Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
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, Castro Israel, Delta Galil Israel, Renuar Israel, Fox Israel, Adika Israel, Carolina Lemka China
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.
Graduation Rate: 80%
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Class Size: 18
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1
Classes are Taught in: Hebrew
Percentage of International Students: 1%
Job Placement Rate: 80%
What the Students Say:
"The school supports creativity."
"The fashion design department in Shenkar is perhaps one of the most warm and accepting environments that one can belong to. It is very challenging as well as overwhelming, but is it wasn't [as though] there was no point. I always feel enriched and respected."
"A highly skilled school that believes in hard work and pushes students to achieve their maximum potential."
"Small groups; the teachers are attentive, inspiring and available all the time."
"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 mostly positive things to say about their experience here, though did not rate the school particularly high in terms of assistance in getting jobs and internships.
More Info: www.shenkar.ac.il
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Last updated December 2019.