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Based in London, the school will offer "foundation level, post graduate and further education courses in the areas of fashion and design," the announcement says. "The school will sit alongside London's other fashion education establishments, such as Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, which are considered some of the best in the world."Today, WWD reports that the school will open in September 2012. You know what that means? The college is probably taking applications right now, as we type.
Looks like the college has found its director, as well—according to WWD, Susie Forbes, the editor of CN title Easy Living, has been named to the post.
The college will enroll 300 students in its first-year class and will offer 10-week long intensive fashion courses (sort of like continuing education courses here in the USA). Matriculated students will take a year-long foundation course at British Vogue (Doing what? Styling? Editing? Interning? We're not sure. And how is British Vogue going to take on 300 students?) and have the option to study interior design and decoration via House & Garden (the magazine).
No word yet on where the college will be located.
We're really interested to see how this concept shakes out—a major fashion and lifestyle publishing house getting into education. How will Conde Nast's magazine's editorial staffers be roped into the higher education system? Are they happy about it? What's going to happen to all those work experience and internship places that students from other fashion colleges have typically inhabited at Vogue House? Are internships going to be doled out only to Conde Nast Fashion College students? And how much tuition will the college charge? At the end of the day, is it forking over a bunch of money to ensure that you have a Conde job at the end of your degree program? So many questions.
· Conde Nast UK sets fashion school [WWD]
· Conde Nast University [Racked]