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Good Schools Guide

Fashion schools in the world ranked according to their ‘long-term value’ and more

Central Saint Martins comes out tops for the third time in the BoF Global Fashion School Rankings this year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 November, 2017, 10:56am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, 11:45am

In the Global Fashion School Rankings released by the Business of Fashion (BoF) on October 30, Central Saint Martins, the alma mater of many esteemed designers including Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, comes out tops for the third time.

It is the third year that the fashion trade news website has put together the list, which is one of the few attempts at ranking fashion schools with a detailed methodology.

Surveys were conducted with more than 10,000 current and past students from 73 participating institutions around the world, and feedback from over 75 human resources professionals and 73 fashion academics was collected.

Three major factors were scrutinised when the analysts at BoF compiled the rankings, including “global influence” (30 per cent), “learning experience” (35 per cent) and “long-term value” (35 per cent) of the schools.

“Global influence” takes into account the schools’ reputation, acceptance rate and average number of international fashion awards received per student, while “learning experience” reviews the resources provided to students and the diversity of the student body. “Long-term value” looks at how well an institution prepares its students for a career in the fashion industry, based on the employability and rates of alumni.

Schools are ranked in three divisions: undergraduate programmes in fashion, graduate programmes in fashion and graduate programmes in business.

In the fashion (undergraduate) category, four of the top 10 schools are from the UK. The rest comprised two institutions from the US, one from Belgium, one from Finland, one from Israel and one from Italy.

Central Saint Martins, one of the six colleges within the matrix of University of the Arts London (UAL), has topped this list for the third year in a row, while also coming first in the category of graduate fashion programmes for two years running. Also part of the UAL is the London College of Fashion, which climbed up three places to the fourth (it was ranked 7th in 2016). Parsons School of Design from the US is back on the charts this year, moving up three places to first runner-up.

Full ranking of undergraduate programmes in fashion:

1. Central Saint Martins (UK)

2. Parsons School of Design (US)

3. Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium)

4. London College of Fashion (UK)

5. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Finland)

6. Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Israel)

7. Fashion Institute of Technology (US)

8. Polimoda (Italy)

9. Kingston University (UK)

10. University of Westminster (UK)

11. Accademia Costume e Moda (Italy)

12. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Denmark)

13. University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

14. Bunka Gakuen University (Japan)

15. Manchester School of Art (UK)

16. Savannah College of Art and Design (US)

17. Kent State University (US)

18. Academy of Art University (US)

19. RMIT University (Australia)

20. Istituto Marangoni International (Italy)

21. China Academy of Art (China)

22. Stephens College (US)

23. ESMOD International (France)

24. Drexel University (US)

25. Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication (UK)

26. University of Brighton (UK)

27. Whitehouse Institute of Design (Australia)

28. Fashion Design Studio – TAFE (Australia)

29. École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (France)

30. North Carolina State University (US)

31. Philadelphia University (US)

32. De Montfort University (UK)

33. HEAD – Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design (Switzerland)

34. University for the Creative Arts (UK)

35. Miami International University of Art & Design (US)

36. Amsterdam Fashion Institute (Netherlands)

37. Fashion Design Institut (Germany)

38. Marist College (US)

39. Manchester Fashion Institute (UK)

40. Edinburgh College of Art (UK)

41. University of Palermo (Argentina)

42. Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy)

43. Middlesex University (UK)

44. Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (UK)

45. College of Human Ecology, Cornell University (US)

46. Nottingham Trent University (UK)

47. Ryerson University School of Fashion (Canada)

48. Berlin University of the Arts (Germany)

49. Virginia Commonwealth University (US)

50. Otis College of Art and Design (US)