The two-year fast-track BA (Hons) Fashion Communication is a varied, industry-focused programme that introduces and explains the world of fashion and facilitates the development of vital transferable professional skills. It is a broad-based course that examines a range of areas within fashion communication, from visual elements such as image making and graphic design, through to media and marketing and the approaches used to sell fashion in a competitive global marketplace. The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree programme is validated by the University of Buckingham.
The programme’s key aims are to:
- Introduce students to a broad range of areas within the fashion industry and facilitate their understanding of the key issues surrounding its advancement in the 21st Century.
- Develop students’ communication skills across a variety of media, with an emphasis on creative outputs and visual messages.
- Provide opportunities for students to develop key transferable skills in research and analysis, intellectual autonomy and creative thinking, collaboration, organisation, and enterprise.
- Enable each student to determine their own personal and professional strengths through critical reflection, with a view to identifying and pursuing a suitable career path within the fashion.
This intensive two-year degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from within. The unparalleled industry links inform the curriculum and the project briefs students are set and supported by visiting lecturers and industry guests that are leaders in their fields. The programme also includes a ‘Collaborative Industry Project’ module, which will allow students to work on an industry brief set by a partner company. Previous industry project partners include Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Jaeger, Modus PR, Fenwick and GQ.
Previous speakers at the College include Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Natalie Massenet, Edward Enninful, Suzy Menkes, Roland Mouret, Anya Hindmarch, Sarah Harris, Matthew Williamson, Henry Holland, Lulu Kennedy, Miles Aldridge, Kate Phelan, Caroline Issa, Yasmin Le Bon, Tamara Mellon, Bella Freud, Nicholas Coleridge, and many, many others.
The BA (Hons) Fashion Communications degree is a fast-track two-year programme, allowing students to gain an equivalent degree to one achieved in three years elsewhere. This is made possible by restructuring the academic year to provide an additional term with each summer; fitting in the same number of teaching weeks as a conventional three-year programme, but ensuring the work-load in any term is no greater. In summary, a two-year degree offers:
- An intensive, fast-track degree course offering as much academic content in two years as other institutions offer in three
- The opportunity to start working in the fashion industry one year earlier
- Full use of the whole year, including the long summer holiday period taken elsewhere, which is better preparation for the world of work
- A programme comprising of 360 credit units, just like other Bachelors degrees
- Four ten-week terms, with twelve weeks holiday
- This course is full-time with a minimum of 15 hours of taught contact time over four days per week with approximately 20 hours of directed and independent study and project time each week.
The programme is purposefully broad, allowing students to explore a variety of areas within fashion before deciding on a clear area of focus for their final projects in the last two terms. Each year of study also includes an elective module, providing the opportunity to focus on a personal area of interest. The summer term at the end of the first year includes an industry placement, which can be organised by the student* to take place in any relevant area of fashion and in any location. In the ‘Fashion Futures’ module students will examine possible and expected developments in the fashion industry in relation to their own career development, creating a relevant portfolio intended to assist with securing employment in their chosen field. Careers support is a significant aspect of the college and the programme and students will continue to be supported after graduation.
*The College will provide extensive support to assist with finding suitable work experience, however, part of the module assessment is for students to search for and secure a suitable placement themselves. This is to facilitate learning and professional development and job seeking skills. Should they wish, international students can arrange a placement in their home country.
2018 - 2020
- Term 1:
1 October - 14 December 2018 (including freshers' week)
Three week Christmas break
- Term 2:
7 January - 15 March 2019
End of term break/optional College trip: 18 - 23 March 2019
- Term 3:
25 March – 14 June 2019
(includes two week Easter break from 15 - 26 April 2019)
- Term 4:
24 June - 30 August 2019 (including industry placement period)
Summer break: 2 September - 7 October 2019
About the University of Buckingham
The BA (Hons) Fashion Communication degree programme is validated by the University of Buckingham. The University of Buckingham is The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching 2016 and is one of only two private universities in the UK. Sir Anthony Seldon, previously Master of Wellington College, was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University in 2015.
2018 - 2020: £55,080 (including VAT)
UK/EU students can pay the tuition fee in instalments over the two years of the course.
The Condé Nast College is currently not eligible for student finance.
The preferred A-level requirement for this course is BBB*. Applicants should also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C (4) 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 fulfils the entry requirement.
The preferred International Baccalaureate score is between 28-32
*If your A-level profile or IB score does not meet this requirement please contact admissions to discuss this further.
We are happy to consider all international applications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.