The trend towards treating fashion as a professional career is growing. Majority of the business schools all over the world are including fashion studies in their curriculum to facilitate the young ones who want to join this field afterwards. Moreover, the competition in the fashion studies has also increased. The fashion world just released the annual list of highest ranking fashion schools in the world. Geez. The competition looks intense.
Here it is:
1. Central St. Martins – London, United Kingdom
2. Parsons School of Design – New York, United States of America
3. Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp – Antwerp, Belgium, Germany
4. London College of Fashion – London, United Kingdom
5. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Helsinki, Finland
6. Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art – Ramat-Gan, Israel
7. Fashion Institute Technology – New York, United States of America
8. Polimoda – Florence, Italy
9. Kingston University – London, United Kingdom
10. University of Westminster – London, United Kingdom
To understand the list the reader must also understand the criteria. So, what is it that makes a fashion studies course best from the rest? The procedure that is followed is a rigorous classification process. The sorting out procedure takes into account global influence, learning experience, long-term value as well as data from over 10,000 students, 75 HR professionals and analytics system designed by Business of Fashion.
The published list also gives an insight into useful information like the tuition fee structure, acceptance rate, and teacher to student ratio, studies burden, courses, job potential afterwards, market value and number of national and international students currently enrolled. Central St. Martins took the number one spot with a score of 95. That is no surprise since the list of alumni is awesome. It includes leading fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen,Riccardo Tisci, John Gallianoand Phoebe Philo.
The published list contains the list of undergraduate courses since doing masters in fashion studies is not poplar enough. Maybe, the undergraduate degree is enough to grab the core concept of fashion or the field is not vast enough but still we believe that the subject has the potential to grow. Let’s wait and watch.