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Curriculum Overview

The School of Fashion is launching a revised undergraduate curriculum in Fall 2020. This curriculum ONLY applies to students admitted in 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.

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Design

Format: Full-time/Four years

Internship: 250-400 hours work experience and workshops from first to fourth year

Infographic timeline of Curriculum (Semesters 1 and 2)

Core Required (13 courses)

All students must take these courses. These courses bring together all fashion students.

1st Year


2nd Year

  • FSN 203 History of Design
  • FSN 303 Design Thinking, Process and Methods

3rd Year

4th Year


Core Elective Table I (Choose 5)

These courses introduce skills and knowledge. They are prerequisites for concentration-specific courses in Table II and Table III.

Core Elective Table II & III (Choose 12)

These courses advance knowledge and skills from Table I courses. The courses are associated with one or more concentration areas. Successful completion of 8 courses in a concentration results in that concentration being listed on the student’s transcript.


  • A course can only count towards one concentration. 
  • Completion of a concentration is not required. 
  • All students are required to take at least 3 courses from Table III. 

View Table II and III course electives in the Concentration tabs below.

Liberal Studies (Choose 6)

These courses are offered through the University. Visit Liberal Studies, opens in new window for a selection of courses that you can choose to complete as part of the requirements for graduation in all Ryerson programs.

University Open Electives (Choose 4)

These courses are offered through the University. Visit Open Elective Table, opens in new window for a selection of courses that you can choose to complete as part of the graduation requirements.


Concentrations offer an opportunity for students to pursue a particular area in fashion. Concentrations are optional and not a degree requirement.

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 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 Table III, and while not every course may be running each year, there are sufficient alternatives to complete a Concentration, should you choose to.

Concentration areas reference courses from Table II and Table III that can be used towards a particular concentration.

Table II

  • FSN 304 Fashion Journalism and Copy Writing
  • FSN 703 Visual Merchandising and Display
  • FFC 200 Fashion Photography
  • FFC 324 Digital Illustration: Lifestyle and Products
  • FFC 403 Communication Design II
  • FFC 405 Web Design
  • FFC 552 Typography and Graphic Design
  • CMN 450 Participatory Media and Communication

Table III

  • FSN 700 Intermediate Illustration
  • FSN 710 Human Centred Design
  • FFC 224 Illustration: The Fashioned Body
  • FFC 300 Art Direction for the Still and Moving Image
  • FFC 301 Packaging Design
  • FFC 400 Communication and Emerging Media
  • FFC 505 Advertising Design
  • FFC 605 Product Development
  • FFC 620 Special Topics in Fashion Communication
  • FFC 652 Digital Publication Design
  • FFC 705 Advanced Image Making
  • FFC 750 Collaborative Studio

Table II

Table III

Table II

  • FSN 302 History of Dress
  • FSN 504 Fashion Culture – Suffragettes to CEOs
  • FFS 402 Fashion and Modernity
  • FFS 511 Fashion and Material Culture

Table III

  • FSN 510 Fashion Film, Cinema and New Media
  • FSN 555 History of Fashion Illustration and Photography
  • FSN 711 Curation and Exhibition
  • FFS 610 Special Topics in Fashion History and Theory
  • FFS 702 Fashion and the Abject Body
  • FFS 710 Post-Colonial Perspectives on Global Fashion

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

Table III

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

Table II

Table III

  • FSN 712 Creative Design
  • FMF 530 Wearable Technologies
  • FMF 601 Textile Development
  • FMF 602 Fur Design
  • FMF 620 Special Topics in Materials and Fabrication
  • FMF 635 Advanced Accessory Design
  • FMF 702 Leather Design


Students are allowed to complement their undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Design with courses from other programs to successfully complete a Minor.

List of Minors offered at Ryerson University

Note: Students do not have to declare their Minor until they are applying to graduate.

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