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Global Fashion School Rankings 2015

Polimoda

Florence, Italy

Polimoda’s location in the Renaissance city of Florence plays a significant part in the Polimoda 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 masters courses come from a wide variety of international backgrounds. The school reports a relatively low student-teacher ratio of about six to one, meaning that each student is able to develop their skills at their own pace. Students scored the faculty, campus and workrooms highly in our survey. Whereas 93 percent of undergraduate students feel satisfactorily prepared for the industry, postgraduate students ranked the school’s careers services and quality of recruiters poorly. They identified lower-than-average levels of employment within six months of graduation comparative to other schools.

6th

BA Course Ranking 2015

Full-time fashion students

620

International students

42%

Student : Teacher ratio

6:1

Tuition: Domestic/intl

$10k/$10k

Acceptance rate

57%

Graduation Rate

75%

75% for Design & Technology Department, 92% for Business & Communication Department

Courses Offered

Undergraduate:
Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Footwear & Accessories Design, Business Of Fashion, Fashion Communication, Fashion Luxury Management, Fashion Management, Fashion Product Management

9th

MA Course Ranking 2015

Full-time fashion students

265

International students

83%

Student : Teacher ratio

3:1

Tuition: Domestic/intl

$22k/$22k

Acceptance rate

31%

Graduation Rate

90%

90%, for Fashion & Technology Department, 98% for Business & Communication Department

Courses Offered

Graduate:
Collection Design, Shoe & Bag Collection Design, Fashion Enterprise, Fashion Brand Management, Fashion Buying & Product Management, Fashion Marketing & Communication, Fashion Merchandising & Buying, Fashion Styling, Fashion Trend Forecasting, International Fashion Business, Luxury Business, Luxury Retail Management

Student & Alumni Comments

"No interest is taken in placing students in the fashion industry, even though the director and other faculty members have very good contacts within the industry. No visa extension help is provided by the school."

Alumni

"A very different teaching method and course structure, that teaches us how to work under pressure and imitates situations that would arrive while working in the industry after graduation."

Alumni

"Polimoda is anything but traditional, breaking the rules of how a fashion business course should be taught. Fashion brand management is easy to teach when breaking it down into marketing, branding, market research and so on, as many Universities do. Polimoda breaks such norms and uses its own bizarre methods, through which all the students leave slightly brainwashed but with a thorough grasp of how to create/build/improve upon the magical core or essence of a brand, i.e. the "intangible" stuff - this was pounded into us, which is something that's hard to achieve even after years of working."

Alumni

"The teachers were absolutely golden, each and every one of them has a story to tell that made me want to pursue a career in fashion even more. Also, the location of the school is interesting; such an innovative fashion school placed in Florence, a city so rich in heritage, made we want to study at Polimoda."

Alumni

"Polimoda is an extraordinary institution that immersed me in a vibrant student culture and exposed me to the teachings of seasoned professionals. Quite simply, the people you encounter are as beautiful as the Florentine campus and will go above and beyond to ensure a comprehensive learning experience as well as a fruitful career path afterwards."

Alumni

Full BA Course Rankings

The Business of Fashion’s first global fashion school ranking aims to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) fashion programmes around the world.

Full MA Course Rankings

The Business of Fashion’s first global fashion school ranking aims to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) fashion programmes around the world.