Brighton one of the best places in the world to study fashion and textiles says influential league table
15 Aug 2013
The University of Brighton Faculty of Art's industry-renowned fashion and textiles courses have scored high on a worldwide list of the best fashion schools by trend website Fashionista.com.
Taking into account programme curriculum, tuition, alumni, location, popularity and industry regard for both the Fashion and Textiles Design courses, the website placed Brighton 22nd in its international league table, and 5th out of all UK institutions.
Malcolm McInnes, subject leader for Fashion and Textiles, said: "The increased international and national interest of talented students drawn to study Fashion at Brighton is testimony to the perfect balance of skills we offer on both the MDes and BA(Hons) courses.
"A curriculum driving subject-specific skills in design and making, industry knowledge and experience together with entrepreneurial ambition is key to a student's success from the programme. The experience and diversity of staff through the quality of teaching keep inquiry at the heart of the learning environment to ensure fashion studies are relevant to the industry."
This experience and diversity is informed by cross-discipline fashion and textile research which uses both traditional and technology driven exploration. This research builds upon Brighton's long history of craftsmanship, materiality and social engagement by combining cutting edge technologies with the opportunity to utilise its materials laboratories. Established and emerging themes include heritage and sustainability; new technologies and materials; digital design and wellbeing.
High-profile former fashion students include Barbara Hulanicki and Julien Macdonald, while two recent graduates have been recognised with industry awards: Harriet Toogood won the 'Space' textile prize by Texprint for her "bold and woven fabrics," while Sophia Messina has been nominated in a national competition run by clothing retailer H&M for her use of straw in footwear design.
(Image: Textile graduate prize winner Harriet Toogood)