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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2019

New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology has been named the best fashion school in the world for 2019 by the CEOWORLD magazine, while London College of Fashion, a part of the University of the Arts London (UAL) and Parsons School of Design 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 40,000 students, 50,000 industry professionals, and 30,000 recruiters and CEOWORLD magazine’s analytics.

Also making the cut was the prestigious School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Aalto University (No. 4) as well as Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London (No. 5); Westphal College of Media Arts & Design – Drexel University Philadelphia (No. 6); and ESMOD International, Paris 7. Overall, among the top 10 best fashion schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Royal College of Art – London; Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp; and Istituto Marangoni International.

Bunka Gakuen – Tokyo took the No. 11 spot, followed by Italy’s Polimoda Florence (No. 12) and Stephens College, Columbia (No. 13). Meanwhile, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best fashion schools in the world for 2019.

India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi came in 15th place, followed by Germany’s Fashion Design Institut (16th), Manchester School of Art (17th), University of Westminster – London (18th), and Kent State University, ranked 19th. Out of 108 best fashion institutes in the world for 2019, the University of Brighton in the U.K. ranked No. twentieth.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2019

RankFashion SchoolCountry
1Fashion Institute of Technology, New YorkUS
2London College of Fashion, University of the Arts LondonUK
3Parsons: Fashion, Art and Design School in New YorkUS
4School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityFinland
5Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonUK
6Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, PhiladelphiaUS
7ESMOD International, ParisFrance
8Royal College of Art, LondonUK
9Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpBelgium
10Istituto Marangoni InternationalItaly
11Bunka Gakuen, TokyoJapan
12Polimoda, FlorenceItaly
13Stephens College, ColumbiaUS
14Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and ArtIsrael
15National Institute of Fashion Technology, New DelhiIndia
16Fashion Design InstitutGermany
17Manchester School of ArtUK
18University of Westminster, LondonUK
19Kent State UniversityUS
20University of Brighton, BrightonUK
21University of EdinburghUK
22Philadelphia University -JeffersonUS
23Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New YorkUS
24Miami International University of Art & DesignUS
25ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, ArnhemNetherlands
26University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and KentUK
27Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannahUS
28Nottingham Trent UniversityUK
29Bath School of Art & DesignUK
30RMIT University, MelbourneAustralia
31Rhode Island School of DesignUS
32Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, LondonUK
33Pratt Institute, New YorkUS
34Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, CopenhagenDenmark
35Ryerson University School of Fashion, TorontoCanada
36Virginia Commonwealth University, RichmondUS
37Fashion Design Studio TAFE, SydneyAustralia
38Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, BeijingChina
39Design School Kolding, KoldingDenmark
40University of Technology Sydney, SydneyAustralia
41Geneva School of Art and DesignSwitzerland
42Istituto Europeo di Design, MilanItaly
43 Institut Francais de la Mode , ParisFrance
44Academy of Art University, San FranciscoUS
45L'IFM Ecole de mode IFM Paris, Institut Français de la ModeFrance
46AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteNetherlands
47California College of the ArtsUS
48Studio Bercat, ParisFrance
49Paris College of Art, ParisFrance
50Koefia AcademyItaly
51Instituto Europeo Di Design, BarcelonaSpain
52Tsinghua University, BeijingChina
53Accademia Costume e Moda, RomeItaly
54Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, MilanItaly
55Middlesex University, LondonUK
56Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, DunedinSweden
57Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
58Domus Academy, MilanItaly
59School of the Art Institute ChicagoUS
60Moore College of Art & Design, PhiladelphiaUS
61Otis College of Art and Design, Los AngelesUS
62Columbia College ChicagoUS
63Columbus College of Art & Design, OhioUS
64University of North TexasUS
65The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
66Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignUkraine
67LIM College, New YorkUS
68George Brown College, OntarioCanada
69Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesUS
70Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, BrusselsBelgium
71Otago Polytechnic, DunedinNew Zealand
72Musashino Art University, TokyoJapan
73LaSalle CollegeCanada
74University of Applied Arts, ViennaAustria
75University of Central LancashireUK
76University IUAV of VeniceItaly
77Northumbria UniversityUK
78University of NorthamptonUK
79The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
80School of Design, University of Cincinnati, OhioUS
81Raffles Design InstituteSingapore
82University of DelawareUS
83Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), PooleUK
84Jannette Klein UniversityMexico
85Northbrook College, SussexUK
86Oslo National Academy of the Arts, OsloNorway
87University of East LondonUK
88The Art Institute of CaliforniaUS
89National Institute of Design, AhmedabadIndia
90Willem de Kooning Academy, RotterdamNetherlands
91University of SalfordUK
92De Montfort University (DMU)UK
93Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BostonUS
94Southampton Solent UniversityUK
95Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico
96Glasgow School of ArtUK
97Beckmans College of Design, StockholmSweden
98AMD HamburgGermany
99Jean School, AmsterdamNetherlands
100Massey University, WellingtonNew Zealand
101Gerrit Rietveld Academie, AmsterdamNetherlands
102Lisbon Design School, LisbonPortugal
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
109Politecnico di MilanoItaly
Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2019

Methodology: The world’s top fashion institutes for 2019 by the CEOWORLD magazine is based on six 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 2019,” 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 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 120,000 individuals, across 6 data points.

* Surveys completed by 40,000 students, 50,000 industry professionals, and 30,000 fashion recruiters around the world.

* Magazine surveyed 120,000 people in 42 countries between December 2018 and 20th February 20198.

More details about the “Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2019” – Email info@ceoworld.biz

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 120,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 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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Anna Papadopoulos

Anna Papadopoulos

Senior Editor at CEOWORLD magazine
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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