The State of Education Archive

Top Fashion Schools in China: Pushing Forward Despite Philosophical Divide

BEIJING, China — Industry leaders outside the country still tend to paint all Chinese fashion schools with the same brush, despite recent strides made by some schools to up their creative games. Institutions like the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), Tsinghua University (TU) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) have nurtured the creative instincts of many graduates, and came 20th, 27th and 43rd respectively …

‘Strife and Exultation’: Willie Walters’ Life in Education

LONDON, United Kingdom — “If you look up to our studios at 10pm, every night our lights are blazing. What is it about fashion students that they’re so dedicated and hard working, so ambitious?” asks Willie Walters, the outgoing programme director of fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins, which came top of BoF’s global fashion school rankings for the second year running. Walters is, in …

Top Fashion Schools in France: A Battle for Innovation

PARIS, France — With fashion’s most important commercial and creative centre as its capital, France’s culture and economy have fashion at their core. Indeed, the fashion industry contributes 35 percent of the country’s national GDP. However, to date, the French educational institutions have been divided between design theory and practical creation, in a system that is at odds with wider international approaches to fashion education. …

Fashion Needs a More Robust Approach to Technology Education

LONDON, United Kingdom — Fashion has undergone a rapid transformation over the past decade, with companies evolving their business models to meet the fast-pace of the digital world by changing runway to retail cycles, strengthening e-commerce offerings and dedicating entire teams to social media in a bid to keep pace with ever-changing consumer values. A large part of this transformation can be attributed to the …

Top Fashion Schools in the UK: Bracing for Brexit

LONDON, United Kingdom — UK schools topped BoF’s 2016 global fashion school rankings, with Central Saint Martins in the number one spot at both BA and MA level (having also ranked first at BA level last year), and Kingston University in second place at BA level. Eleven UK institutions made the ranking, with three UK schools in the top 10 at BA level, the most …

Luxury MBAs, Buyers Beware

NEW YORK, United States — Like many university students, Orchid Kafexhiu found that her undergraduate degree in political science didn’t exactly translate to the career she had finally settled upon. “I wanted to learn the luxury industry,” says the New York-based aspiring marketing executive. “And I wanted the educational background before trying to find a job.” Kafexhiu researched schools that offered courses or degrees in …

The Top 50 Global Fashion Schools in 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom — For the second year in a row, Central Saint Martins (CSM) has topped BoF’s global ranking of fashion schools, which this year has expanded to include 54 institutions across 17 countries, with more than 10,000 current students and alumni participating in our annual fashion education survey. CSM’s BA Fashion programme is once again the top BA programme in the world. Not …

BoF Education: Online Courses and Global Fashion School Rankings 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been one year since we unveiled the first iteration of BoF Education. Today, we are happy to unveil our first paid online courses — The Art & Science of Buying and Merchandising with Susanne Tide-Frater and Fashion History for Today with Colin McDowell — as well as the 2016 edition of our Global Fashion Schools Ranking, which now includes 54 …