ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Awards: partnering schools



Introducing the partnering schools for the seventh edition of ISKO I-SKOOL™, Academic Year 2019/2020


NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an international Academy focusing on arts and design: it is the largest private Academy in Italy, and the first one to have been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), back in 1981. As a recognized Academy, NABA offers academic diplomas equivalent to first and second level university degrees in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, new technologies, set design, and visual arts. The Academy was founded in Milan in 1980 upon the private initiative of Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo and Gianni Colombo. NABA was selected over the years by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design, by Business of Fashion as one of the 50 World’s Bests Fashion Schools, as well as by Frame and included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design, Architecture and Fashion Schools.

Founded in 1989 in Korea, having concluded a branch agreement with the 175-year-old fashion institution ESMOD Paris, ESMOD Seoul is recognized as one of the leading higher educational institutes of fashion design and creation in Asia with the advanced European vocational training system. It concerns the hands-on core education system which simultaneously emphasizes on both fashion design and pattern drafting giving young students strong foundation. As a school of the worldwide network of ESMOD International, a diverse choice of specializations (womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie) and a business-oriented education focused also on creativity and technicality are the main keys well-preparing its graduates for the real fashion world. Also ESMOD Seoul is one of the rare educational institutes in Korea providing the course of fashion design and creation in English and in French, which leads the international students fascinated by Korean culture and fashion to choose ESMOD Seoul to study.

Bunka Fashion College has played a guiding role in specialized fashion education in Japan, since 1923. Over the years, the college has nurtured and graduated many highly-qualified people, including internationally recognized designers. The college offers an original curriculum that is divided into four departments: the Fashion Creation Department, Fashion Technology Department, Fashion Marketing and Distribution Department, and Fashion Accessories and Textiles Department. Moreover, it not only promotes practical and specialized education but also pursues a broad range of collaborations with industry, government, and academia. This effort includes joint research with private enterprises.

Polimoda is known worldwide for its independence in thinking and action by combining business and design across all departments. Considered by the Business of Fashion as the best fashion institute in Italy, and amongst the top ten in the world, Polimoda balances the know-how of Italian design and production with an international vision.

AMFI is the largest institute in the Netherlands, characterized by more than 100 lecturers and more than 1,100 students studying all aspects of the fashion world. It covers the entire fashion chain from developing a raw idea to a product and an image, to ensure students a broad perspective of the fashion industry.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was founded as the Craft School in 1871 and has since become the largest in its field in the Nordic countries, and one of the most respected design schools in the world. The BA and MA degree programs encourage an individual and multidisciplinary crossover approach in fashion and material design and development. Aalto alumni can be found working at numerous international fashion houses, brands and institutions and the university works in tight collaboration with the different sections of the fashion and textile industry.

The Central Academy of Arts & Design (CAAD) (the predecessor of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University) was established in 1956. CAAD had the country’s best fine art educators, outstanding researchers, artists and designers who had returned to China after receiving their education overseas. In the nearly 40 years since then, CAAD remained the only independent academy of art and design in China. In 1999 CAAD merged with Tsinghua University, opening up a new chapter in the development of the art and design discipline. Already for 50 years, it provides the best teaching and research conditions in art and design in China, being well ahead of its competitors. There are 18 special areas of study under the general Art and Design Discipline, which was twice (in 2002 and 2007) recognized as the only national level key discipline in this field. The Academy’s Art Study program, focused chiefly on design and art, took first place in the national first-level discipline contest both in 2004 and 2009.

Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is China’s primary educational facility associated with fashion, specializing in the integration of art and technology. BIFT is an institution where art, technology, economics, management, and other convergent disciplines can successfully interact.
The Institute’s motto is “innovation paves the way for realistic and creative applications in education”. This philosophy gives the Institute its special academic flavor – BIFT combines art education and engineering education with sound business administration; integrates ethnic fashion culture with contemporary design philosophy; and realizes theory in practice.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning. SCAD enrolls nearly 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2017, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the No. 1 university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. According to a recent study, 99 percent of Spring 2017 SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation.

For over 40 years, FIDM has been educating students for professional careers in Fashion, Entertainment and Digital Media. The talented faculty, dedicated staff and renowned industry partners work together to create an academically rigorous, career-focused curriculum. FIDM's Career Center has exceptional connections within our industries and offers targeted career planning and placement services.

Istituto Marangoni was founded in 1935 in Milano as ‘Istituto Artistico dell’Abbigliamento Marangoni’ and in 2015 it reaches a special milestone, 80 years of history and success in training the top professionals of Fashion and Design. Istituto Marangoni can praise itself for the education of four generations of students from 5 continents and for having launched over 45,000 professionals in fashion and luxury fields, such as Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Alessandro Sartori, Maurizio Pecoraro, Paula Cademartori, Andrea Pompilio and Lucio Vanotti. It currently educates 4,000 students per year from 107 countries at its schools, located in Milano (the School of Fashion and the School of Design), Firenze (School of Fashion & Art), Paris, London, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Mumbai and Miami, the international capitals of fashion, design and luxury.

AMD Akademie Mode & Design is a higher institute offering internationally certified training programs in fashion, design, communication and management. Founded in 1989 the Academy has now campuses in significant German creative hubs Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich. It teaches 1,700 students and ensures highest academical standards. AMD stands for innovation, interdisciplinary approach, quality in teaching and research, practical relevance and international network.

Established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in Paris, Parsons Paris today is an international community of students and distinguished faculty committed to tackling the challenges of an evolving world with creativity and intellectual rigor. Parsons Paris offers innovative English language bachelor's and master’s degree programs in fashion, strategic design management, and art, media, and technology. Curricula bring together the globally renowned pedagogy of Parsons School of Design and the unique resources of Paris, with its heritage brands, forward-looking entrepreneurial culture, and access to Europe and beyond. Together with Parsons in New York and The New School—Parsons’ parent university—Parsons Paris maintains a network of local and global universities, cultural institutions, and organizations and businesses. Inspired by this dynamic city and a collaborative, interdisciplinary culture, graduates go on to pioneer new industries and pursue creative careers in Paris and worldwide.

Nottingham Trent University has one of the world’s leading art and design schools. We have been influencing, inspiring and innovating for over 175 years. We are known around the world for the quality of our teaching and the inspirational work of our students, graduates and staff. Located right in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities, we are surrounded by – and contribute to – an originality, energy and imagination that makes Nottingham a very special place to live, work and create.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is one of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. We’re known for our rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. While our pedagogical mission is to prepare our students for professional excellence in design and business, our broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community. We encourage students, scholars, teachers, and industry colleagues to cross traditional boundaries of both geography and disciplines. Together we strive to develop innovative design and strategic business solutions that will upend the status quo, create personal and professional opportunity, and have a lasting and sustainable global impact.