May 23, 2024

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Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2024

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Parsons School of Design ranked No. 1 on the list of the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2024, according to a new study by the CEOWORLD magazine; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) placed second on the list, followed by the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London at No. 3.

The 2024 rankings placed the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in fourth ahead of ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) in fifth, while Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume) ranked sixth; and Royal College of Art seventh.

Overall, among the top ten best fashion schools in the world for 2024, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2024

Rank Fashion School Country Learning and Research Rank Alumni Network Rank Entrepreneurship Rank Overall
1 Parsons School of Design United States 96.15 96.22 96.73 96.37
2 Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) United States 96.07 95.88 96.53 96.16
3 London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London United Kingdom 95.6 95.83 96.35 95.93
4 Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design United States 93.81 95.17 96.23 95.07
5 ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) France 93.17 95.08 94.66 94.3
6 Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume) Italy 92.77 94.29 94.44 93.83
7 Royal College of Art United Kingdom 91.69 94.19 92.53 92.8
8 Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London United Kingdom 91.61 93.45 92.35 92.47
9 Swedish School of Textiles РUniversity of Bor̴s Sweden 91.54 93.36 92.33 92.41
10 National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) India 91 92.78 91.72 91.83
11 Fashion Design Institut Germany 90.2 92.44 91.59 91.41
12 PCA – Paris College of Art France 90.11 91.29 91.28 90.89
13 Bunka Fashion College Japan 90 90.49 91.12 90.54
14 Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) United States 89.63 90.06 90.43 90.04
15 School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University Finland 89.48 89.76 90.16 89.8
16 Stephens College United States 88.93 89.28 88.83 89.01
17 Cornell University, College of Human Ecology United States 88.92 88.65 88.36 88.64
18 Design School Kolding Denmark 88.66 88.6 88.35 88.54
19 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium 87.74 87.74 87.78 87.75
20 IED Istituto Europeo di Design Italy 87.32 85.6 87.44 86.79
21 Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD РGen̬ve) Switzerland 87.2 85.36 87.02 86.53
22 Miami International University of Art & Design United States 87.09 84.94 86.92 86.32
23 Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London United Kingdom 85.91 84.93 86.89 85.91
24 School of Fashion at Kent State University United States 85.84 84.51 86.57 85.64
25 Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts United Kingdom 85.79 84.23 86.5 85.51
26 Accademia Koefia Italy 85.18 83.99 86.48 85.22
27 University of South Wales (USW) United Kingdom 85.15 83.68 86.4 85.08
28 LIM College United States 84.7 83.21 86.22 84.71
29 Thomas Jefferson University United States 83.86 82.99 85.92 84.26
30 Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami Int’l University of Art & Design United States 82.95 82.73 85.91 83.86
31 Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI), University of the Arts London United Kingdom 82.71 82.63 85.9 83.75
32 University of Westminster United Kingdom 82.21 81.79 85.42 83.14
33 Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Shenkar) Israel 81.9 81.7 84.8 82.8
34 Domus Academy Italy 81.67 81.06 84.61 82.45
35 Institut Français de la Mode (IFM Paris) France 80.55 80.72 84.43 81.9
36 Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom 79.86 80.48 84.21 81.52
37 University of Minnesota United States 79.2 79.33 84.01 80.85
38 New York University United States 79.1 78.84 83.08 80.34
39 University of California, Davis United States 78.94 78.43 83.06 80.14
40 Indiana University United States 78.39 78.41 82.78 79.86
41 AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute Netherlands 77.95 78.12 82.75 79.61
42 De Montfort University United Kingdom 77.9 77.41 81.93 79.08
43 UTS Fashion and Textiles Design at the University of Technology Australia 77.04 77.1 81.54 78.56
44 School of Fashion at Toronto Metropolitan University Canada 76.73 76.63 80.67 78.01
45 University of Washington United States 76.35 76.11 80.5 77.65
46 National Institute of Design (NID) India 76.05 75.14 80.26 77.15
47 University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign United States 75.75 74.78 79.82 76.78
48 Ohio State University United States 74.8 74.31 78.51 75.87
49 University of Wisconsin United States 74.25 74.17 77.89 75.44
50 California State University, Long Beach United States 73.82 73.96 77.23 75
51 Marist College United States 73.73 73.78 77.2 74.9
52 Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design Ukraine 73.46 73.74 76.82 74.67
53 Pratt Institute United States 73.25 73.01 76.81 74.36
54 SALFORD SCHOOL OF ARTS, MEDIA AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY United Kingdom 73.22 72.92 74.73 73.62
55 The Ullman School of Design, University of Cincinnati United States 72.93 72.19 74.36 73.16
56 ArtEZ University of Arts Netherlands 72.88 72.06 74.19 73.04
57 University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom 72.86 71.79 74.11 72.92
58 University of Colorado Boulder United States 72.39 70.39 73.92 72.23
59 Studio Berçot France 72.26 69.85 72.8 71.64
60 Accademia Costume e Moda Italy 71.06 69.8 72.21 71.02
61 Michigan State University United States 70.21 69.42 72.06 70.56
62 Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (New Academy of Fine Arts) Italy 70.01 69.25 71.38 70.21
63 York University United Kingdom 69.1 68.59 71.02 69.57
64 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 67.66 68.35 70.55 68.85
65 Kingston University United Kingdom 67.64 68.13 70.12 68.63
66 Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Canada 67.44 67.84 70.06 68.45
67 Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago United States 67.37 67.28 69.91 68.19
68 Rhode Island School of Design  United States 67.08 66.53 69.35 67.65
69 Experimental Fashion at Maryland Institute College of Art  (MICA) United States 66.66 66.26 67.21 66.71
70 Division of Fashion Studies at Lund University Sweden 66.32 66.14 66.64 66.37
71 Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago United States 65.9 66.13 66.63 66.22
72 Fashion Design and Technology at Loughborough University United Kingdom 65.72 65.96 66.49 66.06
73 Iowa State University – APPAREL, MERCHANDISING, AND DESIGN (FASHION) United States 65.41 65.07 66.06 65.51
74 Fashion Studies at Stockholm University Sweden 65.35 64.51 65.48 65.11
75 SoFI – School of Fashion Industry (Kristiania) Norway 64.75 64.48 64.83 64.69
76 Ecole Canvas Switzerland 64.69 63.08 64.51 64.09
77 Fashion Design at Buckinghamshire New University United Kingdom 63.15 62.03 64.32 63.17
78 Studio Berçot France 63.09 61.41 64.25 62.92
79 Fashion Design at Otis College of Arts and Design United States 62.93 60.72 64.17 62.61
80 Fashion Design at Columbus College of Art and Design United States 62.59 58.98 63.94 61.84
81 HEAD – Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design – Fashion Design Switzerland 61.75 58.65 62.53 60.98
82 Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design Denmark 60.79 58.62 61.16 60.19
83 Fashion Studies at Sapienza University of Rome Italy 60.48 57.95 61.03 59.82
84 Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design Denmark 60.38 57.91 60.97 59.75
85 Fashion Design at Paris College of Art France 60.25 57.62 59.74 59.2
86 Technology and Textiles at the University of Innsbruck Austria 59.99 57.31 59.54 58.95
87 Academy of Art University – Fashion Design College United States 59.57 57.13 58.7 58.47
88 Fashion at the University of Applied Arts Vienna Austria 59.39 56.99 58.56 58.31
89 Marbella Design Academy – International Design School Spain 58.23 56.74 57.81 57.59
90 Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art United Kingdom 57.78 56.73 57.73 57.41
91 University of Lisbon – Fashion Design Portugal 57.62 56.45 56.99 57.02
92 Royal Academy of Art, The Hague – Textile and Fashion Netherlands 57.6 55.92 56.79 56.77
93 Fashion and Textile Technologies – Saxion University of Applied Sciences Netherlands 57.5 55.65 55.37 56.17
94 Fashion Design Academy of Ireland Ireland 57.29 55.36 54.86 55.84
95 Fashion at Kingston School of Art United Kingdom 57.18 55.06 54.67 55.64
96 Fashion Studies at University of Bologna Italy 56.48 54.67 54.07 55.07
97 RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles Australia 56.2 54.31 52.8 54.44
98 Fashion at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) United Kingdom 55.92 54.27 51.71 53.97
99 The business of Fashion – Trinity College Ireland 55.66 53.86 50.84 53.45
100 Fashion and Image Design at Frederick University Cyprus 54.31 52.73 50.37 52.47
101 Fashion Design at University of Central Lancashire United Kingdom 54.12 52.13 50.26 52.17
102 University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology Croatia 54.09 50.75 49.89 51.58
103 Politecnico di Milano – School of Design Italy 53.95 50.54 49.52 51.34
104 Fashion Design at The Glasgow School of Art United Kingdom 53.62 50.52 49.23 51.12
105 Textile and Fashion Design – Textile Design and Technology at at Technical University of Liberec Czech Republic 53.34 50.15 48.83 50.77
106 Fashion Design — Estonian Academy of Arts Estonia 53.18 49.73 48.77 50.56
107 Fashion Design Studio Sydney (TAFE) Australia 52.01 49.68 48.52 50.07
108 Fashion at UWE Bristol United Kingdom 51.99 49.6 48.46 50.02
109 Fashion Design — Art Academy of Latvia Latvia 50.25 49.36 48.01 49.21
110 Fashion Design at Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania 49.88 49 47.89 48.92
111 ISTITUTO DI MODA BURGO IN ROMANIA Romania 48.4 48.99 47.72 48.37
112 Department of Fashion DesignBelarusian State University Belarus 48.37 48.94 46.92 48.08
113 Iceland University of the Arts Iceland 47.96 48.54 46.91 47.8
114 Fashion at Lasalle College Montreal Canada 47.38 48.3 46.8 47.49
115 The Fashion Institute Sydney Australia 47.29 47.32 46.37 46.99
116 Universidad Jeanette Klein Mexico 46.36 47.14 46.16 46.55
117 Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy Canada 46.02 47.03 45.82 46.29
118 Textiles and Fashion at University of Sao Pulo Brazil 45.69 46.79 45.17 45.88
119 FBI Fashion College Glebe NSW Australia Australia 45.24 46.02 44.8 45.35
120 Fashion Arts and Business – Humber College Canada 44.7 45.78 44.62 45.03
121 International Hellenic University – Creative Design and Clothing Greece 44.67 45.49 44.6 44.92
122 Fashion Business Management at The University of Alberta Fashion Canada 43.96 45.39 44.08 44.48
123 Seneca Polytechnic School of Fashion Canada 43.65 45.17 43.7 44.17
124 Uberglam Fashion Design School South Africa 43.31 44.02 43.59 43.64

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 286,000 fashion executives, graduates, global fashion influencers, industry professionals, fashion school academics, employers, and recruiters in 1600 territories between November 15, 2023, and February 22, 2024. Ten percent of the interviews were conducted by telephone, 82% online, and 8% by post or face-to-face. All quantitative interviews were conducted confidentially without relying on institutions’ data submissions.

CEOWORLD magazine Research, our global center of excellence for primary research and evidence-based consulting services, undertook the study. We collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey to establish our list. Participants were asked to rate institutions on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.” The CEOWORLD magazine carried out the 2024 Global Fashion Schools survey – the website for corporate executives, business leaders, and high-net-worth individuals.

The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. The overall Score (100%) is the sum of:
1. Perceived Global Brands Influence (20%)
2. Recruiters Responses (20%)
3. Employers Feedback (10%)
4. Job Placement Rate (10%)
5. Admission Eligibility (10%)
6. Specialization (10%)
7. Academic Reputation (20%)

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list. At the same time, the institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “best fashion schools in the world for 2024,” there may be many other fashion schools that offer excellent programs. This ranking should not be viewed as the most essential aspect when choosing a fashion school and is merely one element to consider.

The margin of sampling error for the total sample of 286,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that, as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results.

Not all figures add up to 100% due to rounding percentages and excluding ‘neither/nor’ and ‘don’t know’ responses from the exhibit. Unless otherwise stated, the base for global figures is 286,000 (global respondents). All answers are confidential, allowing survey participants to share their perspectives in a respectful, truthful, unbiased, and collegial setting. For more information, please contact [email protected].


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