World’s top universities for art and design announced

9 March 2017
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The QS World University Rankings for 2017 have been announced, naming the UK’s Royal College of Art (pictured) as the top institution globally for art and design for the third year running. The rest of the top five comprises US-based colleges: MIT, Parsons, RISD and the Pratt Institute, with the University of the Arts London slipping from fifth to sixth place. Seven of the top ten are American, with only one outside the UK and US – in Milan – while the University of Oxford and Finland’s Aalto University just missed out, ranked at 11 and 13 respectively.

The top ten is published below, while the full rankings of 200 universities can be viewed here.

Royal College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Parsons School of Design at The New School
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Pratt Institute
University of the Arts London
Politecnico di Milano
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
California Institute of the Arts
Stanford University

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