving Certificate students will be awarded a pass with merit.

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

Work experience and internship placements at Condé Nast will be offered to a select handful of the most talented and hardworking students. Students will be told when they may formally apply to the work placement scheme, and the faculty will make recommendations of students to the company. 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.

College Life

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.

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.

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.

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.