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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

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Is It for You?

Study at Canada’s leading university fashion program, ranked one of the Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019 by The Business of Fashion. We integrate inclusive, decolonized and sustainable perspectives throughout our curriculum, research, and creative activities as well as industry and community partnerships. You can take courses from optional concentrations in Fashion Communication, Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Design Leadership, or Textiles and Material Practices. Gain hands-on experience with 250 hours of internship and career-focused workshops integrated into the program. We nurture students to become leading fashion designers, creatives and business leaders by encouraging you to hone your creativity and connecting you with the global fashion industry.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Design

 Grade Range
78%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
Portfolio pieces, statement of intent

 Experiential Learning
250-400 internship hours

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

*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 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

In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application. 

 Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2021 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

The portfolio is an essential part of your application and it represents an opportunity to display your creativity, exploratory research and technical skills. It is the place to showcase your concepts and critical thinking and express your interest in Fashion. Your portfolio contains a combination of visual and written work, including both process and finished pieces.

 Questions? Contact fashion.admission@ryerson.ca with questions about the portfolio.

Four Portfolio Pieces:

Submit four (4) finished pieces of your best creative work or samples of writing that display your skills and interest in Fashion. We really want to see how your ideas develop and so you are encouraged to also submit process work along with the finished pieces to demonstrate the evolution of your ideas. Be sure to label your process work accordingly.

Your process may be demonstrated through: 

  • sketching multiple concepts 
  • material exploration 
  • photos of work in progress 
  • credited images of inspiration 
  • notes and related research 

Portfolio Content Options

Some suggested portfolio items are listed below, but you may also choose to submit work that is not listed here. We suggest choosing multiple categories to represent your skills and creativity. If you choose to submit multiple items from the same category show us different skills.

Clothing & Accessories 
  • Sewn Garment: From a commercial pattern or your original design 
  • Creative Reuse: Upcycled garment or accessory 

 Notes: Display on a dress form or body. Photograph front, back and detail views. Include a short description.

Graphic Design 
  • Branding: Design a logo and advertisement using your original imagery and text 
  • Social Media Campaign: Promote an idea through a social platform of your choice. Include graphics and a written description of your strategy
Fine Art
  • Traditional Art Media: Painting, printmaking, sculpture, etc. 
  • Illustration/Drawing: Fashion figure and garment design, accessory, or product illustration 
  • Photography: Abstract, editorial or product-focused
Accessory or Textile Design
  • Accessory Design: An illustration, computer rendering or photographs of a physical prototype of your design for jewellery, hat, purse, etc. Include a short description along with images showing the overall design and details 
  • Textile Design: Your original block print, digital design, weaving, embroidery etc. Include a short description along with sketches, prints or photographs showing the overall design and details
Writing 
  • Academic Writing: An essay demonstrating your skills in research and writing 
  • Creative Writing: An example of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry 
  • Fashion Journalism: An article you’ve written for a blog, print etc.
Fashion Business 
  • New Business or Product Idea: Include a 1-2 page description and concept sketches or photos 
  • Marketing Plan for a Fashion Brand: Include a 1-2 page description and concept sketches or photos
Fashion Event 
  • Describe your role or contribution to a Fashion event that you planned, coordinated, or participated in. Include a 1-2 page description plus photographs and other related materials
Your Own Choice 
  • The categories listed above are just suggestions. You are welcome to submit any work that represents your skills and creativity!

Drawing upon your personal experiences, tell us about: 

  • Your interest in Fashion
  • Why you want to pursue a Bachelor of Design in Fashion

Please consider an important issue affecting Fashion and its potential solutions, such as: 

  • Cultural Appropriation 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Fashion Activism 
  • Sustainability 
  • Or any other issue of your choice

 Submission Requirements: 

  • 500 word essay
  •  All work must be your own
  • Visual work should be carefully photographed or scanned and prepared
  • Written work should be carefully proofread
  • Portfolio submissions will be assessed on their originality, creativity, level of complexity, technical proficiency and neatness
  • Non-academic requirements including portfolios are only accepted online. No physical submissions will be accepted
  • Ensure that all guidelines have been followed
  • Only complete submissions will be accepted and reviewed
  • You will not be permitted to re-submit missing or incomplete work

Your non-academic submission will be retained by the School of Fashion for the purpose of verifying authenticity. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Upon admission and registration in the program, if any element of the portfolio or statement of intent is found to be plagiarized (not wholly your own), your admission/registration in the program will be cancelled.

The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed.

 Please keep your payment confirmation details and include them with your portfolio submission.

Payment Options

 Pay using a Canadian bank account - by internet or telephone banking:
  1. Sign up with your bank for online or telephone banking
  2. Add Ryerson as a payee - Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees
  3. Your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number is your account number
  4. Follow the prompts to ‘pay bills’ and choose ‘Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees’ as the Payee
 Pay using Western Union Business Solutions: 

International students who do not have a Canadian bank account can pay through Western Union Business Solutions GlobalPay for Students, external link. This option allows you to pay the Canadian dollar student fees in the currency of your choice. Visit the International Payments section on our Fees Payment web page for instructions.

Do not submit non-academic material until after you have submitted your application for admission. You will receive an email acknowledgement of your application that will include your Ryerson Student Number. Please include your Ryerson Student Number on all materials you submit.

You are required to submit your portfolio and statement of intent via SlideRoom.

Go to SlideRoom and create an account (or sign in if you already have one):  https://ryersonfashion.slideroom.com, external link, opens in new window

The following file types are permitted by SlideRoom

  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • Audio (up to 60MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)

In the text field in SlideRoom, include the following non-academic assessment fee payment information:

  • If you paid via a Canadian bank account
    • Bank name
    • Payment date
    • Payment confirmation number
  • If you paid via Western Union Business Solutions
    • Payment date
    • Payment confirmation number

Continue to review your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal account for updates about your application.

Here’s how to access your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal account:

  1. Get your Ryerson Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  2. Activate your Ryerson Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form at www.ryerson.ca/accounts/. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  3. 24 hours after activating your Ryerson Online Identity, visit the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you are not required to submit non-academic requirements. You must inform the program department of your intentions.

 Email fashion.admission@ryerson.ca by February 1, 2021, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

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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