RMIT is the only Australian institute to make the top 10 in the 2015 Business of Fashion’s (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings.
The postgraduate programs were ranked sixth and the undergraduate programs were ranked ninth, reinforcing the School of Fashion and Textiles’ reputation as a dynamic and progressive educational industry leader and influencer.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Professor Paul Gough expressed delight at the results.
“To be recognised as a school of global quality in the field of fashion and textiles is a testimony to the outstanding quality of our students, staff and alumni,” he said.
Professor Robyn Healy, Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles, said the results were encouraging for RMIT cultivating designers and entrepreneurs, particularly with the international fashion industry in the midst of major change.
“We take pride in mentoring a diverse and innovative cohort of global leaders who embody sustainability and the skills to forge original models of practice," she said.
The rankings were based on rigorous BoF analysis of 60 data points collected directly from fashion schools in 11 countries, a survey of more than 4,000 fashion students and alumni, as well as a reputational survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers.
Three major indicators of quality were used to assess the institutions: global influence, learning experience and long-term value.
Both RMIT’s postgraduate and undergraduate degrees scored particularly well in the learning experience category, encapsulating factors such as student diversity, satisfaction, resources and teaching.