North America

1. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Based in New York City, FIT’s campus gives students an exciting and rewarding study experience. Its urban experience and facilities will let you gain new perspectives and opportunities that you may never expect.

FIT focuses on educating talents of design, fashion, art communication and business. Specialised in Fashion Design, it produced some well-known names in the industry, such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Carolina Herrera. Although FIT does not feature in the popular university ranking lists, but you should consider it if you plan to study fashion related courses. Given it is highly specialised, you will benefit from the updated industry information.

2. Parsons School of Design at The New School

Situated in the heart of New York City, you will get to experience a diverse and vibrant community. Currently ranked third in the world for Art and Design*, Parsons is offering an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate programmes are available from these schools:

  1. Parsons School of Design

  2. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

  3. College of Performing Arts

  4. The New School of Social Research

  5. School of Public Engagement

  6. Parsons Paris

The school has great connections with the industry, in fact the first several seasons of the popular reality tv show “Project Runway”, were filmed at Parsons New York. Since Parsons is located at the business hub of USA, you will have opportunities to work with some of the greatest art & design companies. The school has nurtured numerous notable alumni especially in fashion design such as Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Alexander Wang.

3. Pratt Institute

Established in 1887, Pratt Institute’s campuses are located in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New York. As a global leader in higher education, Pratt is dedicated to train its undergraduate and graduate students for future careers in art, design, architecture and more. A lot of its graduates excel in fine art, illustration and architecture. Notable alumni include Gertrude Käsebier, Norman Norell and Keith Michael.

Pratt currently excels in architecture, interior design and industrial design. You will be working with some of the world’s most creative and inspiring minds in these fields. Its curriculum uses a collaborative and creative approach, committed to train and support their students with exceptional facilities.

 

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Founded in 1861, MIT is dedicated to make a better world through education, research and innovation. Located at a global innovation hub, students experience a welcoming life. They can choose from a range of extracurricular activities along with their studies.

MIT is currently ranked as the top institute globally**. Although MIT is generally recognised for its engineering and scientific achievements, but it has a renowned architecture department which ranks second in the world*. For example, I. M. Pei is one of the most recognised alumni and he is a pioneer in architecture.

As a top research university, it also excels many areas such as business, political science and music. If you want to build your own career in art & design, MIT is a great place for entrepreneurship and building connections.

 

5. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

RISD is one of the first art and design schools in the USA and was founded in 1877. It encourages artists to be curious, adaptive, empathetic and creative. The school offers diversified programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels, notable alumni are often recognised to be successful in these fields; Animation, Architecture, Film and television, Illustration, Multimedia, mixed media and installation, and Painting.

RISD is collaborating with Brown University, offering a dual degree course so you can integrate your art and design study with other subjects offered by Brown University. Rhode Island is known for its dynamic art scene. It has its own museum that focuses on art & design archives and provides opportunities to students to exhibit artworks to the public.

 

6. School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Founded in 1866, SAIC is part of the Art Institute of Chicago, a world-class museum. SAIC provides excellent education in studio arts and exhibition opportunities for its students. It has nurtured numerous leaders in the art & design field, influencing the world to great extents. Graduates found successful careers as fine art artists, sculptors and more. Some of the most notable artists were trained at SAIC, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, LeRoy Neiman and Walt Disney.

SAIC is known for its faculty. All facilities and resources create an exceptional learning environment; the curriculum applies an open structure and it promotes critical thinking, investigation and creativity. All parties who contributed towards designing the curriculum, are helping you to become a professional in the industry. 

*According to QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

**According to QS World University Rankings 2019.

***Facts and statistics of universities are available from their official websites.