9. FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT) (New York, US)
-Programs: Design, Business, Marketing, Illustration, Styling.
-Number of Students: 10,000 overall students
-Tuition: $3,034/semester for New York residents; $8,185/semester for out-of-state residents
-Misc: Very comprehensive programs, part of the SUNY.
-Famous Grads: Reem Acra, Francisco Costa, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci
-What the Students Say: “Each professor has been in the industry and will do everything they can to get you there. I have received internship offers from several professors.” “It’s full of real industry professors with a raw perspective on the behind the scenes.” “It is very technical. It is not very conceptually-driven or oriented, particularly the Fashion Art classes.”
-The Bottom Line: In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts, and countless other fashion-related degrees. The lecture series and FIT museum are exceptional. Valerie Steele, as Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT, gives this school a brainy credibility.