Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Location: Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel

Programs

Undergraduate: Fashion Design; Textile Design; Jewelry Design

Annual Tuition: $3,750 (at current exchange rate) for international students; $3,000 for Israeli students

Famous Alumni: Alber Elbaz, Nili Lotan, Kobi Halperin, Niran Avisar (menswear designer of Alexander Wang)

Companies That Recruit From This School, According to the SchoolH&M, Thom Browne, Kobi Halperin, Li & Fung, Desigual, LVMH, Castro, Renuar, Delta and many other Israeli Companies

New Programs and Partnerships of Note:

  • Third-year studios by multi-disciplinary lecturers (design, art and engineering) investigating issues concerning global topics such as sustainability, global warming, immigrants and refugees, water supply in dry climates.
  • Interdisciplinary course combining Fashion Design and Textile Design students aiming to put good intentions at the top of designers' value pyramids.
  • Sustainability course in collaboration with an Israeli fashion company, upscaling the company's surplus.
  • Medical design in collaboration with mental illness hospital center for victims of sexual harassment.
  • Introduction to Fashion Business Studies course for fourth-year students.

Enrollment: 240 

Growth in Enrollment Since 2017: None

Graduation Rate: 81%

Class Size: 12-20 students

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Classes are Taught in: Hebrew & English

Percentage of International Students: 3%

What the Students Say:

"Small groups; the teachers are attentive, inspiring and available all the time."

"This is an amazing place to study, both the creative process and the practical."

"We learn a very high work ethic; we have very good technical skills, as well as inspiration research and design development. We have a focus on fabrication, as well as pattern making and sewing skills, so we have a very good understanding of how the garment works, from underwear to tailoring, and historical clothes."

Looks from a student fashion show. Photo: Courtesy of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Looks from a student fashion show. Photo: Courtesy of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

The Bottom Line: Off the beaten path and with a distinct point of view, this well-kept secret has an amazing — and incredibly affordable — fashion design program. A public engineering, art and design school, Shenkar takes an interdisciplinary approach to its curriculum and many of its courses focus on placing fashion into a larger cultural context. Students and alumni had only positive things to say about their experience here.

More Info: www.shenkar.ac.il

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Last updated December 2018.