Every year, a new list of the best fashion schools around the world is published. The schools are, more or less, always the same, what changes is the spot in which they are placed. Fashionista made the list which was published a few days ago, where Central Saint Martins took the first place, nothing new though. Fashionista might not be as legit as BOF (the Business of Fashion list comes out later this year) but it is still very much relevant. List consist of 25 schools from all over the world.
Here is the criteria:
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 and 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.
We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, social life, career counseling and financial aid options.
Also 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.
1. Central Saint Martins (London, UK)
2. London College of Fashion (London, UK)
3. Parsons, the New School for Design (New York, USA)
4. Istituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy)
5. Kingston University (London, UK)
6. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium)
7. Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA)
8. Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo, Japan)
9. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Ramat Gan, Israel)
10. Royal College of Art (London, UK)
11. ESMOD (Paris, France)
12. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
13. École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris, France)
14. University of Westminster (London, UK)
15. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, USA)
16. Studio Berçot (Paris, France)
17. Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
18. Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
19. Polimoda (Florence, Italy)
20. Ravensbourne (London, UK)
21. RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
22. Tafe Institute of Technology (Sydney, Australia)
23. Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA)
24. Academy of Art University (San Francisco, California, USA)
25. Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Photos are from CMS London Fall 2016 runway show that happened in February. Collection was made by Michael Halpern and is called Disco Milano.