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Please note: updated grade ranges for 2019/2020 will be added to the program pages as they become available.

Fashion Design (BDes)

Is It for You?

Transform the raw elements of fashion – fabrics, colours, patterns, finishes and silhouettes – into beautiful and innovative clothing and accessories. Work with established designers to create haute couture, ready-to-wear or mass-market designs. Become involved in fashion management or marketing and develop expertise in a variety of design-related roles at one of the top undergraduate fashion schools worldwide.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Design

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements
Portfolio, short essay

 Co-op Option

 Member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and the Canadian Apparel Federation.

 Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 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.

The roots of Canadian fashion

Distinguished designer-in-residence Angela DeMontigny mentors students in the School of Fashion on creating ready-to-wear fashion that tells a story.

Photo credit: Jenna Marie Wakani

Read the full Ryerson Today article

Distinctive Learning

State-of-the-art CAD software, body scanner, illustration tablets, laser cutting, 3D printingand digital fabric printing; industry internship; Mass Exodus, Ryerson's acclaimed student-run fashion event; access to the Fashion Research Collection; international exchange program; Fashion Zone, an incubator for fashion-inspired startups. Pursue a fellowship in The Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute, a program designed to mentor, educate, support and advocate for emerging Canadian fashion design talent nationally and abroad.

After Graduation

Leverage technical know-how and business savvy and find careers in fashion design and manufacturing; product development and illustration; costume design for theatre, film and video production; accessory and home furnishing design and styling; museum and conservation work. Pursue graduate studies at Ryerson in the first master of arts degree in fashion in Canada, with scholarship funding available for top candidates.

What You Need to Know

Domestic Fees Range: $7,049 - $7,770
International Fees Range: $27,284 - $27,904

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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.

 Please note: Effective fall 2020 a new Fashion program will commence with revised academic admission requirements as follows: OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M courses including Grade 12 U English. Fall 2019 will be the last intake for the current Fashion Design and Fashion Communication programs.

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, 2019 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

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