Location: London, United Kingdom
Undergraduate: Fashion Design
Graduate: Fashion Design, Knitwear
Undergraduate: £15,300 ($17,016 at current exchange rate) for overseas students; £9,250 for U.K. and E.U. students
Graduate: £17,600 ($19,574 at current exchange rate) for overseas students; £10,200 for U.K. and E.U. students
Famous Alumni: Glenda Bailey, Caryn Franklin, John Richmond, Amy Powney
Companies That Recruit From This School, According to the School: Zara, H&M, ASOS, Givenchy, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Pringle, Victoria Beckham, Old Navy, All Saints
Acceptance Rate: 43%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 26:1
Classes are Taught in: English
Percentage of International Students: 26%
What the Students Say:
"Choosing Kingston means to choose a course that evolves based on the industry challenges and based on what the students want. Students here really matter and they have a strong voice. I am always impressed how the courses change every year based on the students' feedback. The course is the perfect combination of technology and free creativity that really teaches you how to become a fashion designer that is able to work within different contexts and according to what the industry currently needs."
"The only London-based fashion university that will fully prepare you for the intensity of the fashion industry."
"The opportunities many students have had in my year group for placements during our year abroad has been fantastic. Chanel, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen to name a few."
"Very 2-D design focused — prepares you massively to create a portfolio that industry wants to see. The school is starting to become more innovative in terms of collaboration projects with fresher designers such as Charles Jeffrey. Really hard work — particularly in second year, but it teaches you so much and many valuable skills. Excellent knit teaching and facilities."
The Bottom Line: Kingston doesn't have as many famous alumni or concentration options as some of the more high-profile U.K. fashion schools, but it places an emphasis on connections with industry organizations and fashion companies. If you aspire to a senior role at a big company, it's a good place to start. Its graduates have held senior and director-level positions at Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Lacoste, Massimo Dutti, Max Mara, Missoni and Paul Smith, as well as mass brands like Topshop, Abercrombie & Fitch, Brooks Brothers, ASOS and H&M. It's also part of a large university covering a wide range of fields, as opposed to an insular art or trade school.
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Last updated December 2019.