Work by the students of China Academy of Arts & Istituto Europeo di Design Italy.

Featured schools appear in alphabetical order.

Graduate - Fashion Design

The top graduate programmes based on performance in the three indices that comprise BoF’s methodology: Global Influence, Student Learning Experience and Long-Term Value.

  BEST OVERALL
  BEST IN GLOBAL INFLUENCE
  BEST IN LEARNING EXPERIENCE
  BEST IN LONG-TERM VALUE

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design & Architecture

Helsinki, Finland

Collaborative learning is the guiding philosophy behind the Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture MA design programmes, encouraged by its Aalto Platforms among other university communities, such as the Experience, Entrepreneurship and Materials platforms that bring together research from various fields. Coursework is multidisciplinary, pairing fashion with other topics including biomaterials, media studies and management. Students work in a mix of studio based, individual and theoretical classroom work, with 24-hour access to all studios. A focus on new materials and technologies informs student’s work, which is exhibited in Finland and abroad, at events including the Festival d’Hyres, LVMH graduate prize, Designer’s Nest Copenhagen, the Granary 1 showroom in London and the Aalto showroom during Paris Fashion Week. Students participate in ongoing projects with industry partners, such as H&M and the Icepeak/Luhta Sportswear company.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion, Clothing & Textile Design
29

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

26%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

29%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$0k/$17k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Accademia Costume & Moda

Rome, Italy

Accademia Costume & Moda focuses on research and personal experimentation, encouraging students to analyse the cultural context and role of Italian products in the global market. The one-year master's programme equips students with in-depth technical understanding of fabrics, supplements studies with “live-brief” visits to local factories, providing students with real-life exposure and support with over 80 industry partners. Postgraduate courses are taught both in English and Italian, and students have access to a faculty library housing over 5,000 books and 10,000 fashion magazines. The school's Creative Knitwear Design course is an exclusive partnership with Modateca Deanna, home to an archive which includes pieces by Joseph Kenzo, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Thanks to its location in Rome and proximity to Milan, students are also connected to the fashion industry through numerous alumni events.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Alta Moda, Fashion Design
  • MA Creative Knitwear Design
11

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

55%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

30%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$17k/$24k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Bunka Fashion Graduate University

Tokyo, Japan

The first and only professional fashion graduate school in Japan, Bunka Fashion Graduate University offers two majors in fashion creation and management. The school plays an active role in its community in partnerships with public agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Iwate Prefecture Government, Nigata Prefecture Government and the tourist association of Shinjuku-ku Tokyo. The graduate curriculum centres on training students to become fashion business leaders by the end of the two-year programme. Now in its 13th year since its establishment, students have completed past projects including collaborations with H&M and Japanese school uniform makers. Through educating students with a business sense, the faculty aims to enrich Japan’s role in the global market, with graduates going on to establish their own brands and businesses. It also provides new employee training for brands including Comme des Gar?ons. Alumni of the university work in the domestic and international fashion market for influencers such as Yusuke Takahashi, the designer of Issey Miyake Men.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion Design
63

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

80%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

58%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$14k/$14k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Central Saint Martins

London, United Kingdom

The University of Arts London’s Central Saint Martins college operates one of the most exclusive MA design programmes among BoF’s Best Fashion Schools in the World, accepting just 8 percent of applications. One reason why: MA Fashion students show on the official London Fashion Week schedule — the only course to do so. The Fashion MA emphasises experimentation for its students on the four pathways of study: womenswear, menswear, knitwear and textiles. The course emphasises presentation and research skills in project-based learning and critiques to help students develop their analytical and communication abilities. Students registered a high satisfaction with available resources, particularly library and study materials. And thanks to its location in central London, a fashion capital known for its multiculturalism, students and alumni have also express high levels of satisfaction with calibre and diversity of the student body.

Please note this assessment was completed without this school's active participation

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion
53

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

54%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

8%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$14k/$25k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Domus Academy

Milano, Italy

At Domus Academy, based in Milan, the year-long Master's Fashion Design curriculum is designed around a project-based approach, with 8-week modules each operated in collaboration with a fashion company, and no set syllabus to allow for a customisable education experience. The first two modules are core; the third and fourth elective; and the fifth a 2-month internship or mentorship programme where students create their collection. Surveyed students reported high levels of satisfaction with the breadth and curriculum of learning. Domus’ Master's Fashion Design course is taught in English and has yearly themes, which change the projects annually. In 2018, the themes included waste, nurture and trans-local. The Fashion Design course also included a 48-hour design marathon with Reebok, which involved designing shoes and apparel for the year 2030. The programme has also partnered with the likes of Versace, Nike and MaxMara.

Degrees offered:

  • Academic Master in Fashion Design
27

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

81%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

87%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$23k/$31k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Donghua University

Shanghai, China

Established in 1951, Donghua University, situated in western Shanghai, is a public research university teaching fashion, textile, material science and management. Its School of Fashion and Art Design has its roots in the Department of Textile Engineering, which began recruiting undergraduates in 1982. A year later, the Clothing Education and Research Office was opened, becoming one of the first higher learning institutions in China to establish a fashion discipline. Donghua collaborates with all sectors of the industry in research and consultancy activities, conducting school visits and roundtables with clients, including Chaber, Novéli, Swarovski and Decathlon. Students have also taken part in Shanghai Fashion Week, with support from companies like WGSN. The Fashion and Art Design school recruits around 160 graduate students each year, and its acceptance rate of 11 percent makes it one of the most exclusive MA design programmes on BoF’s list.

Degrees offered:

  • MA or MDes, Clothing & Apparel Design
75

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

3%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

11%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$2k/$4k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Drexel University

Philadelphia, United States

As part of a large private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University’s MS Fashion Design programme accepts students from a variety of design and non-design undergraduate disciplines, including sciences, information design and education, in an effort to produce diverse perspectives from its fashion students. The cooperative education programme also emphasises practical, hands-on experience, partnering with companies including Macy’s, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren for student internships. Drexel University is also home to the Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab, founded in 2012, which contains 16 workstations and three state-of-the-art knitting machines, donated by machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, a world leader in 3D computerised knitting systems. Students and alumni reported high levels of satisfaction with Drexel’s available resources.

Degrees offered:

  • MS Fashion Design
7

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

38%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

39%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$28k/$28k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

ESMOD International

Paris, France

ESMOD International’s Creative Director graduate programme, taught only at its Paris campus, is entirely focused on professional training, emphasising preparing students to launch their own brand or obtain a management position on a brand’s creative team. The programme lasts 2 years, with the last year consisting of required professional immersion in the design and business departments of a fashion company. The internship is followed by a dissertation on that experience, which students present to a jury as a final project. Students must have completed 3 years of a BA in Fashion Design & Creation to apply for this course, although with an acceptance rate of 57 percent, ESMOD is one of the least exclusive MA design programmes on BoF’s Best Fashion Schools in the World. Students and alumni show remarkably high satisfaction with the school’s alumni network, with all four indicators at 100 percent.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Creative Director
19

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

81%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

57%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$15k/$15k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Institut Fran?ais de la Mode

Paris, France

Anchored in the Parisian fashion ecosystem, the Institut Fran?ais de la Mode’s Fashion Design MA programme is a 2-year course taught in English, with personalised individual career coaching and a 6-month internship and projects with companies the school has close ties, including Chanel, Chloé, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Dior. The institute also offers a 1-year course, Advanced Intensive Programme in Fashion Design and Pattern Making, taught in French. Students and alumni reported a 100 percent satisfaction rate with the course meeting their overall educational objectives, as well as high satisfaction with all aspects of teaching and the calibre and diversity of the student body.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion Design
19

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

89%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

25%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$11k/$16k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Istituto Marangoni

Milano, Italy

Istituto Marangoni has nine campuses worldwide offering courses in Italian, English and French, and its Fashion Design MA programme is offered in Milan, Florence, Paris and London. Istituto Marangoni’s MA Design programme is projects-based and culminates in a dissertation project that includes a capsule fashion collection. The MA programme also boasts small classes and a minimum of 15 contact hours a week with its tutors, so that the curriculum can be tailored to each student. Marangoni has an average full-time student cohort size of 171, which makes it the largest MA Design programme on BoF’s Best Fashion Schools in the World list. Many students travel overseas to set up their own labels or are employed in the fashion industry upon graduation, but the school notes an increasing number of graduates considering academic progression in MAs in Philosophy or PhD studies.

Degrees offered:

  • Master's Fashion Design Womenswear
  • Master's Fashion Design Menswear
  • Master's Fashion Design Collection & Marketing
171

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

85%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

38%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$32k/$36k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

London College of Fashion

London, United Kingdom

London College of Fashion’s MA Fashion Design programme offers a range of projects, partnerships and programmes that focus on collaboration, industry experience and innovation. As a part of the University of Arts London, students have access to a wide network of resources, including libraries, cross-college talks, exhibitions and workshops with other leading arts colleges. The programme includes a collaborative unit, which gives students the opportunity to explore marketing plans, sustainability projects and production methods in partnership with companies like Net-a-Porter, Tom Ford Beauty and Diesel. Students have the opportunity to apply and compete for numerous awards, including the LCF’s Better Lives Initiative and the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion. Students and alumni showed high satisfaction with the programme’s available resources, quality of teaching, and career services.

Please note this assessment was completed without this school's active participation

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion
  • MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear
  • MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear
-

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

59%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

32%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$14k/$25k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

National Institute of Design Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, India

The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad was established in 1961 as India’s the first design school. The school’s Apparel Design programme encourages interdisciplinary projects, industry experience and community engagement. The two-and-a-half-year programme introduces a number of collaborative projects to students in all stages of their practice. Recently students worked with embroidery and appliqué crafts artisans in Sadhna, Udaipur, learning traditional design and sustainability practices. Notable NID alumni include Rahul Mishra and Nachiket Barve, whose namesake brands are known to recruit the school's MDes Apparel Design graduates. As one of the most competitive programmes on the list, NID’s apparel design programme only accepts 15 students a year, stressing its Bauhaus philosophy of community-focused teaching dynamics and personal relationships and mentorship with faculty and advisors. Although 90 percent of graduates find employment within 12 months of finishing the programme, students and alumni report low levels of satisfaction with regard to NID’s career services.

Degrees offered:

  • MDes Apparel Design
15

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

0%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

2%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$5k/-

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Polimoda

Florence, Italy

Polimoda’s 9-month MA Fashion Design programme offers a practical, industry-focused approach to luxury design. The programme is a part of Polimoda’s double master programmes, combining fashion design with fashion marketing & communications and bag or shoe design. The programme is textile based, but includes workshops for drawing and illustration techniques that can be applied to a variety of design practices. Polimoda also offers industry course partnerships with brands like Valentino and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as company projects with partners like Max Mara, Loro Piana, Inseta and Pitti Immagine. To further students’ understanding of the industry, the programme includes access to exclusive experiences included in its tuition costs, allowing them to attend the Venice Biennale and Paris Fashion Week. These events allow students to meet with and have one-on-one instruction from fashion figures including Walter Van Beirendonck, Etienne Russo, Robin Meason and Olivier Saillard.

Degrees offered:

  • Collection Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Knitwear Design
52

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

90%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

39%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$31k/$31k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Royal College of Art

London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is one of the oldest art and design universities in operation and its Fashion Design programme has deep connections to industry. The college offers students a variety of partnerships with brands like Adidas, Swarovski and Burberry, allowing students to speak with business leaders, network with professionals and develop skills and applications for after graduation. For example, Adidas previously worked with first-year students on a football project, leading three students to spend a summer at the brand in Germany. The programme operates numerous projects and competitions to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, including a BIO-Design challenge led by a Microsoft fashion and technology expert, allowing five students to work with those studying Architecture to Design Engineering. Surveyed students were highly satisfied with the programme’s resources and reported 100 percent satisfaction that their overall educational objectives were met.

Please note this assessment was completed without this school's active participation

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion Menswear
  • MA Fashion Womenswear
106

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

69%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

25%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$12k/36k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, Georgia, United States

Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design’s fashion design programme offers state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with cutting-edge companies. Students enrolled in the school’s fashion programmes were the largest winners of fashion scholarship money and awards in the US. The school’s SCAD Gulfstream Centre for Design features 3D programs, a five-axis computer numeric control router, a three-axis CNC milling machine, rapid prototypers and laser cutters for students to conceptualize and produce designs. The programme also encourages the use of motion media and animation software for student proposals and presentations. Emphasizing mentorship through its Style Lab program, the programme allows students to work with designers like Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and Chris Benz in a year-long mentorship initiative. SCAD boasts that within 10 months of graduation, fashion design students were employed, pursuing further education or both.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion
  • MFA Fashion
26

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

66%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

34%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$38k/$38k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

Swedish School of Textiles, University of Bor?s

Bor?s, Sweden

Established in 1866, the Swedish School of Textiles at University of Bor?s takes a unique approach to design and technology. The faculty offers full-scale industrial spaces for large scale experiments, 3D knitting equipment, a textile design lab to develop innovative textiles using technology and its Re:Textile programme, which focuses on creating circular flows in the textile industry by partnering with the regional industry. The MA programme is centred around artistic work, branching into multiple specialization avenues such as knit, print and performance wear, chosen by each student. Practice-based studies and guest lectures by the likes of Glenn Martens from Y/ project inform the final collections, also presented at the Dutch Design Week. Students also partake in exchange programmes to faculties such as RMIT in Melbourne, PolyU in Hongkong and Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. The high teacher to student ratio encourages mentorship with a tight-knit collaborative environment. Students and alumni reported high satisfaction with the available resources and technology.

Degrees offered:

  • MA Fashion Design
  • MFA Fashion Design
16

AVERAGE COHORT SIZE

63%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

26%

ACCEPTANCE RATE

$0k/$26k

TUITION DOMESTIC/INTL

For the full methodology behind The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019 and a look at our BoF Education Council, click here.

Other notable programmes in this discipline:

Europe

Design School Kolding; Geneva School of Art and Design; Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin; KASK University; NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti; Università Iuav di Venezia

Asia Pacific

China Academy of Art

Other notable programmes for which data was insufficient:

Europe

ArtEZ Institute of the Arts; Bath School of Art & Design; Birmingham School of Art; école Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs; La Cambre; Nottingham Trent University; Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp; Saxion University of Applied Sciences; The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; University of Central Lancashire; University of Leeds; VIA University College

North America

Academy of Art University; Parsons, School of Design; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; UQAM University

Asia Pacific

Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology; Bunka Gakuen University; Institute of Textiles & Clothing, HK Poly.; Jiangnan University

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