Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts graduate show 2017. Photo: KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts graduate show 2017. Photo: KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Programs: Fashion Design (four-year program)

Annual Tuition: €6,946 ($8,103 at the current exchange rate) for overseas students; €1,086 for European Higher Education Area students.

Misc: Required Dutch language proficiency.

Famous Alumni: Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Kris Van Assche, Ann Demeulemeester, Demna Gvasalia, Dirk Bikkembergs, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee, 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.

More Info: www.antwerp-fashion.be

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