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Bachelor of Design

This information is for students admitted before Fall 2020.

To access the 2020-21 Fashion Undergraduate Calendar here or the button below. 

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If you have an upcoming event related to coursework or external project that you’d like added to the Fashion events calendar, please visit: 

The School of Fashion held a Student Town Hall on June 29 from 3:00-4:00pm EST where staff, faculty and Chair Ben Barry provided an overview of the upcoming fall semester. We were able to address many questions about the remote learning context. Our goal was and remains to share our plans and reduce any of your anxiety and concerns. 

Please contact Nadine Stillman, Communications Coordinator, if you have any additional questions that aren't included in this video or the Fall 2020 FAQs listed below. 

Fall 2020 FAQs

To protect the health and well-being of our entire community during this global pandemic, we will be offering all Fall 2020 courses remotely.  

Our faculty are working over the summer months to fully transition all courses to remote delivery. We are collecting and sharing best practices of how to move fashion courses to remote delivery with our partner fashion schools around the world. 


We plan to be back on campus for the Winter 2021 semester, provided we receive permission from Toronto Public Health.

More information will be forthcoming in the Fall term but we will do our best to accommodate students that are not able to travel to campus due to the pandemic.


The use of virtual classrooms for the purpose of emergency delivery does not necessarily involve the same pedagogical approaches used with online courses. The classes that we are running are not permanently offered online, rather they are being virtualized as an emergency measure and may involve both synchronous and asynchronous methods.

Perhaps most importantly, the distinction between emergency remote and on-line teaching has implications for future course offering and intellectual property rights.


Many instructors will post lectures, demos etc as videos or presentations for students to refer back to, as they complete work remotely, but not all courses will work this way.

It's important for students to remember that each course may be different and they will have to check the course outlines, project briefs and announcements carefully.

Some course activities may be live/online or have specific timeframes (synchronous), while other activities may be done offline at the student's own pace (asynchronous)


  • We will be collecting and sharing best practices of how to move fashion courses, especially studio courses, to remote delivery with our partner fashion schools around the world.
  • We will also be re-allocating staff positions to provide you with the support and assistance to fully participate in remote courses.
  • We are exploring ways to make equipment and technology available for those who need it. 
  • As we move towards remote delivery, the School of Fashion is here to listen to your feedback. 
    • We have shared a survey with current students to get your ideas and advice on how to deliver courses remotely in a way that works for you. 
    • We will also be holding online Q&A sessions throughout the summer and fall to hear your ideas and answer all of your questions.

The course objectives and outcomes will be the same, including those for our rich studio culture; however, the mode of delivery will change.

A new normal is here and requires a new mindset. Our industry has seen this as an opportunity to rewire—to slow down, to deeply reflect and to reimagine fashion. We are part of this change. 

The remote working and design skills that you will be developing in the Fall will be required for careers in this new fashion system. And the work that you will create in your classes will develop new narratives and practices that will define the future of fashion.


We hope to offer you some access to studio and study spaces on campus. However, access to our campus will not be a requirement for any Fashion course. You do not need to live in Toronto in order to complete the Fall 2020 semester at Ryerson.


The School of Fashion is currently working with FCAD and on the advice of Toronto Public Health to organize safe and limited access to specific studio and study spaces. We will communicate our plan for studio access as soon as possible. 


Fees are determined by the Registrar's office. The fees for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 will be available on the Registrar's Fees Detail website; students can contact the Service Hub with questions about fees. You can use the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Fees Detail chart to understand how fees are calculated, and what your fees might be depending on the number of courses you take. 


Students will only have to pay the $100 judy deposit IF they decide to rent a judy -- which is optional. They will receive $75 when they return their judy at the end of the term/year. The $25 we retain is to help recover the cost of damages to the judys.  


We recognize that remote delivery will not work for some of you. In this case, you may opt for a Short-term Withdrawal from the program for the Fall 2020 semester. 


New students are not permitted to take a short-term withdrawal, you must contact the Admissions department and apply for a deferral to the following year, Fall 2021.


Yes, consider the following if you are thinking about doing a reduced course load:

  1. Fees - refer to the Fees Detail chart to understand how fees are calculated, and what your fees might be depending on the number of courses you take. 
  2. OSAP/Other Funding Eligibility - If you are receiving Student Financial Assistance, consult with your funding provider about your eligibility requirements and possible implications.
  3. Prerequisite requirements -  review the prerequisites for courses in your program. The prerequisites are provided in the course description in the Ryerson Calendar. Some courses may require additional time to complete the degree requirements if you do not have the prerequisites.
  4. Timespan - In order to graduate, you must finish all of your courses within a specified number of years. This is known as your timespan and the clock starts “ticking” in your first term of eligibility for enrolment. Calculate your timespan for undergraduate programs as follows:
    • For full-time programs, multiply the number of years scheduled for full time study by 2 (typically 8 years).

Consult with the Academic Coordinator and/or Program Director before making a decision.

Course outlines will be posted by your instructors on D2L prior to the first scheduled class. 

See Ryerson Significant Dates for Withdrawal and Drop dates/deadlines

Friday, September 18, 2020

Enrolment, Appeals and Fees Dates

Program Withdrawal Deadline Full Refund

Last day to withdraw from an undergraduate program and to be eligible for a full refund. See Refund Schedule.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Enrolment, Appeals and Fees Dates

Last day to Add a Class for Fall 2020 Term

Last day to Add or Swap Fall undergraduate classes.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Enrolment, Appeals and Fees Dates

Last day to Drop a Course In Drop Period for a Full Refund

Last day to drop an undergraduate class for undergraduate students to be eligible for a full refund of fees (if a course drop results in a lower fee range). See Refund Schedule. See for Chang class deadlines.

Course intention/enrollment dates are set by the Registrar’s Office and are the same for all programs. March and May are the Fall and Winter course intention periods. August/September is the enrollment period for Fall 2020 and the final Winter course intention period. 

For specific dates see Ryerson Significant Dates for Course Intention/enrollment dates. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Enrolment, Appeals and Fees Dates

Fall Open Enrolment (Day School Classes), Course Add, Swap or Drop Period

Add or swap fall undergraduate classes, for undergraduate students.

We encourage you to connect with your Fashion Course Union, external link

We will be holding online Q&A sessions throughout the summer and fall to hear your ideas and answer all of your questions. We will be organizing events and programs to promote and build community amongst students in different years and programs.

We also encourage you to get involved with our Fashion student groups:


The Beading Circle 

The Beading Circle at Ryerson fosters a safe space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous folks to build community and develop strong relationships—key ingredients in reconciliation. Co-created by Ryerson Fashion's Anna Romanovska and Métis Interdisciplinary Designer Justine Woods, the informal gathering space provides Ryerson students, staff, faculty and folks from the greater Tkaronto community a space to build kinship relationships over the practice of beadwork. Members engage with guest beadwork artists and learn about new beadwork styles, with the healing component of beading circles contributing to members’ mental wellbeing.  

If you would like to participate, please DM @thebeadingcirlce on Instagram with your email address. 



BFSA (Black Fashion Student Association) is a network of Black creatives, students and past alumni from the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. This group was created to help build a community and a safe space for Black students, alumni and faculty.

Members are encouraged to share their work, job opportunities, cultural events and any other interests.

Meetings continue on a bi-weekly basis on Thursdays at 6:30pm EST. If you are Black Fashion student, faculty or staff member and would like to attend, please email Nadine Stillman ( Please also feel free to contact Nadine if you have any questions about the Black Fashion Student Association or the online meetings.


Additional Ryerson student groups can be found here:, external link


Learn more about Fall 2020 Orientation and stay up to date on events through the Student Life - Fall 2020 Orientation website.


Student Learning Support services and resources are still available. 


Our school recognizes that the Fall semester is an emergency remote learning context. We will continue to center accommodations based on compassionate grounds and remain flexible, as we understand the challenges of completing coursework from home, the impact of the pandemic on your mental health, and inequities in space and time.


The following adjustments have already been made to the way students can make up their 400 hours.

400 total hours are required:

- A minimum of 250 hours of work experience is required.

- The remaining 150 hours can be made up of any combination of work experience and University-led workshops.

- Workshops through the Career Centre are incentivized with 25 hours of internship credit for each.


Beginning Sept 2020 Retail hours will no longer qualify for internships.

- Retail hours entered before Sept 2020 will still count.


We recognize 4th-year students may have greater difficulty meeting internship requirements this year. The School will continue its emergency plan for 2020/21— students enrolled in FSN 402 will be offered a "pass" with the completion of 50% of their internship requirements, and the School will communicate about multiple ways of completing these hours.

FSN 402 is a degree requirement

- students register for FSN 402 in the winter of their final year in order to receive credit for their internship hours.




  • Minimum 2TB External Hard drive AND cloud-based service such as Google Drive for backups. 
    • Google Drive is good for file storage. 
    • The external hard drive is needed to completely back up the computer and maintain routine backups. 
  • Whatever computer you choose, 8GB RAM is the minimum requirement for efficiently running Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Get the most RAM you can afford to help with speed and efficiency. Please note that not all Computer Aided Design software can run on MAC
  • An iPad Pro is a great tool for note-taking, digital illustration, photo and video editing, but it cannot run the Adobe Creative Cloud apps such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop etc, or CAD software for pattern drafting. 
  • A desktop computer like an iMac is also a great choice if you have a place you're comfortable working at home. There are many advantages to the bigger screen and full keyboard.
  • A fast and reliable internet connection.