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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2018

London College of Fashion, a part of the University of the Arts London (UAL), has been named the best fashion school in the world for 2018 by the CEOWORLD magazine, while New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins in London placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The rigorous classification process takes into account global reputation and influence; specialization; recruiter’s feedback; placement rates; admission eligibility; and academic experience as well as data from over 35,000 students, 30,000 industry professionals, and 20,000 recruiters and CEOWORLD magazine’s analytics.

Also making the cut was the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York (No. 4) as well as Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (No. 5), ESMOD International in Paris (No. 6), and the Istituto Marangoni International at number 7. Overall, among the top 10 best fashion schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by the Bunka Gakuen in Tokyo, Italy’s Polimoda, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, Philadelphia took the No. 11 spot, followed by the Royal College of Art London (No. 12) and the University of Brighton (No. 13).

Meanwhile, the University of Westminster ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best fashion schools in the world for 2018.

Stephens College, Columbia came in 15th place, followed by Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art (16th), India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi (17th), ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, Arnhem (18th), and Fashion Design Institut (FDI) Germany, ranked 19th. Out of 100 best fashion institutes in the world for 2018, Manchester School of Art ranked No. twentieth.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2018

RankFashion SchoolCountry
1London College of Fashion, University of the Arts LondonUK
2Fashion Institute of Technology, New YorkUS
3Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonUK
4Parsons: Fashion, Art and Design School in New YorkUS
5Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpBelgium
6ESMOD International, ParisFrance
7Istituto Marangoni InternationalItaly
8Bunka Gakuen, TokyoJapan
9Polimoda, FlorenceItaly
10School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityFinland
11Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, PhiladelphiaUS
12Royal College of Art, LondonUK
13University of Brighton, BrightonUK
14University of Westminster, LondonUK
15Stephens College, ColumbiaUS
16Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and ArtIsrael
17National Institute of Fashion Technology, New DelhiIndia
18ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, ArnhemNetherlands
19Fashion Design InstitutGermany
20Manchester School of ArtUK
21Kent State UniversityUS
22University of EdinburghUK
23RMIT University, MelbourneAustralia
24Philadelphia University -JeffersonUS
25Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New YorkUS
26Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, BeijingChina
27Design School Kolding, KoldingDenmark
28Miami International University of Art & DesignUS
29University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and KentUK
30Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannahUS
31Fashion Design Studio TAFE, SydneyAustralia
32University of Technology Sydney, SydneyAustralia
33Geneva School of Art and Design | la Haute école d'art et de design GenèveSwitzerland
34Nottingham Trent UniversityUK
35Bath School of Art & DesignUK
36Istituto Europeo di Design, MilanItaly
37Rhode Island School of DesignUS
38Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, LondonUK
39École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, ParisFrance
40Tsinghua University, BeijingChina
41Pratt Institute, New YorkUS
42Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, CopenhagenDenmark
43Ryerson University School of Fashion, TorontoCanada
44Virginia Commonwealth University, RichmondUS
45Accademia Costume e Moda, RomeItaly
46Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, MilanItaly
47Middlesex University, LondonUK
48Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, DunedinSweden
49Academy of Art University, San FranciscoUS
50L'IFM Ecole de mode IFM Paris, Institut Français de la ModeFrance
51AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteNetherlands
52California College of the ArtsUS
53Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
54Domus Academy, MilanItaly
55School of the Art Institute ChicagoUS
56Moore College of Art & Design, PhiladelphiaUS
57Otis College of Art and Design, Los AngelesUS
58Columbia College ChicagoUS
59Columbus College of Art & Design, OhioUS
60Studio Bercat, ParisFrance
61Paris College of Art, ParisFrance
62Koefia AcademyItaly
63Instituto Europeo Di Design, BarcelonaSpain
64LIM College, New YorkUS
65George Brown College, OntarioCanada
66Otago Polytechnic, DunedinNew Zealand
67Musashino Art University, TokyoJapan
68University of North TexasUS
69The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
70Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesUS
71University Of Technologies & Design, Kiev/KyivUkraine
72Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, BrusselsBelgium
73The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
74School of Design, University of Cincinnati, OhioUS
75Raffles Design InstituteSingapore
76University of DelawareUS
77Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), PooleUK
78Northbrook College, SussexUK
79LaSalle CollegeCanada
80University of Applied Arts, ViennaAustria
81University of Central LancashireUK
82University IUAV of VeniceItaly
83Northumbria UniversityUK
84University of NorthamptonUK
85University of SalfordUK
86De Montfort University (DMU)UK
87Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BostonUS
88Jannette Klein UniversityMexico
89Southampton Solent UniversityUK
90Oslo National Academy of the Arts, OsloNorway
91University of East LondonUK
92The Art Institute of CaliforniaUS
93National Institute of Design, AhmedabadIndia
94Willem de Kooning Academy, RotterdamNetherlands
95Glasgow School of ArtUK
96Glasgow School of ArtUK
97Glasgow School of ArtUK
98Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico
99Beckmans College of Design, StockholmSweden
100AMD HamburgGermany
101Jean School, AmsterdamNetherlands
102Massey University, WellingtonNew Zealand
103Royal Academy of Art, HagueNetherlands
104The Art Institute of VancouverCanada
105Kunsthochschule Weissensee, BerlinGermany
106Limerick Institute of TechnologyIreland
107Design & Arts College of New Zealand, ChristchurchNew Zealand
108Design Academy of Fashion, Cape TownSouth Africa
109Gerrit Rietveld Academie, AmsterdamNetherlands
110Lisbon Design School, LisbonPortugal

Methodology: The world’s top fashion institutes for 2018 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 were collected from publicly available sources, university’s website, research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiter’s 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 2018,” 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 merely 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 85,000 individuals, across 6 data points.

* Surveys completed by 35,000 students, 30,000 industry professionals, and 20,000 recruiters around the world.

* Magazine surveyed 85,000 people in 42 countries between 18th December 2017 and 20th March 2018.

*The overall score is 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 2018” – Email info@ceoworld.biz

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 85.000 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.

Megan Batchelor

Megan Batchelor

Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
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