Need to know

Fashion directly contributes nearly £21 billion to the UK economy and employs nearly a million people across a wide spectrum of roles and provides diverse job opportunities. The industry needs people with many different talents ranging from designers to business developers, strategists to writers, new media specialists, to photographers … and even accountants!

Does it make sense to study fashion abroad?

This really depends on you. There are some good fashion schools in the United Kingdom so it is not necessary to go abroad in order to find a good quality education. In fact, many international fashion schools even have a presence in London because it is such an important global centre for the industry.

For all fashion disciplines from design and styling to fashion business, communication and new media, it is important to ensure that your university offers you plenty of practical experience of the working environment and opportunities to network in the fashion world. You should look for a university that can offer you excellent work placements and internships. This will assist you in finding a job after you graduate.

Fashion in Italy

Istituto Marangoni is the leading fashion school in Italy. It is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2015 and they have a number of anniversary scholarships on offer.

IM offer Masters degrees in Paris and London, as well as postgraduate certificates in Milan. They have degrees in the following areas:

Fashion in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a small but flourishing fashion culture. There are a few prestigious fashion events that take place in the Netherlands - Amsterdam International Fashion Week, which is held twice a year, the competition during the Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Award, and the Arnhem Fashion Biennale.

There are degrees offered at postgraduate level at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem.

What grades do I need to get in?

Grades are not usually the issue for design courses. In common with British universities, greater emphasis will be placed on your portfolio and any practical skills you have already amassed.

Will my degree be recognised?

This is not really an issue with fashion qualifications. You are far more likely to be judged on the quality of your portfolio and the work experience you have gained whilst studying than the quality of your university. Degrees from Istituto Marangoni, for example, are actually accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University.

However, there are still universities and fashion schools that are better connected to the fashion industry and it is worth considering this when planning to study design abroad.

What else should I bear in mind?

Talent alone is not enough to guarantee success in the fashion world – ensure that the course you choose covers practical business elements. It is worthwhile investing in your skills to ensure that you have a competitive advantage.