It is a great opportunity to get to study fashion abroad. Here we list some of the top fashion institutes the world over.
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York
Known by some as the MIT of the fashion world, the Fashion Institute of Technology offers programs in fashion design, business, marketing, illustrating and styling. Established in 1944, the school has 8,846 students overall and boasts of Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors among its alumni.At the baccalaureate level, New York residents pay $3,435 a semester and students from outside the state pay $10,396. The school has a lecture series and a museum curated by fashion historian Valerie Steele.
London College of Fashion, London
This is a college within the University of the Arts London, the London College of Fashion stands out for its wide range of fashion courses. The school offers not only fashion design courses, but also fashion marketing, journalism, buying and merchandising as well as programs in beauty, cosmetic science, fashion curation and criticism, and even courses specializing in footwear and accessories. More than 5,000 students are enrolled, and tuition fees are the same as at Central Saint Martins since the two colleges are both part of UAL. Famous graduates include Jimmy Choo and Rupert Sanderson.
Instituto Marangoni, Milan
The Instituto Marangoni is split across three campuses; its main campus is based in Milan and the other two are in London and Paris. The school, home to 2,000 students across all three campuses, offers courses in fashion design, fashion business, fashion buying, brand management and fashion promotion. Depending on your program, nationality and chosen language of instruction, tuition fees range from €16,200 (US$18,270) to €19,400 (US$21,900). The school, boasting the likes of Franco Moschino and Domenico Dolce as alumni, has a large community of international students.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp is also making strong steps toward becoming a world-leading fashion capital. Perhaps the most notable fashion school here is the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, an elite design school offering fashion design courses to just over 100 students each year. Tuition is highly subsidized, even for foreign students, making the total cost approximately €967 (~US$1,090) per year for non-EU students and €238 for EU students, the cheapest fees to be featured in this article. Students must have proficiency in Dutch and an experimental and avant-garde approach is encouraged.
Bunka Fashion College, Japan
Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College offers programs in fashion design, fashion creation and technology, marketing and accessories and textiles. Bunka is known for its Japanese avant-garde designs as well as its more academic marketing and technology courses and is home to 8,000 students spread across its two colleges. Bunka Fashion College gained international prominence in the 1960s, when graduates of the school began showing their designs in Paris. A good understanding of Japanese is required and tuition is around JP¥ 1,414,360 (~US$12,800) plus extra fees.