The fine details

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.

UCAS Code
W230
Duration
3 years full time
Start date
September 2021
Validating body
Ravensbourne University London

Entry requirements

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.

 

Qualifications accepted:

  • 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

Selection criteria

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which 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.

Course structure

Assessment

Students will be continually assessed through 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.

Digital integration

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:

  • Concept research 
  • Sustainability 
  • Sketchbook development
  • Fabric knowledge and digital print & knit
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Creative collaboration
  • Portfolio development
  • Live project briefs
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Accredited 10 week work placement
  • Draping
  • Lectra 3D design and pattern cutting
  • Avatar digital design Clo3D and Marvellous Designer
  • 2D into 3D resolution
  • Manufacture and production
  • Fashion promotion and marketing
  • Digital Showcasing
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Final collection

 

Top reasons to apply

  1. One of the top student accredited fashion design courses in the country with 92% overall student satisfaction in the NSS
  2. Exceptional academic team, including couture designers, Saville Row cutters, experienced fashion brand manager
  3. Strong industry connections and partnership
  4. Live project briefs from the outset
  5. Collaborative working opportunities

Careers

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, Anne Demeulemeester, Joseph, Mary Katrantzou, Craig Green, Peter Pilotto, Hussein Chalayan, Christopher Kane, Calvin Klein, among many world-leading brands.

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