The Best Design Universities in Europe

Updated November 21, 2016

Regardless of specific types of degrees or student body size, the following universities are considered the best design programs in Europe, if not in the world. All of the following universities appeared on "Business Week"'s list of the top 60 design schools in the world, and many also appeared on other lists of top universities. There are hundreds of prestigious design schools throughout Europe, and many of these schools offer courses in English.

Oxford University

Oxford University in Oxford, UK, is well known as one of the best schools in the world. It ranked second on the 2010 university ranking of the top 100 universities in Europe. Oxford also has an academic partnership with the Royal College of Art, which has the only art and design postgraduate program in the world.

Oxford University 55 Little Clarendon St. Oxford OX1 2HS United Kingdom (+44) 01865 288000

Royal College of Art Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU (+44) 020 7590 4444

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

This small Norwegian school of art and design offers bachelor's and master's degrees from an institution ranked 30th among the top European universities. The Faculty of Design offers bachelor's degrees in fashion and costume design, visual communications, and interior architecture and furniture design.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts Postboks 6853 St. Olavs plass Oslo, Norway 0130 (+47) 22 99 55 00

Delft University of Technology

This Netherlands university offers around 2,000 students both undergraduate and graduate programs in design. Ranked 50 in the top 100 European universities, this school is among the best. The much smaller program at the Design Academy in Eindhoven is also among the best design schools and offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in design.

Delft University of Technology P.O. Box 5 2600 AA Delft, Netherlands (+31) 015 27 89,111

Umea Institute of Design

Located in Umea, Sweden, this selective program is ranked 57 on the 2010 ranking of the top 100 European universities. Umea Institute has completed design projects for Nokia, Volvo, Microsoft, and Ericsson. Degrees include a bachelor's in industrial design and a master's in industrial, product, and transportation design.

Umea Institute of Design --stra Strandgatan 30 Umeå, Sweden (+46) 090 786 69 96

Polytechnic Institute of Milan and Domus Academy

The Polytechnic Institute has an educational partnership with Ferrari and is listed as 68 in the 2010 ranking. This large Italian university offers degrees in interior, communication, industrial product, and fashion design, along with architecture. The much smaller graduate design program at Domus Academy in Milan is also among the best and offered to only 200 students. Domus degree programs include interior, fashion, business, urban and landscape, interaction, and product design.

Polytechnic Institute of Milan Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 Milano, Italy 20133 (+39) 02 23 991

Domus Academy Via Giacomo Watt, 27 Milano, Italy 20143 (+39) 0 24 24 14 001

University of Helsinki

The city of Helsinki, Finland, holds an annual Design Week festival that provides a year-long city atmosphere any design student would enjoy experiencing. The University of Helsinki is ranked as number 100 on the "Times Higher Education" list of the top 200 universities in the world. This large university of 35,000 has around 1,700 students in the graduate art and design program.

University of Helsinki P.O. Box 3 Helsinki, FI 00014 (+358-9) 191 22604

University of the Arts London

Two of the six colleges that make up the University of the Arts in London are on the "Business Week" list of top design schools: London College of Communication and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. These schools offer multiple bachelor's and master's degrees in various design genres such as games, interior, surface, book arts, and graphic and digital media design.

University of the Arts London 272 High Holborn London WC1V 7EY United Kingdom (+44) 0207 514 6000

Strate College and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle

As one of the leading cities for art and design, there are multiple options for elite design education in Paris. Strate College offers graduate and undergraduate design programs to around 400 students, and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle (ENSCI) or the National School of Superior Industrial Creation offers undergraduate degrees in industrial and textile design as well as specialised graduate programs in design to around 200 students.

Strate College
27 Avenue de la Division Leclerc
Sèvres, France 92310
(+33) 01 46 42 88 77

Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industrielle
48 Rue Saint-Sabin Paris, France 75011 (+33) 01 49 23 12 12

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