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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2021

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has been named the best fashion school in the world for 2021 by the CEOWORLD magazine, while London College of Fashion and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, respectively.

Also making the cut was the prestigious School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Aalto University (No. 4) as well as Central Saint Martins (No. 5); Parsons School of Design (No. 6); and Istituto Marangoni International – Milan (No. 7). Overall, among the top 10 best fashion schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Bunka Fashion College, National Institute of Fashion Technology -New Delhi, and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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School of Design at Royal College of Art took the No. 11 spot, followed by Fashion Design Institut (No. 12) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (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 2021.

Polimoda Florence came in 15th place, followed by the University of Westminster (16th), ESMOD Paris (17th), the University for the Creative Arts (UCA Rochester) (18th), and ArtEZ Institute of the Art Arnhem, ranked 19th. Out of 100 best fashion institutes in the world for 2021, Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri ranked No. twentieth.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2021

RankInstitutionCampusCountryScore
1Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)New YorkUS98.09
2London College of FashionLondon, EnglandUK94.29
3Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUS94.11
4School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityEspooFinland93.62
5Central Saint MartinsLondon, EnglandUK92.36
6Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUS92.23
7Istituto Marangoni International - MilanMilanItaly90.62
8Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan90.15
9National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew DelhiIndia89.07
10Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah, Georgia US88.37
11School of Design at Royal College of ArtLondon, EnglandUK86.15
12Fashion Design InstitutDusseldorfGermany85.66
13Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpAntwerpBelgium84.29
14Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and ArtTel AvivIsrael83.98
15PolimodaFlorenceItaly83.88
16University of WestminsterLondon, EnglandUK83.66
17ESMOD ParisParisFrance82.18
18University for the Creative Arts (UCA Rochester)Rochester, Kent, EnglandUK81.93
19ArtEZ Institute of the Art, ArnhemArnhemNetherlands81.55
20Stephens CollegeColumbia, MissouriUS80.63
21Marist College - PoughkeepsiePoughkeepsie, New YorkUS80.28
22Pratt Institute, New YorkNew YorkUS79.96
23Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark79.16
24Bath School of Art & DesignBath, EnglandUK79
25Ryerson University School of FashionToronto, OntarioCanada78.9
26Miami International University of Art & DesignMiami, FloridaUS77.89
27Istituto Marangoni International - FlorenceFlorenceItaly77.43
28Geneva University of Art and DesignGenevaSwitzerland 77.37
29IED Istituto Europeo di DesignMilanItaly77.3
30Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, CaliforniaUS76.6
31Manchester School of ArtManchester, England UK75.95
32Institut Francais de la ModeParisFrance75.79
33Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham, EnglandUK75.63
34Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUS75.33
35California College of the ArtsSan Francisco, CaliforniaUS74.72
36Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUS74.27
37Art Institute of TampaTampa, FloridaUS73.22
38Istituto Marangoni International - ParisParisFrance73.02
39AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteAmsterdamNetherlands72.41
40Ravensbourne College of Design and CommunicationLondon, EnglandUK72.08
41University of BrightonBrighton, EnglandUK72
42Swedish School of TextilesBorasSweden71.34
43Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)Richmond, VirginiaUS71.04
44Design School KoldingKoldingDenmark70.36
45Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB) at University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia70.05
46Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongHong Kong69.5
47University for the Creative Arts (UCA Epsom)Epsom, EnglandUK69.47
48Art Institute of AtlantaAtlanta, Georgia US69.34
49Domus AcademyMilanItaly69.33
50RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia68.83
51Istituto Marangoni International - LondonLondonUK68.68
52School of the Art Institute ChicagoChicago, IllinoisUS67.91
53Moore College of Art & DesignPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUS67.5
54Otis College of Art and DesignLos Angeles, CaliforniaUS66.59
55Middlesex UniversityLondon, EnglandUK66.32
56George Brown CollegeToronto, OntarioCanada66.25
57Art Institute of AustinAustin, Texas US66.06
58Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CaliforniaUS65.84
59La CambreBrusselsBelgium65.44
60Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignKievUkraine65.2
61LIM CollegeNew YorkUS65.18
62Fashion Design School at Otago PolytechnicDunedinNew Zealand64.99
63University of Applied Arts ViennaViennaAustria64.89
64Ullman School of Design at University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OhioUS64.84
65Art Institute of DallasDallas, TexasUS64.79
66Columbus College of Art & DesignColumbus, OhioUS64.01
67University of North TexasDenton, TexasUS63.81
68Accademia Costume e ModaRomeItaly63.79
69Nuova Accademia di Belle ArtiMilanItaly63.71
70Istituto Marangoni International - MumbaiMumbaiIndia63.34
71University of Central LancashireLancashire, EnglandUK63.22
72School of Design at Edinburgh College of ArtEdinburgh, ScotlandUK63.13
73Marist College - FlorenceFlorenceItaly63.12
74Art Institute of HoustonHouston, TexasUS63.09
75Istituto Marangoni International - ShanghaiShanghaiChina62.87
76Paris College of ArtParisFrance62.81
77Istituto Marangoni International - MiamiMiamiUS62.78
78Northumbria UniversityNewcastle, EnglandUK62.53
79WdKA Willem de Kooning AcademyRotterdamNetherlands62.27
80Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at University of SalfordSalford, EnglandUK61.7
81National Institute of DesignAhmedabad, GujaratIndia61.67
82University of NorthamptonNorthampton, EnglandUK61.65
83Nuova Accademia di Belle ArtiRomeItaly61.61
84Marist College - NYCNew YorkUS61.56
85Istituto Marangoni International - ShenzhenShenzhenChina61.31
86Art Institute of San AntonioSan Antonio, TexasUS61.31
87Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)Poole, EnglandUK61.12
88Oslo National College of Art and DesignOsloNorway61.07
89University of East LondonLondon, EnglandUK60.56
90Glasgow School of ArtGlasgow, ScotlandUK60.46
91AMD Akademie Mode & DesignHamburgGermany59.32
92Greater Brighton Metropolitan CollegeBrighton, EnglandUK59.1
93De Montfort University (DMU)Leicester, EnglandUK58.85
94Limerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland58.84
95Jannette Klein UniversidadMexico CityMexico58.63
96IED Barcelona - Istituto Europeo di DesignBarcelonaSpain58.62
97Koefia AcademyRomeItaly58.52
98LaSalle CollegeMontreal, QuebecCanada58.42
99Art Institute of Virginia BeachVirginia Beach, Virginia US58.29
100Fashion Design Studio - TAFE NSWSydneyAustralia58.24

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 186,350 fashion executives, graduates, global fashion influencers, industry professionals, fashion school academics, employers, and recruiters in 200 territories between November 15, 2020 and February 22, 2021. Ten percent of the interviews were conducted by telephone, 82% online, and 8% by post or face-to-face. All quantitative interviews were conducted on a confidential basis, without relying on institutions’ data submissions. The research was undertaken by CEOWORLD magazine Research, our global center of excellence for primary research and evidence-based consulting services. To establish our list, we collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey. Participants were asked to rate institutions on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.” The 2021 Global Fashion Schools survey was carried out by the CEOWORLD magazine – the website for corporate executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.

The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1. Perceived Global Brands Influence (20%)
2. Recruiters Responses (20%)
3. Employers Feedback (10%)
4. Job Placement Rate (10%)
5. Admission Eligibility (10%)
6. Specialization (10%)
7. Academic Reputation (20%)

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “best fashion schools in the world for 2021,” there may be many other fashion schools that offer excellent programs. This ranking should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a fashion school, and are merely one element to consider.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 186,350 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.

Not all figures add up to 100% as a result of rounding percentages and excluding ‘neither/nor’ and ‘don’t know’ responses from exhibit. The base for global figures is 186,350 (global respondents) unless otherwise stated. All responses are kept confidential to allow survey participants to share their perspectives in a respectful, truthful, unbiased, and collegial setting. For more information, please contact at info@ceoworld.biz.


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