Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium)

Antwerp students from the class of 2014. Photo: Courtesy

Antwerp students from the class of 2014. Photo: Courtesy

Programs: Fashion Design

Annual Tuition: €6,824.90 ($8,382.82 at the current exchange rate) for overseas students; €799.90 for E.U. students

Misc: Required Dutch language proficiency.

Famous Grads: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee (The Antwerp Six), Martin Margiela, Veronique Branquinho, Haider Ackermann, Peter Pilotto, Bruno Pieters.

What the Students Say: “A technical background is very useful, and you must not be afraid of being pushed. It requires a plethora of self confidence.”

The Bottom Line: The Royal Academy is an elite design school. It’s known for its serious students–many drop out because they can’t handle the work load. Since the Antwerp Six put the school on fashion’s map in the early 1980s, it has continued to produce all-star designers. If you’re exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative, and avant-garde sensibility, this may be the place for you.

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