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TOP 30 Best Fashion Schools in Europe

Hey there fashion lovers! We know you love fashion very much, therefore, we thought: why not study it? No matter the field of study you wish to fit in, and due to that you should know there are lots of universities to help you. Which one would you choose? Maybe United States, Europe (UK, Italy, France) or maybe… Pakistan, even India?!

Here are the TOP 30 Fashion Schools in Europe considered to be the best of the best.

TOP 30 Best Fashion Schools in Europe

#1. University of Appiled Arts (Vienna, Austria) – The range of courses available at the school is unusually extensive including Fashion design and Graphic design. Students are encouraged to develop their creative vision and to experiment.

  • Academic degrees: Master and Doctor.
  • Requirements: German language.
  • References: Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Victor & Rolf and Helmut Lang – as guest lecturers.

#2. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium) – one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1663. Academy’s Fashion Design course is world leading since the early 1980s. With over 130 students it’s by far the largest program in the visual arts and design department.

  • Programs: Fashion, Costume design, Jewellery design, gold- & silversmithing.
  • Requirements: Dutch language.
  • References: Wouters & Hendrix, Joke van Leeuwen, Panamarenko, Henry van de Velde, Dries Van Noten, Nadine Wynants, A.F. Vandevorst, Jan Fabre, Daan, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Guy Cassiers, Fred Bervoets, Ann Demeulemeester – famous artists and designers – to name a few.

#3. La Cambre (Brussels, Belgium) – one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design. It has around 700 students following courses in its 17 artistic departments (Textile design and Fashion design). It also offers postgraduate teacher training courses and a doctorate in art and the art sciences in cooperation with the university.

  • Academic degrees: Bachelor (3 years) and Master (2 years)
  • Programs: Fashion Design, Styling.
  • Requirements: French language.
  • References: Olivier Strebelle.

#4. National Academy of Arts (Sofia, Bulgaria) – founded in 1896, is the oldest academy of arts in Bulgaria.

  • Academic degrees: BA (4 years), MA (1, 1.5 or 2 years) and DA degrees (3 years after MA).
  • Programs: Fashion and Textile. Courses in Fashion train experts in design of clothes for the entire range of industrial and haute couture collections and accessories, as well as in the planning for modern trends in those fields.
  • Requirements: To pass a preparatory course in Bulgarian language or to hold a document showing a successful result on a Bulgarian language exam.
  • References: Jenny Eakin Delony, Theodore Ushev, Dimitar Krustev, Angel Metodiev.

#5. Copenhagen Academy of Fashion and Design (Copenhagen, Denmark) – During the first year, students are taught the fundamental principles involving: drawing, fashion illustration flats (technical drawings), trends and idea development, fashion information, pattern cutting, size grading and draping. The second year is more job-oriented – students work with more advanced methods in the different disciplines. Menswear and collections for teenagers and kids are part of the second year progamme.

  • Programs: Fashion and Design.
  • References: The students have achieved recognition and succes in the fashion industry as designers, stylists or as costume-makers in Theaters and the Film Industry. Others have started their own business, producing and selling their own Collections both at home and abroad.

#6. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design (Copenhagen, Denmark) – it educates designers and craft artists. Each year, it accepts up to 115 students into the basic programme in Copenhagen and up to 27 on Bornholm and receives guest lecturers and exchange students from around the world.

  • Academic degrees: 3-year BA and 2-year MA in Fashion design.
  • Requirements: Danish language.

#7. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Helsinki, Finland) – opened at the beginning of 2012, was formed by mergind the School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering. The list of its partners includes top Finnish and international universities and centres of expertise, such as ABB, Canon, Alessi, Marimekko, Iittala, Fiskars and Suunto, MIT, Stanford, Kone, Kodak, Toyota, Harvard, Delft, KAIST, Chalmers and Nokia, Hyundai, Saab, Panasonic.

  • Academic degrees: BAs in Fashion and collection design (in English), BA in Fashion (in Finnish or Swedish).
  • Requirements: There’s NO TUITION FEE, even for non-EU students.

#8. Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris, France) – internationally renowned for its training in fashion know-how. Find out more on their website.

  • Academic degrees: A 4-year course in Design/Pattern-Making (BA). A 1-year in Advanced Design/Pattern-Making course for students who have already done other studies in fashion. Contrats de Professionnalisation courses (Vocational sandwich courses): A 2-year Pattern-Making Course or a 1-year Couture and Alternations course.
  • References: Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, André Courreges, Issey Miyake – former students.

#9. ESMOD (Paris, France + branches in 14 countries) – was founded in 1841 and it is authorised by the Commission nationale de la certification professionnelle, the French national commission for vocational certification, to award a 5-year professional certification as fashion stylist/designer at level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework.

  • Academic degrees: Fashion design and Fashion business.
  • References: Franck Sorbier, Éric Bergère and Christophe Decarnin – former students. You should know that the mannequin and measuring tape were invented in ESMOD.

#10. International Fashion Academy/IFA (Paris, France) – was established in 1982 and today has more than 1.200 students from 50 countries worldwide. Find out more on their website.

  • Academic degrees: undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time courses in Fashion Design, Media, Business, Luxury and Perfume & Cosmetics on its campuses in Paris, Shanghai, Istanbul and Bangkok.
  • Requirements: The only school in Paris offering courses taught in English.
  • References: Alumni at Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Mango, Tom Ford, Zara and many more.

We won’t charge you with too many information because it’s a lot to take, but make a proper decision regarding your future in the business of fashion!

Enjoy the rest of the best fashion schools in Europe in the next articles.

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