ISKO I-SKOOL™ Denim Awards: partnering schools



Introducing the partnering schools for the fourth edition
 of ISKO I-SKOOL™, Academic Year 2017/2018.



NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, is the largest private Academy in Italy and the first one to be recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education back in 1980. NABA offers undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, scenography, and visual arts. In 2009 NABA joined the Laureate International Universities, an international network offering university degrees to 1.000.000 students around the world. NABA was selected by Frame and included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design, Architecture and Fashion Schools, as well as by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design.


From 2005, the Fashion Design courses of IUAV University of Venice are concentrated on the education and research, and serve as a experimental ground where to reflect around the idea of the identity of the Italian fashion school. Excellence is the goal of the BA and MA courses, where are formed designers capable of dealing with the challenges of the fashion system. The students, at the end of the course, are able not only to create and design a capsule collection, but also to critically engage with the heterogeneous languages and products of the discipline of fashion, considering it as an integral part of culture.


Chelsea College of Arts is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. An international renown art and design institution, where students have unique opportunities to learn, create, research and innovate across a whole range of disciplines, exploring their own creativity in order to break new artistic ground and change the world they live in. Moving seamlessly between the rigour of academia and the dynamism of the creative industries, the Chelsea College of Arts launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


Donghua University (DHU), formerly China Textile University, was founded in 1951. Located in the downtown area in Shanghai and adjacent to Hongqiao Economic Development Zone, DHU is one of the state-key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China. Its feature disciplines, such as Fashion Design, Textile Engineering, International Trade, Material Science, and Information Technology have received high reputation both domestically and abroad.


Parsons School of Fashion has educated generations of illustrious designers and today leads the global industry through innovative, rigorous programs and projects, engaging the spectrum of fashion design and marketing practice, competitively situating graduates academically and professionally.
In studios and seminars, it offers specialized techniques and innovative approaches to fashion-related work ranging from concept development and marketing to responsible manufacturing and global distribution.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a government-funded university in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.  We are the largest publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. We boast over 31,000 students with around 1,300 research postgraduate (mostly PhD) students. Our international community comprises over 1,000 international students on campus from over 40 countries and over 1,200 academic staff, many who are recruited globally.

Colegiatura is the only University committed to the conscious transformation of the world through creativity, happiness and communication from Being Human - Being Origin. The fashion design program allows to understand and reinterpret the modes of dressing as part of the worldwide fashion system, allowing to go beyond design and production, towards a manifestation of individual communication from Being Human - Being Origin.


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.


IED Moda Milano

For 50 years, IED - Istituto Europeo di Design – has been involved in education and research in the following areas: Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Communication. IED welcomes students of different nationalities and cultures in all its 11 campuses: Milan, Turin, Rome, Florence, Venice, Cagliari, Como, Madrid, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The IED Fashion School in Milan teaches students that – as Aleksandr Rodchenko said in the early twentieth century – “you should not keep looking at one subject from the same keyhole". As a consequence, IED Moda Milano has always combined theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The School organizes three-year courses, master degree and advanced training courses for specialists in Fashion Design, Fashion Stylists, Fashion Marketing and Communication experts.


Design School Kolding is an international talent workshop for the cultivation of Danish design. We work at eye level, believe in equality and respect diversity. The fashion program at DSKD is a dynamic, international platform for education and research. We offer Bachelor and Master programs in Fashion and Textile. Experimentation and discovery with interdisciplinary thinking is a key component towards bringing fashion and design to new levels of innovation. The fashion department offers a combination of research, artistic and practice based education with a strong focus on sustainability, co-creation, people, play and design.


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.

London College of Fashion is one of the foremost centres of fashion education in the world. It’s a reputation we are very proud of. Staying ahead in one of the most exciting and competitive industries takes some doing, but we’re up to the challenge. We nurture the next generation of fashion and footwear designers, stylists, make-up artists, buyers, photographers, journalists and managers. We give them the skills they need and provide them with unique insights into the workings of this ever-changing industry, in the most dynamic city in the world. Our work is centred on the development of ideas. Our staff and students use fashion, alongside cultural and historical practice, to challenge social, political and ethical agendas. This, combined with our forward-thinking business and management portfolio and relationship with the global fashion and lifestyle industries, underpins our mission to “Fashion the Future”.




Founded in 1928 as the first art academy with complete academic programs in China, China Academy of Art, undergoing changes in name and location, continues to yield outstanding achievements known both at home and abroad. CAA has experienced early hardship, ample maturity and leaping expansion as a vanguard in art. With a mission to revitalize Chinese art, it is in active dialogue with the world and has great influence in the development of modern and contemporary art in China.

Founded in Beijing in 1925 and re-established in Taiwan in 1961, FJU is a leading private institution with more than 27,000 students and staff members across the globe. FJU is committed to a dialogue leading to the integration of Chinese culture and Christian faith; to academic research and the promotion of genuine knowledge; to the development of society and the advancement of humankind.


Established in 1961, the Shih Chien Fashion Department is Taiwan’s first postsecondary fashion college and has grown to become Taiwan’s premiere design institute. The name Shih Chien, meaning ‘practice’ in Mandarin, is the underlying philosophy of the department and its quest to provide students' with the best possible skill development and industry learning opportunities. The Degree Program focuses on strong, innovative and expressive design by cultivating the student’s ability to explore and create with independent thinking whilst developing professional skills. A unique Master’s Program (PRAXES) based around the real world operation of a fashion design business, provides students with the opportunity to experience and practice all components of the fashion industry and further perfect their abilities.... after all "practice makes perfect".


Wuhan Textile University (WTU), was founded in 1958.Located in downtown area Wuhan and adjacent to the Hi-tech Development Zone. With rapid and continuous growth for nearly 60 years, WTU is one of the top 10 fashion schools in China. The leading disciplines at Wuhan Textile University are Textile Engineering, Textile Chemistry, Fashion, Art, Media, Materials, etc. We have been recognized for excellence in undergraduate education by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN), founded in 1951 as a college for nationalities, is a comprehensive university under the direct administration of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. Located by the coast of beautiful South Lake in Wuhan, China's central metropolis, SCUN boasts a campus of 1754 mu with a construction area of some 1 million square meters. The library has a collection of 2.8 million volumes of books. The Ethnographic Museum on the campus is the first of its kind in universities in China. The modern buildings with ethnic styles lie in the shades of green trees and beautiful flowers all the year round. With a serene environment, especially a view of a mirror-like lake and green hills, and the fragrance of osmanthus flowers all over, the university is an ideal place for study, research and living.