STYLE SCHOOL: The first students to study at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design will sit down at their desks today. For 10 weeks, the inaugural intake of 45 students from 23 countries will take part in the Vogue Fashion Certificate, an intensive foundation course on the ins and outs of the fashion industry. A further 45 students, including three full scholarship places funded by Condé Nast, will join in October on the year-long Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma.

The students will be taught by a faculty of industry experts recruited by principal Susie Forbes, a former deputy editor of British Vogue. Faculty members include vice principal Gary Pritchard, former associate dean of the University of Wales; course director Angela Jones, educational consultant at London College of Fashion, and senior lecturer Kate Cheal, who is a Google Certified teacher and Apple Distinguished educator.

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“Condé Nast is well placed to enter the field of education, with the considerable authority and expertise vested in the Vogue brand,” said Nicholas Coleridge, president of Condé Nast International and managing director of Condé Nast Britain.

The building, which houses the first college operated by Condé Nast, is designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and is located on Greek Street in the heart of Soho, within walking distance of Vogue House.

The college will accommodate up to 300 students a year. Tuition fees for the Vogue Fashion certificate are about 6,600 pounds, or $10,140 at current exchange, while the year-long diploma course will cost about 19,560 pounds, or $30,040.