Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World – 2013 Ranking

WardrobeTrendsFashion’s 2013 Top 100 Fashion Schools list, includes a ranking of the World’s Top 100 Fashion Schools, based on a methodology that assesses academic reputation, employer reputation, quality of teaching, and diversity. The WardrobeTrendsFashion Magazine’s Top 100 Fashion School Rankings has been conducted annually since last year in 2012. Over the past couple of months, we conducted a survey to find the best fashion schools in the world. To generate the list, we surveyed more than 76,000 former students, fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, and industry professionals.

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WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2013 Best Fashion Schools rankings, featuring top-performing fashion institutions in the World. The Best Fashion Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 300+ fashion schools. Studying in a world-renowned fashion school is practically everyone’s dream. A shortlist of 100 top fashion institutions have been ranked according to 3 factors: learning experience, influence, and value.

However it is not an easy task to decide which of these elite colleges you want to be in. WardrobeTrendsFashion’s rating is based on a simple and pragmatic survey that asked how valuable each fashion school’s program really is; WardrobeTrendsFashion ‘Fashion School Rankings’ is designed to help prospective students navigate this increasingly complex fashion education landscape. The tenets of our methodology remain the same, but each year we aim to refine. This year, the factors we have considered include:

  • Annual tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive, although tuition can vary drastically and, at many colleges, it increases each year. The number you see on each college’s page does not include room and board and incidentals. While tuition is not the most heavily weighted category on our list of criteria, we did factor the cost into our rankings as it relates to the cost of living in the area where the corresponding school is located.
  • Famous successfully placed alumni: Famous alumni are something that we consider, yes, but we also reward schools with great placement rates. Just because a school hasn’t produced a marquee name (yet) doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Every single one of these schools has placed students in major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses. Behind every Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang is a talented support staff helping to ensure everything runs smoothly. And getting paid good money to do it.
  • Student and alumni feedback: We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school.
  • Other measurements: We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, social life, career counseling and financial aid options.
  • Others of note: We spend hours upon hours researching and reporting on these schools — each school name below links to a page detailing our findings. No list is entirely scientific, but it is objective. Keep this in mind if you don’t see your favorite school here or disagree with the ranking your alma mater received.

London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM), takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Royal College of Art at No. 2 and Parsons School of Design at No. 3. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses. Compare it versus last year’s 2012 ranking.

Discover the top 100 fashion schools worldwide with WardrobeTrendsFashion in the table below.


2013 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World

Global Rank#School NameCityCountryScore
1Central Saint MartinsLondonUK98.5
2Royal College of ArtLondonUK98.3
3Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUSA97.8
4Kingston UniversityLondonUK97.6
5Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture ParisienneParisFrance97.4
5La CambreBrusselsBelgium97.4
7Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan97.3
8Royal Academy of Fine ArtsAntwerpBelgium97.2
9Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew YorkUSA97.1
10Istituto MarangoniMilanItaly96.8
11ESMOD, ParisParisFrance96.7
12London College of FashionLondonUK96.6
13Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan)Tel AvivIsrael96.5
14Savannah College of Art and Design OR SCADSavannah/ AtlantaUSA96.4
15University of WestminsterLondonUK96.3
16Studio BercotParisFrance96.2
18Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA95.9
19Pratt InstituteNew YorkUSA95.8
20Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUSA95.7
21Kent State UniversityKentUSA95.3
22Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesUSA95.2
23Tafe Institute of TechnologySydneyAustralia95.1
24George Brown CollegeOntarioCanada95
25Ryerson UniversityOntarioCanada94.6
26AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion InstituteAmsterdamNetherlands94.5
27University of MissouriColumbiaUSA94.2
29University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA94
30University of BrightonBrightonUK93.9
31LaSalle CollegeQuebecCanada93.8
32Raffles SingaporeSingapore, Shanghai, Sydney, MumbaiSingapore93.7
33Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)MelbourneAustralia93.6
34Fashion Design Institut (FDI)DusseldorfGermany93.4
35Iowa State UniversityIowaUSA93.1
36Fashion Institute of Design and MerchandisingLos AngelesUSA93
37California College of the ArtsSan Francisco/OaklandUSA92.9
38Academy of Art UniversitySan FranciscoUSA92.7
39Paris College of ArtParisFrance92.6
40KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume)RomeItaly92.3
41Instituto Europeo Di DesignBarcelonaSpain92.2
42National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew DelhiIndia92.1
43Melbourne School of FashionMelbourneAustralia92
44LIM CollegeNew YorkUSA91.9
45Stephens CollegeColumbiaUSA91.8
46University of DelawareNewarkUSA91.7
46School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA91.7
48University of North TexasDentonUSA91.5
49Philadelphia UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA91.4
50University of Applied ArtsViennaAustria91.3
51Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and ArchitectureHelsinkiFinland91.2
52Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK91
53Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina90.9
54University for the Creative ArtsKentUK90.8
55Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark90.7
56The Swedish School of TextilesBorasSweden90.6
57Copenhagen School of Design and TechnologyCopenhagenDenmark90.5
58Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)PooleUK90.4
59Haute Ecole D'Art Et De DesignGenevaSwitzerland90.3
60Accademia Costume & ModaRomeItaly90.1
61Kunsthochschule WeissenseeBerlinGermany90
62Edinburgh College of ArtEdinburghUK89.9
63Pearl AcademyNew DelhiIndia89.8
64Bath School of Art & DesignBathUK89.7
65University IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly89.6
66Manchester School Of ArtManchesterUK89.5
67Northbrook CollegeSussexUK89.4
68University of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK89.3
69Limerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland89.2
69Iceland Academy of the ArtsReykjavikIceland89.2
71Oslo National Academy of the ArtsOsloNorway89
72School of Art and Design at Middlesex UniversityLondonUK88.6
73Domus AcademyMilanItaly88.5
74AMD HamburgHamburgGermany88.4
75University of SalfordSalfordUK88.3
76Institut Français de la ModeParisFrance88.2
77Design School KoldingKoldingDenmark88
78Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK87.9
79The Art Institute of VancouverVancouverCanada87.8
80University of Central LancashireLancashireUK87.7
81De Montfort University (DMU)LeicesterUK87.6
82Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK87.5
83National Institute of DesignAhmedabadIndia87.4
84Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK87.3
85Royal Academy of ArtHagueNetherlands87.2
86Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonUS87.1
87University of East LondonLondonUK87
88The Art Institute of CaliforniaCaliforniaUSA86.5
89University Of Technologies & DesignKiev or KyivUkraine86.4
90Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand86.3
91Beckmans College of DesignStockholmSweden86.2
92British Higher School of Art and DesignMoscowRussia86.1
93Jean SchoolAmsterdamNetherlands86
94Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico CityMexico85.9
95Willem de Kooning AcademyRotterdamNetherlands85.8
96Gerrit Rietveld AcademieAmsterdamNetherlands85.7
97Jannette Klein UniversityMexico CityMexico85.6
98Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK84
99Lisbon Design SchoolLisbonPortugal83.8
100Design Academy of FashionCape TownSouth Africa83.7