For a career in fashion and textile designing the first step for an aspiring fashion designer is to find the right college or university. The fashion and textile designing colleges offer diverse programs catering to different disciplines of the fashion world.
The reputed fashion designing institutes, in addition to traditional classroom teaching, focus on workshops and internships to provide students practical experience in fashion designing. What follows is a list of the world’s prestigious fashion and textile design colleges whose alumni comprise of the leading personalities in the international fashion industry.
Affiliated to the University of the Arts, London, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design is a premium college for studying fashion and textile designing. In addition to the full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, the fashion school also offers diverse short-term courses for working professionals.
The BA (Honours) Fashion offered by the fashion school is one of the most highly-rated undergraduate programs in fashion in the world.Aspiring fashion designers applying for the program can specialize in Fashion Design with Knitwear, Fashion Design with Marketing, Fashion Design Menswear, Fashion Design Women’s wear or Fashion Print.
Students enrolled in the MA Fashion program can specialize in Women’s wear Fashion, Menswear Fashion, Textiles for Fashion, Knitwear Fashion and Fashion Journalism. Creations of the students of the MA Fashion program are displayed every year in the London Fashion Week.
One of the first schools dedicated to education in fashion, London School of Fashion is one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world. As a constituent college of the University of the Arts, it offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in fashion. For studying fashion and textile design at the undergraduate level, London College of Fashion offers three years BA (Hons) programs in Bespoke Tailoring, Fashion Bags and Accessories, Fashion Business, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Fashion Contour, Fashion Design, Fashion Design and Development and Fashion Design Technology and more.
The Graduate School at London College of Fashion offers MA programs in Fashion Design Management, Fashion Retail, Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Strategic Fashion Marketing and Executive MBA in Fashion.
The School of Fashion in Paris has been the hub of haute couture fashion for more than seven decades. It offers internationally acclaimed three-year BA (Hons) programs in fashion design, fashion styling and fashion business. For advanced education in fashion design, the Parisian fashion school offers a Master’s Degree program in fashion design with specialization in womenwear and a fashion and luxury brand management program. The BA and MA degrees are awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition, Instituto Marangoni offers short courses in fashion design.
Domus Academy, Milan
One of the leading graduate design schools in the world, Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, attracts aspiring fashion designers from round the world. The School of Fashion trains students in the different aspects of fashion by balancing their personal interests with market demands. The postgraduate programs offered by the School of Fashion include Master in Fashion Design, Master in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, Master in Fashion Management and Master in Accessories Design.
The New York based Fashion Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized college of fashion and textile design. It is one of the largest fashion schools in the US, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of subjects in design and fashion. Its undergraduate degree program in Fashion Design is one of the most sought after fashion design programs that prepare students for a career in different levels of fashion from ready to wear to haute couture. The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Studies offered by FIT is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in fashion history, theory and practice.
Another popular destination for studying fashion in New York is the Manhattan based LIM College. Undergraduate students at LIM College can major in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing or Management. To help students understand the latest global fashion trends, field trips and study abroad programs are organized in London, Paris, China and other fashion centers of the world. The Fashion Scholars Program offered by LIM College trains students in international fashion business, communication and quantitative skills for succeeding in a career in fashion in the highly competitive corporate environment.
Founded in 1841, ESMOD is the oldest fashion school in the world. The fashion school in France has campuses in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Roubaix and Rennes. It offers three years undergraduate degree programs in fashion design and fashion business strategy and communication and a postgraduate program in international fashion and luxury brand management. In addition, it offers several short-term intensive courses in fashion design.
The School for Fashion at Parsons is one of the oldest fashion schools in the US. Its alumni comprises of a large number of leading American fashion designers. The fashion school focuses on global fashion. Hence, it attracts numerous international students. The school offers four programs in fashion design, namely Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Society, AAS in Fashion Design and Associate degree in Fashion Marketing.
The School of Material at the Royal College of Art offers MA programs in Fashion Menswear, Fashion Women’s wear and Textile. Candidates applying for the programs are evaluated on the basis of the quality of their existing work and their existing skills. Candidates applying for the MA Textile program should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Textile or in any other art and design related subject.
Kingston University London offers a three years full time BA (Hons) program in Fashion and one year full time and two years part time MA in Fashion. The curriculum covers every aspect of fashion design. Paid internships are available for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of fashion in projects sponsored by leading companies in San Francisco, New York and Stockholm. Students receive hands-on experience by assisting reputed designers.