University of Westminster

University of Westminster campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of University of Westminster

University of Westminster campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of University of Westminster

Location: London, United Kingdom

Program: 

Undergraduate: Fashion Design; Fashion Buying Management; Fashion Marketing and Promotion; Fashion Merchandise Management

Graduate: Fashion Business Management; Menswear

Annual Tuition: 

Undergraduate: £13,400 ($16,903 at the current exchange rate) international; £9,250 for U.K. residents

Graduate: £14,500 ($18,291 at the current exchange rate) international; £11,000 for U.K. residents

Famous Alumni: Christopher Bailey, Vivienne Westwood, Roberta Einer, Liam Hodges, Markus Lupfer, Claire Barrow, Kate Hillier, Michael Herz, Stuart Vevers, Ashley Williams

Companies That Recruit From This School, According to the SchoolGivenchy, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Burberry, Celine, Max Mara, JW Anderson, Tom Ford

New Programs and Partnerships of Note:

  • In 2018, under the direction of Professor Andrew Groves, Westminster aligned the BA Fashion Design course with the international fashion calendar, which meant that the course became the first undergraduate course in the world to be invited to show on the official London Fashion Week schedule.
  • Recently launched the Westminster Menswear Archive, which is the only public menswear archive in the world
  • Acquired a StyleShoots photography machine to catalogue both the archive and all student output from the Fashion Design students. It is the only university in the world to own one of these machines
  • A private recruitment event at the end of the school year at The Ace Hotel in London so that recruiters and designers can view the students' portfolios.

Enrollment: 411

Graduation Rate: 94%

Class Size: 40 students

Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Classes are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 22%

What the Students Say: 

"Deadlines are very close together; attendance counts towards grades; only get to pick one module in first year." [Ed. note: According to a rep for Westminster, attendance does not count towards grades in any courses.]

Student runway looks. Photo: Courtesy of University of Westminster

Student runway looks. Photo: Courtesy of University of Westminster

The Bottom Line: This is another fashion program within a wide-reaching university. It's competitive to get in, is affiliated with the British Fashion Council and boasts one of the strongest internship programs we've seen. Over 90 percent of graduates get jobs in the industry.

More Info: www.westminsterfashion.com

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Last updated December 2018.