A global ranking of undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes launched on Monday (August 24, 2015) revealed that Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in UK topped in undergraduate programme worldwide while the Royal College of Art, UK, led in the postgraduate category.
The ranking by Business of Fashion is based on three major indicators of quality that students should consider in the pursuit of a higher education degree in fashion: a school's `global influence,' `experience' and `value'. The data was collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, survey of 4,032 fashion students and alumni, as well as a reputational survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers around the world. "The commitment in time and money to pursue a three or four-year Bachelor's degree, or a one or two-year Master's degree is significant (on average, tuition costs alone at these institutions is more than $18,000 per year) and our survey suggests that the profes sional outcomes for many fashion school students are often uncertain.
The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings helps prospective students and their parents make informed choices, and identify the programme strengths and institutional characteristics so they can choose the courses that are best suited to their needs," says Imran Amed, founder and CEO of the Business of Fashion.
The new initiative will provide fashion students and entrepreneurs with an insight on how the fashion industry works and how to advance careers in the industry. Amed further adds, "this ranking has the potential to send a much needed wake-up call to even the very best fashion schools around the world. As the survey of over 4,000 students underlines, there is a real desire to develop the practical business thinking skills that will help fashion students in their career, and prepare them to work in this fast growing industry, especially by giving them access to practical work experience." For the full ranking, visit businessoffashion.com