Get Schooled: The Top 10 Colleges Around the World for Fashion Communicators


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The fashion communications industry is growing at a rapid rate and attracting more employees than ever before. Thanks to more accessibility through social media and the proliferation of industry pro’s like Aliza Licht and Erika Bearman, it’s also an industry that’s growing in demand. Business of Fashion just released an in-depth report ranking the top fashion schools worldwide. We’ve pulled the schools offering Bachelor and Master programs in Fashion Communications – which program looks best to you?

1. Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology – Beijing

BIFT provides art, engineering and business education. The school is well-connected with the domestic textile industry and offers a wide range of individual programs responding to the industry’s need for specialized professions in textiles in the area. Strongly linked with the state, the Institute was responsible for the uniforms at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the civilian parade for the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

BA: Marketing for International Fashion Management

2. Central Saint Martins – London

The internationally-renowned center for arts and design education has one of the most established reputations in fashion education. Central Saint Martins offers fashion-related BA and MA courses ranging from fashion design, to communication and promotion, to journalism. Admission can be extremely competitive and the international student body widely diverse – a certain Mr. Antonio Banderas is currently taking a course on bespoke tailoring there as we speak!

BA: Fashion History and Theory, Fashion Communication, Fashion Journalism, Fashion and Fashion Communication and Promotion

MA: in Fashion Communication, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Communication and Promotion

3. Fashion Institute of Technology – New York City

FIT offers a business and design education with a strong foundation in liberal arts. Undergraduates can choose from a variety of courses, including fashion design, production management and even textile development. Strongly linked to New York City’s fashion and creative industries, the school curriculum is built on industry partnerships and involves significant team-based learning. Many great internship and job opportunities come from this school.

BA: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Advertising Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Direct and Interactive Marketing and Entrepreneurship

4. Istituto Marangoni – Milan, Paris, London, Shanghai

Founded in Milan, privately run Istituto Marangoni now also operates campuses in Paris, London and Shanghai. In 2016, it will open a new campus in Florence and the fashion education provider plans to continue expanding its training centers, with a focus on emerging fashion capitals. A big part of Istituto Marangoni’s appeal is the opportunity for students to transfer between the international campuses during their studies. Sign us up!

BA: Fashion Communication & New Media, Fashion Business & Brand Management Intensive, Communication Intensive

5. London College of Fashion – London

London College of Fashion provides one of the widest ranges of courses in fashion education, with twenty-seven full-time BA undergraduate degree courses and four integrated masters degree courses! As a result, it also has one of the largest student bodies with about 5,000 students.

BA: Fashion Public Relations and Communication, Journalism

MA: Fashion Journalism, Fashion Media Practice and Criticism, Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Strategic Fashion Marketing

6. Parsons School of Design – New York City

The New School’s Parsons School of Design is the most well-known fashion school in the United States, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a variety of fashion areas. The likes of Tom Ford and Alexander Wang used to roam its halls and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn served as associate dean from 1989–2000, then becoming chair in August 2000. He was credited with retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century – making it work!

BA: Fashion Marketing

7. Polimoda – Florence

Polimoda’s location in the Renaissance city of Florence plays a significant part in the Polimoda student experience. The school’s connections with the fashion industry are also enhanced by the proximity of the nearby leather industry and garment manufacturers of Tuscany. Doesn’t sound like bad deal, right?

BA: Fashion Communication

MA: Fashion Marketing & Communication

8. Savannah College of Art & Design – Savannah, Hong Kong

SCAD is an arts and design university offering a broad range of degrees. Located across three continents, SCAD operates campuses in Savannah, its main location, Atlanta, Hong Kong and the French town of Lacoste. Students have the possibility to move between different geographic locations. The school offers undergraduate courses in fashion design or marketing and management, and was amongst the first to teach a masters degree in luxury and fashion management.

BA: Fashion Marketing and Management

MA: Luxury and Fashion Management

9. Ryerson University School of Fashion – Toronto

Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson’s School of Fashion is the oldest fashion program in Canada. Ryerson is highly competitive and has a low acceptance rate of sixteen percent for fashion design and fourteen percent for fashion communication programs.

BA: Fashion Communication

10. University for the Creative Arts Epsom – England

The second-largest center for creative arts education in the UK, UCA is spread across four locations and first opened its doors to students in Victorian times. Fashion courses are taught at the campuses in the market towns of Epsom and Rochester in the south of England.

BA: Fashion Promotion and Imaging, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Marketing and Management

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Martha Chavez

Martha Chavez

Martha Chavez is a communications professional working in the educational sector, but loves moonlighting in fashion PR for PR Couture.