Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World – 2017 Ranking

WardrobeTrendsFashion’s 2017 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 58,000 former students, fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, and industry professionals.

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WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2017 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. We have received many inquiries from the surveys of where their voted universities are on the rankings, thus this year, we have added an additional 10 institutions, just to show those universities which almost made it into WardrobeTrendsFashion’s Top 100.

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 Bunka Gakuen at No. 2 and Kingston University 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 2016 ranking.

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


2017 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World

Global Rank#School NameCityCountryScore
1Parsons School of DesignNew YorkUSA98.7
2Royal Academy of Fine ArtsAntwerpBelgium98.6
3London College of FashionLondonUK98.4
4Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew YorkUSA98.3
5Central Saint MartinsLondonUK98.2
6Kingston UniversityLondonUK97.9
7Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and ArchitectureHelsinkiFinland97.7
9Bunka Fashion CollegeTokyoJapan97.5
10Royal College of ArtLondonUK97.3
11University of WestminsterLondonUK96.9
12Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan)Tel AvivIsrael96.7
13Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & DesignPhiladelphiaUSA96.5
14University of BrightonBrightonUK96.4
15ArtEZ University of the ArtsArnhemNetherlands96.3
16Stephens CollegeColumbiaUSA96.1
17ESMOD, ParisParisFrance95.8
18Manchester School Of ArtManchesterUK95.7
19National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNew DelhiIndia95.6
20Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)MelbourneAustralia95.4
21Fashion Design Institut (FDI)DusseldorfGermany95.2
22Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina95.8
23Kent State UniversityKentUSA94.9
24Edinburgh College of ArtEdinburghUK94.8
25Savannah College of Art and Design OR SCADSavannah/ AtlantaUSA94.7
26Marist College, PoughkeepsieNew YorkUSA94.5
27Tafe Institute of TechnologySydneyAustralia94.4
28Philadelphia UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA94.2
29Design School KoldingKoldingDenmark94.1
30Miami International University of Art & DesignMiamiUSA93.9
31University for the Creative ArtsKentUK93.7
32 Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina93.6
33Istituto MarangoniMilanItaly93.5
34University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia93.2
35Istituto Europeo di DesignMilanItaly93.1
36Haute Ecole D'Art Et De DesignGenevaSwitzerland92.8
37Rhode Island School of DesignRhode IslandUSA92.6
38Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK92.5
39Accademia Costume e ModaRomeItaly92.4
40Ravensbourne College of Design and CommunicationLondonUK92.3
41Ryerson UniversityOntarioCanada92.1
42Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA91.9
43Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture ParisienneParisFrance91.8
44The Swedish School of Textiles, University of BorasDunedinSweden91.7
45Pratt InstituteNew YorkUSA91.6
46AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion InstituteAmsterdamNetherlands91.5
47Institut Francais de la ModeParisFrance91.4
48Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina91.3
49Nuova Accademia di Belle ArtiMilanItaly91.2
50School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA91.1
51Otis College of Art and DesignLos AngelesUSA90.7
52Middlesex UniversityLondonUK90.6
53Academy of Art UniversitySan FranciscoUSA90.4
54Otago PolytechnicDunedinNew Zealand90.2
55California College of the ArtsSan Francisco/OaklandUSA90.1
56Columbus College of Art & DesignOhioUSA89.8
57Domus AcademyMilanItaly89.7
58Columbia College ChicagoChicagoUSA89.5
59 Musashino Art UniversityTokyoJapan89.3
60 Moore College of Art & DesignPhiladelphiaUSA89.1
61Studio BercatParisFrance88.9
62FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design and MerchandisingLos AngelesUSA88.6
63La Cambre, École nationale supérieure des Arts visuelsBrusselsBelgium88.4
64Iowa State UniversityIowaUSA88.3
65University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA88.2
66Paris College of ArtParisFrance87.9
67KOEFIA (International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume)RomeItaly87.8
68Instituto Europeo Di DesignBarcelonaSpain87.7
69National Institute of DesignAhmedabadIndia87.5
70LIM CollegeNew YorkUSA86.9
71Raffles Design InstituteSingapore, Shanghai, Sydney, MumbaiSingapore86.6
72University of DelawareNewarkUSA86.5
73George Brown CollegeOntarioCanada86.3
74University of North TexasDentonUSA86.1
75Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsCopenhagenDenmark85.9
76LaSalle CollegeQuebecCanada85.8
77Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)PooleUK85.6
78Copenhagen School of Design and TechnologyCopenhagenDenmark85.5
79Bath School of Art & DesignBathUK85.3
80University IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly85.2
81Northbrook CollegeSussexUK84.9
82University of Applied ArtsViennaAustria84.8
83University of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK84.7
84Limerick Institute of TechnologyLimerickIreland84.5
85University of Central LancashireLancashireUK84.3
86Kunsthochschule WeissenseeBerlinGermany83.7
87Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK83.5
88AMD HamburgHamburgGermany83.4
89University of SalfordSalfordUK83.1
90Oslo National Academy of the ArtsOsloNorway82.9
91De Montfort University (DMU)LeicesterUK82.8
92The Art Institute of VancouverVancouverCanada82.6
93Jannette Klein UniversityMexico CityMexico82.5
94Royal Academy of ArtHagueNetherlands82.3
95Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK81.8
96Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonUS81.7
97University of East LondonLondonUK81.6
98The Art Institute of CaliforniaCaliforniaUSA81.5
99Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand81.2
100Beckmans College of DesignStockholmSweden80.9
101Jean SchoolAmsterdamNetherlands80.8
102Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico CityMexico80.7
103Willem de Kooning AcademyRotterdamNetherlands80.6
104Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK79.8
105Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK79.7
106Gerrit Rietveld AcademieAmsterdamNetherlands79.6
107Lisbon Design SchoolLisbonPortugal79.3
108Design Academy of FashionCape TownSouth Africa79.1
109Design & Arts College of New ZealandChristchurchNew Zealand78.8
110IFA ParisParisFrance78.4


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