If you want to work in the Fashion Industry and are about to enter college, finding the right school for you can be a difficult task. We’d like to help. So we’ve painstakingly rounded up the 50 best fashion schools in the world.
These are not just design schools. We’ve included tons of colleges and universities that offer stellar fashion business, marketing, styling, textiles, and technology programs. Compiled by Fashionista’s industry experts this list will give you an overview and names of the top F Schools of the world !
1. CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS (London, England)
-Programs: Fashion, Textile, and Jewelry Design
-Number of students: 1,200 fashion students
-Tuition: £9,500-12,700 ($14,900-$20,000)
-Famous Grads: Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Zac Posen, Hamish Bowles, Paul Smith, Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley, Jenny Packham, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Alice Temperley, Riccardo Tisci, Matthew Williamson
-The Bottom Line: Central Saint Martins’ elite fashion design program was the clear winner here amongst our panel of experts. The school is partially government-funded, which means that talented British students from all walks of life have a chance to work their way in.What’s more, the teaching staff is legendary. Professor Louise Wilson has schooled all the greats–from McQueen to Giles Deacon–and she’s become an international fashion figure because of it. Further evidence of its importance, and influence: It’s the only fashion school that has its runway shows archived on Style.com.
2. PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN* (New York, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Fashion Marketing
-Number of students: Undergrads: 4,100; Graduate: 500; fashion design: 1,400
-Famous Grads: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons (J.Crew), Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Behnaz Serafpour, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (Ohne Titel), Prabal Gurung, Steven Meisel, Thakoon Panichgul, Carmen Marc Valvo
-The Bottom Line: Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and they have turned out tons of marquee name talent, particularly in the last ten years. Many of their famous grads are now part of the faculty. Workshops and critiques by Donna Karan and the Proenza Schouler guys? Events like these are commonplace. Most of the faculty members work in the areas in which they teach. The students we spoke to raved about their instructors. What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations (like LVMH) with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued.
3. BUNKA FASHION COLLEGE/BUNKA WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY (Tokyo, Japan)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Creation & Technology, Marketing, Accessories & Textiles.
-Number of Students: Total in both colleges: 8,000 Design: 4,000
-Tuition: ¥1,045,000- 1,570,000 ($12,677- $19,030) depending on college and program
-Misc: You must have a good understanding of Japanese and have the financial means to live in Japan; part-time work is not allowed when you’re a student.
-Famous Grads: Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Hiroko Koshino, Chisato Tsumori
-The Bottom Line: Created in 1919, it’s always been on the cutting edge of fashion. Bunka most notably came to prominence in the 1960’s when its graduates starting showing in Paris. It’s now synonymous with Japanese avant-garde design. The top-notch design is rounded out by marketing and technology programs.
4. ANTWERP ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (Antwerp, Belgium)
- -Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: 140
-Tuition: €6,000 ($8,000) Tuition is highly subsidized by the government, even for foreign students)
-Misc: Required Dutch language proficiency.
-Famous Grads: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee (The Antwerp Six), Martin Margiela, Veronique Branquinho, Haider Ackermann, Peter Pilotto, Bruno Pieters.
-The Bottom Line: The Royal Academy is an elite design school. It’s known for its serious students–many drop out because they can’t handle the work load. Since the Antwerp Six put the school on fashion’s map in the early 1980s, it’s continued to produce all-star designers. If you’re exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative, and avant garde sensibility, this may be the place for you.
5. FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)* (New York, US)
-Programs: design, business, marketing, illustration, styling, etc.
-Number of Students: 10,000
-Tuition: $2,584/semester (NYC/NYC residents); $6,775/semester for out-of-state residents
-Misc: Very comprehensive programs. Part of the SUNY
-Famous Grads: Reem Acra, Francisco Costa, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci
-The Bottom Line: In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts, and countless other fashion-related degrees. The lecture series and FIT museum are exceptional. Valerie Steele, as Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT, gives this school a brainy credibility.
6. ECOLE DE LA CHAMBRE SYNDICALE(Paris, France)
-Programs: Fashion Design & Technique
-Number of Students: 240 students
-Tuition: €10,450 ($13,230)
-Misc: It is the school associated with the regulating commission that determines which houses are eligible to be true couture houses.
-Famous Grads: André Courreges, Issey Miyake, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Nicole Miller
-The Bottom Line: Prestigious French school that offers world-renowned couture classes. They offer baccalaureate-level programs, but often don’t accept some students until after they finish a design course elsewhere first.
7. ISTITUTO MARANGONI (Milan, Italy–also London, Paris campuses) Click Here
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Fashion Buying, Brand Management and Fashion Promotion
-Number of Students: 2,000 (all 3 campuses)
-Tuition: 13,900€ ($17,670) to 19,000€ ($24,550) depending on program
-Misc: Italian, French, and English are the official languages of the school
-Famous Grads: Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino
-The Bottom Line: An Italian design school with campuses in three major fashion capitals is a plus, and a 90% placement rate after graduation.
8. ESMOD (Paris, France plus 21 schools in 14 countries)
-Programs: Fashion Design/Fashion Business
-Number of Students: 700
-Tuition: €12,000 ($15,990)
-Misc: The mannequin and measuring tape were invented here.
-Famous Grads: Christophe Decarnin
-The Bottom Line: The world’s first and oldest French fashion design school, it has a 75%-85% placement rate post-graduation.
9. UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER(London, England)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads-3,000; Fashion Students: 130
-Tuition: £10,500 ($16,538)
-Misc: You can choose a three or four-year course, and spend a year working in the fashion industry.
-Famous Grads: Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey, Michael Herz (formerly of Aquascutum now Bally), Stuart Vevers (Mulberry, Loewe), Katie Hillier, Sophie Dean (fashion editor at Wallpaper)
-The Bottom Line: Don’t overlook this London university that produces creative designers. In addition to the fashion program, they have a
10. ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART(London, England)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Textiles
-Number of Students: less than 100 fashion students
-Misc: This is a post-graduate program only!
-Famous Grads: Philip Treacy, Erdem Moralioglu, Christopher Bailey, Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes
-The Bottom Line: A world-renowned graduate fashion design program to aspire to.
11. LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION(London, England)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Journalism, Marketing, Beauty, Buying and Merchandising
-Number of Students: 2,547 first-year students
-Tuition: ₤12,700 ($18,500)
-Famous Grads: Jimmy Choo
-The Bottom Line: The fashion journalism school here is the standout. It’s not known as a design school, but there are many unique programs that you won’t find anywhere else: Beauty therapy, cosmetic science, fashion broadcast journalism, fashion curation and criticism, fashion business, footwear and accessories, makeup and image styling.
12. STUDIO BERCOT (Paris, France)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: 200
-Tuition: €9000 ($11,440)–the third year is FREE (apprenticeship)
-Misc: You must be fluent in French.
-Famous Grads: Martine Sitbon, Lolita Lempicka, Isabel Marant, Sophie Theallet, Nicole Farhi
-The Bottom Line: A very tightly run and prestigious design school with tons of connections in the industry.
13. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY* (Kent, OH, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Fashion Merchandising
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 18,000. Fashion students: 200/year graduate from the school.
-Tuition: Ohio resident: $9,030; Non-Ohio resident: $16,900
-Misc: Has a garment center studio in NYC where 120 students/year go to study.
-The Bottom Line: With study abroad programs in Paris and Milan, a huge endowment for scholarships, and a high-profile program allowing you to complete a fashion-focused undergraduate and MBA in fashion-focused business in just five years, this school is one of the top American fashion schools and keeps getting14. ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY* (San Francisco, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Fashion Journalism and Fashion Merchandising & Marketing
-Number of Students: School: 17,000. Fashion students: 2,600
-The Bottom Line: The only fashion school that shows at NY Fashion Week, and they have good fashion journalism, merchandising, and business programs better.
15. SHENKAR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN (Ramat Gan, Israel)
-Programs: Fashion, Textile, and Jewelry Design
-Number of Students: Total: 2,300 Fashion: 217
-Tuition: 11,000 ILS ($3,000)
-Misc: International students are accepted as 2nd or 3rd year students. You have to have a year of fashion school completed. Most classes taught in English, so not necessary to know Hebrew.
-Famous Grads: Alber Elbaz, Kobi Halperin (CD Elie Tahari), Nili Lotan
-The Bottom Line: Definitely off the beaten path and with a definite point of view, this well-kept secret has an amazing fashion design program.
16. DREXEL UNIVERSITY* (Philadelphia, PA, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Design & Merchandising
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 11,500 Fashion: 120 Design and Merchandising: 240
-The Bottom Line: Many students have won national and international awards, and gone on to study at the Chambre Syndicale and nab huge jobs in France.
17. OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN *(Los Angeles, CA, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,200 Fashion students: 180
-Famous Grads: Rick Owens (didn’t graduate–dropped out), Cynthia Vincent
-The Bottom Line: One of the top US design programs in the country.
18. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN* (Savannah, GA, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Fashion Marketing & Management; Accessories Design
-Number of Students: All programs: 9,800. Fashion students: 540
-Misc: Andre Leon Talley is on the Board of Directors and a Lifetime Achievement Award is given in his name every year.
-The Bottom Line: The new-ish dean,Michael Fink, is turning this school into a fashion powerhouse, with lots of new industry connections and faculty hires.
19. RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN* (Providence, RI, US)
-Programs: Apparel Design; Jewelry and Metalsmithing; Textiles
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 2,000; Fashion/apparel/textiles/jewelry: 220
-Misc: You can cross-register at Brown University.
-Famous Grads: Nicole Miller, Sari Gueron, Philip Crangi, Marcia Patmos, Sarah Welsh & Madeline Davy (formerly of Octopi)
-The Bottom Line: One of the most respected design schools in the world, their profile as a fashion design school is only getting rosier.
20. COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN* (Columbus, OH, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,350; Fashion: 130
-The Bottom Line: Ohio for some reason has three fantastic fashion design programs, and this is one of them.
21. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI* (Cincinnati, OH, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design (combined w/Product Development)
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 24,000; Fashion Design: 180
-Tuition: OH residents: $10,065; Out of state: $24,588
-Famous Grads: Stan Herman (former CFDA president)
-The Bottom Line: The Design program, in general, consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation.
22. UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON(Brighton, UK)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Fashion Business; Fashion & Dress History
-Tuition: £11,580 ($18,200)
-Famous Grads: Emma Cook
-The Bottom Line: The fashion and textile programs are world-renown, and design programs are often combined with business studies
23. LA CAMBRE (Brussels, Belgium)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Styling
-Number of Students: 630
-Tuition: €1,487-1,984 ($1,900-$2,600)
-Misc: Must be French-speaking; 5-year fashion design program
-The Bottom Line: A more traditional art school alternative to the Antwerp school, definitely with a French design point of view.
24. PRATT (Brooklyn, NY, US)
-Programs: Fashion design
-Number of Students: Total freshmen: 3,000; Fashion: 140
-Misc: Part of a larger design school, so you can combine arts studies.
-Famous Grads: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson (didn’t graduate from Pratt), Andy and Debb
-The Bottom Line: Pratt has shed its image as an up-and-coming fashion design program and become a force to be reckoned with. One of the few design programs which offers electives in fashion editorial/magazine publishing.
25.CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS*(San Francisco and Oakland, CA, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Textiles; Jewelry Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,640. Fashion students: 65
-The Bottom Line: A CFDA-affiliated school, its students have won many industry awards and landed jobs with marquee-name labels and companies.
26. POLIMODA (Florence, Italy)
-Programs: Fashion Marketing, Design, Media & Communication, Fashion Styling
-Tuition: €7500-16,000 ($9,900-$21,300) depending on course of study
-Misc: Founded in 1986, it has ties with FIT in New York.
-The Bottom Line: It’s got a lot of high tech equipment and an 87% placement rate after graduation. More well known for careers other than design.
27. FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING (Los Angeles, CA)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Costume Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Merchandising (Fashion & Beauty Programs)
-Number of Students: 7,500
-Tuition: $27,000-$36,000 depending on area of study.
-Misc: Most are Associate of Art degrees
-Famous Grads: Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy (Juicy Couture co-founder), Randolph Duke
-The Bottom Line: A great vocational and design school for practical experience and they have an incredible career database for placement post-graduation.
28. HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM (AMFI AMSTERDAM FASHION INSTITIUTE) Amsterdam, Netherlands)
-Programs: Fashion and Design; Fashion and Management; Fashion and Branding
-Number of Students: Total students: 30,000. Fashion students: 845 in Dutch, 280 in English-taught program (same content as Dutch)
-Tuition: Non EU/EEA int’l students: €6,800 ($9,000)
-Misc: Offers English-taught programs, so Dutch fluency isn’t necessary.
-The Bottom Line: The tuition is heavily subsidized (read: cheap) and the education is classic with a modern spin. The school has lots of cool initiatives, like selling student wares in shops around Amsterdam, for lots of exposure and experience.
29. ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Melbourne, Australia)
-Programs: Fashion Design and Technology, Textiles, Footwear, Fashion and Textile Merchandising
-Number of Students: Fashion Undergrads: 588
-Tuition: $19,500-$20,000 depending on program
-Misc: There are 2 schools within RMIT to study fashion; lots of diploma courses, too.
-Famous Grads: Toni Maticevski, Karen Webster
-The Bottom Line: A strong design program and innovative, high-tech textiles program are the highlights here.
30. RYERSON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FASHION (Toronto, ON, Canada)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Fashion Communication
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 26,000; Fashion: 600
-Tuition: CAD $17,498 to $18,665 (~$17,400-$18,500)
-Famous Grads: Erdem Moralioglu (Went to RCA after Ryerson)
-The Bottom Line: An impressive list of industry associations, a solid design program, and a reasonable price. Fantastic value.
31. SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (Chicago, IL, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 2,500; Fashion students:120
-Misc: Three year curriculum within a four year fine arts foundation.
-Famous Grads: Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, Halston, Matthew Ames
-The Bottom Line: With a non-traditional fashion design program, Georgia O’Keefe’s alma mater has a serious art and design pedigree.
32. TAFE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY(Sydney, Australia)
-Programs: Fashion, Costume, and Millinery Design
-Number of Students: Total 70,000 students at 7 campuses
-Misc: Two colleges within the system offer fashion programs: Ultimo College & St.George
-Famous Grads: Dion Lee, Nicky Zimmermann, Lisa Ho, Akira Isogawa
-The Bottom Line: A huge university system with lots of resources; it has been churning out high-profile Aussie designers at a frightening pace.
33. WHITEHOUSE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN(Melbourne/Sydney, Australia)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Styling and Creative Direction
-Number of Students: 470 students total (Melbourne and Sydney); just over half of these are fashion students
-Tuition: AUD $24,680 (Note that this is the International fee–domestic is a bit less.)
-Misc: You can start studying here in Year 11 and 12 (HS equivalent)
-Famous Grads: Camilla Freeman Topper (Camilla & Marc); Yeojin Bae
-The Bottom Line: A relatively young school (founded 1988) that has nonetheless managed to carve a niche for itself in fashion design.
34. UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS(Vienna, Austria)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Total: 1,100 Total who graduate/year: 120
-Tuition: €1,525 ($2,000)
-Misc: You must speak German; subsidized tuition.
-The Bottom Line: Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Victor & Rolf, and Helmut Lang have all cycled through as guest lecturers.
35. MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART (Boston, MA, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Fibers; Jewelry
-Number of Students: Undergrads: 1751. Fashion Design: 110
-Tuition: MA resident: $9,000; New England resident: $15,700; Out-of-state: $25,400
-The Bottom Line: An historic art college with a tidy fashion design program.
36. KOEFIA (INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF HAUTE COUTURE AND ART OF COSTUME) (Milan, Italy)
-Programs: Fashion Design; Costume Design; Fashion Product Management
-Number of Students: Fashion Students: 150
-Tuition: €4,700 ($6,300)
-Misc: They offer a modeling course.
-The Bottom Line: Very Italian with some cross-cultural programs offered through the Department of Humanities (like a project in Saudi Arabia).
37. GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE(Toronto, ON, Canada)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Business Industry, Jewelry
-Number of Students: 800 Fashion Students
-Tuition: CAD $10,780- $13,750 ($10,700-$13,600)
-The Bottom Line: All the design courses also have a practical focus on the business side of fashion (for example, students run a retail store).
38. LASALLE COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL (Montreal, Canada; satellite campuses worldwide)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing
-Number of Students: 900 Fashion Students (Montreal campus)
-Tuition: $6,800 per session (1-6 sessions total, depending on program)
-The Bottom Line: A huge educational system that offers consistent instruction no matter which country’s school you attend; they have a vocational bent.
39. COPENHAGEN ACADEMY OF FASHION DESIGN (Copenhagen, Denmark)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Tuition: DKK 68,000 ($12,140)
-The Bottom Line: A classic European design education.
40. RAFFLES UNIVERSITY (Singapore, plus SE Asia, China, India)
-Programs: Fashion Design/Fashion Marketing
-Number of Students: 9,000 students across Asia; 1,787 in Singapore
-Tuition: SGD $79,200 ($60,690)
-Misc: 38 colleges in 35 cities across 14 countries in Asia; the schools are taught in English
-The Bottom Line: Another huge educational system, this time in Asia. They have produced many international award-winning students.
41. KINGSTON UNIVERSITY (London, England)
-Programs: Fashion Design
-Number of Students: Undergrads in 3D Design: 400; Fashion: 200
-Tuition: £10,650 ($16,720)
-Famous Grads:Glenda Bailey
-The Bottom Line: Another strong UK school, with a well-rounded program.
42. NIFT NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY (New Delhi, India)
-Programs: Design (Fashion, Leather, Textile, Accessory, Knitwear), Management, and Technology (Apparel Production)
-Tuition: Non-resident Indian: Rs 40,000 ($880) Other international students: Rs. 360,000 ($7,600)
-Misc: You can’t apply for undergraduate programs if you’re over 23 years old.
-The Bottom Line: The biggest design school in India, it has cooperative agreements with international schools including RNIT, University of the Arts London, and Ryerson.
43. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI(Columbia, MO, US)
-Programs: Textile and Apparel Management–no design!! Offers a concurrent journalism minor
-Number of Students: 250 undergrads in Textile & Apparel Management
-Tuition: MO residents: $8,500 Non-MO residents: $19,690
-The Bottom Line:This is not a design school, but a very unique program offering insights into the production and business of fashion.
44. TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (Pretoria, South Africa)
-Programs: Fashion Design & Technology
-Number of Students: Fashion Students: 180
-Tuition: R 26,800 ($3,890)
-The Bottom Line: The biggest design and technology school in Africa, combining European design principles with indigenous flair.
45. MELBOURNE SCHOOL OF FASHION (Melbourne, Australia)
-Programs: Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Retail Management, Styling
-The Bottom Line: A vocational training program that offers solid instruction in the adjunct fashion professions.
46. UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN (Helsinki, Finland)
-Programs: Textile Art, Fashion, and Clothing Design
-Tuition: NO TUITION, even for non-EU intional students
-Misc: Finland provides free university education for everyone, even intional students. The university is looking into charging non-EU students in the future, but right now they don’t.
-The Bottom Line: Yes, it’s free, but you have to be VERY talented to get in
47. MODE GAKUEN (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoua, Japan)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Styling, Hair/Makeup
-Number of Students: 5,500 students
-Misc: You must be able to speak and read Japanese.
-The Bottom Line: A vocational school for various fashion professions.
48. COLUMBIA COLLEGE (Chicago, IL, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion/Retail Management (the two programs have just been combined as Fashion Studies)
-Number of Students:Undergrads: 11,400 Art and Design: 1,800
-The Bottom Line: A small program in a big city at a cool arts program. They have a great journalism program, too.
49. LIM COLLEGE (New York, NY, US)
-Programs: Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Management, Visual Merchandising. NO DESIGN
-Number of Students: 1,500 Students
-The Bottom Line: Will give you thorough preparation for the behind-the-scenes aspects of the fashion business.
50. FBI FASHION COLLEGE (Sydney, Australia)
-Programs : Fashion Design; Fashion Business
-Number of students : 500
-Tuition : $4,200-$14,000
-Misc: Could be tricky for international students. They offer flexible part time classes, but you have to be a full time student to get a visa.
-The Bottom Line : A newer school that offers part-time classes, perfect for someone looking for a second career.