The Fashion Accessory Design degree programme gives you the opportunity to work with digital design techniques to create innovative accessories for this diverse and vibrant sector of the fashion design industry.
The fashion accessories market has experienced major growth over the last decade, from luxury leather goods labels to cutting edge sports brands pushing the boundaries of materials and technology. There is currently huge demand for young creative graduates who can rework traditional approaches and understand the cultural as well as technological aspects of fashion accessory design.
Ravensbourne offers you the opportunity to become a digital design native in a forward thinking community. All our students are eligible for a £300 bursary towards a new laptop, plus the full Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), amongst other creative software, is free for all our students throughout their degree.
Experimentation and innovation, an eye for detail and research based approaches are the core essence of our teaching, covering a mix of creative practice and theory-based learning. With its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, you will be introduced to a vibrant maker-culture. The course is delivered through a wide range of lectures, talks from external visitors, seminars, practical workshops and in-depth individual tutorials. In addition, self-directed study and group projects will prepare you for your professional life.
We welcome students onto the course who are interested in working with and for the human body and have an interest in new technologies and materials. Graduates will be prepared to pursue a wide range of careers within the accessory design world - bag or luggage design, eye wear, jewellery and sports accessories are only some of these sectors. The course will ask for deter-mination, hard-working and success-driven individuals with a keen eye for detail like you can see in the below lookbooks of student work.
Student Work: Look Books for 2016 to 2018:
As a student at Ravensbourne you will experience working with and for industry. With an integrated and accredited work placement in your second year, you will gain the invaluable opportunity to work in industry, applying your skills and knowledge in a professional context. Students on Fashion Accessory Design have completed work placements at renowned brands Ralph and Russo, Aitor Throup, Tatty Devine, Sophia Webster and Carianne Moore, amongst many others.
You will also work on live industry briefs, gaining feedback directly from industry professionals and giving you the chance to collaborate across subject disciplines. Ravensbourne has pioneered this approach with industry partner VF Corporation, as shown in the film below.
Fashion working together
Students from BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management and BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design and Prototyping worked collaboratively to create innovative new denim brand proposals that reflected a brief set by VF Corporation.
Work by Sam Martin-Harper
By the end of your degree you will have an accomplished and professional body of work, ready to showcase to Press and Indus-try. You may be looking for your first design position in industry, wish to start your own business or explore options of further study. Our students showcase their graduate collections and portfolios at Graduate Fashion Week. Last year, three FAD students were selected to participate in the catwalk show. Additionally two of our students were awarded as runners-up in the prestigious YKK Accessories Award at GFW.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018
Graduate Fashion Week 2017
Behind the scenes at Graduate Fashion Week 2016
Short film featuring behind the scenes footage of GFW and interviews with BA (Hons) Fashion Accessories, Design and Prototyping graduate Farah Kone, and associate course leader Julia Crew
Graduate Fashion Week affords our students opportunities for exposure in the press as seen in these recent articles from GFW 2018:
Camelia di Marco
L' Art magazine recently introduced Camelia di Marco as a One to Watch
Jangwangkorn Leiper was recently featured in Draper Online as a GFW 2018 Star of the Future
Student Success at the Stichsmith competition
We are delighted to congratulate Leta Siauruseviciute who achieved the third prize out of 200 entries to the Stichsmith competition! Well done Leta!