Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Founded in 1871 in Finland, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has since established itself as one of the most prestigious art schools in the world, offering arts related courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Admission to Aalto is extremely competitive, with an acceptance rate of about 10 percent for the Bachelors program. The school's small size, with less than 200 full time students across the Bachelors and Masters programmes, allows for students to benefit from highly engaged teaching groups and individual tutoring. Students rated the school's course offerings in technical skills highly, but expressed dissatisfaction with courses in business and marketing. This year saw the introduction of obligatory minor studies, with the aim to provide students with a wider perspective and holistic approach to fashion education. Overall, the students' rating of the quality of their teachers and peers came in below average compared to other schools in our survey, however, an impressive 96 percent of students surveyed felt prepared to work in the fashion industry.
"My study experience was intense and focused on developing a personal identity as a designer, keeping in mind the prospects of someday getting hired. Considering the remote location and small scale of Aalto university, the possibilities for international internships are amazing, due to the devoted work and personal input of the teachers and staff."
"Provided an excellent creative base for working in Fashion. Strong connections to the current fashion industry gives students direct possibilities to intern in the most relevant fashion houses."
"The teaching was overall good in quality, especially courses in textiles and prints. However, studies could provide a more realistic understanding about working in commercial design. The fashion department focuses too much to high fashion."
"We have excellent studios at hand for all sorts of development and experimentation with materials. More opportunities for individual tutoring would be beneficial. However, if one has a clear vision and aim, independence and the studios together are a good opportunity to produce and develop ideas."
Full Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking
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