Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017

Whether you are itching to start your own fashion enterprise or aiming for a great position at an established fashion brand, the right institute can make a world of difference. CEOWORLD Magazine has crunched the numbers once again, releasing its annual list of best fashion schools in the world.

But where are the great fashion schools in the world and how do they stack up against one another?

New York-based Parsons School of Design claims the number one spot among 110 fashion schools, based on data compiled from more than 20,000 recruiters, 30,000 students, and 32,000 industry professionals. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp is number two, and London College of Fashion is number three.

Coming in at number four for 2017, is Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, followed by the UK’s Central Saint Martins (5th), Kingston University (6th), and Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture (7th) in Finland. Rounding out the top 10 are Polimoda (8th), Japan’s Bunka Gakuen (9th) and Royal College of Art in London (10th).

To put together its list, CEOWORLD Magazine looked to “6 performance indicators,” which includes academic experience, admission eligibility, placement rate, recruiter feedback, specialization, and global reputation.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017

RankFashion School CountryScore
1Parsons: Fashion, Art and Design School in New YorkUS98.7
2Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpBelgium 98.6
3London College of Fashion, University of the Arts LondonUK98.5
4Fashion Institute of Technology, New YorkUS98.3
5Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonUK98.2
6Kingston University, LondonUK97.8
7School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityFinland97.7
8Polimoda, FlorenceItaly97.6
9Bunka Gakuen, TokyoJapan97.4
10Royal College of Art, LondonUK97.3
11University of Westminster, LondonUK96.9
12Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and ArtIsrael96.7
13Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, PhiladelphiaUS96.5
14University of Brighton, BrightonUK96.4
15ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, ArnhemNetherlands96.3
16Stephens College, ColumbiaUS96.1
17ESMOD International, ParisFrance95.8
18Manchester School of ArtUK95.7
19National Institute of Fashion Technology, New DelhiIndia95.6
20RMIT University, MelbourneAustralia95.4
21Fashion Design Institut, DüsseldorfGermany95.2
22Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, BeijingChina95.8
23Kent State UniversityUS94.9
24University of EdinburghUK94.8
25Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannahUS94.7
26Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New YorkUS94.5
27Fashion Design Studio TAFE, SydneyAustralia94.3
28Philadelphia UniversityUS94.2
29Design School Kolding, KoldingDenmark94.1
30Miami International University of Art & DesignUS93.9
31University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and KentUK93.7
32Tsinghua University, BeijingChina93.6
33Istituto Marangoni International, MilanoItaly93.5
34University of Technology Sydney, SydneyAustralia93.2
35Istituto Europeo di Design, MilanItaly93.1
36Geneva School of Art and Design | la Haute école d'art et de design GenèveSwitzerland92.7
37Rhode Island School of DesignUS92.6
38Nottingham Trent UniversityUK92.5
39Accademia Costume e Moda, RomeItaly92.4
40Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, LondonUK92.3
41Ryerson University School of Fashion, TorontoCanada92.1
42Virginia Commonwealth University, RichmondUS91.9
43École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, ParisFrance91.8
44Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, DunedinSweden91.7
45Pratt Institute, New YorkUS91.6
46AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteNetherlands91.5
47L'IFM Ecole de mode IFM Paris, Institut Français de la ModeFrance91.4
48Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong91.3
49Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, MilanItaly91.2
50School of the Art Institute ChicagoUS91.1
51Otis College of Art and Design, Los AngelesUS90.7
52Middlesex University, LondonUK90.6
53Academy of Art University, San FranciscoUS90.4
54Otago Polytechnic, DunedinNew Zealand90.2
55California College of the ArtsUS90.1
56Columbus College of Art & Design, OhioUS89.8
57Domus Academy, MilanItaly89.7
58Columbia College ChicagoUS89.5
59Musashino Art University, TokyoJapan89.3
60Moore College of Art & Design, PhiladelphiaUS89.1
61Studio Bercat, ParisFrance88.9
62Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesUS88.6
63École nationale supérieure des Arts visuels de La Cambre, BrusselsBelgium88.5
64The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS88.3
65School of Design, University of Cincinnati, OhioUS88.2
66Paris College of Art, ParisFrance87.9
67KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume), RomeItaly87.8
68Instituto Europeo Di Design, BarcelonaSpain87.7
69National Institute of Design, AhmedabadIndia87.5
70LIM College, New YorkUS86.9
71Raffles Design InstituteSingapore86.7
72University of DelawareUS86.5
73George Brown College, OntarioCanada86.3
74University of North TexasUS86.1
75University Of Technologies & Design, Kiev/KyivUkraine85.9
76Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, CopenhagenDenmark85.8
77LaSalle CollegeCanada85.6
78Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), PooleUK85.5
79Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, CopenhagenDenmark85.4
80Bath School of Art & DesignUK85.2
81University IUAV of VeniceItaly84.9
82Northbrook College, SussexUK84.8
83University of Applied Arts, ViennaAustria84.7
84University of NorthamptonUK84.5
85Limerick Institute of TechnologyIreland84.3
86University of Central LancashireUK83.7
87Kunsthochschule Weissensee, BerlinGermany83.6
88Northumbria UniversityUK83.4
89AMD HamburgGermany83.1
90University of SalfordUK82.9
91Oslo National Academy of the Arts, OsloNorway82.8
92De Montfort University (DMU)UK82.6
93The Art Institute of VancouverCanada82.5
94Jannette Klein UniversityMexico82.2
95Royal Academy of Art, HagueNetherlands81.8
96Southampton Solent UniversityUK81.7
97Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BostonUS81.6
98University of East LondonUK81.5
99The Art Institute of CaliforniaUS81.2
100Massey University, WellingtonNew Zealand80.9
101Beckmans College of Design, StockholmSweden80.8
102Jean School, AmsterdamNetherlands80.7
103Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico80.5
104Willem de Kooning Academy, RotterdamNetherlands79.8
105Glasgow School of ArtUK79.7
106Liverpool John Moores UniversityUK79.6
107Gerrit Rietveld Academie, AmsterdamNetherlands79.3
108Lisbon Design School, LisbonPortugal79.1
109Design Academy of Fashion, Cape TownSouth Africa78.6
110Design & Arts College of New Zealand, ChristchurchNew Zealand78.2

The Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017 – Methodology:

Best fashion schools in the world for 2017 by the CEOWORLD magazine is based on 6 major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic experience
2) Admission Eligibility
3) Job Placement Rate
4) Recruiter Feedback
5) Specialization
6) Global Reputation And Influence

Data for these indicators was collected from publicly available sources, university’s website, research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiters feedback — without relying on university data submissions. Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate institutes on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the institutes above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017,” there may be many other institutes that offer excellent programs.

* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a fashion school, and are simply one element to consider.

* The top-ranked fashion school receives 100 points.

* Fashion schools within the same rank range are listed alphabetically.

* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.

* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 82,000 individuals, across 6 data points.

* Surveys completed by 30,000 students, 32,000 industry professionals, and 20,000 recruiters around the world.

* Magazine surveyed 82,000 people in 46 countries between 16th December 2016 and 17th March 2017.

*The overall score are numerical scores given to the fashion schools based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the university. Overall scores are out of 100.

More details about the “Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017” – Email

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 82.000 respondents is plus or minus 1.3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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