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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020

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 2020 by the CEOWORLD magazine, while Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Aalto University 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 Parsons School of Design (No. 4) as well as Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University (No. 5); Central Saint Martins (No. 6); and School of Design at Royal College of Art (No. 7). Overall, among the top 10 best fashion schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Istituto Marangoni International, Bunka Fashion College, and ESMOD Paris.

Azrieli Faculty of Design at Shenkar College took the No. 11 spot, followed by National Institute of Fashion Technology – New Delhi (No. 12) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (No. 13). Meanwhile, Fashion Design Institut ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best fashion schools in the world for 2020.

Savannah College of Art and Design came in 15th place, followed by University for the Creative Arts – UCA Rochester (16th), Stephens College Columbia (17th), Polimoda – Florence (18th), and ArtEZ Institute of the Art, ranked 19th. Out of 100 best fashion institutes in the world for 2020, the University of Westminster in the U.K. ranked No. twentieth.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020

RankFashion SchoolCityCountryScoreRatings
1London College of FashionLondonUK97.04AAA
2Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)New YorkUS96.25AAA
3School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityEspooFinland95.42AAA
4Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUS95.2AAA
5Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUS95.01AAA
6Central Saint MartinsLondonUK94.95AAA
7School of Design at Royal College of ArtLondonUK94.88AAA
8Istituto Marangoni InternationalMilanItaly94.51AAA
9Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan94.51AAA
10ESMOD ParisParisFrance94.49AAA
11Azrieli Faculty of Design at Shenkar CollegeRamat GanIsrael94.25AAA
12National Institute of Fashion Technology, New DelhiNew DelhiIndia93.56AAA
13Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpAntwerpBelgium93.22AAA
14Fashion Design InstitutDusseldorfGermany93.02AAA
15Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah, GAUS92.44AA
16University for the Creative Arts (UCA Rochester)RochesterUK92.17AA
17Stephens CollegeColumbia (Missouri)US91.98AA
19ArtEZ Institute of the Art, ArnhemArnhemNetherlands91.71AA
20University of WestminsterLondonUK91.55AA
21Kent State UniversityKent, OhioUS91.26AA
22Miami International University of Art & DesignMiamiUS91.25AA
23Marist College, PoughkeepsieNew YorkUS91.24AA
24Pratt Institute, New YorkNew YorkUS91.19AA
25Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark90.84AA
26Ryerson University School of FashionTorontoCanada90.59AA
27Bath School of Art & DesignBathUK90.55AA
28Geneva University of Art and DesignGenevaSwitzerland90.5AA
29Istituto Europeo di DesignMilanItaly90.35AA
30 Institut Francais de la ModeParisFrance89.93A
31Academy of Art UniversitySan FranciscoUS89.76A
32Institut Francais de la ModeParisFrance89.55A
33Manchester School of ArtManchesterUK89.05A
34Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK88.97A
35Philadelphia University -JeffersonPhiladelphia, PAUS88.88A
36AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteAmsterdamNetherlands88.75A
37California College of the ArtsSan FranciscoUS88.54A
38RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia88.43A
39Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUS88.39A
40Ravensbourne College of Design and CommunicationLondonUK88.33A
41Studio BercatParisFrance88.11A
42University for the Creative Arts (UCA Farnham)FarnhamUK88.08A
43Paris College of ArtParisFrance88A
44University of EdinburghEdinburghUK87.99BBB
45University of BrightonBrightonUK87.76BBB
46Swedish School of TextilesBorasSweden87.4BBB
47Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUS87.39BBB
48Fashion Design Studio TAFESydneyAustralia87.36BBB
49Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina87.07BBB
50Design School KoldingKoldingDenmark86.77BBB
51University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia86.7BBB
52Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongHong Kong86.61BBB
53University for the Creative Arts (UCA Epsom)EpsomUK86.42BBB
54Domus AcademyMilanItaly86.38BBB
55School of the Art Institute ChicagoChicagoUS86.3BBB
56Moore College of Art & DesignPhiladelphiaUS86.21BBB
57Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesUS86.18BBB
58Middlesex UniversityLondonUK85.92BB
59George Brown CollegeOntarioCanada85.8BB
60Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesLos AngelesUS85.76BB
61Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de La CambreBrusselsBelgium85.47BB
62Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignKievUkraine85.35BB
63LIM CollegeNew YorkUS85.18BB
64Otago PolytechnicDunedinNew Zealand84.96BB
65Musashino Art UniversityTokyoJapan84.42BB
66LaSalle CollegeMontrealCanada84.32BB
67University of Applied ArtsViennaAustria84.05BB
68The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityIowaUS83.89BB
69School of Design, University of CincinnatiOhioUS83.6BB
70Raffles Design InstitutePhnom PenhCambodia83.53BB
71Columbia College ChicagoChicagoUS83.4BB
72Columbus College of Art & DesignOhioUS83.16BB
73University of North TexasDenton, TexasUS83.14BB
74University IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly82.77B
75Koefia AcademyRomeItaly82.51B
76Instituto Europeo Di DesignBarcelonaSpain82.36B
77Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina82.17B
78Accademia Costume e ModaRomeItaly81.81B
79Nuova Accademia di Belle ArtiMilanItaly81.51B
80University of Central LancashireLancashireUK81.4B
81Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK81.23B
82Jannette Klein UniversidadMexico CityMexico80.73B
83University of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK80.64B
84National Institute of Design, AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia80.61B
85Willem de Kooning AcademyRotterdamNetherlands80.38B
86University of SalfordManchesterUK80.3B
87University of DelawareNewark, DelawareUS79.85CCC
88Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)PooleUK79.8CCC
89Northbrook College, SussexSussexUK79.78CCC
90Oslo National Academy of the ArtsOsloNorway79.32CCC
91University of East LondonLondonUK79.01CCC
92The Art Institute of CaliforniaSanta MonicaUS78.99CCC
93Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico CityMexico78.58CCC
94Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK78.54CCC
95Beckmans College of Design, StockholmStockholmSweden77.19CCC
96AMD HamburgHamburgGermany76.68CCC
97De Montfort University (DMU)LeicesterUK76.27CCC
98Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BostonBostonUS75.96CCC
99Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK75.87CCC
100Design & Arts College of New Zealand, ChristchurchChristchurchNew Zealand75.63CCC
101Design Academy of Fashion, Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa75.6CCC
102Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly74.51CC
103Jean School, AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands74CC
104Massey University, WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand73.98CC
105Gerrit Rietveld Academie, AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands73.71CC
106Lisbon Design SchoolLisbonPortugal73.52CC
107Royal Academy of Art, HagueHagueNetherlands73.29CC
108The Art Institute of VancouverVancouverCanada72.54CC
109Kunsthochschule WeissenseeBerlinGermany72.03CC
110Limerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland71.59CC
111Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.British ColumbiaCanada71.55CC
112Seneca College Fashion.OntarioCanada71.47CC
113Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy.OntarioCanada71.36CC
114Fanshawe College.OntarioCanada71.32CC
115Humber College.OntarioCanada71.28CC
116New York School Of DesignNew YorkUS71.23CC
117Fashion Business Management at the University of AlbertaAlbertaCanada71.21CC
118School of Media, Art & Design at St. Clair CollegeOntarioCanada71.18CC

Methodology: The world’s top fashion institutes for 2020 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 websites, 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 2020,” 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.

More details about the “Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020” – Email

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.

Anna Papadopoulos
Vice President & Executive Editor. Anna Papadopoulos is the Vice President and Executive Editor of the CEOWORLD magazine. In that role she resumes responsibility for the CEOWORLD magazine newsroom, setting daily news priorities, and directing all of CEOWORLD magazine's news-gathering teams. Previously, Anna was the senior supervising editor of CEOWORLD magazine's International Desk. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at