Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp's 2017 Graduate Show. Photo: KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp's 2017 Graduate Show. Photo: KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Programs: 

Undergraduate & Graduate: Fashion Design

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

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

Enrollment: 84

Graduation Rate: 23%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Classes are taught in: Dutch

Percentage of International Students: 83%

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 art and design school with a small-but-esteemed fashion design program that encourages an experimental, conceptual approach to design. Since the "Antwerp Six" — Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee — put the school and city on fashion's map in the early 1980s, it has continued to produce all-star designers. It's known for its serious students — many drop out because they can't handle the work load, and the school's teaching methods have even been called into question recently. If you're exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative and avant-garde sensibility, this may be the place for you, but we'd suggest familiarizing yourself with its approach to design education before committing.

More Info: www.antwerp-fashion.be

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Last updated December 2018.