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Grade ranges and fall 2019 admissions requirements will be posted in August 2018. Please use the following information as a guide until that time. Thank you!

Fashion Communication (BDes)

Program Overview


  • Full-Time, Four-Year

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Design

Ontario Secondary School Students:
2017 Grade Range for Admission / Wait List Consideration
: 78%+*

In the vibrant and creative world of fashion, it takes the right messages for the latest runway creations to strike a chord on Main Street. Drawing on their considerable industry knowledge, communication expertise and passion for fashion, Ryerson graduates in this exciting field bring the latest trends to life in our culture and our imaginations. From advertising campaigns to art exhibits to art direction to magazine stories and images, the work of fashion communicators informs, engages and inspires the public in many ways.

This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to the academic requirements listed below, this program selects students on the basis of grades PLUS non-academic requirements.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2018 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2018/2019

Domestic Fees Range: $7,644 - $8,387
International Fees Range: $25,991 - $26,570

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Grade 11 U or M or Grade 12 U Mathematics (one of: MCF3M, MCR3U, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U)
  • Recommended: Visual Art e.g. Life and/or Mechanical Drawing and Art History
  • The minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Do not submit non-academic material until after you have submitted your application for admission and accessed your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. You will receive an Acknowledgement email that will include your Ryerson Student Number. Your Ryerson Student Number must be clearly printed on all non-academic materials you submit.

Your non-academic requirements, listed below, are due by February 1, 2018 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

Please review instructions for PDF fileHow to Complete Fillable PDF Forms.

"I was very excited to see all these different designers, but also time [periods] coming together. So when I actually came [to the Fashion Research Collection], I was really inspired that just one room could capture so many different stories, personalities, and different inspiration sources."


International Exchange Student,
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fashion Communication


View the Research Collection online:, external link

"Time management is key and pushing yourself to do what you love, because no one is going to do it for you. It’s definitely not easy, but it’s worth it once you see the end result."

Graduate, Fashion Communication