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Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED)

Location: Barcelona, Spain with locations in Milan, Rome, Florence, Turin, Venice, Como, Cagliari, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as well. (Fashion courses are only held in Spain and Italy.)

Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Communications, Jewelry Design, Fashion Stylist
Graduate: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Communication and Styling

Annual Tuition:
Undergraduate: Varies based on program/location with discounts for EU residents based on income bracket. Sample: €15,200 ($16,935 at the current exchange rate) to study fashion design in Barcelona

Famous Alumni: Prisca Francetti (Priscavera), Pol Anglada (designer of women's RTW at Loewe) Cynthia Buttenklepper, Idan Gilony, Beatriz Baleeiro (designer at Alexander McQueen) 

Companies That Recruit From This School, According to the School: Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou, Inditex, J.W. Anderson, Alexander McQueen, Boris Bidjan Saberi

New Partnerships and Programs of Note:

  • New building and increased fashion lab space

Enrollment (fashion): 260

Graduation Rate: 87%

Acceptance Rate: 50%

Average Class Size: 15

Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

Classes are taught in: English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish

Job Placement Rate: 85%

What the Students Say:

"The hours are very long, you need to be aware of all the things you will need to sacrifice to make it."

"International view of fashion."

"They’re really helpful with any problem you may have and you feel like most of the classes are going to be useful as designer. But you have to really want it because it can get really stressful and you'll have to make a lot of sacrifices."

The Bottom Line: Academically, IED has overhauled its fashion program in recent years to emphasize the industrial side of fashion with many practical courses that prime students on supply chain, marketing, etc. It operates more campuses, and offers courses in more languages, than most schools on this list. Also, two of the school's Bachelor degree programs are validated by London's University of Westminster. It's a strong option if you're looking to study in Spain or Italy, or be part of a larger design/art school and community that isn't entirely fashion-oriented. In our survey, students tended to be less satisfied with social life and financial aid advising than they were at other institutions.

More Info:
Instagram: @iedbarcelona
Facebook: iedbarcelonafanpage

The 25 Best Fashion Schools in the World in 2019: See the full list.

Last updated December 2019.