Frequently Asked Questions

The Application

Q. How do I apply for the courses?

The application process for the Vogue Fashion Certificate and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma consists of three stages.

The first step is to fill out the online application form. Every applicant must complete this form. After we have received your application form, 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.

The application process for the Vogue Intensive Summer Course consists of the online application form. After reviewing your application form, the Admissions team will inform you of the result of your application. 

For the One-week Fashion Journalism Course, the One-week Fashion Styling Course and the Miss Vogue Course, you need to complete the online application form and pay your tuition fee. Once this has been paid, your place on the course is confirmed. 

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

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
- 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 ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate, the four-week Vogue Intensive Summer Course, and the one-week courses, 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 the Miss Vogue Weekend Course, applicants must be 16-18 years of age and have a good command of the English language. 

For all 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 (when possible), and a serious ambition for a career in the fashion industry. 

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?

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. 

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

We do not require references as part of your application. If twe consider a reference necessary for your application, a member of the admissions team will send you a request in writing. 

Q. Do I need to have a portfolio?

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma may submit a portfolio or other relevant evidence of their interest in fashion and design, 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. 


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?

For the One-week Courses and the Miss Vogue Course, after you have submitted your application, you will be directed to an invoice. Once you have paid your tuition fee, you will receive a letter from the Admissions team confirming your place on the course.

For the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, you will receive a response regarding your application within 1-2 weeks.

For the Vogue Fashion Certificate and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma, 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) either via Skype or in person at the College. Shortly after your interview you will be informed about the status of your application. 

Q. How does the interview process work?

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Certificate and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma 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.   


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 multiple courses?

The College welcomes students to apply for multiple courses, but discourages successful applicants from attending both the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma and the Vogue Fashion Certificate. 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 £24,000 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Certificate £8,100 (including VAT)

Vogue Intensive Summer Course £3,480 (including VAT) 

One-week Fashion Journalism Course £800 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Styling Course £800 (including VAT)

Miss Vogue Weekend Course £500 (including VAT)

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

If you are accepted onto the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma, the 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. 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 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.

For the One-week courses and the Miss Vogue Course, you are required to pay your tuition fee at the time of booking. 

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 any of our other courses. 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 our courses 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.

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.

The College

Q. What will I gain from studying on the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma or Vogue Fashion Certificate 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 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 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 in duration 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. Please note 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.  

Q. How will my work be assessed?

Students taking the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma 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. Assessment of the Vogue Fashion Certificate will be by presentations and coursework. There is no assessed work on any of the other shorter courses. 

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

Work experience and internship placements at Condé Nast may be offered to a select handful of the most talented and hardworking students on the Vogue Fashion Certificate or Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma. Students will be alerted when suitable jobs or internships are available within the company and the faculty may also make individual recommendations 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 when appropriate. Unfortunately due to the short nature of the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, the One-week Courses, and the Miss Vogue Courses, we cannot provide career guidance outside of the curriculum/classroom. 

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.