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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Design (BDes)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/fashion/
Administered by: School of Fashion
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

Canada’s leading university fashion program. Students graduate with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that prepare them for ever-changing and dynamic careers in fashion.

Admission Information

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English.

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English.
  3. Admission to the School of Fashion is based on meeting the academic requirements determined by Undergraduate Admissions and on the portfolio guidelines set and evaluated by the School of Fashion.
  4. A non-academic assessment fee of $50 CDN (non-refundable and subject to change) is required and will be requested by Ryerson as applicable.
  5. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Although art/visual art and sewing classes are not treated as an academic prerequisite for entry into the Fashion program, it is strongly recommended that if art courses (e.g. life and/or mechanical drawing, art history), and introductory sewing and/or basic sewing skills courses, are offered in the candidate's secondary school curriculum, they should be pursued.

Applicants are required to submit a mail-in portfolio which provides evidence of creative versatility and ability. As part of the admission selection process, applicants must visit the Fashion program page for details about the non-academic requirements.

Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The School of Fashion is launching a revised undergraduate curriculum for students admitted Fall 2020 and after. The revised curriculum provides students the flexibility to gain an understanding of the range of opportunities available within the interdisciplinary field of fashion. Students will have the ability to shape their individual curricular pathways, supported by academic advising, a foundation of core and fundamentals courses, and the option to choose increasingly advanced electives from a range of concentration areas (listed below).

Over the course of four years, students will be able to identify their areas of interest and develop specialized expertise in those areas all while establishing a breadth of knowledge in fashion theory and practice. Working closely with subject matter experts, students will develop creative, technical, and theoretical skills to advance in the interdisciplinary field of fashion.

The revised curriculum is structured as follows;
• Core courses form the backbone of the curriculum and bring together all fashion students throughout the four-year degree.
• Table I courses introduce skills and knowledge that form the foundation of increasingly advanced Table II and Table III electives.
• Liberal Studies courses and University Open electives ensure students gain breadth of knowledge and experiences and provide opportunities for students to pursue Minors.
• Table II and Table III electives are grouped into Concentrations.

Concentrations (for students admitted Fall 2020 and after)  

Concentrations offer an opportunity for students to pursue a particular area in fashion. Concentrations are optional and not a degree requirement. Successful completion of 8 courses in a concentration area results in the concentration being listed on a student’s transcript.

Fashion Communication: Creative, technical and theoretical approaches of promoting fashion to audiences through multiple platforms.

Fashion Design: Creative and technical approaches to designing and producing clothing using both traditional and computer-aided design techniques.

Fashion Studies: Examining the broader social, cultural and economic implications of the production, promotion and consumption of fashion.

Design Leadership: Developing meaningful solutions to industry problems by ideating and producing innovative products and/or with tangible social, cultural and/or economic value.

Textiles and Material Practices: Engaging with methods and critical approaches to design and create original and innovative textiles and/or accessories while working in both digital and analogue environments.

Concentrations are offered continually and are not subject to availability. Courses for fulfilling a Concentration come from Table II and III, and while not every course may be running each year, there are sufficient alternatives to complete a Concentration, should you choose to.

Internship

Internships provide educational experiences in the workplace and opportunities for students to connect with employers. Between first and fourth year students’ complete 400 total hours of internship including a minimum of 250 hours of documented work experience related to the fashion and communication industries along with a series of University-led workshops.

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

For students admitted Fall 2019 and prior:

IRL 100 and IRL 200 are not available for credit.  

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

For students admitted Fall 2019 and prior:

IRL 500 is not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program, Fashion Communication (for students admitted Fall 2019 and before)

Last offered 2020-2021 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 373 Fashion Communication: Professional Approaches
FFC 303 Communication Design I
FFC 304 Intermediate Illustration for Communication I
FSN 302 History of Dress

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFC 200 Fashion Photography
FFC 403 Communication Design II
FFC 404 Intermediate Illustration for Communication II
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

Last offered 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFC 300 Art Direction for Fashion
FFC 503 Digital Illustration and Product Development
FSN 707 Research Methods in Fashion

REQUIRED GROUP 1*: One course from the following:

FFC 32A/B Fashion Promotion
FFC 552 Typography and Graphic Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFC 603 Advertising Design
FSN 203 History of Design
MKT 504 Effective Persuasion

REQUIRED GROUP 1*: One course from the following:

FFC 32A/B Fashion Promotion
FFC 652 Digital Publication Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

* Students must complete either FFC 32A/B or FFC 552/652 in 5th and 6th semester. FFC 32A/B is a two-term course and continues from the Fall term.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

Last offered 2022-2023 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFC 41A/B Fashion Communication Senior Project
FFC 400 Communication and Emerging Media
SOC 656 Fashion and Society

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFC 41A/B Fashion Communication Senior Project
FSN 400 Fashion in International Markets
FSN 402* Internship

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

FSN 402  is graded on a pass/fail basis.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

FFC 41A/B is a two-term course and continues from the fall term.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program, Fashion Design (for students admitted Fall 2019 and before)

Last offered 2020-2021 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 313 Intermediate Fashion Design I
FFD 314 Intermediate Illustration for Design I
FSN 302 History of Dress
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 200 Textiles II
FFD 413 Intermediate Fashion Design II
FFD 414 Intermediate Illustration for Design II

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

Last offered 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 300 Computer Aided Design I
FFD 405 Grading
FFD 513 Advanced Fashion Design I
FSN 707 Research Methods in Fashion

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 303 Digital Illustration for Fashion
FFD 613 Advanced Fashion Design II
FSN 203 History of Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

Last offered 2022-2023 for students admitted Fall 2019. Students admitted Fall 2020 and after see revised curriculum below.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 40A/B Fashion Design Senior Project
FFD 400 Computer Aided Design II
FFD 403 Integrated Visual Communication II
SOC 656 Fashion and Society

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

FFD 40A/B Fashion Design Senior Project
FFD 802 Strategic Production Management
FSN 400 Fashion in International Markets
FSN 402* Internship

PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED†:
One course from Table I, Table II or Table III.

FSN 402 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

† Students must successfully complete two courses from each of Table I, Table II and Table III before graduation.

FFD 40A/B is a two-term course and continues from the Fall term

Full-Time, Four-Year Program, Fashion (for students admitted Fall 2020 and after)

Revised curriculum begins 2020-2021.

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 105 Fashion Systems I
FSN 121 Design Literacy I
FSN 223 Fashion Theory

CORE ELECTIVE: One course from Table I

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 205 Fashion Systems II
FSN 221 Design Literacy II
FSN 224 Refashioning History

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table I

Begins 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2020 and after. 

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 203 History of Design

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table I
Two courses from Table II or III*

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 303 Design Thinking, Process and Methods

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table II or III*

OPEN ELECTIVE:
One course from the Open Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies
 

*Students must complete 12 courses from Core Elective Table II and III, with a minimum of 3 courses from Table III.

Begins 2022-2023 for students admitted Fall 2020 and after. 

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 503 Critical Issues in Design

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table II or Table III*

OPEN ELECTIVE:
One Course from the Open Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 707 Research Methods in Fashion

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table II or Table III*

OPEN ELECTIVE:
One Course from the Open Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies

*Students must complete 12 courses from Core Elective Table II and III, with a minimum of 3 courses from Table III.

Begins 2023-2024 for students admitted Fall 2020 and after. 

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 90A/B** Capstone
FSN 709 Professional Aspects of Fashion

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table II or Table III*

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

FSN 90A/B** Capstone

CORE ELECTIVE:
Two courses from Table II or Table III*

OPEN ELECTIVE:
One Course from the Open Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies

*Students must complete 12 courses from Core Elective Table II and III, with a minimum of 3 courses from Table III.

**FSN90A/B is a two-term course (Fall and Winter)

Concentrations (for students admitted Fall 2020 and after)

Concentrations, selected from Core Elective Table II and Core Elective Table III, are optional.

Students may declare a concentration beginning in the 4th Semester. If a student chooses to pursue a concentration they must declare a concentration before applying to graduate. Successful completion will mean that the concentration will be listed on the student’s transcript.

Courses used to fulfil the requirements of a concentration cannot be used to fulfil the requirements of a minor.

Students must complete eight (8) of the following:

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE II  

FSN 304 Fashion Journalism and Copy Writing
FSN 703 Visual Merchandising and Display
FFC 200 Fashion Photography
FFC 224 Illustration: The Fashioned Body
FFC 324 Lifestyle and Product Illustration
FFC 403 Communication Design II
FFC 405 Web Design
FFC 552 Typography and Graphic Design
CMN 450 Participatory Media and Communication

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE III

FFC 300 Art Direction for Fashion
FSN 700 Advanced Illustration
FSN 710 Human Centred Design
FFC 301 Packaging Design
FFC 400 Communication and Emerging Media
FFC 603 Advertising Design
FFC 605 Product Development
FFC 652 Digital Publication Design
FFC 620 Special Topics in Communication
FFC 705 Advanced Image Making
FFC 750 Collaborative Studio

Students must complete eight (8) of the following:

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE II  

FFD 213 Fashion Design II
FFD 300 Computer Aided Design I
FFD 303 Digital Illustration for Fashion
FFD 324 Illustration for Fashion Design
FFD 410 Draping I
FFD 501 Contour Design
FFD 503 Knitwear Design
FFD 504 Ladieswear Block Development
FFD 520 Menswear Block Development
THP 315 Corsetry: History and Construction
THP 845 Costume III
THT 419 Costume Design II

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE III

FSN 507 Digital Product Management
FSN 710 Human Centred Design
FFD 400 Computer Aided Design II
FFD 513 Advanced Fashion Design I
FFD 610 Draping II
FFD 613 Advanced Fashion Design III
FFD 620 Special Topics in Fashion Design
FFD 780 Couture Techniques
FFD 790 Bespoke Tailoring

Students must complete eight (8) of the following:

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE II  

FSN 302 History of Dress
FSN 504 Fashion Culture - Suffragettes to CEO’s
FFS 402 Fashion and Modernity
FFS 511 Fashion and Material Culture
FSN 510 Fashion Film, Cinema and New Media

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE III

FSN 555 History of Fashion Images
FSN 711 Curation and Exhibition
FFS 610 Topics in Fashion Studies
FFS 702 Fashion and the Abject Body
FFS 710 Post-Colonial Perspectives

Students must complete eight (8) of the following:

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE II  

FSN 706 Fashion Event Planning
FDL 240 New Fashion Business Models
FDL 340 Strategic Communications in Fashion
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing
MKT 300 Marketing Metrics and Analysis
MKT 400 Understanding Consumers and the New Media
MKT 504 Effective Persuasion

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE III

FDL 540 Strategic Leadership in Fashion
FDL 620 Special Topics in Design Leadership
FDL 640 Fashion Futures
FDL 806 Fashion Promotion
FDL 850 Social Innovation in Fashion
FSN 400 Fashion in International Markets
FSN 710 Human Centred Design

Students must complete eight (8) of the following:

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE II  

FFD 502 Fur Design
FSN 209 Digital Textile Design
FSN 502 Small Goods: Leather and Fur Design
FSN 506 Surface Design
FMF 230 Creative Process: Motif to Textile
FMF 235 Jewellery Design
FMF 330 Prototyping and Modelling
FMF 335 Millinery Design

CORE ELECTIVE TABLE III

FMF 530 Wearable Technologies
FMF 601 Textile Development
FMF 620 Special Topics in Textiles and Material Practices
FMF 635 Advanced Accessory Design
FMF 702 Leather Design
FSN 712 Creative Design
Program Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

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Economics Development & Culture
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Director of Programs
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Fashion Designer
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Co-Founder
Body Confidence Canada

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Chief Merchandising Officer
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Fashion Lawyer and Trademark Agent

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Artistic Director
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Event Producer
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Heidi Ruggier
President
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Chief Merchandising Officer
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