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Fashion School: Is it Worth the Time and Money?

Fashion School: Is it Worth the Time and Money?
Lessons From Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

It was 2015, I had just graduated with a degree in Economics and politics and I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. A lot of my friends were applying for jobs or preparing to embark on a Masters degrees but I knew I wanted to work in fashion but again and again, my job applications were met with silence or rejection. The fashion industry is incredibly competitive, and I knew I needed to build my skills. Fashion school seemed like the most obvious choice & the Fashion Short Course at Conde Nast seemed like the best choice. 

Fashion short courses are an increasingly popular choice for people who are interested in a career in fashion. For me, it was an opportunity to learn more about the industry and supplement the tools I gained from my degree. These fashion courses aim to enhance your knowledge of the sector and improve your skills to prepare you for internships in the fashion industry.  Before starting at Condé Nast, I looked at so many short courses complete with glossy prospectuses and big fashion names attached. However, I finally decided on a year-long diploma at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. My choice to go to Condé Nast was mostly due to the range of modules covered but it was also about the Condé Nast brand. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made despite the high price tag. 

Fashion School Events

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design was just as glossy and glamorous as you would expect. The library looked like it was straight out of a Pinterest board, with every issue of Vogue and a massive collection of fashion books. The Course itself covered everything from Journalism, Styling, Fashion Business and Buying and Merchandising. It was an excellent opportunity to experience all the different segments of the fashion industry and figure out where your passions lie. I went into it thinking I wanted to be a fashion designer and came out realizing that I enjoyed the commercial aspect of fashion and I was interested in managing talent. Shortly after graduating from the college, I went on to intern at a fashion start up and then went on to work at Moschino. 

PROS //
  • The range of topics taught at the college
  • The guest speakers, during the course we were exposed to a lot of different guest speakers and guest lecturers who enriched our knowledge and inspired the students. I was particularly inspired by Stephen Quinn, the British Vogue Publisher and attending an interview by Naomi Campbell 
  • Challenging projects that taught a range of skills including video editing, illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign 
  • Tickets to fashion shows and many events and exhibition 
  • The lecturers have experience working in the industry, so they provide a lot of real-life applications to theories
  • Lots of career support 
CONS //
  • The range of courses also meant that some topics were covered very broadly and not in-depth 
  • There is a lot of focus on the Vogue brand, which is understandable but can get tiring  
  • High Price Tag

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