Which is the best college for fashion

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The most important fashion schools worldwide

1. England

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design / London

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is part of the University of the Arts London and is at home in the heart of the city. Due to the many successful graduates and the brilliant annual graduation show, it is one of the most recognized fashion schools in the world. The college offers courses in the fields of art and design, especially fashion design, which is rewarded with a bachelor's or master's degree.

Graduates

  • Stella McCartney
  • John Galliano
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Zac Posen
  • Riccardo Tisci
  • Hussein Chalayan

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London College of Fashion / London

The London College of Fashion is characterized by the early and specific specialization of its students. Like the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the London College of Fashion is part of the University of the Arts. The course is completed here with a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

Graduates:

  • Micheal Michalsky
  • Dawid Tomaszewski
  • Jimmy Choo

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Royal College of Art / London

The Royal College of Art offers fashion design programs as Masters only. The school, also based in London, is one of three prestigious London fashion schools. The two-year program ends with a Master of Arts.

Graduates:

  • Christopher Bailey
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Erdem Moralioglu

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Kingston University / London

Kingston University is a general education university with a distinctive arts and design faculty, the Kingston School of Art. This faculty offers a prestigious Bachelor of Arts in Fashion, which stands out above all for the possibility of a year abroad and which has a strong focus on culture , social and historical influences on design.

Graduates:

  • Glenda Bailey
  • Felipe Oliveira Baptista
  • Richard Nott
  • John Richmond

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2. USA

Parsons, The New School for Design / New York

The Parson School of Design is considered the best art school in America. In the heart of New York City, the college offers design, art, and communication courses. The school is named after Frank Alvah Parson, who established the first courses in interior design, graphic design and advertising in the USA. Those who study here finish their bachelor's degree with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Graduates:

  • Marc Jacobs
  • Tom Ford
  • Donna Karan
  • Jason Wu
  • Alexander Wang (left college before graduation)

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The Savannah College of Art and Design / Savannah, Atlanta

The Savannah College of Art and Design was founded in 1978 to offer courses and degrees not previously available in the southern United States. With several faculties, the college is hard to beat in terms of diversity and enables students to supplement their major with suitable or interesting, non-topic, minor studies. Fashion can be studied here in a Bachelor's and / or Master's degree

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Fashion Institute of Technology / New York

 

The Fashion Institute of Technology is part of the State University of New York and is located right in the heart of New York: Manhattan. The college offers majors in arts, design, communication and technology, all with a focus on the fashion industry.

Graduates:

  • Korma Kamali
  • Calvin Klein
  • Michael Kors (left college before graduation)

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3. France

École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture / Paris

The private fashion school founded in Paris is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Traditionally, traditional craftsmanship and haute couture techniques are very important here. The École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture offers fashion design in Bachelor and Master degrees.

Graduates:

  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • André Courrèges
  • Valentino
  • Yves Saint Laurent

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ESMOD

The ESMOD schools, headquartered in Paris, have several branches around the world. ESMOD stands for École supérieure des artes et techniques de la mode and here, in addition to traditional craftsmanship, fashion marketing and fashion management are taught.

International locations: Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Rennes, Roubaix, Tokyo, Dubai, Beirut, Moscow, Tunis, Istanbul, Kyoto, Beijing, Seoul, Oslo, Jakarta, Damas, Kuala Lumpur, Sousse, Guangzhou.

Graduates:

  • Thierry Mugler
  • Damir Doma

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4. Italy

Instituto Marangoni / Milan

The institute, founded in 1935 by a tailor, teaches a very wide range of courses in the fashion industry. From marketing and product development to the core competence of fashion design, the students are extensively prepared here for the business of the “fashion industry”. Various bachelor's degree programs in fashion design are offered at the private university.

Graduates:

  • Domenico Dolce
  • Franco Moschino

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Polimoda / Florence

The 1986, as part of a cooperation between the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industies. Since its inception, the school has been characterized above all by excellent connections in the fashion industry, which enable its students to receive valuable internships and grants.

Graduates:

  • Italo Zuchelli
  • Massimiliano Giornetti
  • Nicholas Kunz
  • Bárbara Sánches-Kane

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5. Japan

Bunka Fashion College / Tokyo

The Bunka Fashion College is Japan's leading fashion school and especially a leader in avant-garde design. The training is divided into different "departments", for example fashion creation, fashion technology or fashion marketing and distribution.

Graduates:

  • Kenzō Takada
  • Junya Watanabe
  • Yohji Yamamot

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6. Belgium

Royal Academy of Fine Arts / Antwerp

The Academy of Fine Arts is an association of art academies that includes various institutions, including the Academy in Antwerp, known for fashion design. Here you can acquire a fashion bachelor's degree in a three-stage program.

Graduates:

  • Antwerp Six:
    • Walter Van Beirendonch
    • Ann Demeulemeester
    • Dries Van Noten
    • Dirk Van Saene
    • Dirk Bikkembergs
    • Marina Yee
    • Martin Margiela (Hounourary)

The Antwerp Six are a group of designers who studied with Linda Loppa at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 1980 and 1981. In the 1980s, the fashion collective presented a radical vision of fashion that established Antwerp as a major location for fashion design.
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7. Netherlands

ArtEZ / Arnhem

The Dutch art academy ArtEZ was created from a merger of several art academies. ArtEZ's bachelor's degree in fashion design is highly respected around the world, and the university also offers advanced master’s courses.

Graduates:

  • Iris van Herpen
  • The duo Viktor & Rolf

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Fashion schools in Germany

Baden-Wuerttemberg

State Fashion School Stuttgart

graduationState-certified product developers
requirements Secondary school leaving certificate, secondary school leaving certificate, advanced technical college certificate
admissionOne-day entrance exam, divided into:

1. Written, creative part with a focus on manufacturing technology, nature studies, drawing, drafting.

2. Oral part with questions on motivation, tasks on improvisation and the ability to associate

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Vocational college for design Stuttgart

graduationState-certified designer (fashion) with the opportunity to catch up on the technical diploma
requirementintermediate level, advanced technical college entrance qualification
admissionFolder with at least 10 artworks to demonstrate imagination, drawing skills and inventiveness.

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Kerschenstein School Stuttgart

graduation1. Vocational college:

State certified designer in fashion and acquisition of the custom tailor journeyman certificate

2. Master School

Master craftsman's certificate in women's and men's tailoring

requirementsMiddle school leaving certificate (Vocational College), degree as a tailor or a related training occupation, degree as a product developer / in fashion from the Stuttgart State Fashion School (Master)
admissionpossible without previous knowledge

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State-recognized fashion school Brigitte Kehrer (Stuttgart & Mannheim)

graduationTraining to become a state-recognized

Fashion designer

requirementsgeneral school leaving certificate
admissionNo entrance examination / previous knowledge required

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Fashion design school Manuel Fritz Mannheim

graduationState-certified designer (fashion) as an advanced module, with the option of completing the B.A. (hons) Fashion Design.
requirementsintermediate level, advanced technical college entrance qualification (for BA)
admissionRegistration interview

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Fashion school Sigmaringen

graduationState-certified fashion designer, business administration focus on fashion management (B.A.), bespoke tailor
requirementsMiddle school leaving certificate (state-certified fashion designer), university entrance qualification or corresponding training with two years of professional experience (Bachelor),
admissionConsultation and admissions interview, work on the bust, application folder, knowledge of English

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LDT Nagold Academy for Fashion

graduationFashion Management (B.A.), Business Administration (B.A.), Optional: Textile Business Economist
requirementsCompleted commercial training or university entrance qualification including one year of professional experience
admissionpossible without previous knowledge

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Technical school for clothing Metzingen

graduationClothing technician, state-certified designer
requirementsPreliminary contract for training with a suitable company
admissionpossible without previous knowledge

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Bavaria

Master School for Fashion (Munich)

graduationState-certified model maker - focus on cutting, state-certified fashion designer, there is also the possibility of acquiring a master's degree in both subjects

Alteration tailor, bespoke tailor, milliner, textile and fashion seamstress

requirementsTraining in the field of fashion and professional experience or six years of relevant professional experience (state-certified model maker - focus on cutting, state-certified fashion designer), secondary school leaving certificate (alteration tailor, bespoke tailor, milliner, textile and fashion sewer / in), professional qualification from relevant vocational training and 12 months of professional experience (master craftsman)
admissionEntrance exam:

Production of a jacket front part with pockets and buttonholes, fashion drawings, questions about a technical text

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AMD Academy Fashion & Design

graduationMode Design (B.A.), Fashion Design (B.A.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionGeneral AMD selection process, portfolio with 5 - 10 own works

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North Rhine-Westphalia

Mode Design College Düsseldorf

graduationInternational Fashion Designer, Fashion Design BA (Hons) in cooperation with Griffith College Dublin, Fashion Management (B.A.)
requirementMiddle school leaving certificate and two years of specialist work experience, university entrance qualification, degree in International Fashion Designer (Fashion Design BA (Hons)),
admissionKnowledge of English, aptitude test

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Fashion Design Institute (Düsseldorf)

graduationDiploma “International Fashion Designer”, Bachelor of Arts “Fashion Design”
requirementintermediate level, advanced technical college entrance qualification
admissionFive-part portfolio for “Fashion Design” (drawings, collages, sculptures, illustrations, photographs, etc.)

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Müller & Sohn School in Düsseldorf

graduationIndividual and combination seminars, preparation for the master craftsman's examination in women's tailoring (part 1 + 2) in cooperation with the Düsseldorf Chamber of Crafts
requirementCompleted vocational training in the clothing industry or a subject-specific degree
admissionThe necessary motivation and commitment is expected

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Private fashion school Albstadt Düsseldorf

graduationState-recognized training:

in fashion design (Albstadt, from 16 years)

in fashion design (Düsseldorf, from 18 years)

requirementMiddle school leaving certificate, advanced technical college certificate and reaching the required age
admissionpossible without previous knowledge

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Mönchengladbach fashion school

graduationState-certified clothing technician, state-certified clothing technology assistant
requirementsState-certified clothing technician:

2-year professional training as a fashion seamstress with one year of professional experience, three-year training as a fashion tailor or state-certified clothing technology assistant with one year of professional experience

State-certified clothing technology assistant:

medium maturity

admissionTalent for creative and practical work, appropriate prior training (state-certified clothing technician)

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Chamber of Crafts Dortmund

graduationMaster's degree in bespoke tailor, degree in business administration
requirementsJourneyman's examination or final examination in a recognized training occupation must be available for registration for the master’s examination
admissionJourneyman's or final examination

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Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences - Krefeld

graduationDesign Engineer (B.Sc), Textile and Clothing Technology (B.Sc.), Textile and Clothing Management
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionAptitude test, eight-week industrial internship (by the beginning of the 3rd semester at the latest!)

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Lower Saxony

Fahmoda - Academy for Fashion and Design Hamburg

graduationInternational Bachelor in Textile and Design (in cooperation with the University Doncaster, UK / IRL)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionpossible without previous knowledge

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Hesse

Fashion Institute Gabriel Frankfurt

graduationVarious basic / advanced courses on certificate level, courses of a craft and / or technical nature
requirementsno explicit school leaving certificate or completed vocational training is required
admissionThere are different course offers, some of them (especially the basic / hobby courses) are possible without previous knowledge, other, more in-depth courses require the corresponding specialist knowledge

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Hamburg

AMD Academy Fashion & Design

graduationMode Design (B.A.), Fashion Design (B.A.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionGeneral AMD selection process, portfolio with 5 - 10 own works

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Vocational school Wood.Color.Textile. Hamburg

graduationState-certified dressmaker, master craftsman examination in Part IV, additional acquisition of the technical college entrance qualification
requirementsMiddle school leaving certificate with subject-specific vocational training, university entrance qualification
admissionPortfolio with 10 - 15 artwork, general and artistic aptitude test

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Berlin

University of Art in Berlin

graduationFashion Design (B.A.), Fashion Design (M.A.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionProof of artistic talent, proof of a six-week pre-study internship

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Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin

graduationFashion Design (B.A.), Fashion Design (M.A.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification, previous professional training
admissionExamination of artistic aptitude

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Berlin University of Technology and Economics

graduationFashion Design (B.A.), Fashion Design (M.A.), Clothing Technology (B.Sc.), Clothing Technology (M.Sc.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification (Bachelor), first academic degree in a comparable course (Master)
admission1. Bachelor:

Application process with presentation of a portfolio (approx. 20 own papers), aptitude test, pre-study internship of 18 weeks

2nd master

if necessary: ​​selection process

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Saxony

West Saxon University of Applied Arts Zwisckau Faculty of Applied Arts in Schneeberg

graduationMode Design (B.A.), Textile Design (B.A.)
requirementsUniversity entrance qualification
admissionCourse-related master craftsman's examination, equivalent previous education, passed aptitude test

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Career opportunities

Successful careers are highly competitive in the international fashion industry. But with the right training and excellent technical knowledge, you can find your way in the field of fashion.

Professions in the fashion industry can be roughly divided into two areas of competence:

1. Fashion design professions

The obvious thing to do here is to pursue the profession of “fashion designer”. However, professions such as tailor, garment pattern maker, bespoke tailor or fashion illustrator also fall under this grouping.

2. Fashion management

As in every industry, there are also business professions in fashion. Here schoolchildren or students get to know the “business” side and can later pursue professions such as PR manager, buyer, brand manager or storage manager. Many of these career opportunities are covered in a “Fashion Management” degree.

Job profiles

  • Bespoke tailor
  • fashion designer
  • Costume designer / dressmaker
  • Editing technician
  • Business economist in textiles
  • Milliner / hat maker
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Fashion photographer
  • Fashion journalist

Potential employers

  • Fashion brands / labels
  • Independent designer or bespoke tailor
  • Department stores
  • Costume departments for film / theater
  • fashion magazines
  • Marketing, advertising, PR agencies or departments

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Overview: Information about fashion schools

Since the world of fashion schools is just as diverse as the industry itself: Here is an overview of other fashion schools in Germany with detailed information on their range as a download!

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First published in 2019, last updated on December 6, 2019

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