London College of Fashion has recently been ranked in the top ten institutions worldwide for fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s first global fashion school rankings, published this week. With postgraduate (MA) claiming fourth position and undergraduate (BA) placed in eighth, this analysis provides each participating fashion institution with a unique score based on three indicators of quality – global influence, learning experience and long-term value.
The publication of this report opened up interesting discussion around the importance of both creativity and business within creative subjects. Professor Frances Corner, London College of Fashion’s Head of College recently wrote for the Business of Fashion online about this:
As educators for such a specialist subject, bringing together disciplines to mix creativity with business understanding is vital — for future generations of our students, and for our global economy.
Many LCF courses now incorporate business education as an integral part of the programme and one that comes hand-in-hand with the real-world application of the creative side of design.
With the number of creative start-ups and self-employment increasing year-on-year in the UK and almost fifty percent of our students wanting to set up their own business, it is evident that the entrepreneurial spirit is thriving. It is also crucial therefore that our students are equipped with the skills to run a sustainable and successful business; a necessary empowerment of the creative sector where our graduates are armed with the business knowledge and acumen they need to hold their own purse-strings and continue developing their creative practice post-LCF, should that be the path they choose.
The new Business of Fashion annual education report will be an invaluable resource, bringing insight and sharing perspectives on the ever changing landscape of fashion education.
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