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Fashion (BDes)

"I believe that design and fashion can only truly succeed if inclusivity is engrained in the foundation of our creations."

Nabra Badr,
Fashion alumna

Stories in Fashion

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Is It for You?

Study at Canada’s leading university fashion program. We integrate inclusive, decolonized and sustainable perspectives throughout our curriculum, research, and creative activities as well as industry and community partnerships. Explore this interdisciplinary field with courses from a range of concentrations: Fashion Communication; Fashion Design; Fashion Studies; Design Leadership; Textiles and Material Practices. Gain hands-on experience with a 250-hour internship option and workshops integrated into the program. We have a long tradition of nurturing students to become leading fashion makers, thinkers and doers, and you’ll be encouraged to hone your creativity through research, theory and practice.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Design

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements
Portfolio pieces, statement of intent

 Experiential Learning
250-400 internship hours

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 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

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Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,814
International Fees Range: $28,638 - $29,611

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic 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 prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Recommended: art/visual arts and sewing courses, if available. 

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

Non-Academic 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, 2020 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

Note: If a significant date is not a business day at Ryerson, the following business day is used.

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After Graduation

Students graduate from the program with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, and you’ll be prepared for ever-changing and dynamic careers in the fashion industry such as fashion design; art/creative direction; social and environmental advocacy; event management; brand strategy and design; textile and surface design; and photography. You may work as a visual merchandiser, buyer, brand strategist, or art director, or you may choose to pursue graduate studies.

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