Location: Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel
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 School: H&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.
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."
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.