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ESMOD (The École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode)

ESMOD Runway Show in June 2017. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Esmod

ESMOD Runway Show in June 2017. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Esmod

Location: Paris, France


Undergraduate & Graduate: Fashion Design & Creation, Fashion Business

Annual Tuition:

Undergraduate: €10,550 (or $11,931 at the current exchange rate)
Graduate: €12,900 (or $14,589 at the current exchange rate)

Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Inditex, Chanel, Galeries Lafayette, Alexander Wang, H&M

Famous Alumni: Olivier Rousteing, Thierry Mugler, Alexandre Vauthier, Catherine Malandrino, Suzy Menkes, Christophe Decarnin, Damir Doma, Juun J, Franck Sorbier, Vanina Vesperini

Enrollment: 1,100

Acceptance rate: 70%

Graduation rate: 98%

Student/teacher ratio: 30:8

Classes taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 55%

Job placement rate: 90%

What the Students Say

"If you're ready to follow your dream, and just have a tiny time for social life, go for it!"

"The teachers and staff are overall extremely rude, unorganized and are not there to help or motivate students. Rather they are there to make you work and spend weeks on work no one has interest in, and tell students they are bad at this or that and offer no help."

"You do get prepared for the industry, with its excessive technical focus on clothing construction and confection."

The Bottom Line: ESMOD is best known for its history as the world's first and oldest French fashion design school. It has a high placement rate — most major design houses in France likely employ someone who went here — and offers classes in English. What's more, it hosts programs at 24 schools across 15 different countries for those who want to study at the school, but aren't able to relocate to Paris. It's also quite diverse with over 70 nationalities represented in its student body. Students and alumni did have a few gripes, though: Many were dissatisfied with the amount of help they got from the school regarding things like internships and career counseling. If you choose this school, that may be the sort of thing you have to take into your own hands.

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Last updated December 2019.