The 25 Best Fashion Schools in the World in 2016

Want to work in fashion? One of these schools could be your first step.
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Want to work in fashion? One of these schools could be your first step.
Models walk the runway at the London College of Fashion MA show during London Fashion Week in February 2013. Photo: Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images

Models walk the runway at the London College of Fashion MA show during London Fashion Week in February 2013. Photo: Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images

So you've decided to pursue a career in fashion — well done! We might be a bit biased, but we think you made the right choice, and finding the right educational course is the next step. But while there is plenty of information available about the world's top medical schools and law schools and plain old liberal arts schools, choosing the right fashion program can be a little more challenging.

That's why, in 2010, we began ranking the best fashion schools across the globe. We wanted to provide you with a comprehensive snapshot, and to help you figure out which school is right for you by explaining why each of them is worth a look. This year, we shortened our list and made some small tweaks to our methodology. Here's a brief overview of our criteria:

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 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.

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.

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.

Questions or comments? Please don't hesitate to email schools@fashionista.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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)