Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) ranked No. 1 on the list of the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023, according to a new study by the CEOWORLD magazine; Parsons School of Design placed second on the list, followed by the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at No. 3.

The 2023 rankings placed the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London in fourth ahead of Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume) in fifth, while Royal College of Art ranked sixth; and ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) seventh.

Overall, among the top ten best fashion schools in the world for 2023, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, and PCA – Paris College of Art.

Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2023

Rank Fashion School Country
1 Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) United States
2 Parsons School of Design United States
3 Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design United States
4 London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London United Kingdom
5 Polimoda (Ente per le Arti applicate alla Moda e al Costume) Italy
6 Royal College of Art United Kingdom
7 ESMOD (École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode) France
8 Swedish School of Textiles – University of Borås Sweden
9 Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London United Kingdom
10 PCA – Paris College of Art France
11 National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) India
12 Fashion Design Institut Germany
13 School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University Finland
14 Stephens College United States
15 Bunka Fashion Graduate University Japan
16 Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) United States
17 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium
18 IED Istituto Europeo di Design Italy
19 Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London United Kingdom
20 School of Fashion at Kent State University United States
21 Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Shenkar) Israel
22 Cornell University, College of Human Ecology United States
23 Design School Kolding Denmark
24 Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) Switzerland
25 Miami International University of Art & Design United States
26 LIM College United States
27 Thomas Jefferson University United States
28 Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami Int’l University of Art & Design United States
29 Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts United Kingdom
30 Accademia Koefia Italy
31 University of South Wales (USW) United Kingdom
32 Domus Academy Italy
33 Institut Français de la Mode (IFM Paris) France
34 Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom
35 Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI), University of the Arts London United Kingdom
36 University of Westminster United Kingdom
37 AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute Netherlands
38 De Montfort University United Kingdom
39 UTS Fashion and Textiles Design at the University of Technology Australia
40 School of Fashion at Toronto Metropolitan University Canada
41 University of Minnesota United States
42 New York University United States
43 University of California, Davis United States
44 Indiana University United States
45 University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign United States
46 Ohio State University United States
47 University of Wisconsin United States
48 California State University, Long Beach United States
49 University of Washington United States
50 National Institute of Design (NID) India
52 The Ullman School of Design, University of Cincinnati United States
53 Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Canada
54 Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design Ukraine
55 Studio Berçot France
56 Accademia Costume e Moda Italy
57 University of Colorado Boulder United States
58 Michigan State University United States
59 Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (New Academy of Fine Arts) Italy
60 York University United Kingdom
61 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
62 Kingston University United Kingdom
63 ArtEZ University of Arts Netherlands
64 University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom
65 Pratt Institute United States
66 Marist College United States

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 185,000 fashion executives, graduates, global fashion influencers, industry professionals, fashion school academics, employers, and recruiters in 200 territories between November 15, 2022, and February 22, 2023. 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 2023 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 2023,” 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 are merely one element to consider.

The margin of sampling error for the total sample of 185,000 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 185,000 (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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