Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World – 2018 Ranking

London College of Fashion, a part of the University of the Arts London (UAL), has been named the Top Fashion School in the World for 2018 by the WardrobeTrendsFashion magazine, while New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins in London placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The rigorous classification process takes into account global reputation and influence; specialization; recruiter’s feedback; placement rates; admission eligibility; and academic experience as well as data from over 36,000 students, 31,000 industry professionals (fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, etc.), and 22,500 recruiters and WardrobeTrendsFashion magazine’s analytics. The WardrobeTrendsFashion Magazine’s Top 100 Fashion School Rankings has been conducted annually since 2012.

Also making the cut was the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York (No. 4) as well as Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (No. 5), ESMOD International in Paris (No. 6), and the Istituto Marangoni International at number 7. Overall, among the top 10 best fashion schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by the Bunka Gakuen in Tokyo, Italy’s Polimoda, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, Philadelphia took the No. 11 spot, followed by the Royal College of Art London (No. 12) and the University of Brighton (No. 13).

Meanwhile, the University of Westminster ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best fashion schools in the world for 2018.

Stephens College, Columbia came in 15th place, followed by Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art (16th), India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi (17th), ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, Arnhem (18th), and Fashion Design Institut (FDI) Germany, ranked 19th. Out of 100 best fashion institutes in the world for 2018, Manchester School of Art ranked No. twentieth.

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WardrobeTrendsFashion today announced the 2018 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:

  • Global Reputation And Influence
  • 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 academic experiences at each school. Job Placement Rate.
  • 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 2017 ranking.

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


2018 Top 100 Fashion Schools In The World

Global Rank#School NameCity
1London College of Fashion, University of the Arts LondonUK
2Fashion Institute of Technology, New YorkUS
3Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts LondonUK
4Parsons: Fashion, Art and Design School in New YorkUS
5Royal Academy of Fine Arts AntwerpBelgium
6ESMOD International, ParisFrance
7Istituto Marangoni InternationalItaly
8Bunka Gakuen, TokyoJapan
9Polimoda, FlorenceItaly
10School of Arts, Design and Architecture - Aalto UniversityFinland
11Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, PhiladelphiaUS
12Royal College of Art, LondonUK
13University of Brighton, BrightonUK
14University of Westminster, LondonUK
15Stephens College, ColumbiaUS
16Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and ArtIsrael
17National Institute of Fashion Technology, New DelhiIndia
18ArtEZ Institute of of the Art, ArnhemNetherlands
19Fashion Design InstitutGermany
20Manchester School of ArtUK
21Kent State UniversityUS
22University of EdinburghUK
23RMIT University, MelbourneAustralia
24Philadelphia University -JeffersonUS
25Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New YorkUS
26Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, BeijingChina
27Design School Kolding, KoldingDenmark
28Miami International University of Art & DesignUS
29University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and KentUK
30Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannahUS
31Fashion Design Studio TAFE, SydneyAustralia
32University of Technology Sydney, SydneyAustralia
33Geneva School of Art and Design | la Haute ?cole d'art et de design Gen?veSwitzerland
34Nottingham Trent UniversityUK
35Bath School of Art & DesignUK
36Istituto Europeo di Design, MilanItaly
37Rhode Island School of DesignUS
38Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, LondonUK
39?cole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, ParisFrance
40Tsinghua University, BeijingChina
41Pratt Institute, New YorkUS
42Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, CopenhagenDenmark
43Ryerson University School of Fashion, TorontoCanada
44Virginia Commonwealth University, RichmondUS
45Accademia Costume e Moda, RomeItaly
46Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, MilanItaly
47Middlesex University, LondonUK
48Swedish School of Textiles, University of Bor?s, DunedinSweden
49Academy of Art University, San FranciscoUS
50L'IFM Ecole de mode IFM Paris, Institut Fran?ais de la ModeFrance
51AMFI Amsterdam Fashion InstituteNetherlands
52California College of the ArtsUS
53Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
54Domus Academy, MilanItaly
55School of the Art Institute ChicagoUS
56Moore College of Art & Design, PhiladelphiaUS
57Otis College of Art and Design, Los AngelesUS
58Columbia College ChicagoUS
59Columbus College of Art & Design, OhioUS
60Studio Bercat, ParisFrance
61Paris College of Art, ParisFrance
62Koefia AcademyItaly
63Instituto Europeo Di Design, BarcelonaSpain
64LIM College, New YorkUS
65George Brown College, OntarioCanada
66Otago Polytechnic, DunedinNew Zealand
67Musashino Art University, TokyoJapan
68University of North TexasUS
69The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
70Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los AngelesUS
71Raffles Design InstituteSingapore
72Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, BrusselsBelgium
73The College of Human Sciences, Iowa State UniversityUS
74School of Design, University of Cincinnati, OhioUS
75University of DelawareUS
76Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), PooleUK
77Northbrook College, SussexUK
78LaSalle CollegeCanada
79University of Applied Arts, ViennaAustria
80University of Central LancashireUK
81University IUAV of VeniceItaly
82Northumbria UniversityUK
83University of NorthamptonUK
84University of SalfordUK
85De Montfort University (DMU)UK
86Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BostonUS
87Jannette Klein UniversityMexico
88Southampton Solent UniversityUK
89Oslo National Academy of the Arts, OsloNorway
90University of East LondonUK
91The Art Institute of CaliforniaUS
92National Institute of Design, AhmedabadIndia
93Willem de Kooning Academy, RotterdamNetherlands
94Glasgow School of ArtUK
95Mexico University Ibero AmericanaMexico
96Beckmans College of Design, StockholmSweden
97AMD HamburgGermany
98Jean School, AmsterdamNetherlands
99University Of Technologies & Design, Kiev/KyivUkraine
100Massey University, WellingtonNew Zealand
101Royal Academy of Art, HagueNetherlands
102The Art Institute of VancouverCanada
103Kunsthochschule Weissensee, BerlinGermany
104Limerick Institute of TechnologyIreland
105Design & Arts College of New Zealand, ChristchurchNew Zealand
106Design Academy of Fashion, Cape TownSouth Africa
107Gerrit Rietveld Academie, AmsterdamNetherlands
108Lisbon Design School, LisbonPortugal


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