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Global Fashion School Rankings 2016

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Located in the Edinburgh's Old Town, overlooking the historic Grassmarket, Edinburgh College of Art is the oldest and largest art school in Scotland. The application process for fashion courses at ECA is extremely competitive with an acceptance rate of 5 percent. However, students rated the school's work placement and quality of recruiters among the lowest in our survey. Other noted areas for improvement are the school's course offerings in business and marketing, which were rated in the bottom quartile compared to other schools. However, our survey showed strong results regarding students' contentment with the institution's campus and resources, including technological resources. Alumni comments identified that small class sizes and heightened attention from teachers were intrinsic to the school experience. Students from the school won all three places for the British Fashion Council Burberry Competition.

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Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2016

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Fashion BA (Hons)

Student & Alumni Comments

"A fantastic experience, very dedicated and focused teaching, brilliant exposure at graduate fashion week, amazing small sized classes of 15 people allowed individual attention for each student creating a great learning environment . A hugely enjoyable and challenging experience for my degree"


"I learnt a lot of technical, digital and creative skills . There was a strong focus on quality, sewing skills as well as drawing, illustration and the presentation of your work . "


"I loved my university although I did pick a career path which is very difficult to succeed in . My course taught me how to be a great designer and to be very creative although I didn't feel like it prepared me for the industry as much as it could have. However I would not have wanted to go anywhere else and still stand by that decision."


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