Would you like to leave university with an industry-ready toolkit and a unique design identity? This course has an international reputation for creating highly employable graduates. Explore how computer-aided design and emerging digital technologies are helping to innovate the fashion creation process, from idea to production.
Students will soon be able to choose the Digital Technology for Fashion Pathway as part of their second-year studies.
The BA (Hons) Fashion course at Ravensbourne is about creating designers with industry-ready skills and a firm grasp of research and concept development methodologies. During the course students will discover and develop distinctive creative identity, honing the techniques and knowledge needed to make a mark in the fashion world. Students will work collaboratively across disciplines to learn how the latest 3D and design technology is helping to transform processes and innovate fashion creation.
What can this course do for me?
Students work on industry-led design briefs and competitions with some significant brands, including VF Corporation which encompass Timberland, Wrangler, Lee and North Face and Kingpins denim. Past students have secured internships at prestigious brands, including Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, AF Vandevorst, Haider Ackermann, and Calvin Klein.
"I think that what's interesting about the North Greenwich campus is that you have so much crossover between the different disciplines. It's almost like working in an arena of art and design, which is wonderful."—Claire Waight Keller , Creative Director, Givenchy, Alumna
Top reasons to apply
One of the top student-accredited fashion design courses in the country with 92% overall student satisfaction in the NSS.
Exceptional academic team, including couture designers, Saville Row cutters, experienced fashion brand manager.
Strong industry connections and partnership.
Live project briefs from the outset.
Collaborative working opportunities.
Students will be continually assessed through the preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.
Students will build fundamental skills in textiles, digital design directives, and the most current industry software and technology.
There is an emphasis on understanding fashion with a focus on signature and direction.
We encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research throughout this year.
Students will gain a greater understanding of creative collaboration and start to build a skills-based portfolio.
We support all our students to undertake a work placement in the final term. Students start to solidify ideas about their signature pieces and brand.
Students will bring their learning together in a self-directed design project, ready for show or exhibition at the degree show.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation.
Students will bring together their skills in an industry-ready portfolio whilst at the same time being encouraged to enter external competitions.
Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Fashion Design and Innovation
You will be continually assessed through the preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.
Key study topics
Students on the course are encouraged to think about their design signature from the start of their studies. Course leaders will work with each individual to oversee their growth as a designer.
They will learn through a mix of practice and theory and will be supported by teaching staff and visiting professionals from the fashion industry.
Using digital workshops, students are encouraged to explore new digital technologies such as 3D printing, digital knit, digital print, digital embroidery, laser cutting, access to body scanning, and the Lectra CAD/CAM design management system.
Alongside mastering the latest fashion tech, students will be taught to use industry-standard software such as Clo3D, Marvellous Designer and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
With access to the latest camera equipment and video editing software, Adobe Premier Pro, students will increase their awareness of different creative fields and learn the value of interdisciplinary exploration.
Students can also explore our unique materials library, which hosts 1,500 material samples and an interactive table for further research.
Launching in January 2021, students will have access to The Institute for Creativity and Technology. This will be located next to Ravensbourne on the Greenwich Peninsula and will explore the interplay between creativity and technology. Recent collaborators include Samsung R&D, Digital Greenwich, YKK, Vodafone, BBC and Design Exchange Magazine.
Key topics include:
Fabric knowledge and digital print & knit
Computer-aided design (CAD)
Live project briefs
Industry guest speakers
Accredited 10-week work placement
Lectra 3D design and pattern cutting
Avatar digital design Clo3D and Marvellous Designer
2D into 3D resolution
Manufacture and production
Fashion promotion and marketing
Enterprise and Innovation
As the fashion designers of the future, students will develop the knowledge and skills to kick start their career within menswear design, womenswear design, textile design, creative cutting, product development, CAD/CAM processes, professional spec. drawing and tech pack production.
Students have gone on to secure positions at brands such as ACNE, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chloe, Givenchy, Joseph, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Oscar De La Renta, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.
Working with industry
Throughout the course, students work on industry-led design briefs and competitions. This is an opportunity to apply their creativity and design sensibility.
In the past, students have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world of denim - VF Corporation encompassing Timberland, Wrangler, Lee and North Face. Recently, a strong and exciting relationship has been established with Kingpins denim.
Students have also been exposed to industry briefs with international fashion brands such as Roksanda, Haider Ackermann, Christopher Kane, Palmer Harding to name a few.
A work placement is an integral part of the learning experience at Ravensbourne. Past students have secured internships at prestigious brands such as Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, AF Vandevorst, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Joseph, Mary Katrantzou, Craig Green, Peter Pilotto, Hussein Chalayan, Christopher Kane, Calvin Klein, among many world-leading brands.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.