Top 10 Global Graduate Fashion Business Courses

If you aspire the career in the fashion industry or if you are looking to upscale your qualification in the fashion industry below are the top 10 global graduate fashion business courses:

 

1. Institut Français de la Mode (Paris, France)

Created and funded by the French Ministry for Industry, IFM was founded to bridge the gap between creative design and business. The Parisian campus offers postgraduate and executive education.

 

The institute is well-connected in the fashion world; many high profile individuals and companies sit on its board of directors and are patrons of the school.

 

The educational offer is split into fashion design and luxury management programs. Curricula are composed of real-life projects or business cases in cooperation with fashion or luxury goods companies.

 

Courses include a six-month internship for all students. Student places are highly sought after and only one in five applicants secure a place in the course. This year, IFM was ranked first in BoF’s inaugural Business Graduate Ranking, thanks to the quality of its teaching and the diversity of its educational content. 

 

Bachelor

  • Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design 

 

Masters

  • Master of Arts in Fashion Design – Majors in Garment, Knitwear, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image 

  • Specialized Master’s Degree in Fashion & Luxury Management 

  • MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management 

  • Global Fashion Management Executive MBA 

 

PHD

  • Fashion Theories and Practice

 

Certificate Program

  • Entrepreneurs program 
  • Advanced Intensive Program in Fashion Design and Pattern Making 

 

Online Courses

  • Online Summer School course: Fashion and Luxury Management Summer school program for students

  • Online Summer School course: Styling for a Fashion Photoshoot Summer School program

  • Online Summer School course: Fashion shows and trends Summer School program

  • Online Summer School course: Iconic Products Summer School program

  • ADNxIFM program Certificate program

 

2. London College of Fashion(London, United Kingdom)

LCF provides one of the widest ranges of courses in fashion education, with over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and 165 short courses. As a result, it has one of the largest student bodies with about 5,000 students across the BA and MA programs.

 

The college continues to expand its course offering with highly specialized courses and is a leader in fashion research covering areas such as sustainable fashion practice.

 

In January 2017, the school opened the Digital Learning Lab (DLL) at its Mare Street site, space where students and staff can experiment with new technologies and ask for advice from technical staff.

 

In 2020, the college will move to a new state-of-the-art facility in East London, situated in the former Olympic Park. The college’s BA course offering has risen three places in the rankings this year, thanks to a strong score in the employability of its students post-graduation.

 

The school did however move down three places in the fashion graduate ranking, but comes in second for the business graduate ranking, indicating it is one of the few successful hybrid educators, capable of teaching both creative and commercial disciplines.

 

Bachelor:

  • Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology

  • Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

 

Masters

  • MA Costume Design for Performance

  • MA Fashion Artefact

  • MA Fashion Cultures and Histories

  • MA Fashion Curation

  • MA Fashion Design Management

  • MA Fashion Design Technology (Menswear)

  • MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear

  • MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • MA Fashion Futures

  • MA Fashion Journalism

  • MA Fashion Photography

  • MA Fashion, Film and Digital Production

  • MA Footwear

  • MA Global Fashion Retailing

  • MA Innovative Fashion Production

  • MA Pattern and Garment Technology

  • MA Strategic Fashion Marketing

  • MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion

  • PG Cert Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

 

MBA

  • Executive MBA (Fashion)

  • LCF MBA

 

3. Savannah College of Art(Savannah, United States)

Savannah College of Art and Design is an art and design university offering a broad range of degrees within fashion education. SCAD offers undergraduate courses in fashion design or marketing and management and was amongst the first to teach a master’s degree in luxury and fashion management.

 

Located across three continents, SCAD operates campuses in Savannah, its main location, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and the French town of Lacoste. Students have the possibility to move between different geographic locations throughout their studies.

 

SCAD continues to expand its course offering, recently adding an MA in fashion, accessory design, and jewellery. The institution’s career services and quality of recruiters scored below average in relation to other schools in our survey.

 

Bachelor

  • F.A in Jewelry

  • F.A. Fashion

  • F.A. Fashion Marketing and Management

 

Masters

  • F.A. Luxury and Fashion Management

  • A. Luxury and Fashion Management

  • F.A in Jewelry

  • F.A. Fashion

  • A Fashion

 

4. Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, United States)

FIT offers a business and design education with a foundation in liberal arts. Undergraduates can choose from a variety of courses, including fashion design, production management, and textile development.

 

Most students in their survey expressed they were satisfied with the school’s campus and resources. Over 70 percent of Bachelors students in our survey were satisfied with the school’s courses in business, marketing, technical skills, and innovation.

 

Strongly linked to New York City’s fashion and creative industries, the school curriculum is built on industry partnerships and involves significant team-based learning. The academic reputation of FIT, as well as student employment rates, helped to secure the school’s strong place in the rankings.

 

Bachelor

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Fashion Business Management

  • Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries

  • Textile Development and Marketing

  • International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries

  • Footwear and Accessories Design

  • Textile/Surface Design

  • Packaging Design

  • Jewelry Design

 

Masters

  • Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

  • Fashion Design

  • Global Fashion Management

 

5. Polimoda (Florence, Italy)

Polimoda’s location in the Renaissance city of Florence plays a significant part in its student experience. The school’s connections with the fashion industry are also enhanced by the proximity of the nearby leather industry and garment manufacturers of Tuscany.

 

Students in both the undergraduate and master’s courses come from a wide variety of international backgrounds, and the school’s overall level of international diversity is increasing year-over-year. Both the BA and MA creative courses ranked highly for student diversity in 2017.

 

Students have commented on the quality of internship experience received, with 100 percent of students undertaking work experience during their studies. Students scored the faculty, campus, and workrooms highly in their survey, while about 76 percent of undergraduate alumni survey participants found a job within six months of graduation.

 

The institute offers a wide range of educational programs that provide high-level training for professional roles in the sector.

 

It organizes courses directly in collaboration with top institutions such as LVMH, Gucci, Richemont, Ferragamo, Valentino, Vogue Italia, WGSN, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

 

Bachelor

  1. Fashion Design

  2. Fashion Business

  3. Fashion Merchandising

 

Masters

  1. Master in Fashion Marketing and Communication

  2. Master in Fashion Art Direction

  3. Associate in Digital Marketing and Communication

 

6. Philadelphia University (Philadelphia, United States)

Thomas Jefferson University is a private university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in its earliest form in 1824, the university officially combined with Philadelphia University in 2017. To signify its heritage, the university sometimes carries the nomenclature Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) in its branding.

 

In early 1884, Search himself taught the first classes of the Philadelphia Textile School to five students at 1336 Spring Garden Street. The school was officially opened on November 5, 1884. The school moved to 1303-1307 Buttonwood Street in 1891, then moved again in 1893.

 

Enrollment had been growing steadily and the school was turning away “bright young fellows” for lack of space. The School acquired the former Philadelphia Institute of the Deaf and Dumb on the corner of Broad and Spruce Streets, which allowed rapid expansion of academic offerings and capacity of students.

 

Jefferson offers 160+ undergraduate and graduate programs, including the former Philadelphia University’s flagship colleges:

  • College of Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce

  • College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts

  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies

 

Bachelor

  • Fashion Design

  • Textile Product Science

  • Fashion Merchandising and Management

  • Textile Design

 

Masters

  • Fashion Design Management

  • Global Fashion Enterprise

  • Textile Design

  • Textile Engineering

  • Textile Technology

 

PHD

  • Textile Engineering and Science

 

7. LIM College (New York, United States)

LIM College is a private fashion school spread across three locations in Midtown Manhattan. Founded in 1939, with the aim to fuse fashion with business education, LIM College offers master’s programs in fashion marketing, merchandising, and supply chain management.

 

LIM’s school resources scored highly by respondents to our survey, with students particularly satisfied with the library, workrooms, and campus available to them. Students were also pleased with the quality of networking opportunities, such as the school’s C-Suite Speaker Series, where industry leaders are invited to speak with students about the realities and challenges of the industry.

 

In the survey, LIM is also commended for the work placement opportunities it provides its small cohort.

 

Bachelor

  1. FASHION MEDIA

  2. FASHION MERCHANDISING*

  3. FASHION MERCHANDISING & MANAGEMENT**

  4. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

  5. MANAGEMENT

  6. MARKETING

  7. VISUAL STUDIES

  8. BUSINESS OF FASHION

 

Masters

  1. FASHION MERCHANDISING & RETAIL MANAGEMENT

  2. FASHION MARKETING

  3. GLOBAL FASHION SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

  4. BUSINESS OF FASHION

 

8. Istituto Marangoni International (Milan, Italy)

Founded in Milan, privately run Istituto Marangoni now also operates campuses in Paris, London, Shanghai, and Florence. Part of Istituto Marangoni’s appeal is the opportunity for students to transfer between the international campuses during their studies.

 

The school’s student body is among the most internationally diverse of schools in our ranking – 67 percent of BA students are international. Entrance into the school is becoming increasingly more competitive each year.

 

Students’ ratings of the institution’s campus, resources, study materials, and career services have also improved since 2016, however alumni network scores were poor.

 

Bachelor

 

  1. FASHION DESIGN   

  2. FASHION BUSINESS   

  3. FASHION STYLING   

  4. INTERIOR DESIGN

 

Masters

  1. LUXURY BRAND MANAGEMENT & MARKETING   

  2. FASHION BUYING & VISUAL MERCHANDISING  

  3. MANAGEMENT SURGERY

 

Short Courses – 4 weeks

Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded an Istituto Marangoni certificate.

 

9. RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

RMIT University, formerly known as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne Technical College, is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Its main campus is situated on the northern edge of the historic Hoddle Grid in the city center of Melbourne. It also has two satellite campuses in the northern suburbs of Brunswick and Bundoora and a training site, situated on the Williams base of the Royal Australian Air Force, in the western suburb of Point Cook.

 

Beyond Melbourne, it has a research site near the Grampians National Park in the rural city of Hamilton. Outside Australia, it has a presence in Asia and Europe.

 

In Asia, it has two branch campuses in the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as teaching partnerships in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

 

In Europe, it has a coordinating center in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

 

Short Courses

  • Fashion and Textiles

  • Merchandising and Fashion Business

 

10. Domus Academy (Milan, Italy)

Domus Academy is a private design school in Milan, offering post-graduate courses in fashion, design, and business. Domus Academy’s curriculum consists of four core modules, each incorporating a course period and workshop period, followed by a two-month internship.

 

With over 90 percent of applicants accepted to the programs, Domus Academy is not selective. However, its student body is highly international with over 90 percent of students coming from outside of Italy.

 

Further, students are allowed the freedom to design their academic path and select their two final projects across different disciplines according to the career they wish to pursue.

 

Students indicated roughly a 50 percent satisfaction rating with the marketing and business courses offered within the creative master’s programs, while courses in technical skills and sustainability also received scores that were below average.

 Fashion programs

  1. Master in FASHION DESIGN

  2. Master in FASHION MANAGEMENT

  3. Master in FASHION STYLING AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING

 

Business programs

  1. Master in BUSINESS DESIGN

  2. Master in LUXURY BRAND MANAGEMENT

 

Experience programs

  1. Master in INTERACTION DESIGN

  2. Master in SERVICE DESIGN

  3. Master in VISUAL BRAND DESIGN

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