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Do You Agree with BoF’s Ranking of the Best Fashion Schools in the World?



BN Style - BellaNaija - August 2015_001The journey to becoming a expert and professional in the fashion industry goes beyond putting stitches together or having a sense of style – there is a process, an art and an education that needs to be acquired for true growth and impact in the fashion industry to take place.

To provide you with the information you need in getting the right education for your journey into fashion, Business of Fashion (BoF) has unveiled it’s very first Global Fashion School Rankings List for 2015.

With 31 institutions in total – 21 undergraduatre and 10 graduate programs – the list was complied after an in-depth analysis of 60 data points collected from the 24 participating schools in 11 countries, a survey of more then 4,000 fashion students and alumni as well as a reputational survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers. As well as analysis based on the institution’s global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

According to the list, the Central Saint Martins fashion school in London is the best. See the rest of the list below;

Top 10 Undergraduate (BA) Courses
1. Central Saint Martins – London, UK
Attended by: Pierce Brosnan, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and John Galliano.

2. Bunka Fashion College – Tokyo, Japan
Attended by: Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto

3. Kingston University – London, UK
Attended by: Glenda Bailey (Editor in Chief, Harper’s Bazaar) and John Richmond.

4. Parsons The New School of Fashion – New York, USA
Attended by: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Alexander Wang.

5. Fashion Institute of Technology – New York, USA
Attended by: Amsale Aberra, Jhane Barns, Helen Castillo, Nina Garcia (Editor at Large of Marie Claire USA), Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Lady Starlight (Muse to Lady Gaga)

6. Polimoda – Florence, Italy

7. University of Westminster – London, UK
Attended by: Christopher Bailey (Chief Officer of Burberry) and Vivienne Westwood.

8. London College of Fashion – London, UK
Attended by: Jimmy Choo

9. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University – Melborne, Australia
Attended by: Mai Phương Thúy, Miss Vietnam 2006

10. Drexel University – Philadelphia, USA

Top 5 Postgraduate Masters (MA) Courses
Royal College of Art – London, UK

2. Central Saint Martins – London, UK

3. Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp – Antwerp, Belgium

4. London College of Fashion – London, UK

5. Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, USA

Unfortunately there were no African institutions listed. Looking to study fashion, what university would you be considering?

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  1. Ibinabo

    August 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    BN, No vex, your caption is a bit confusing.

    • Fola

      August 31, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      I am surprised Istituto Marangoni isn’t on that list.

      I Went to the London campus (They have the Milan & Paris Campus) and Toju Foyeh and a few other designers went there too.

      Anyways you never know what these people measure ‘best fashion’ schools

  2. me

    August 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    What do these people have against french schools tho? They have wonderful fashion colleges.

    • shoboleshan

      August 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      My dear, don’t mind them, half of this list don’t even cut it. Na their problem.
      True arty people know the right place to invest their money

  3. Iyun

    August 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    @Bella biko how much is it to advertise here?

  4. Caligula

    August 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    You guys are obsessed with the idea of being a designer & going to design school. It’s all hype until you actually realize it is a lot of cut throat, hard work to be an artist. Most of you on Bellanaija & beyond only wanna do fashion for the wrong reasons, not because of the innate love of Art & design. I guess I’m just tired of the constant hype on here about fashion careers & fashion schools. And you will finish the degree and still go to nursing school talkin bout…. ‘I’m a nurse by day and designer at night’.. Just for show. ?

  5. fan

    August 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hmm Uk taking the lead,Paris nko?

  6. Spirit

    August 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Who cares? How many Africans can make it into these schools? And yet the continent is brimming with creative talent some of which is evident on this very website. If design is your thing just get cracking. If they like your product people will vote for you with their wallets whether or not you went to design school.

  7. Tutu

    August 28, 2015 at 12:17 am

    LCF is awesome. I’m an alumnus. Central Saint Martins as well. Looking to go there for a course soon.

  8. Zizi

    August 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Why should we have an opinion abt this list?? How many fashion or creative schools do we have in Africa???….. TEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  9. Ibinabo

    August 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    BN, Thanks for the caption change…

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