Finding the right choice for a fashion educational course is a daunting task for aspiring creatives but while there is plenty of information available about the world’s top medical schools and law schools and plain old liberal arts schools, choosing the right fashion program can be a little more challenging.
That’s why, we are sharing this piece on THEBRAND radio providing you with a comprehensive snapshot, and to help you figure out which school is right for you by explaining why each of them is worth a look. Here’s a brief overview of our criteria:
Annual tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive, although tuition can vary drastically and, at many colleges, it increases each year. The number you see on each college’s page does not include room and board and incidentals. While tuition is not the most heavily weighted category on our list of criteria, we did factor the cost into our rankings as it relates to the cost of living in the area where the corresponding school is located.
Famous and successfully placed alumni: Famous alumni are something that we consider, yes, but we also reward schools with great placement rates. Just because a school hasn’t produced a marquee name (yet) doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Every single one of these schools has placed students in major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses. Behind every Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Alexander Wang is a talented support staff helping to ensure everything runs smoothly. And getting paid good money to do it.
Student and alumni feedback: We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school.
Other measurements: We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, social life, career counseling and financial aid options.
Also of note: We spend hours upon hours researching and reporting on these schools — each school name below links to a page detailing our findings. No list is entirely scientific, but it is objective. Keep this in mind if you don’t see your favorite school here or disagree with the ranking your alma mater received.
Watch out for a curated list of the top fashion schools in Africa and Nigeria coming up soon on THEBRAND radio blog.
Additional credits: fashionista.com
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