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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023

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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) ranked No. 1 on the list of the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023, according to a new study by the CEOWORLD magazine; Parsons School of Design placed second on the list, followed by the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at No. 3.

The 2023 rankings placed the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London in fourth ahead of Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume) in fifth, while Royal College of Art ranked sixth; and ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) seventh.

Overall, among the top ten best fashion schools in the world for 2023, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, and PCA – Paris College of Art.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023

RankFashion SchoolCountry
1Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)United States
2Parsons School of DesignUnited States
3Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & DesignUnited States
4London College of Fashion, University of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom
5Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume)Italy
6Royal College of ArtUnited Kingdom
7ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode)France
8Swedish School of Textiles - University of BoråsSweden
9Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom
10PCA - Paris College of ArtFrance
11National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)India
12Fashion Design InstitutGermany
13School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto UniversityFinland
14Stephens CollegeUnited States
15Bunka Fashion CollegeJapan
16Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)United States
17Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpBelgium
18IED Istituto Europeo di DesignItaly
19Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom
20School of Fashion at Kent State UniversityUnited States
21Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Shenkar)Israel
22Cornell University, College of Human EcologyUnited States
23Design School KoldingDenmark
24Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD - Genève)Switzerland
25Miami International University of Art & DesignUnited States
26LIM CollegeUnited States
27Thomas Jefferson UniversityUnited States
28Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami Int'l University of Art & DesignUnited States
29Cambridge School of Visual and Performing ArtsUnited Kingdom
30Accademia KoefiaItaly
31University of South Wales (USW)United Kingdom
32Domus AcademyItaly
33Institut Français de la Mode (IFM Paris)France
34Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUnited Kingdom
35Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI), University of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom
36University of WestminsterUnited Kingdom
37AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteNetherlands
38De Montfort UniversityUnited Kingdom
39UTS Fashion and Textiles Design at the University of TechnologyAustralia
40School of Fashion at Toronto Metropolitan UniversityCanada
41University of MinnesotaUnited States
42New York UniversityUnited States
43University of California, DavisUnited States
44Indiana UniversityUnited States
45University of Illinois At Urbana ChampaignUnited States
46Ohio State UniversityUnited States
47University of WisconsinUnited States
48California State University, Long BeachUnited States
49University of WashingtonUnited States
50National Institute of Design (NID)India
52The Ullman School of Design, University of CincinnatiUnited States
53Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityCanada
54Kyiv National University of Technologies and DesignUkraine
55Studio BerçotFrance
56Accademia Costume e ModaItaly
57University of Colorado BoulderUnited States
58Michigan State UniversityUnited States
59Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (New Academy of Fine Arts)Italy
60York UniversityUnited Kingdom
61Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
62Kingston UniversityUnited Kingdom
63ArtEZ University of ArtsNetherlands
64University for the Creative ArtsUnited Kingdom
65Pratt InstituteUnited States
66Marist CollegeUnited States

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 185,000 fashion executives, graduates, global fashion influencers, industry professionals, fashion school academics, employers, and recruiters in 200 territories between November 15, 2022, and February 22, 2023. Ten percent of the interviews were conducted by telephone, 82% online, and 8% by post or face-to-face. All quantitative interviews were conducted confidentially without relying on institutions’ data submissions.

CEOWORLD magazine Research, our global center of excellence for primary research and evidence-based consulting services, undertook the study. We collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey to establish our list. Participants were asked to rate institutions on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.” The CEOWORLD magazine carried out the 2023 Global Fashion Schools survey – the website for corporate executives, business leaders, and high-net-worth individuals.

The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. The 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;. At the same time, the institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “best fashion schools in the world for 2023,” there may be many other fashion schools that offer excellent programs. This ranking should not be viewed as the most essential aspect when choosing a fashion school and are merely one element to consider.

The margin of sampling error for the total sample of 185,000 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.

Not all figures add up to 100% due to rounding percentages and excluding ‘neither/nor’ and ‘don’t know’ responses from the exhibit. Unless otherwise stated, the base for global figures is 185,000 (global respondents). All answers are confidential, allowing survey participants to share their perspectives in a respectful, truthful, unbiased, and collegial setting. For more information, please contact

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