The Best Design Schools in Europe

Updated March 23, 2017

Designs schools are schools in which students, usually colleges or universities, in which students learn a number of applied arts and engineering techniques in preparation for a number of different careers. Many students of design go on to become graphic designers, artists, fashion designers and industrial designers. Many of the best design schools are located in Europe, which has contributed much to the field.

ENSCI Les Ateliers

Founded in 1982 and located in Paris, France, the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Industrial Design -- or, ENSCI -- is the only national college in France dedicated exclusively to design. With a total of only 215 students, both undergraduate and graduate, admission is intensely competitive. The school focuses intensely on industrial design, with a specific emphasis on innovation within in the industry.

ENSCI - Les Ateliers 48 rue St Sabin 75011 Paris, France +01 49 23 12 12

Delft University of Technology

Located in Delft, The Netherlands, the school is the country's largest technical university. The school houses eight main programs, of which one is industrial design. Over 15000 students attend the school at one time, of which approximately 1800 are members of the design program. Founded in 1842 by King William II, the school now performs client work for the large European firms Philips and P&G.

Technische Universiteit Delft Stevinweg 1 2628 CN Delft, Netherlands +015 2789111

Polytechnic University of Milan

Located in Milan, Italy Polytechnic University is country's largest technical university with over 38,000 students. Of the 17 departments, the most popular are Department of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion.The school is intensely competitive. Only approximately 55 per cent of students finish their courses in the normal time; most must take an additional year or two to receive their degree.

Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 I-20133 Milano, Italia +39 02 2399 2250

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Based in London, England, this college is part of the University of the Arts London. Composed of union of two schools -- Central School of Art and Design, founded in 1894 and Saint Martins School of Art, founded in 1854 -- the school currently has over 3700 students. It has many famous alumni, including the musician PJ Harvey and the installation artist Rebecca Horn. In 1998 it received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its contributions.

Central St Martins College Of Art Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP, United Kingdom +020 75147023

Umea Institute of Design

The Umea Institute of Design is tiny college, with a little more than 200 students, located within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umea University. The school offers a bachelor's degree in industrial design and two-year master's degrees in advanced product design, interaction design and transport design. It was founded in 1989 and has since become ranked as one of the top industrial design schools in the world.

Umeå Institute of Design --stra Strandgatan 30 Umeå Municipality, Sweden +090-786 66 97

University of Art and Design Helsinki

Located in Helsinki, Finland, this school is home to approximately 600 undergraduates and 1200 graduate students. Founded in 1871, it is the largest school devoted solely for art and design students in Scandinavia.

Aalto University School of Art and Design Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki PB 31000, 00076 Aalto +358 09 47 001

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Michael Wolfe has been writing and editing since 2005, with a background including both business and creative writing. He has worked as a reporter for a community newspaper in New York City and a federal policy newsletter in Washington, D.C. Wolfe holds a B.A. in art history and is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.