Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World – 2016 Ranking

WardrobeTrendsFashion’s 2016 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 79,000 former students, fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, and industry professionals.

(Photo: UAL Campus for Central Saint Martins via Stanton Williams)

WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2016 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 New York based 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 2015 ranking.

This year we have went even more rigorous and in-depth with our research compilation, we have put together a rundown of the top fashion schools in the different regions of the world. In our Best Fashion Schools in Europe 2016, of which it is concluded that United Kingdom has established itself as home to many of the best fashion schools in the world.

Five schools from Asia made it into the Top 100, namely Bunka Fashion College (Japan), Raffles Singapore, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (China), and of the five schools that made it into Top 100, two are from India – Pearl Academy and National Institute of Design. In an in-depth research compilation of the Best Fashion Schools In India – 2016 Ranking, we have a rundown of the top 30 fashion schools in India that hold high esteem in the eyes of many aspiring fashion designers in India for the Indian fashion industry.

Last but not the least, our research compilations of the Best Fashion Schools In China – 2016 Ranking, shows that China is slowly shifting to being a creators market from being a producers market. What happens in China, no longer stays in China.

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


2016 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World

Global Rank#School NameCityCountryScore
1Central Saint MartinsLondonUK98.6
2London College of FashionLondonUK98.4
3Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUSA98.3
4Kingston UniversityLondonUK97.8
5Royal Academy of Fine ArtsAntwerpBelgium97.6
6Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew YorkUSA97.4
7ESMOD, ParisParisFrance97.3
8Istituto MarangoniMilanItaly97.2
9Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan97.1
10Royal College of ArtLondonUK96.8
11University of WestminsterLondonUK96.7
12Studio BercotParisFrance96.5
13Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture ParisienneParisFrance96.3
14La CambreBrusselsBelgium96.2
15Savannah College of Art and Design OR SCADSavannah/ AtlantaUSA95.9
16Fashion Design Institut (FDI)DüsseldorfGermany95.8
17Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUSA95.7
18Pratt InstituteNew YorkUSA95.3
19Iowa State UniversityIowaUSA95.2
21Fashion Institute of Design and MerchandisingLos AngelesUSA95
22Tafe Institute of TechnologySydneyAustralia94.6
24Kent State UniversityKentUSA94.4
25Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA94.3
26California College of the ArtsSan Francisco/OaklandUSA94.2
27University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA94.1
28Academy of Art UniversitySan FranciscoUSA94
29Paris College of ArtParisFrance93.9
30KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume)RomeItaly93.8
31Instituto Europeo Di DesignBarcelonaSpain93.7
32University of BrightonBrightonUK93.6
33Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)MelbourneAustralia93.5
34Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesUSA93.4
35National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew DelhiIndia93.1
36Melbourne School of FashionMelbourneAustralia93
37LIM CollegeNew YorkUSA92.6
38Stephens CollegeColumbiaUSA92.5
39University of DelawareNewarkUSA92.4
40School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA92.3
41George Brown CollegeOntarioCanada92.2
42Raffles SingaporeSingapore, Shanghai, Sydney, MumbaiSingapore92.1
43University of North TexasDentonUSA92
44Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan)Tel AvivIsrael91.9
45Philadelphia UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA91.8
46University of Applied ArtsViennaAustria91.7
47Ryerson UniversityOntarioCanada91.6
48LaSalle CollegeQuebecCanada91.5
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 ArtsReykjavíkIceland89.2
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
77The Art Institute of VancouverVancouverCanada88
78University of Central LancashireLancashireUK87.9
79De Montfort University (DMU)LeicesterUK87.8
80Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK87.7
81National Institute of DesignAhmedabadIndia87.6
82Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK87.5
83Royal Academy of ArtHagueNetherlands87.4
84Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonUS87.3
85Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK87.2
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


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