Frequently Asked Questions

The Application

Q. How do I apply for the courses?

The application process varies for each course. Please see below for details:

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication

Applicants must complete the two-stage application process outlined below

Stage 1 – The online application form  

The application form assesses your potential to benefit from the course. You will be asked to provide information about yourself including your personal details, education history and any relevant work experience. You will also be asked to write a 500 word personal statement describing your academic interests and reasons for applying to the Condé Nast College. The application deadline for this course is 20 May 2016.*

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

Stage 2 – The interview & portfolio submission   

Applicants who have successfully completed the first stage of the application process will be invited for an interview (either in person or via Skype) by email after their application has been submitted. The interview typically lasts for 30 minutes and is a chance to put a face and personality to your application. The interview will aim to assess your range of abilities and experiences. It is paramount that you use this opportunity to show imagination, creative thinking and professional ambitions. 

You are also required to submit a portfolio of your visual or written work that evidences your particular area of interest in the fashion industry. If you are not able to create a suitable portfolio, you have the option to complete our College Challenge, an assignment to be completed in written or video format. 

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. 

 

Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma and Vogue Fashion Certificate

Applicants must complete the three-stage application process outlined below

Stage 1 – The online application form  

The application form assesses your potential to benefit from the course. You will be asked to provide information about yourself including your personal details, education history and any relevant work experience. You will also be asked to write a 500 word personal statement describing your academic interests and reasons for applying to the Condé Nast College.

Stage 2 – The College Challenge

This is a short assignment that can either be in either written or video format. You will complete the College Challenge once you have submitted your application form. (Please check your email for the instructions, or the visit College Challenge page on our website)

Applicants for the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma 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.

Stage 3 – The interview    

Applicants who have successfully completed the first stage of the application process will be invited for an interview (either in person or via Skype). The interview typically lasts for 30 minutes and is a chance to put a face and personality to your application. The interview will aim to assess your range of abilities and experiences. It is paramount that you use this opportunity to show imagination, creative thinking and professional ambitions. 

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.

Full payment of the course fees must be paid prior to commencement of all these courses. Your place on the course cannot be guaranteed until full payment is received. 

 

Vogue Intensive Summer Course

All applicants must complete the online application form.

Once you have submitted the online application form, you will receive a response from the admissions team within a few weeks regarding the outcome 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 £1200 to secure your place on the course.

 

One Week Fashion Styling Course, One Week Fashion Journalism Course, One Week Fashion Business Course, and Miss Vogue Weekend Course

 For short courses, there is no selection criteria. You book a place by filling out the booking form and paying the course fee. Only once you have paid will your place on the course be reserved. 

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 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 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 admissions@condenastcollege.co.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 Foundation 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 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 Miss Vogue Weekend Course, you must be 16-18 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. 

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 6.5 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?

For the BA degree, the application deadline is 27 May 2016. If you cannot apply by this deadline, please contact admissions@condenastcollege.co.uk for further advice as we may be able to accommodate your application.

For all other 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. 

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. 

Q. Do I need to have a portfolio?

Applicants for the BA (Hons) 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 Foundation Diploma 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. 

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

No you do not. We welcome applications from individuals who are returning to education, and take into consideration alternative 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. 

For the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, once we have received your application, we will invite you for an interview, where you are asked to bring your portfolio. Shortly after your interview you will be informed about the status of your application. 

Q. How does the interview process work?

Successful applicants for the BA degree are invited for an interview after the application has been submitted. You will be asked to bring your portfolio in either print or digital. 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 and fashion brands
  • 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 Foundation Diploma 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.    

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 applicants 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.  

Q. Do you offer scholarships for international students?

The College only offers scholarships to UK residents. 

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 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 you choose the course that is most suitable for you.

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

If you are deciding between the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma and the BA (Hons) in Fashion Communication, we welcome you to apply for one course, and discuss your preference/suitability for both courses during your interview.  

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?

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication £27,000 per year (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma £24,540 (including VAT)

Vogue Fashion Certificate £8,310 (including VAT)

Vogue Intensive Summer Course £3,600 (including VAT) 

One-week Fashion Journalism Course £822 (including VAT)

One-week Fashion Styling Course £822 (including VAT)

Miss Vogue Weekend Course £510 (including VAT)

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

If you are accepted onto the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, 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. For the BA degree and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma course, you are permitted to pay in instalments. For the Vogue Fashion Certificate course, you must pay the full tuition fee six weeks prior to the start of the course.

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. 

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 pursue higher qualifications in a wide range of disciplines including design, publishing, journalism, and marketing 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 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.  

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 Foundation Diploma and 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. 

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 Miss Vogue Courses, we do not provide career guidance after the course has ended. 

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.

International Students

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

For the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and the Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma

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 Miss Vogue Course

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. 

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.

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)