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If you’re currently hunting for the right college and are set on a career in fashion, the options can be overwhelming. Fashionista.com has compiled a list of the top 50 fashion schools in the world, using a number of criteria with a large and informed survey group to reach their results.

While fashion design might be the most popular degree, the list includes more than design schools. In particular, colleges and universities that offer stellar fashion business, marketing, styling, and technology programs. Because, after all, there a ton of great fashion careers, many of which even have very little to do with actual design but are an integral part of the industry.

Tuition: Art and design schools are generally expensive. The prices range from free to up to $40,000 per year. Unless otherwise stated, the tuition you see when you research the list online is yearly for international students. It does not include room and board and incidentals. Also, tuition obviously changes yearly, so take it as an approximation.

How to Apply: Most of the schools have very similar application requirements. In general, you need a high school equivalency, letters of recommendation, essay, portfolio (for design students), and quite possibly need to have an interview. Some countries, for obvious reasons, have language requirements, so make sure you know what the language of instruction is before setting off.

One final note: If you’re a prospective student, we hope this ranking helps to inform your choice. If you’re a current student, we hope it gives you insight into what your peers are experiencing at their respective institutions. You will know what the right choice is for you, based on your area(s) of interest, budget and destination.

Here are the top 25 schools in the list as published by Fashionista.com:

1 CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS London, England
2 ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART London, England
3 PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN New York, USA
4 KINGSTON UNIVERSITY London, England
5 ECOLE DE LA CHAMBRE SYNDICALE Paris, France
6 LA CAMBRE Brussels, Belgium
7 BUNKA FASHION COLLEGE Tokyo, Japan
8 ANTWERP ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS Antwerp, Belgium
9 FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT) New York, USA
10 ISTITUTO MARANGONI Milan, Italy (also Paris and London)
11 ESMOD Paris, France (plus 14 countries)
12 LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION London, England
13 SHENKAR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Ramat Gan, Isreal
14 SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Georgia, USA
15 UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER London, England
16 STUDIO BERCOT Paris, France
17 RAVENSBOURNE COLLEGE OF DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION London, England
18 DREXEL UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
19 PRATT INSTITUTE Brooklyn, New York, USA
20 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Providence, Rhode Island, USA
21 KENT STATE UNIVERSITY Kent, Ohio, USA
22 OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Los Angeles, USA
23 TAFE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Sydney, Australia
24 GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE Toronto, Canada
25 COPENHAGEN ACADEMY OF FASHION DESIGN Copenhagen, Denmark

For a complete list, see Fashionista.com

Source: Fashionista.com

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