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How to Apply

Are you interested in applying to the Bachelor of Design? Here is the information to know to successfully submit an application.

Academic Requirements

Please refer to Academic Requirements, opens in new window for admittance in Fashion.

Academic Requirements are administered by Ryerson Admissions. If you have any academic admission related questions, please contact Ryerson Admissions directly at 416-979-5036.

Admission decision release dates and other admissions related information can be found here on the Admissions webpage. 

Non-Academic Requirements

Please refer to Non-Academic Requirements for details on preparing and submitting your portfolio.

The School of Fashion is accepting all Non-Academic materials via the SlideRoom portal. The portal is now accepting submissions:, external link



Fashion Undergraduate Non-Academic Requirements Webinar

Learn more about the Non-Academic Requirements (Portfolio) application process for the School of Fashion. In this portfolio workshop, we go over some tips, tricks, and best practices to make sure that your portfolio is demonstrating your creativity and talent in the best way possible.


Portfolio FAQs

The payment instructions can be found on our Undergraduate Admissions page under "Assessment Fee." You will pay this fee directly to Ryerson, and you can either use a Canadian Bank account, or Western Union Business Solutions for international students. Make sure to keep the payment details, and include those with your portfolio submission.

The Non-Academic Requirements are due on February 1st, or 10 business days from your academic application, whichever comes later. February 1st is the deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program for Fall 2021, and any applications submitted after that date will be considered based on the volume of applications. 

The choice to submit multiple pieces within the same category is up to you! However, keep in mind that we are looking for breadth within your creativity and technical skills. If you choose to submit two illustrations, for example, perhaps try exploring different mediums for each illustration (i.e. digital vs hand rendered).


Show us YOU! Show us your individual perspectives on fashion, and your creativity. We want the portfolio to be a reflection of yourself. When constructing the portfolio, keep in mind that you are showing your potential and creativity. We don't expect you to have very refined technical skills heading into the program, as the program is designed to teach you!


Process work is not a requirement, but it is a recommendation. It is recommended to include at least one piece of process work per portfolio item to show your creative process and provide context for your portfolio. Process work is a great way to show the development of your ideas. It allows the faculty evaluating your work to know more about you and how you think.


Ryerson Admissions reviews your academic grades separately. Ryerson Fashion is responsible for reviewing the portfolio and sending the assessment to Ryerson Admissions. Admissions takes the assessment, and makes an offer of admission based on both factors equally.


The Statement of Intent is read and evaluated by the fashion faculty evaluating your portfolio. The Supplementary form is read by the admissions department who review the academic requirements and portfolio results, and make the decision.


No! The program is designed to teach you these technical skills when you arrive at the school, if that is the path you wish to take. When constructing the portfolio, keep in mind that you are showing your potential and creativity. We don't expect you to have very refined technical skills heading into the program, as the program is designed to teach you! Once you've arrived at Fashion, you are free to take courses and electives to customize your experience. Check out our Undergraduate course offerings here. There are 5 Concentrations to choose from, and they do not all include sewing. You do not declare a concentration when you apply. If you choose to pursue a concentration you will start taking the courses in 2nd year.

Standard Applicant Review Timeline

February 1

Guaranteed Consideration Deadline

February to Mid-April

Rolling admissions, after first consideration


Offers are extended and applications continue to be reviewed until the program is full.

Financing Your Studies

We welcome and support students throughout their journey at the School of Fashion by offering them opportunities to help accomplish educational and life goals.

Domestic Fees Range: $7,900 - $8,400
International Fees Range: $26,000 - $28,000

Visit Fees by Program, opens in new window to get a breakdown by status (domestic or international).

Visit Student Financial Assistance, opens in new window for more information on:

  • Government Student Aid
  • Scholarships & Bursaries
  • Student Employment
  • Forms & Applications
  • Who to Contact

Apply Online

Visit How to Apply, opens in new window for a step-by-step breakdown on successfully applying to Bachelor of Design.

Visit Admissions, opens in new window for additional information on:
Applications and Related Forms, Submission of Documents, After Applying, Who to Contact, and more.

If you are an international applicant visit, International Undergraduate Applicants, opens in new window for more information on: Why Ryerson, International Student Support, Virtual Tours, Online Info Sessions and more.

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Please contact Ryerson Admissions, opens in new window, if you have questions related to academic requirements.

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Please contact Brittany Paty, if you have questions related to non-academic requirements.