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Want to work in fashion? One of these schools could be your first step



Last month, we ranked the best fashion schools here in the U.S., but as we all know, many of the best fashion education opportunities can be found across the pond. London is practically the capital city of fashion schools, though excellent fashion programs can also be found throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Here, you’ll see how they stacked against the best schools stateside.

From location to tuition to resources, there are a lot of factors to consider and compare when choosing a school — and not as much guidance available as there is for more “traditional” fields of study. That’s why, since 2010, we’ve put together rankings of the best fashion schools culled from data and our own extensive surveys.

They include not only fashion trade schools, but also larger universities with reputable fashion programs. Some have only undergraduate fashion programs, while others have graduate opportunities as well; certain schools only offer fashion design degrees, though others include specialized majors ranging from merchandising to costume design. All of this is detailed in the pages linked below.


But first, our methodology. Here’s what we took into consideration:

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.


Here’s the full ranking:

1. Central Saint Martins (London, UK)

2. Parsons, the New School for Design (New York, USA)

3. London College of Fashion (London, UK)

4. Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA)

5. Kingston University (London, UK)

6. Royal College of Art (London, UK)

7. ESMOD (Paris, France)

8. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium)

9. Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo, Japan)

10. Istituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy)

11. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan, Israel)

12. École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris, France)

13. University of Westminster (London, UK)

14. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

15. Studio Berçot (Paris, France)

16. Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

17. IED Barcelona

18. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, USA)

19. RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

20. Tafe Institute of Technology (Sydney, Australia)

21. Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

22. Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia University)

23. Polimoda (Florence, Italy)

24. Ravensbourne (London, UK)

25. Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA)

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