According to the BusinessWeek's survey of 60 Best Design Schools in the world, some of the UK institutions are listed among the world's best, including the London College of Communication, University of Oxford, Saïd Business School and others.

Following are some of the best and famous design schools in the UK:

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)
The College is one of the most successful art colleges in the UK, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in the fields of art, architecture, design, and landscape architecture. Its degrees are validated and awarded by the University of Edinburgh (one of the top 2 universities in Scotland). Postgraduate taught programmes include animation, architecture, contemporary art theory, fashion, film directing, graphic design, illustration, intermedia art, jewellery & silversmithing, painting, performance costume, photography, printmaking, product design, textiles, etc.

Sotheby's Institute Of Art
The Institute offers six MA degree programmes in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine & Decorative Art, Photography, East Asian Art and Contemporary Design. The University of Manchester, through the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures has validated the degree programmes at Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London (U of Manchester is ranked as the Top 30 institutions globally in the THES-QS World Rankings).

Garden Design School (GDS)
GDS offers one-year, intensive part-time Diploma Course in Garden Design. The Diploma Course covers four main areas: Design Principles and Drawing, Hard Landscaping, Soft Landscaping and Professional Practice.

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. The College offers courses in the fields of Acting, Arts, Design and Environment, Ceramic Design, Directing, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile Design, Theatre, etc. CSM was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998, in recognition for its significant contributions to the UK fashion industry.

The Arts Institute At Bournemouth
In 2009 the Arts Institute was awarded University College status, and its name changed to Arts University College Bournemouth as of July 2009. It offers the BA (Hons) Degree and MA course in Animation, Costume, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Media and Photography. The Institute offers two further education courses: National Diploma in Art and Design, and the National Certificate in Photography. According to the 2008 National Student Survey, it is ranked 22nd out of 129 universities and colleges overall, with joint 4th position for student advice and support and joint 6th position for the enthusiasm of teaching staff.

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