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Condé Nast Center of Fashion & Design

By Bram Strijbos

Nov 20, 2015

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design provides students with a world-class education in the heart of London. In preparing students for a career in the fashion, media and luxury lifestyle industries, we open the doors to a unique world of excellence and creativity.

Our courses fuse exciting and intensive academic learning with unrivalled access to the best and brightest minds in the industry, including the teams at Vogue, LOVE, Glamour, GQ, and a host of other Condé Nast titles.

The College delivers creative courses combined with a solid foundation in the business and strategic sides of the fashion, media and luxury lifestyle industries. The purpose of our courses is to prepare students for a multitude of careers: styling, journalism, fashion buying, marketing, branding, graphic design, PR, digital strategy, business, events, entrepreneurship, e-commerce and myriad other career paths within these exciting, fast-paced industries.

As part of one of the largest and most distinguished publishing houses in the world, and with the support of the highly recognised academic institution, The University of Buckingham, the College is in an unparalleled and elevated position; combining academic excellence and rigour with unrivalled links to the fashion, media and luxury lifestyle industries, creating a unique educational environment in which students thrive.

This intensive two-year degree offers the unique opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from within the Condé Nast family.

Looking at Fashion Communication as a whole, our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication critically addresses Fashion Media, Fashion Branding, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Retailing, as well as Contextual Studies in Fashion and Fashion Styling, Publishing, Fashion Journalism and Image Making.

During the course of our degree, you are able to explore all elements of Fashion Communication with the option to specialise in fields such as; Retailing, Journalism, Styling and Publishing. Throughout your degree, you’ll hear from industry speakers on a weekly basis and will work both individually and in teams on styling and magazine projects.

At Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, we are committed to having a guiding hand in our students’ futures, meaning that professional development is paramount throughout your degree. Our unparalleled industry links inform the curriculum and the project briefs students are set. Learning is supported by our academic team, visiting lecturers and industry guests that are leaders in their fields.

The programme also includes a ‘Collaborative Industry Project’ module, which allows students to work on an industry brief set by a partner company. Previous industry project partners include: Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Landrover, Estée Lauder, Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Modus PR, Manolo Blahnik and GQ.

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The Vogue Foundation Programme is an introductory course that will prepare students for further study in higher education. The focus is on creative practice and students will develop practical visual and digital design skills using ‘Vogue: Voice of a Century’ as the main source of inspiration.

This Level 3 (120 credits) pre-university course is suitable for UK, EU and international students interested in studying fashion-related subjects at degree level at a later stage. During the course, you will be introduced to key aspects of the creative industries with an emphasis on fashion and media. In line with Condé Nast’s core areas of expertise, the focus is on digital design, imagery and media, as opposed to garment design and construction. The programme will focus on developing transferable skills in research, academic practice and communication.

The Foundation Programme is suitable for school-leavers interested in fashion related courses, who are as yet unsure which area they would like to specialise in at degree level. It is also suitable for those that do not meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Fashion Communication or equivalent degree courses at other institutions.

Study and research skills are embedded into all modules to ensure students are effectively prepared for the transition to higher education and support with degree applications is a priority. Successful and engaged students who complete the Foundation Programme will be considered for the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication should they wish to join this course as their next step.

Studying at our state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Central London, students will have unique access to the incredible roster of industry speakers in addition to their studies. Past speakers have included British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, Tory Burch, Natalie Massenet, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, and many more. Students will also benefit from our unique staff to student ratio which guarantees a tailored learning experience from our outstanding academic team.

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The MA Fashion Communication enables professionals and post graduates to enter the world of Fashion through a series of modules that focus on past, present and future scenarios of the wider fashion industry. Students will enter into an education that is affiliated with Conde Nast Publishing providing exclusive access and support that is unparalleled in other learning establishments.

This course is specifically designed to provide opportunities for individuals who wish to enter the fashion industry, who may have no prior knowledge, and/or experience within this specialist and varied field. The course provides you with transferrable skills and knowledge that can be applied to a diverse range of career opportunities and pathways. Focused on the communication of fashion and brands, the course facilitates opportunities to communicate in the visual, verbal and written formats, capitalising on previous learning and specialist knowledge.

This MA is an internationally recognised qualification validated by the University of Buckingham, worth 180 credits at QCF level 7.

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The MA Entrepreneurship: Fashion and Creative Industries provides a unique learning environment for students, introducing entrepreneurship and business thinking specific to fashion and the creative industries.

The programme offers students from varied backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to be introduced to subjects such as; branding, marketing, business theory and practice, business planning and finance at postgraduate level. This masters degree utilises and hones any existing transferable skills, whilst also developing valuable knowledge of the business of fashion and the creative industries.

The course will draw upon the expertise of Condé Nast Publications and its wider network of industry partners in fashion and the creative industries. You will be supported in engaging with relevant professionals and organisations. The course combines independent research with taught academic content, alongside talks and master-classes from leading industry professionals.

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This course is taught at Richmond the American International University in London (Richmond Business School), the only university in the UK that awards two degrees in one – US and UK taught postgraduate degrees.

The MA in Luxury Brand Management is offered in conjunction with our partner Richmond Business School and utilises the knowledge and expertise of Condé Nast.

The programme aims to encourage students to develop their commercial skills and entrepreneurial talent whilst developing their leadership qualities and ability to think critically and strategically.

MA Luxury Brand Management focuses on emerging trends in luxury brands, marketing strategy and management case studies, delivered in an interactive classroom environment. It provides inspirational lectures from notable alumni and luxury brand industry professionals, as well as a chance to visit luxury brand headquarters and fashion houses in London.

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The MA Luxury Brand Strategy & Business is a specialist programme that will introduce you to luxury brands, strategic and business models specific to the luxury industry.

The programme offers students from varied backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to be introduced to the luxury industry at postgraduate level, utilising and honing your existing transferable skills whilst attaining valuable knowledge in line with your career aspirations to work in the luxury industry.

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The MA Fashion Styling is a unique industry-focused programme that allows students to learn about fashion styling, production and image-making. Drawing on from Condé Nast’s knowledge and expertise, the course delivery is split between taught academic content, practical and technical workshops, independent research as well as masterclasses from leading industry professionals in exploring the creative, commercial and critical dimensions of styling in context of print, digital and experiential fashion media.

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The MA Creative Direction for Fashion Media is a unique industry-focused programme that allows you to learn about visual storytelling, media branding, and multi-media production. Drawing on from Condé Nast’s knowledge and expertise, the course delivery is split between taught academic content, practical and technical workshops, independent research as well as masterclasses from leading industry professionals in exploring the creative, commercial and critical dimensions of print, digital and experiential fashion media.

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The MA Fashion Journalism is a unique industry-focused programme that allows you to learn about fashion writing, editorial practice, content creation. Drawing on from Condé Nast’s knowledge and expertise, the course delivery is split between taught academic content, practical and technical workshops, independent research as well as masterclasses from leading industry professionals in exploring the creative, commercial and critical dimensions of print, digital and experiential fashion media.

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The MA Fashion Media Strategy is a unique industry-focused programme that allows you to learn about the commercial, business and strategic aspects of fashion media along with business management and leadership for media industries. Drawing on from Condé Nast’s knowledge and expertise, the course delivery is split between taught academic content, practical and technical workshops, independent research as well as masterclasses from leading industry professionals in exploring the creative, commercial and critical dimensions of print, digital and experiential fashion media.

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This one-week intensive course offers an exciting opportunity to gain insights and knowledge of how streetwear has gained it’s important position within the fashion retail industry.

The market has expanded at a fast pace in recent years, with streetwear also moving into the luxury space. Bain & Company recently estimated the market will be worth $425 billion globally by 2025, therefore opportunities within this market are there for the taking; but how do you get to those opportunities? And once you get them, what do you do? Understand how to identify your customer, how they shop, and how to create a collection that will create hype and gain credibility.

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

  • Overview of the history of streetwear;
  • The evolution of streetwear into the luxury market place;
  • Streetwear styling;
  • Introduction to creative business planning;
  • Consumer behaviour and the streetwear customer;
  • Branding and brand development for streetwear;
  • Creating a stand-out streetwear collection;
  • Using social media to launch and build a brand;
  • Brand collaborations and drop culture.
  • With sessions delivered by industry professionals, guest speakers and academic experts.

Whether you aspire to starting your own brand, want to work for a brand, or are interested in styling or designing, or just a huge lover of streetwear, this course is for you.

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The Vogue Intensive Summer Course is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including school leavers and graduates hoping to work in fashion, as well as those who are seeking a new career path.

This course is a concentrated four-week programme that offers a broad introduction to the fashion industry through 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 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, the course also draws upon the broader influences that inform this fast-paced and exciting industry. The course will touch on a wide range of topics, from journalism and PR, through to creative direction.

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The Fashion Business one-week intensive course provides a broad introduction to the business side of fashion through introductory sessions to topics such as retailing, branding, buying and merchandising, fashion PR and more. The key characteristics of the fashion industry, and the unique way fashion is marketed will all be examined with reference to both physical and digital consumer experiences.

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This 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 the industry works and how fashion images are created.

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

Students will hear from fashion industry experts on a range of related subjects such as; street photography, fashion shoot production, the stylist’s kit bag, styling celebrities, and researching tre

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The Condé Nast Fashion Journalism course is an intensive one-week programme that will introduce you to a range of practical skills for journalists, as well as a great insight into writing about fashion from a journalistic point of view.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in fashion and lifestyle journalism, and who is keen to find out more about creating media content and to generally develop and refine their writing skills.

During the course you will research and develop ideas for articles and also explore online portfolio options that will allow you to showcase 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 audiences, generating ideas for features, trend reporting, writing fashion news and the art of interviewing.

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The Business of Beauty Course is an intensive one-week programme designed to give students a detailed introduction to the inner workings of the beauty industry.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in beauty who would like to find out more about how this booming sector works. The global makeup market is currently estimated to be worth 85 billion U.S.Dollars by 2024 (Statista, 2019).

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Fashion Business Certificate is a unique, semester-long course delivered in collaboration between Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design and Richmond, The American International University in London.

The course is delivered across two locations in exclusive West London and London’s creative hub Soho.

The Certificate is designed to provide you with an opportunity to study a semester abroad in the heart of London developing your knowledge and skills in the fashion business.

Students on this course will be participating in a weekend Paris trip experiencing some of the most outstanding museums and galleries, as well as Condé Nast HQ in Paris. Proposed dates: 24th – 26th September.

The course is designed for those already enrolled in a degree level course at another university or those already holding a BA level degree.

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This 10-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: Fashion Media, Fashion Marketing and Visual Communication for Fashion.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to focus on your own professional development and will have a busy schedule of industry talks, classes, workshops, photo shoots and museum and gallery visits. As well as exploring how the fashion industry works, students will also consider the culture and context of fashion and examine its evolution.

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The Big Beauty Weekend will bring two days of skincare, hair and make-up demos, panel talks, and masterclasses hosted by Creative Director Sara Hassan & Beauty Editor Sophie Cullen, alongside some of the biggest names in the industry including Maria Hatzistefanis CEO of Rodial & Alexia Inge, CEO of Cult Beauty.

The weekend event is designed for anyone with an interest in the beauty industry, including the current issues and how to tackle them. The event will be beneficial to both, those who already have knowledge or experience of the industry, with a particular interest in ethics and sustainability, as well as complete beginners.

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This short online course is designed for anyone with an interest in, and fascination for the creation of exciting, engaging visual communication concepts. Perfect for those wishing to explore a range of different aspects of Creative Direction and understand the broad spectrum of creative roles that exist in this profession, including Brand Director and Art Director. This is an interactive online course, aiming to enhance your content creation style, technique, and suitability to an audience.

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This online short course is designed for anyone with an interest in, and fascination for the creation of exciting, engaging digital content. Perfect for those wishing to explore the different facets and visual communication skills related to social media, blogging, podcasting, content creation for brands and influencers as well as understanding the production and planning processes behind engaging content that attracts large audiences. This is an interactive online course, aiming to enhance your content creation style, technique, and suitability to an audience.

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This course is ideal for those wanting to explore different facets of branding and marketing within the fashion industry, as well as those seeking to understand the theory and strategic planning behind a successful brand. It also explores the ways in which fashion brands engage, communicate and connect with their consumers.

The course is interactive, aiming to enhance and build an introductory understanding of how fashion brands operate, both now and for the future.

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The course is designed for anyone with an interest in, and fascination for, styling and fashion photography, it is perfect for those wishing to explore the different facets of fashion styling, as well as understanding the conceptual and production processes behind a shoot. It is an interactive course, aiming to enhance styling techniques and creativity.

The course provides an introduction to styling and fashion photography, and explores how to create, conceptualise, set up and successfully complete a shoot. Students will learn how to recognise key influencers in fashion styling and photography, and how styling is used in different areas of the industry, including editorial, still life, advertising, streetstyle, and celebrity.

A range of activities will be introduced every week for students to undertake; these will consist of collaborative activities with other students on the course, as well as independent projects, with opportunities to create individual shoots throughout the course.

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This online course offers an insight into the fashion industry and explores how fashion is influenced by culture and communicated through the image – a perfect introduction for those fascinated and inspired by fashion and image.

Through this course in Fashion & Image, you will explore how fashion, image and culture have shaped the industry over the decades.

You will learn how to recognise who the key influencers are in these fields, and how fashion is communicated and marketed through image.

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How is the fashion industry tackling sustainability?
What are the key movements that have shaped the evolution of fashion?
How do we create fashion media through ethical practice?

These are just a few of the topics we are exploring during our Teen Weekend at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design.

At a time of great change for the Fashion Industry, we are inviting 15-17 year olds to take part in our Vogue Teen Weekend – an exciting 2 day conference exploring a wealth of topics shaping the fashion industry.

The Vogue Teen Weekend is a two-day online event that delivers an insight into the fashion and media industries, as well as giving students the unique opportunity to connect with industry professionals and network with fellow Vogue Teen Weekenders from around the world.

During the weekend event, attendees will be able to learn about the inner workings of the fashion and media industries, learn how to create new content and share ideas about the future of these industries.

The weekend event consists of a series of live talks and collaborative exercises. It’s an ideal opportunity to ask questions directly to those shaping the fashion and media industries and a great platform for ideas and creativity to be shared.

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