Faculty Research & Creative Activities
Scholarly Research and Creative activities (SRC) are flourishing in the School of Fashion. The range of topics, approaches and mediums our faculty members employ demonstrates the interdisciplinarity of fashion. Below are sample research and creative projects conducted by our faculty members.
Dr. Barry’s current research project, funded by SSHRC, explores men’s fashion consumption in the digital age. Barry is examining the challenges men experience due to gender norms and the opportunities to use fashion to empower them to celebrate gender diversity. Drawing from his forthcoming book Refashioning Masculinity: Men and Fashion in the Digital Age (University of Chicago Press), Barry explores how fashion as an industry, a trend and an everyday social practice resists and transforms dominant ideas and ideals about masculinity. He questions whether current movements in men’s fashion are systemically or stylistically refashioning the gender order.
The Fashion and Race Database is a comprehensive resource that seeks to help students, educators, researchers, designers, business professionals and the pedestrian audience learn about the intersections of fashion and race. The goal for the database is to center and amplify BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) fashion scholarship, illuminate under-examined histories and address racism throughout the fashion system.
The Database is organized into six distinct sections, The Library, Object that Matter, Profiles, Essays & Opinion, The Directory, and the Calendar. This platform provides hands-on research and publishing opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students and showcases exciting work from established BIPOC writers and allies.
The Fashion and Race Database Conversations Series launched a Holt Renfrew-sponsored three-part panel series entitled, ‘Retail as a Portal,’ which explored how retail can empower us to produce and consume with positive, social impact and ignite systemic change. The series featured Professor Kim Jenkins in conversation with Byron and Dexter Peart, Leigh Joseph (ancestral name Styawat), Sir John, Yomi Abiola, Sherri McMullen, and Robin Givhan.
Interview with Heron Preston for the second issue of greatest magazine, external link, opens in new window. The interview touched on sustainability and the industry as a whole. Kozlowski described her experience as, “a breath of fresh air ... this guy is the future of fashion.”
Fashioning Resurgence is a panel series co-presented by Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, external link and Ryerson's School of Fashion, with support from SSHRC and The Creative School. The series explores Indigenous-led fashion creation, expression, entrepreneurship, and scholarship.
The exhibition is an evolving installation that incorporates participants into the creative process. A number of contemporary artists have focused their creative practice in fashion and textiles (see Schofield, 1982; Sterbak, 2002 and 1997; Orta, 2016; Zits, 2018). The atlasDress was designed as a response to their work, it symbolically highlights the burden of carrying textiles and the responsibilities of the fashion industry on one’s back.
Many consumers purchase clothing with an awareness of garment value, origin, manufacturing conditions and environmental impact. This may be due to the distance between the manufacturer and the consumer, a distance that has grown exponentially since the industrial revolution (Martin & Hoftijzer, 2017).
At the atlasDress exhibit, visitors are invited to participate in the design of a dress by draping silk squares disposed around the model. Without being named, the concept of nostalgia would have its origins in Homer’s account, the Odyssey, where nostalgia serves as a form of vitamin to Ulysses to support himself, to stay well (Sedikikes, 2018). Starting from the premise that nostalgia is an emotion common to the human being, we can affirm that it joins the passions and from then on will be impregnated in everyone’s memory (Saint Augustine, trad. 1861, cited by Martin, 2016).
Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present
The book looks at how clothing harmed and continues to harm the health of its makers and wearers by spreading contagious diseases, leaching chemical toxins, and causing accidents like fires and entanglement. The project led to several outcomes: a book with Bloomsbury (2015), a four-year co-curated exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum (2014-18) and now a co-authored book for the 9-12 years old tweens called “Killer Style” with Owlkids Publishers.
Owlkids publishers contacted Dr. Matthews David to co-author Killer Style with Serah-Marie. Together, they adapted and added to Dr. Matthews David’s research for her adult book Fashion Victims (2015) to share it with a new generation. Dr. Matthews David hopes it will inspire tweens to really think about the history of what they have in their wardrobes and to make a positive impact on the way people and the planet are treated in the fashion industry in the future.
Ghosts, 2018 (4.00)
‘Ghosts’ is an experimental video that uses illustration and digitized 8mm film to explore concepts of queer childhood, Otherness, sexuality, time, loss, and death. The video fuses illustrations with personal childhood family footage to explore the relationship between past and future, innocence and sexuality, birth and death, linear time (normative) and repetition, humans and monsters, bodies and ghosts.
The video is based on the novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, that many children in Canada read in school. The story resonated with Medaglia personally during his coming-of-age in an Italian, Roman Catholic environment.
The final video engages with an individual, embodied experience (8mm childhood film) and cultural expectations (The Chrysalids) to examine the relationships between subjectivity and cultural norms.
Ott’s research focuses on fashion systems, which are mechanisms for the production and consumption of clothing. While the prevailing contemporary fashion system is structured around mass production, its manufacturing techniques are increasingly coming under scrutiny as working conditions and environmental effects are considered exploitative and unsustainable.
In an ethnography of tailors and shoemakers, Ott investigates the notion of craftship to understand what embodied skills, materials, and tools inform contemporary practices of craftsmanship. This study provides a perspective on how the body and materials interrelate, how work is organized, and what factors influence the making of bespoke artefacts - in other words, how body and things engage in the making of a suit or a pair of shoes.
Early findings of this research project have been published in a book chapter: Ott, R. (2018). The cordwainer’s lair: Contingency in bespoke shoemaking. In E. Bell, G. Mangia, S. Taylor, & M.L. Toraldo (Eds), The Organization of Craft Work: Identities, Meanings, and Materiality (pp. 196–216). London, UK: Routledge.
Osmud Rahman’s research interests lie in the areas of consumer behaviour, branding, online/offline shopping, fashion sustainability, consumer identity, fashion culture and subculture. Rahman’s scholarship has explored shopping behaviours of aging consumers, branding strategies in transitional economy, footwear design and visual presentation, fashion innovativeness in India, sustainable practices and transformable fashion design, Cosplay and performing identity, Lolita and elusive consumption, and the meaning of hijab. Currently, Rahman is working on a research project of men’s height, body image and clothing fit. His works have appeared in various academic journals such as Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, The Design Journal, and International Journal of Design.
Daemon & Saudade
This exhibition explores emotion, grief, loss and preservation through a series of photographic prints and sculptural garments paired to reveal both the beauty and pain of emotion. This exhibition took place at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, external link, opens in new window located in Cobourg, Ontario.
Neighbourhood Policing: Designing Uniforms That Work
A team of Fashion Faculty, led by Dr. Sandra Tullio-Pow, successfully won a contract to assess and propose recommendations for the uniform worn by the neighbourhood officers. This research was completed at the request of the Toronto Police Service in order to improve uniform fit, function, and public perception of its neighbourhood police bicycle unit.
Crossing Gender Boundaries: Fashion to Create, Disrupt and Transcend (University of Chicago Press, 2020), external link
Dr. Wahl contributed a chapter in the book that is a collaboration with Dr. Ben Barry.
Photo Credit: Cover art from Fashion Faculty, Mic. Carter
'I craft affect into experimental cloth forms.'
As a researcher, I tell stories through a compound and densely articulated making process. In a sense, I believe describing my work as something that materializes is apropos as my academic arguments are predominantly and most eloquently spoken in intricate yet effusive cloth forms. These forms are webbed together by multiple techniques and treatments— weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and stitching, which are then washed, stained, brushed, printed, and mended. The materials include: mono-filament invisible, mohair, horsehair, and wool yarns, with tulle and organza fabrics, are held in a tenuous balance of construction and deconstruction. With multidisciplinary and non-linear procedures, I reveal my ongoing obsession with the affect emitted by specific body imagery in art and popular culture. As I examine these aestheticized bodies, I engage with theory that speaks to their emotive qualities to gather descriptive vocabulary. The theoretical glossary generated becomes a list of creative prompts to be interpreted in the textile studio where I attempt to craft this affect in my primary language which is experimental cloth
If you are interested in finding out more about the projects mentioned above or collaborating with faculty at the School of Fashion, please visit:
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Emergency Cancellation and/or Leave
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**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, current access to the lab has been modified. Details for how to access the labs for the Fall 2021 semester are forthcoming. Access to the lab throughout the semester is subject to change as Public Health guidelines fluctuate. The procedures and policies listed below are to be followed under regular circumstances.**
Studios and labs are a privilege arranged for use by Fashion students and faculty. Please be mindful of the following policies for all of these areas:
- Faculty and students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves
- Unclean studios and labs may result in limitations to access after hours
- No food and drinks allowed
- Glue or other adhesive substances to be used only in designated areas
- Turn off all equipment to prevent damage
- Turn off all lights and close studios after each work session
- All equipment borrowed during class time must be returned to the instructor
- Digital equipment is not available for loan outside of your scheduled class
Please be mindful of the following when using the computer labs:
Dispose of all excess print papers in the recycling bins
Do not unplug the computers to charge laptops or cell phones as it prevents the computers from updating
Please be mindful of the following when using the design studios:
- Pick/sweep up and dispose of all excess fabric scraps, paper, tape, thread, trim, packaging, newspapers, etc.
- Barrels for fabric scraps and recycling for paper are provided
- Fill irons with water when water levels are below 1 inch from the bottom
- Irons will take a minimum of one week to be replaced if filaments are burnt
Please be mindful of the following when using the illustration studio:
- Do not cut directly on the tables, use cutting mats available in the studio
- No cameras or recording devices are allowed
- If a student needs an accommodation, they are required to obtain permission from the instructor to use a recording device.
To respect the privacy of models:
- Do not enter KHW 259 when classes are in session
- Do not enter the model changing area
- Do not use the podium projector and sound system, ceiling heaters or portable heaters outside of class
- Do not remove illustration dress forms from KHW 259
The photo studio is to be used only by Fashion students, faculty, and staff, and is only to be used for video and photography purposes.
- No food or drinks are allowed inside the photo studio
- All equipment is to be stored back in its place and the space cleaned at the end of booking
- The user is responsible for any damage caused by misuse of facilities and equipment
Report any problems with equipment to Olena Vivcharyuk
or your Instructor
Booking the Photo Studio
Excluding times when classes are scheduled, the Photo Studio can be booked for:
- 30 minutes to 6 hours
- Monday to Friday
- 9am to 4:30pm
Submitting a booking request does not guarantee access.
You will receive a confirmation email from Olena Vivcharyuk. If your requested time is not available, you will be notified
Booking Photo Equipment
Contact Olena Vivcharyuk with your request at least three business days prior to your intended use
Photo equipment is for in-studio use only and must be returned after the shoot
Students attending photography courses are given priority
Closing up the Photo Studio
After completing a work session, students and faculty are responsible for the following:
- Photo lights must be switched off
- Unplugged and stowed
- Backdrops rolled up
- Photo stations must be free of props
- Clean up work area
Failure to comply with the policies could result in the loss of studio use privileges.
In an emergency
- If you have immediate safety or security concerns call 911
In a non-emergency
Contact Security and Emergency Services:
- Internal phones: 5040
- External phones: 416-979-5040
- Email: email@example.com
- Victoria Building (VIC), 285 Victoria Street, 1st floor
Learn more about safety protocols and procedures on the Community Safety and Security page of the Ryerson website.
Blue Emergency Pull Stations
Most studios and labs have blue emergency pull stations. When these are pulled, Security is dispatched to the location immediately.
If You Discover a Fire
Please be mindful of the following:
- If you see, smell or hear a fire, pull the closest fire alarm as you leave the fire area
- Stop the class or other activity when the fire alarms bells sound
- Provide assistance to persons with disabilities
- Do not use elevators
- Wait outside the building as directed by Security or the Fire Wardens
First year students receive a presentation about equipment safety given by School of Fashion Technician, Fashion Design Technician, however injuries do happen occasionally. Any injury must be reported immediately to the instructor.
If a student is injured or distressed contact:
- Internal phones: 5040
- External phones: 416-979-5040
- After security is contacted, notify
- Cira Nickel, ext 6596, Manager of Administration
- Instructor of the course/project, if applicable
Any injured student should not work on the industrial equipment for the remainder of the day.
Reporting a Student Death
This is a sensitive and difficult situation. It is important that the Chair, Joseph Medaglia is notified so that proper procedure is followed to notify appropriate people.
Ryerson offers a free service that pairs you with a uniformed security crew member to escort you to various locations on campus, including the subway and nearby parking lots.
This Walk Safe service is available to all Ryerson community members, including visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Reporting Suspicious Activity
If you have any suspicions about activities on campus, report to Ryerson Security 416-979-5040 or 416-979-5001
Remember to Lock up
To keep facilities, offices, faculty and staff safe, ensure that work spaces are locked behind you especially on weekends and after regular office hours.
Referring a Student for Support
If you are concerned about the emotional or physical safety of a student please call 416-979-5195 and ask to speak with one of the counsellors to consult about the best course of action, and email Joseph Medaglia (Chair), Grahame Lynch (Associate Chair) and Niki Makropoulos (Academic Coordinator).
Centre for Student Development and Counseling (CSDC)
The CSDC offers free and confidential professional counseling services in a professional and friendly environment. The CDSC offers individual therapy, group therapy and crisis support. Please refer to the CSDC website for additional information on how to consult a counsellor about the emotional or physical safety of a student.
For immediate information to provide students on mental health support, you can refer students to the following information:
- They can speak with a trained counselor by phone at any time, by calling the Good2Talk line for post-secondary students at 1-866-925-5454
- If they are experiencing an emotional crisis, they can contact the Gerstein Centre Distress Line at 416-929-5000
- They may also text 741741 to reach the Ontario Online and Text Crisis Services
- If they need emergency support please contact 911 or if on campus, contact campus security at 416-979-5040
Academic Accommodation: Policy 159
•Ongoing personalized learning supports are put in place for students that require registration and assessment with the Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) Office.
•Students are responsible for and required to communicate their accommodation needs with each of their instructors via the online Accommodation Support system.
•Academic Accommodation does not guarantee academic consideration. Students with academic accommodations who have extenuating circumstances (short term) not related to their academic accommodation are required to submit requests for consideration to their instructor through the ACR to request alternate arrangements for missed course work.
Academic Consideration (ACR): NEW: Policy 167
•Any request for consideration of a missed assignment or course assessment due to extenuating circumstances e.g. medical, religious or compassionate grounds.
•Extenuating Circumstances that are of a short-term duration (normally no more than 3 days; see Section 5.3), that have a significant and adverse effect on a Student’s ability to fulfill an academic requirement.
•These requests are submitted via the Senate page (online ACR system).
•Students must verify acceptance of their request via the department/instructor.
•Procedures section 3.8 Approval of academic consideration requests is at the discretion of the course instructor. Submission of supporting documentation does not guarantee that academic
Students living with disabilities or ongoing health concerns that may impact their academic functioning can register for Academic Accommodation Support. Individualized academic accommodation plans are developed to assist students to fully participate in their studies. This is a confidential process that values student privacy.
Refer toPDF file Policy 159 for more information regarding Academic Accommodation.
What to Expect
You will receive electronic notification from AAS listing the student’s approved accommodation for your course. Ideally this is before the first graded work is due, but the process can be delayed, especially at the beginning of the academic year.
If a recommended accommodation affects the integrity of your course, you should consult with the student’s Accommodation Facilitator and the student to find a suitable alternative.
Please be mindful of the following:
- If a student needs accessible versions of project briefs or other handouts documentation is not required
- If a class needs to be moved to an accessible room, contact the Manager of Administration
- You must not take a request or review health documentation directly from a student
- You must not provide an academic accommodation based on your own assessment
- Students must reactivate their accommodation(s) each semester
To receive consideration for missed work without penalty students must submit a request for Academic Consideration with the appropriate supporting documentation.
For health or compassionate reasons, students are required to inform their instructors by email in advance of missing assignments, tests or exams, or as soon as reasonably possible when circumstances do not permit advance notice.
Students must submit appropriate documentation, within three (3) business days. In extraordinary circumstances, exceptions to the 3-day requirement can be requested if the issues prevent a student from consulting a health professional or obtaining documentation in a timely manner. In such cases, students can request an extension when they submit their online request.
The decision whether to accommodate or deny a request is at the discretion of each instructor based on supporting documentation. Instructors will notify the student of their final decision.
Refer toPDF file Policy 134 for more information on Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals.
How to Submit an Academic Consideration Request
Academic Consideration Requests are submitted online using the form for Online Academic Consideration Requests (ACR).
NOTE: Do not submit supporting documentation directly to your instructor or by email. Supporting documentation will be verified by the Academic Coordinator and made available for the course instructor to review upon request.
Extenuating Circumstances for Academic Consideration
Health Related Extenuating Circumstances
Supporting documentation may include:
aPDF file Student Health Certificate or letter from an appropriate regulated health professional to be submitted to verify and understand the impact(s) on the student’s academic performance.
Non-Health Related Extenuating Circumstances
Students may be required to submit official documentation confirming all applicable date(s) and reason(s) for the missed course time/work. Events, conferences, special occasions, and prior travel arrangements do not qualify for compassionate absence and will not be accommodated.
Supporting documentation may include:
- Original letter from a counselor, therapist, religious leader, or community leader
- Travel documents (if applicable)
- Other verifiable documents relevant to the situation
•“Extenuating Circumstances” is introduced; we are no longer differentiating between health, and or compassionate
•Separate policy provides a clear definition and process for managing requests for academic consideration which is distinctly different from academic accommodation
•Request for academic consideration without documentation - permitted in limited circumstances (see point below) one time per term only
•Documentation is required for: final assessments/final exams; temporary absence lasting no more than 3 days; and if a request for academic consideration without documentation has already occurred in that academic term.
Religious, Aboriginal or Spiritual Observance
Requests based on Religious, Aboriginal or Spiritual Observance are submitted two weeks prior to missing a class or with as much lead time as possible. For an exam, submit your request within two weeks of the exam schedule release. If the dates are not known in advance, submit the request with as much lead time as possible.
Required documentation includes:
Athletic Participation / Competition
Requests based on Athletic Participation / Competition are submitted two weeks prior to missing a class or with as much lead time as possible. For an exam, submit your request within two weeks of the exam schedule release. If the dates are not known in advance, submit the request with as much lead time as possible.
Required documentation includes:
Letter from the Director of Athletics confirming the request for schedule accommodations or Academic Consideration.
Refer to the Ryerson Undergraduate Calendar for the complete list of significant dates.
Below are the weekly dates for F21 Course Outlines. **W22 COMING SOON**
- Week 1 September 7-13
- Week 2 September 14–20
- Week 3 September 21-27
- Week 4 September 28-October 4
- Week 5 October 5 - 8; Oct 18*
*Study Break runs from Saturday, October 9, 2021 to Friday, October 15, 2021. No Scheduled Classes
University Closed for Thanksgiving, October 11
- Week 6 October 19–25
- Week 7 October 26– November 1
- Week 8 November 2–8
- Week 9 November 9-15*
*‘School of Fashion Catch-up Week’ -- no formal classes
- Week 10 November 16–22. Nov. 19 is the last date to drop a course in good academic standing
- Week 11 November 23–29
- Week 12 November 30 - December 6
- Examination Period: Wednesday December 8 - Sunday, December 19
- coming soon
Ryerson’sPDF file Policy 60 applies to all students at the University. Forms of academic misconduct include plagiarism, cheating, supplying false information to the University, and other acts. Suspicions of academic misconduct should be reported to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO).
The most common form of academic misconduct is plagiarism
It is expected that all examinations and work submitted for evaluation will be the product of each student’s individual effort (or an authorized group)
Submitting the same work for credit to more than one course, without instructor approval, can also be considered a form of plagiarism
Students who commit an academic misconduct will have a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record. Students will be assigned one or more of the following penalties by the AIO:
- A grade reduction or a zero for the work
- For course components worth 10% or less, a grade reduction greater than a zero for the work.
- Any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade
- Receive a ‘F’ in the course
- More serious repercussions including expulsion from Ryerson University
Unauthorized Use of Intellectual Property
The unauthorized use of the Intellectual Property by students for distribution, sale, or profit is a form of academic misconduct that is expressly prohibited, in accordance withPDF file Policy 60 (Sections 2.8 and 2.10). Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to:
- Lecture notes
- Presentation materials used in and outside of class
- Lab manuals
- Course packs
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational objectives of the University, in accordance with generally accepted standards of behaviour, and in accordance withPDF file Policy 61, the Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct.
Preventing Visual Plagiarism
Students are expected to be the authors of their own work, including visual materials. The AIO has developed aPDF file Best Practices Guide for preventing visual plagiarism to help with assignment design and assessment.
Assessment & Evaluation
When creating your assignments and assessments, please consider the following:
- Each course must have at least two independent assessments per semester
- No one assessment can be worth more than 70%
- A final exam or major project cannot be worth more than 40%
- Projects due in Week 12 cannot be worth more than 15%.
- Project briefs and criteria for assessment must be posted on D2L
Students must receive feedback for assignments, tests, etc. prior to the last date to drop a course in good academic standing
Fall 2021 = Friday, Nov 19, 2021
Winter 2022 = Friday, Apr 1, 2022
If group work is to be included in the course, please consider the following:
- Major group projects worth 30% or more must include assessments for individuals and the group
- Group work for which a student does not receive an individual assessment can not be worth more than 30%
- There must be fair, appropriate and timely procedures for students who encounter difficulty with their working group. Contact Kim Wahl if situations arise.
Turnitin.com is a plagiarism prevention and detection service to which Ryerson subscribes. it is available when you create an Assignment submission folder on D2L.
Students agree by taking this course that their written work will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of comparing the similarity of such papers.
Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must, by the end of the second week of class, consult with their instructor to make alternate arrangements.
When planning your academic year, please consider the following:
- No tests, exams, major assignments or projects should be planned during the last week of classes and the subsequent Saturday and Sunday before the examination period.
- Due dates for final projects listed as TBA in the exam period on course outlines must be posted on D2L as soon as the final exam schedule has been posted.
- Final presentations in the exam period must be formally scheduled as exams to prevent conflicts. Contact Cira Nickel to schedule a final presentation when the request for examinations is sent out.
The School of Fashion has a standardized course outline format. Course outline must be approved by the appropriate Program Director prior to posting them on D2L.
Faculty are encouraged to have a discussion about Academic Integrity in Week 1, and list it on the weekly breakdown on the course outline.
Program Directors send the approved course outline to the Communications Coordinator for the addition of Course Management Policies.
Final versions will be sent back to instructors to post on D2L, and will be archived in the Fashion Shared Documents folder on Google Drive.
Any modification to course outlines must be discussed with the Program Director and then discussed in class prior to implementation. A written statement of revision will be provided to students.
Class lists will be fluid until the final day to add/drop a course. Any students that are added to the course must be given an opportunity to make up assessments missed before this date.
If a student wishes to officially withdraw they must do so via RAMSS.
Enrollment Request Approval
Fashion Students who have section preferences or want to get into a full FFC, FFD or FSN course, may be accommodated with documented health reasons, or with written approval from the instructor’s) teaching the course sent to the Academic Coordinator
Students from other Ryerson programs interested in Fashion courses also need written approval from the instructor(s) teaching the course
exception: Fashion Studies Minor students are pre-approved for Minor courses
Students must provide the following information in their email request to the Instructor, the instructor must forward the request and their approval to Niki Makropoulos:
- First & Last Name
- Ryerson Student Number
- Program Name
- Current Program Year
- Semester (Fall/Winter)
- Course Code, Course Name and Section Number
Note: Courses that have more than one instructor teaching require the enrollment approval of all the instructors. Enrolment requests must be received by the Academic Coordinator before the deadline to add a course that semester.
D2L Course Shell
Refer to Getting Started: Teaching with D2L Brightspace to request a course shell, logging in, giving access, adding a course outline, making your course available to students and more.
Instructors must add “fashionadmin” as a course-builder status to enable departmental communication with students in case of emergency or class cancellation.
Course Materials Policy
All course materials with the exception of tests, exams and project marking sheets must be posted on D2L. This is a requirement and no exceptions will be made.
Regular attendance in their registered section is expected of all students. All scheduled classes begin 10 minutes past the hour; students arriving late will be accommodated at an appropriate time in the class. If a student is found to have attendance irregularities, such as more than one absence without proper documentation, lateness to class and/or departing before a class officially ends, and if this irregularity continues for more then three classes within a given semester, the students may be required to meet with the instructor for the purpose of correcting the situation. Frequent absences without proper documentation may result in failing the course.
Please consultPDF file Policy 135 to review the University’s examination policy and procedures.
Please be mindful of the following:
- Examinations are only to be scheduled during the examination period
- Students who miss an exam or are more than 30 minutes late for a scheduled exam, without documentation, will receive a zero grade
- Final exams will not be returned to students
- Exams are available for review in case of an appeal and are kept on file for a period of one year
Make-up Tests or Exams
Refer to section 2.2.7 ofPDF file Policy 145 for more information on making up tests/exams at Ryerson. If a student provides appropriate documentation:
- A make-up will be scheduled as soon as possible in the semester, and where possible, before the last date to drop the course.
- Make-ups will cover the same material as the original assessment but may be in a different format.
- To schedule a make-up test or exam you may be required to book an appointment online through the Test Centre.
Test Response System
The Test Response System is a computerized method of scoring multiple choice tests that includes true-false and multiple-choice questions. The steps below outline how to receive your grades in a timely fashion.
- Submit TRS Sheets Online or in-person at 105 Bond Street
- Valid Ryerson identification is required to pick-up sheet or printouts
- Instructors are urged to obtain their TRS sheets
- in-person at least two days before their examinations.
- Results are normally available four hours after the completed sheets are dropped-off at 105 Bond Street.
All assignments are due as specified on the project brief, in the weekly breakdown and/or course outline. Incomplete assignments will be accepted at the time date specified for the assignment, and evaluated based on the completed elements.
Late assignments with proper documentation and a request for academic consideration for health or compassionate reasons will be accepted without penalty. Consideration requests require timely action by the student.
Late submissions without documentation will be accepted with a 15% penalty up to seven days past the due date and time. Submissions after seven days will not receive a grade, but may receive feedback.
Approval is required if an assignment is to be submitted past the final week of class; extra time may not exceed the date and time agreed upon between the instructor and student.
There are no extensions for group work or presentations without documentation for health or compassionate reasons.
Familiarize yourself with Ryerson’s Grading System:
Providing Grades to Students
All student work should be graded and returned directly to them with reasonable promptness. If tests are retained by the faculty member, students should receive feedback.
Instructors must inform students of the method to be used for posting grades.
Posting on D2L is preferred by the School.
If posted in hard copy, grades must be numerically sorted by student ID number with the first five digits removed.
Students who wish not to have their grades posted in hard copy must inform the instructor in writing prior to the due date of the first assignment.
Student grades and personal identifiers are confidential and subject to FIPPA guidelines.
If a detailed grade breakdown is not available to students on D2L, the instructor is responsible for providing this information to students on request.
When submitting final grades, a detailed grade breakdown must be supplied to the Academic Coordinator.
Submitting Final Grades
Faculty must submit final letter grades online via the RAMSS Grade Roster. Grade breakdowns must be submitted to the Niki Makropoulos for the department's records.
Final grades MUST be submitted on time as late submissions can seriously affect students’ academic standing. If you will have a problem meeting the deadline notify the Chair and Academic Coordinator before the submission deadline.
The Dean will be notified of any instructor who does not submit grades by the deadline
If you have any technical difficulties while submitting grades:
- contact 416-979-5000 ext 2292, OR
- email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Do not include the final letter grade in any communication with students. They will receive their official final grade in the course only through the Registrar. If a student has a ‘hold’ on their record they are prohibited from viewing their final grades
Visit Enrollment Services and Student Records for more information.
Refer to Automated Grade Revision Process for instructions on revising a student’s grade directly through RAMSS. If you submit a Grade Revision you must also submit an updated Grade breakdown to Niki Makropoulos for the department's records.
- A printedPDF file Grade Revision Form is required for any grade revision from longer than one year ago
- Incomplete (INC) Grades are not resolved through RAMSS
- Please consult with Niki Makropoulos if you have questions about the grade revision process.
Incomplete (INC) Grades
Definition and Conditions for INC:
The INC grade is for incomplete coursework or a missed final examination due to documented health or compassionate grounds. Within 3 working days (or as soon as reasonably possible), of a missed final exam or assignment deadline, students must contact their instructor and the Academic Coordinator to request an INC grade.
An INC can be awarded only upon the students' request and when the completion of the outstanding work or an alternate final examination may result in a passing grade.
The outstanding work or alternate examination must be completed by the date agreed upon between the instructor and the student. The INC will be replaced by an official course grade when the work is completed. If a revised grade is not submitted within 3 months, the INC will lapse to an F.
Refer toPDF file Policy 46 for full details regarding incomplete grades.
If an INC grade is to be issued, the instructor and student must discuss the reason for the request, fill out anPDF file Incomplete (INC) Grade Update Form and submit a copy to the Niki Makropoulos at least two days before the grade submission deadline, for the department's records.
Do not issue an INC grade if the Incomplete form has not been submitted to the Academic Coordinator before the deadline.
If an in-person meeting between the instructor and the student is not possible, email communication that covers the same details on the
PDF fileINC Form is an acceptable alternative. The instructor must complete the form, and submit a copy with the attached emails to Niki Makropoulos at least two days before the grade submission deadline, for the department's records.
Communication must be through Ryerson email accounts only.
Refer toPDF file Policy 46 for full details regarding incomplete grades.
Resolving an INC grade
Once the terms of the INC grade have been met by the student, the instructor must add the final letter grade to the original INC Form and submit an updated grade breakdown to the Academic Coordinator.
- The automated grade revision process cannot be used to resolve INC grades
- If the student does not complete the work within 3 months, the grade will lapse to an F
Appeals can be filed for grade/standing, misconduct or non-academic conduct.
- “Extenuating Circumstances” is introduced as a ground for appeal; we are no longer differentiating between health, and or compassionate
- Emphasis on informal resolution (where possible) before a student files a formal appeal. The onus is on the student to communicate with the instructor about their concerns and seek a solution (informal resolutions must adhere to Senate policies and procedures)
- Extended decision making time period from 5 working days to 10 working days at all levels of appeal.
- Students appealing their academic standing can only remain in courses for 1 term while awaiting the outcome of the appeal process (unless the delay in the process is due to the University).
Resolving Course-Related Issues
Students are responsible for notifying and consulting with the instructor regarding grades or course management issues. If students are reluctant to deal directly with the instructor, depending on the situation, students can consult with the Chair
Instructors and/or the Chair are responsible to respond and resolve the issues promptly
If academic concerns are not resolved informally with the instructor and/or Chair, students may speak with the Niki Makropoulosto file an appeal.
Request for Reassessment or Recalculation
Students can request a reassessment if they believe their grade does not reflect the academic merit of their work, or request a recalculation if they believe an error has been made.
Requests for a reassessment must be based on sufficient academic grounds and be supported by evidence and documentation (e.g. from the course outline, course notes, textbooks, assignment grade rubric).
Refer toPDF file Policy 162 for details on process, timing student and faculty responsibilities.
If a student believes there is a reason for a grade appeal, they should first discuss the issue with the instructor, to seek an informal resolution (where possible) before a student files a formal appeal. The onus is on the student to communicate with the instructor about their concerns and seek a solution (informal resolutions must adhere to Senate policies and procedures).
If the issue is not resolved or the student is reluctant to speak with their instructor, then they should email Kim Wahl.
If academic concerns are not resolved informally with the instructor and/or Program Director, students may submit an Academic Appeal.
Grade appeals are filed with the course Subject Teaching department, usually after the course is completed, however appeals based on grounds of Course Management may be filed at any time during the semester.
Failure to communicate about issues in a timely manner may negatively affect the outcome of an appeal.
Course Management Appeals
As recommended inPDF file Policy 134, informal resolution is preferable to formal appeal. With this in mind, if issues dealing with Course Management arise, the student and instructor will be asked to meet with Grahame Lynch and Kim Wahl to attempt to find an equitable solution. If an informal resolution is not reached, students may file appeals based on Course Management at any time during the semester.
Department Level Appeal Forms
Late Course Drop/Retroactive Withdrawal
If a student has faced sudden and serious life events that directly prevented them from meeting the published deadlines to drop a course, they may submit a request for a Late Course Drop or Retroactive Withdrawal from a course or semester.
The survey is to be used to obtain student opinion about teaching performance. Refer to Faculty Course Survey for information on scheduling, guidelines, information for students and more.
The FCS is delivered online in Fall and Winter terms. Some instructors will conduct FCS both online and on paper. Dates to be announced.
All RFA members (LTF, tenure stream and tenured members) will participate in the online process
All probationary RFA members are required to distribute paper-based in-class surveys in addition to the online process
All tenured RFA members will have online surveys and the option of using paper-based in-class surveys. Faculty will be able to indicate if they wish to participate in paper-based surveys during the FCS course validation stage (in September or January of each term)
All CUPE I instructors will be evaluated online only
FCS results will be available online via the
If RFA faculty choose to hand out paper-based in-class surveys, they are considered to be official however, if not then the online results are considered official.
Only reports for the 14 standard questions are automatically attached to Faculty Annual Reports. Instructors that have added questions to the FCS must manually download reports for these questions and attach them to their Annual Report.
Receiving Student Work
No student assignments can be received or returned for faculty through the School of Fashion Main Office or Technician’s Office.
Expenses for Course Related Events
- Step 1: Submit a request for pre-approval to Joseph Medaglia, Chair
- Step 2: Once approved, contact Cira Nickel, to process payment and/or reimbursement.
All original itemized receipts and/or invoices must be received within five business days
Petty Cash Reimbursement
Reimbursements for approved purchases with original receipts and/or invoices are processed by Cira Nickel
Sourcing and ordering equipment and materials is completed through the Technician’s Office
Purchase Orders must be reviewed, verified and signed off by the responsible faculty member before receiving final approval by the Chair
All records of purchase request, order, invoicing and billing are maintained by Cira Nickel after receiving approval from the Chair
Large orders of photocopy materials like tests, exams and project marketing sheets (more than 30 copies) are handled through Ryerson’s Duplication and Printing Services (DPS)
- You are responsible for placing and picking-up your order
- Please allow a minimum of four to five working days for your order to be complete
- Please contact the Communication Coordinator located in KHS 243F to get access to the photocopying machine in the Main Office
Note: Only use if it is an urgent situation
Please keep in mind that copyright laws are in effect when photocopying published materials.
Model Bookings for Illustration Classes
Each instructor requiring models is responsible for submitting a thorough advance listing with the date(s) and type of model required (m/f, nude/clothed).
Each instructor must contact The School of Fashion Technician for the following:
- If their model requirements change or class is canceled
- If the model does not show up or reschedules their shift
The School of Fashion advocates direct involvement with the industry through guest speakers and field trips. To book guest speakers and/or field trips, confirm with your Program Director for availability of funds. If budget allows, please follow the steps below depending on the type of event you are booking.
Notify the Communications Coordinator so they can book the room and do appropriate outreach.
Field trips should be booked during regular scheduled class periods. If transportation is required, contact Cira Nickel with all details of the trip (date, time, location, number of students, etc). Proper booking, authorization and payment procedures must be followed
A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required for booking.
Depending on the risks, contact Cira Nickel to approve or make adjustments to student waivers.
The Ryerson Fashion Research Collection contains several thousand donated dress artifacts that are available for design research and inspiration or as evidence of how fashion was created and worn for material culture studies. The FRC features:
- Garments dating to 1800s
- Armani, Balenciaga, Dior, Valentino
- Canadian Designers: Marilyn Brooks,
- Wayne Clark, Alfred Sung, and more
- Fashion periodicals dating back to 1900
Highlights from the collection and further information about making appointments are available on the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection Blog, external link.
Access is by appointment only. Students, faculty, and visiting scholars are invited to contact the FRC Coordinator to request a research appointment.
Ext 3214 | KHW 66
Ryerson Library (RULA)
To use the Ryerson Library, present your Ryerson OneCard to the library circulation desk and your card will be validated for use:
- Visit the Ryerson Library to search for journal articles, books, newspapers and more!
- Visit Ryerson University Library & Archives Services for information on Audio-Visual Services, Borrowing (from another library), Facilities & Spaces, Research and more.
- Visit the One-stop Course Readings Service to reserve course readings for students, while ensuring copyright-compliance
- Visit the Workshops & Events Calendar to register for the workshops that peak your interest!
Report lost cards immediately to library staff at the circulation desk or 416-979-5055
The Audio Visual Library is a member of the Interfilm Group, an informal association of 19 Ontario universities with film and video collections. Through Ryerson’s membership in this group, the Audio Visual Library has access to some 19,000 + titles which may be borrowed free of charge for students and faculty for use in the classroom.
Screening of films from commercial distributors may require additional payment. Fees vary according to format and distributor. Please consult with the Ryerson Library and Cira Nickel for details. Advance notice may be required.
Visit Campus Store to view general information, course materials available, clothing, hours of operation, contact information and more.
Media Services through CCS
Visit Media Services to book the various services available to Ryerson faculty and staff. All requests require a minimum of 48 hours notice.
Digital Media Projects Office
Visit Digital Media Projects to find out more about, tools, resources, and support for faculty.
Maintenance & Facilities
If you require any cleaning, servicing, repairs submit a Service Request through Ryerson Facilities Management and Development or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Food Facilities on Campus
Visit Campus Eateries to view the array of food options available on-campus.
Athletics and Recreation
All instructors are offered a preferred rate for athletics membership at the Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC) or the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). Visit Ryerson Recreation to see all the fitness facilities available for you!
- Computing & Communications Services (CCS)
- Students: KHW 71 | ext 6840
- Faculty/Staff: LIB 99 | ext 6806
- Student Learning Support
- 341 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
Centre for Student Development & Counseling
- JOR 07C (Lower Ground Floor)
Design Fabrication (Fab Lab)
- 302 Church Street Room SID-104
- KHW 181
- ext 5070
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
- 288 Church Street, 7th Floor DCC-715
Kerr Hall South
- KHS 243F Main Office
- KHS 243F Communication Coordinator
- KHS 243J Chair
- KHS 243L Associate Chair
- KHS 243K Manager of Administration
- KHS 243B Academic Coordinator
- KHS 245 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 247 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 252 Communication & Design Studio
- KHW 253 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 148 Conference Room (ext 6298)
- KHS 150 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 157 Mailroom
- KHS 159 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 159A-D Faculty Office
- KHS 159E Fashion Student Lounge
- KHS 161 Fashion Design Studio
- KHS 51 Pattern Making
- KHS 55 Faculty Offices
Kerr Hall West
- KHW 59 Faculty Offices
- KHW 60 Photo Studio
- KHW 62 Textile Lab
- KHW 63 FCAD Shared PC lab
- KHW 65 FCAD Shared Mac Lab
- KHW 66 Fashion Research Collection
- KHW 68 Fashion Design Technician
- KHW 70A Mass Ex Office
- KHW 72 Cage Storage Room
- KHW 258 MA Fashion Studio
- KHW 259 Illustration Studio
- KHW 260 Fashion Overflow Lab
- KHW 261 Contract Lecturer’s Office
The links below are referred to throughout the academic year:
Ryerson University Undergraduate Calendar. Outlines Program Curriculum, Courses, Significant Dates and Deadlines
PDF fileSchool of Fashion Student Handbook that provides information on administrative procedures & services, transfer credits, course intention & enrollment, academic considerations, policies, technical matters and more
Ryerson Undergraduate Student Guide to get information on academics, appeals, enrollment, examinations, financial assistance, graduation and more
Integrated Risk Management (IRM) to access Ryerson University’s efforts to foster a safe and secure campus for all
Visit Senate Office for more information on academic policies for students, significant dates and resources
google docDiversifying Your Syllabus, external link. Created by Alison Skyrme. Updated April 2021.
**COMING IN SEPTEMBER** University of Fashion, external link videos can be accessed through the Library.