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Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design Specialist and vocational

Based in Central London, the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design operates from the heart of one of the world’s most exciting fashion capitals.

The Condé Nast College is an important starting point for those who want to be tomorrow’s stars of the fashion industry. With outstanding resources, leading-edge facilities and access to experts from the worlds of fashion, style and luxury, the College prepares its students to work in all areas of this exciting and innovative industry.

Highlighted Courses

Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma

The Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma is an intensive one-year programme. The primary aim is to enhance students’ creative and communication skills within the context of the wider fashion industry, as well as facilitating the development of a strong portfolio with a clear professional direction.

Term 1:
The first term follows the same structure as the Vogue Fashion Certificate, providing an intensive overview of the fashion industry across three key areas: Culture and Context of Fashion, Fashion Media, and Fashion Business and Marketing. The first term facilitates the development of essential professional and academic skills (such as research, analysis, and project management) that will be utilised throughout the course.

Term 2:
The second term allows students to work on industry projects, set in collaboration with established fashion companies. Previous industry projects have been created in partnership with illustrious brands such as Louis Vuitton, Jaeger, Fenwick and Condé Nast titles GQ and Glamour. Each industry project includes the core elements of market research and analysis and fashion brand communication, with each brief offering the flexibility to focus on an area of personal interest. Past students have used the industry project to concentrate on a varied range of topics, including: e-commerce, visual merchandising and display, PR and events, and styling.

Term 3:
In the final term all students complete an individual fashion project, concentrating fully on a specialism of their choice. In consultation with tutors, students develop a project proposal based on their main area/s of interest. The curriculum in the final term is a series of focus weeks that look at key topics introduced in terms one and two. Currently these are:

Retail & Exhibition Design
Fashion Buying
Fashion Photography & Styling
Fashion Journalism
PR & Events
Fashion Entrepreneurship
Ethical issues in fashion

Vogue Fashion Certificate

This ten-week intensive course has been designed to give students a unique insight into the fashion industry. The course is divided into three main areas of study: The Culture and Context of Fashion, Fashion Media, and Fashion Business and Marketing.

The Culture and Context of Fashion unit examines how fashion is shaped by developments in technology and the wider economic, political and cultural environment. The unit project is intended to encourage the development of written, visual and digital communication skills, as well as the ability to effectively research and analyse information. Key topics include: The evolution of fashion in the 20th Century, the fashion cycle and trend forecasting

During the Fashion Media unit students analyse recent developments in digital media and assess how these impact on the magazine industry. The aim is also to increase understanding of the varied roles within a magazine, as well as the process of creating a new issue of a Condé Nast title. The project for this topic involves working in a team and developing a range of relevant skills, including: InDesign, Photoshop, ideas generation, and verbal and interpersonal communication.

The Fashion Business and Marketing unit allows students to focus on an area of personal interest within the fashion industry. The unit project is to develop a business strategy, which is communicated in visual, verbal and written formats. This could be a strategy for an established fashion brand or a business plan for a new start-up. Key topics include: principles of marketing, PR, buying and merchandising, and branding.

Vogue Intensive Summer Course

This course is a concentrated four-week programme that offers a broad introduction to the fashion industry via the lens of British Vogue. As the iconic magazine of every style-conscious generation, this course uses the multifaceted world of Vogue and the wider Condé Nast portfolio (including GQ, Tatler, Love, Glamour, etc.) to give students a unique insight into the fashion industry today.

Although British Vogue acts as the catalyst for a deeper exploration of the world of fashion, this course also draws upon the broader influences that inform this fast-paced and exciting industry. The course will touch on everything from journalism, PR, marketing, advertising, styling, art direction, retail and the international fashion calendar. London provides the backdrop to this intensive study programme, with visits to galleries, events and exhibitions contributing to an exceptional experience.

One Week Fashion Styling Course

The Fashion Styling course is an intensive one-week programme to introduce students to a range of practical skills and essential information on the subject. It is suitable for anyone interested in styling that would like to find out more about how fashion images are created.

During the course you will develop ideas for a studio-based fashion shoot before going on to work with a team of industry professionals to create your own fashion images. You will also plan and photograph a still life accessories shoot.

You will hear from fashion industry experts on a range of related subjects such as street photography, creating look-books and shopping pages, styling celebrities, and researching trends. As well as examining the work of inspiring stylists and photographers, you will also find out how agencies work, how products are sourced for shoots and the key differences between editorial and advertising work.

The course gives an insight into the work that goes into creating fashion images and the skills required to attain a successful career in styling.

One Week Fashion Journalism Course

The Fashion Journalism course is an intensive one-week programme to introduce students to a range of practical skills and essential information on the subject. It is suitable for anyone interested in fashion and lifestyle journalism that is keen to find out more about the media and develop their writing skills.

During the course you will research and develop ideas for articles before going on to create a website that will act as a showcase for your personal body of work.

You will hear from Condé Nast staff and other fashion media experts on a range of related subjects such as understanding the masthead, the editor’s role, conducting interviews and readership profiling. As well as examining the work of inspiring writers and editors and exploring the language of fashion, you will also find out how magazines operate, how to generate revenue from media content, and the key differences between print and digital formats.

The course gives an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a Condé Nast magazine and the skills required to build a successful career in fashion journalism.

One Week Fashion Business Course

This one-week intensive course provides a broad introduction to the business of fashion. The key characteristics of the fashion industry and the unique way fashion is marketed will be examined with reference to both physical and digital consumer experiences.

The programme includes lectures, seminars, problem-solving workshops and case studies covering the following key topics:

Principles of Marketing

Fashion buying and distribution

Global retailing and emerging markets

Branding

Public relations

Brand communication

New business development

Miss Vogue Weekend Course

The Miss Vogue Course is a two-day programme suitable for sixteen to eighteen year olds. This weekend course offers a unique view of the fashion industry via the lens of Miss Vogue, the biannual supplement directly appealing to British Vogue’s younger audience.

Aimed at those interested in learning more about the exciting world of fashion, the courses will offer a broad introduction to the industry and the career paths it can offer. Specifically, the courses will address key areas such as which designers shape the fashion industry, how trends develop, the importance of branding in fashion, how a magazine is created, what happens behind the scenes of a fashion shoot and a fashion show, what jobs the fashion industry offers and which skills and qualifications are needed for these roles.

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

16-17 Greek Street
London
W1D 4DR

London