Best fashion universities in the world
December 5, 2017
WardrobeTrendsFashion’s 2017 Top 100 Fashion Schools list, includes a ranking of the World’s Top 100 Fashion Schools, based on a methodology that assesses academic reputation, employer reputation, quality of teaching, and diversity. The WardrobeTrendsFashion Magazine’s Top 100 Fashion School Rankings has been conducted annually since 2012. Over the past couple of months, we conducted a survey to find the best fashion schools in the world. To generate the list, we surveyed more than 58,000 former students, fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, and industry professionals.
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WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2017 Best Fashion Schools rankings, featuring top-performing fashion institutions in the World. The Best Fashion Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 300+ fashion schools. Studying in a world-renowned fashion school is practically everyone’s dream. A shortlist of 100 top fashion institutions have been ranked according to 3 factors: learning experience, influence, and value. We have received many inquiries from the surveys of where their voted universities are on the rankings, thus this year, we have added an additional 10 institutions, just to show those universities which almost made it into WardrobeTrendsFashion’s Top 100.
However it is not an easy task to decide which of these elite colleges you want to be in. WardrobeTrendsFashion’s rating is based on a simple and pragmatic survey that asked how valuable each fashion school’s program really is; WardrobeTrendsFashion ‘Fashion School Rankings’ is designed to help prospective students navigate this increasingly complex fashion education landscape. The tenets of our methodology remain the same, but each year we aim to refine. This year, the factors we have considered include:
- Annual tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive, although tuition can vary drastically and, at many colleges, it increases each year. The number you see on each college’s page does not include room and board and incidentals. While tuition is not the most heavily weighted category on our list of criteria, we did factor the cost into our rankings as it relates to the cost of living in the area where the corresponding school is located.
- Famous & successfully placed alumni: Famous alumni are something that we consider, yes, but we also reward schools with great placement rates. Just because a school hasn’t produced a marquee name (yet) doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Every single one of these schools has placed students in major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses. Behind every Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang is a talented support staff helping to ensure everything runs smoothly. And getting paid good money to do it.
- Student and alumni feedback: We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school.
- Other measurements: We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, social life, career counseling and financial aid options.
- Others of note: We spend hours upon hours researching and reporting on these schools — each school name below links to a page detailing our findings. No list is entirely scientific, but it is objective. Keep this in mind if you don’t see your favorite school here or disagree with the ranking your alma mater received.
London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM), takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Bunka Gakuen at No. 2 and Kingston University at No. 3. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses. Compare it versus last year’s 2016 ranking.
Discover the top 100 fashion schools worldwide with WardrobeTrendsFashion in the table below.
2017 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The WorldGlobal Rank# School Name City Country Score 1 Parsons School of Design New York USA 98.7 2 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium 98.6 3 London College of Fashion London UK 98.4 4 Fashion Institute of Technology New York USA 98.3 5 Central Saint Martins London UK 98.2 6 Kingston University London UK 97.9 7 Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture Helsinki Finland 97.7 8 Polimoda Florence Italy 97.6 9 Bunka Fashion College Tokyo Japan 97.5 10 Royal College of Art London UK 97.3 11 University of Westminster London UK 96.9 12 Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan) Tel Aviv Israel 96.7 13 Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Philadelphia USA 96.5 14 University of Brighton Brighton UK 96.4 15 ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem Netherlands 96.3 16 Stephens College Columbia USA 96.1 17 ESMOD, Paris Paris France 95.8 18 Manchester School Of Art Manchester UK 95.7 19 National Institute of Fashion Technology New Delhi India 95.6 20 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) Melbourne Australia 95.4 21 Fashion Design Institut (FDI) Dusseldorf Germany 95.2 22 Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology Beijing China 95.8 23 Kent State University Kent USA 94.9 24 Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh UK 94.8 25 Savannah College of Art and Design OR SCAD Savannah/ Atlanta USA 94.7 26 Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York USA 94.5 27 Tafe Institute of Technology Sydney Australia 94.4 28 Philadelphia University Philadelphia USA 94.2 29 Design School Kolding Kolding Denmark 94.1 30 Miami International University of Art & Design Miami USA 93.9 31 University for the Creative Arts Kent UK 93.7 32 Tsinghua University Beijing China 93.6 33 Istituto Marangoni Milan Italy 93.5 34 University of Technology Sydney Sydney Australia 93.2 35 Istituto Europeo di Design Milan Italy 93.1 36 Haute Ecole D'Art Et De Design Geneva Switzerland 92.8 37 Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island USA 92.6 38 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham UK 92.5 39 Accademia Costume e Moda Rome Italy 92.4 40 Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication London UK 92.3 41 Ryerson University Ontario Canada 92.1 42 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond USA 91.9 43 Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne Paris France 91.8 44 The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Boras Dunedin Sweden 91.7 45 Pratt Institute New York USA 91.6 46 AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion Institute Amsterdam Netherlands 91.5 47 Institut Francais de la Mode Paris France 91.4 48 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong China 91.3 49 Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milan Italy 91.2 50 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago USA 91.1 51 Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles USA 90.7 52 Middlesex University London UK 90.6 53 Academy of Art University San Francisco USA 90.4 54 Otago Polytechnic Dunedin New Zealand 90.2 55 California College of the Arts San Francisco/Oakland USA 90.1 56 Columbus College of Art & Design Ohio USA 89.8 57 Domus Academy Milan Italy 89.7 58 Columbia College Chicago Chicago USA 89.5 59 Musashino Art University Tokyo Japan 89.3 60 Moore College of Art & Design Philadelphia USA 89.1 61 Studio Bercat Paris France 88.9 62 FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles USA 88.6 63 La Cambre, École nationale supérieure des Arts visuels Brussels Belgium 88.4 64 Iowa State University Iowa USA 88.3 65 University of Cincinnati Cincinnati USA 88.2 66 Paris College of Art Paris France 87.9 67 KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume) Rome Italy 87.8 68 Instituto Europeo Di Design Barcelona Spain 87.7 69 National Institute of Design Ahmedabad India 87.5 70 LIM College New York USA 86.9 71 Raffles Design Institute Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Mumbai Singapore 86.6 72 University of Delaware Newark USA 86.5 73 George Brown College Ontario Canada 86.3 74 University of North Texas Denton USA 86.1 75 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen Denmark 85.9 76 LaSalle College Quebec Canada 85.8 77 Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) Poole UK 85.6 78 Copenhagen School of Design and Technology Copenhagen Denmark 85.5 79 Bath School of Art & Design Bath UK 85.3 80 University IUAV of Venice Venice Italy 85.2 81 Northbrook College Sussex UK 84.9 82 University of Applied Arts Vienna Austria 84.8 83 University of Northampton Northampton UK 84.7 84 Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick Ireland 84.5 85 University of Central Lancashire Lancashire UK 84.3 86 Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin Germany 83.7 87 Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne UK 83.5 88 AMD Hamburg Hamburg Germany 83.4 89 University of Salford Salford UK 83.1 90 Oslo National Academy of the Arts Oslo Norway 82.9 91 De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester UK 82.8 92 The Art Institute of Vancouver Vancouver Canada 82.6 93 Jannette Klein University Mexico City Mexico 82.5 94 Royal Academy of Art Hague Netherlands 82.3 95 Southampton Solent University Southampton UK 81.8 96 Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston US 81.7 97 University of East London London UK 81.6 98 The Art Institute of California California USA 81.5 99 Massey University Wellington New Zealand 81.2 100 Beckmans College of Design Stockholm Sweden 80.9 101 Jean School Amsterdam Netherlands 80.8 102 Mexico University Ibero Americana Mexico City Mexico 80.7 103 Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam Netherlands 80.6 104 Glasgow School of Art Glasgow UK 79.8 105 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool UK 79.7 106 Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam Netherlands 79.6 107 Lisbon Design School Lisbon Portugal 79.3 108 Design Academy of Fashion Cape Town South Africa 79.1 109 Design & Arts College of New Zealand Christchurch New Zealand 78.8 110 IFA Paris Paris France 78.4
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