Recommended Universities

The e5-portfolio advice to its members is do not make the mistake of building your portfolio around university requirements. First follow the 5 steps to a Great Portfolio whilst searching for the university that best suits you and your needs. This does not mean to say that you ignore the chosen universities guidelines but merely that you start by focusing on self and developing a top class authentic portfolio which matches the universities of your choice. You can then address the odd requirement e.g. Parsons Challenge

Here are a few recommended universities to kick start your research :


Haute école d’art et design de Genève (HEAD)

École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)

Zürcher Horchschule der Künste à Zurich

Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst à Bâle

Hochschule der Künste à Berne et à Bienne

Ecole d’Arts Visuels Berne et Bienne

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)



University of the Arts Camberwell UAL

Central Saint Martins UAL

Chelsea – University of the Arts London UAL

London College of Fashion UAL

London College of Communication

University College Falmouth

University College of London Slade School of Fine Art

Arts University Bournemouth

Kingston University London

Goldsmiths, University of London

UCA: University for the Creative Arts

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)



Glasgow School of Art

Edinburgh College of Art



Aalto University

Finnish Design Academy



Strate école de design

Beaux-Arts de Paris l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure

Ecole de l’image GOBELINS

Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design (ESAD) Grenoble-Valence

École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE)

Ecole Nationale Supérieur Des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg



Bau, Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelone

Escola Massana, Centre d’Arti i Disseny, Barcelone

Universidad de Barcelona Facultad de Belles Arts

Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Universidad de Valencia

Universidad Politecnica Facultad de Bellas Artes de Valencia

Universidad del Pais Vasco Facultad de Bellas Artes




California Inst. of the Arts (CalArts)

Hunter College Departement of art

Columbia College Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts S.V.A

School of the Museum of Fine arts

Milwaukee Institut of Art and Design

Art Center College of Design

O.T.I.S /College of Art and Design

San Francisco Art Institute

MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

CCA, California College of the Arts, Oakland

Parsons School of Fashion New York


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