The Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design welcomed its first students
on the inaugural ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate on Monday 15 April.
With students from 23 countries having successfully
passed the rigorous admissions process,
the ten-week course is designed to offer an intensive grounding
The Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design
is based in the heart of Soho at 16-17 Greek Street,
a short walk away from Vogue House, Condé Nast’s London headquarters.
Courses are currently validated by the Open College Network;
the formal qualification of the 10-week Vogue Fashion Certificate
Nicholas Coleridge, President of Condé Nast International
and Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain, comments:
“Condé Nast is well placed to enter the field of education,
with the considerable authority and expertise vested in the Vogue brand.
We are delighted to welcome our first students to our international College,
and to assist in creating the next generation of talent in the fashion industry”.
Susie Forbes, Principal of The Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design adds:
“Our courses offer unrivalled access – a front row seat into
this famously opaque and hard-to-get-into industry.
This access, combined with rigorous academic programming,
will deliver insight into all aspects of the fashion industry,
including the complex workings of the international fashion calendar,
styling and art direction, brand marketing and
the all-important retail sector, from luxury to high street.
Our alumni will leave the college with not only a vastly
improved understanding of how the fashion industry works,
but also a significantly more informed idea about
which part of the business they wish to work in,
and a greatly improved chance of attaining that goal.”
With half of the first intake of students derived
from Britain and the EU, students have enrolled
from the United States, Mexico, South America,
the Middle East, the Far East, Turkey,
Eastern Europe and Australia.
To date, the College has received applications
from 45 countries around the world for both
its ten-week and year-long courses,
and the College will accommodate up to 300 students a year.
The College does not charge a higher fee
for international students than it does for British or EU students.
Principal of the College Susie Forbes, a former Deputy Editor of Vogue,
has employed academics with substantial expertise to create the Faculty.
Vice Principal Dr Gary Pritchard has worked
in arts education leadership for over ten years,
and was previously Associate Dean (Art, Media and Design) of the University of Wales;
Course Director Angela Jones is an
educational consultant at London College of Fashion
and the Domus Academy in Milan;
and Senior Lecturer (Digital Learning),
Kate Cheal is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher.
In addition to formal teaching, inspirational practical
sessions and seminars, outside visits to designers’
studios and talks from industry leaders,
the College will exploit the full potential
of the latest educational technology.
The year-long Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma
will begin in October 2013 with a further 45 students,
including three full scholarship places funded by Condé Nast.
Further courses, branded to the Condé Nast titles, will be created later.
Until next time J Xx