Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World – 2014 Ranking

WardrobeTrendsFashion’s 2014 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 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.

(Photo: BA (Hons) Fashion – Degree Show Two, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London, King’s Cross via University of the Arts London)

WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2014 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 London College of Fashion 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 2013 ranking.

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


2014 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World

Global Rank#School NameCityCountryScore
1Central Saint MartinsLondonUK98.3
2London College of FashionLondonUK98.1
3Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUSA98
4Kingston UniversityLondonUK97.7
5Royal Academy of Fine ArtsAntwerpBelgium97.6
6Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew YorkUSA97.4
7Royal College of ArtLondonUK97.3
8Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan97.2
9Istituto MarangoniMilanItaly97
10ESMOD, ParisParisFrance96.9
12University of WestminsterLondonUK96.7
13Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)MelbourneAustralia96.6
14Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA96.5
15Studio BercotParisFrance96.4
16Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture ParisienneParisFrance96.3
17La CambreBrusselsBelgium96.2
18Savannah College of Art and Design OR SCADSavannah/ AtlantaUSA95.9
19Fashion Design Institut (FDI)DusseldorfGermany95.8
20Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUSA95.7
21Pratt InstituteNew YorkUSA95.3
22Iowa State UniversityIowaUSA95.2
24Fashion Institute of Design and MerchandisingLos AngelesUSA95
25Tafe Institute of TechnologySydneyAustralia94.6
26Kent State UniversityKentUSA94.5
27California College of the ArtsSan Francisco/OaklandUSA94.2
28University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA94.1
29Raffles SingaporeSingapore, Shanghai, Sydney, MumbaiSingapore94
30Academy of Art UniversitySan FranciscoUSA93.9
31Paris College of ArtParisFrance93.8
32KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume)RomeItaly93.7
33Instituto Europeo Di DesignBarcelonaSpain93.6
34University of BrightonBrightonUK93.4
35Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesUSA93.1
36National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew DelhiIndia93
37LaSalle CollegeQuebecCanada92.9
38Melbourne School of FashionMelbourneAustralia92.7
39LIM CollegeNew YorkUSA92.6
40Stephens CollegeColumbiaUSA92.3
41University of DelawareNewarkUSA92.2
42School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA92.1
43George Brown CollegeOntarioCanada92
44University of North TexasDentonUSA91.9
45Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan)Tel AvivIsrael91.8
46Philadelphia UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA91.7
47University of Applied ArtsViennaAustria91.6
48Ryerson UniversityOntarioCanada91.5
49Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and ArchitectureHelsinkiFinland91.4
50AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion InstituteAmsterdamNetherlands91.3
51Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK91.2
52Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina91
53University for the Creative ArtsKentUK90.9
54Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark90.8
55The Swedish School of TextilesBorasSweden90.7
56Copenhagen School of Design and TechnologyCopenhagenDenmark90.6
57Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)PooleUK90.5
58Haute Ecole D'Art Et De DesignGenevaSwitzerland90.4
59Accademia Costume & ModaRomeItaly90.3
60Kunsthochschule WeissenseeBerlinGermany90.1
61Edinburgh College of ArtEdinburghUK90
62Pearl AcademyNew DelhiIndia89.9
63Bath School of Art & DesignBathUK89.8
64University IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly89.7
65Manchester School Of ArtManchesterUK89.6
66Northbrook CollegeSussexUK89.5
67University of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK89.4
68Limerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland89.3
69Iceland Academy of the ArtsReykjavikIceland89.2
70Oslo National Academy of the ArtsOsloNorway89.1
71School of Art and Design at Middlesex UniversityLondonUK89
72Domus AcademyMilanItaly88.6
73AMD HamburgHamburgGermany88.5
74University of SalfordSalfordUK88.4
75Institut Français de la ModeParisFrance88.3
76Design School KoldingKoldingDenmark88.2
77Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK88
78The Art Institute of VancouverVancouverCanada87.9
79University of Central LancashireLancashireUK87.8
80De Montfort University (DMU)LeicesterUK87.7
81Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK87.6
82National Institute of DesignAhmedabadIndia87.5
83Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK87.4
84Royal Academy of ArtHagueNetherlands87.3
85Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonUS87.2
86University of East LondonLondonUK87.1
87The Art Institute of CaliforniaCaliforniaUSA87
88University Of Technologies & DesignKiev or KyivUkraine86.5
89Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand86.4
90Beckmans College of DesignStockholmSweden86.3
91British Higher School of Art and DesignMoscowRussia86.2
92Jean SchoolAmsterdamNetherlands86.1
93Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico CityMexico86
94Willem de Kooning AcademyRotterdamNetherlands85.9
95Gerrit Rietveld AcademieAmsterdamNetherlands85.8
96Jannette Klein UniversityMexico CityMexico85.7
97Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK85.6
98Lisbon Design SchoolLisbonPortugal84
99Design Academy of FashionCape TownSouth Africa83.8
100Design & Arts College of New ZealandChristchurchNew Zealand83.7