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BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory and Textile Futures*

*Course available for 2021 entry

Do you want to work in one of the most diverse and vibrant sectors of the fashion design industry? Our newly defined BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory & Textile Futures degree will provide you with the skills needed to create innovative accessories, textiles, smart materials, and wearable technology.

This undergraduate program will uncover your creative individuality and give you a rigorous foundation of both practical and technical digital design techniques. You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of materials and technology, learn how to rework traditional approaches, and understand the cultural aspects of fashion accessory design.


3 years full time

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Ravensbourne University London

What you
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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, 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

Ideally students should have a background in art, creative media, or design.

The course will be of interest to students wanting to work with and for the human body, new technologies, and materials.

We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.

When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during the studies and/or relevant work experience.

The course calls for determination, hard-working and success-driven individuals with a keen eye for detail like you can see in our student's 2018, 2017 and 2016 lookbooks.

Course structure

Year 1

You will have an introduction to fashion accessory design, create your own materials and get an understanding of textile development resulting in a special focus on knit and 3D print.

Term 3 is dedicated to designing and making your very own trainers. And, you will learn how to map your subject and your practice in context of the fashion system ready for year 2.

FHEQ Level 4

C18101 Themes in Contemporary Culture

FAD18102 Introduction to Fashion Accessory Design

FAD18104 Introduction to Textiles & Material Design

FAD18105 3D Print & Knit Design

FAS18103 Fashion Practice in Context

Year 2

This year focuses on industry and we encourage you to start a creative collaboration with other design disciplines.

During term 1 and 2 elective modules come into play - you can choose the project and specialism you want to focus on.

You will be set an external brief from one of our industry partners – an exciting chance to get real world feedback and understand the market you are about to enter.

This year culminates in your work placement for which we will help you to develop a digital portfolio. 

FHEQ Level 5

C18201 Big Ideas and Philosophies

EFAD181 Introduction to Shoe Design

EFAD182 Branding with Materials

FAD18203 External Brief: Active Futures

FAD18204 External Brief: Material Technologies

FAD18205 Work Placement

Year 3

This is your chance to shine. In your final year you will develop a unique and exciting concept, create a final collection of accessories focussing on the Ready to wear or the material experience market, and start to promote your work.

This will be accompanied and supported by your research and critical reflection culminating in your dissertation and will help you to plan your future career.

FHEQ Level 6

C18301 Dissertation

FAD18302 Major Project Research and Concept Development

FAD18303 Portfolio & Career Planning

FAD18304 Major Project Realisation


After graduating you might want to chose to continue on to postgraduate study at Ravensbourne in such exciting programmes as the MA Wearable Futures, MDes Luxury Brand Management Innovation or MDes Service Design Innovation.


Key study topics

  • Research and concept: Sketchbook development
  • Digital print, textile and material innovation, experimentation and development
  • Design development from 2D into 3D resolution
  • Prototyping in a range of media
  • Pattern cutting, digital embroidery, laser cutting and 3D printing
  • CAD skills, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Rhino
  • Manufacture of final finished products
  • Branding and promotion
  • Collaborative work opportunities
  • Portfolio development
  • Live industry projects briefs
  • Accredited 10 week work placement
  • Final collection presented at Graduate Fashion Week

Top reasons to apply

  • Learn with a small cohort with a lot of attention from your tutors
  • A specialist and unique course that will make you stand out from the crowd
  • Access to the most innovative technologies
  • Freedom to define your specialism
  • Opportunities to showcase work at Graduate Fashion Week
  • Work on industry live briefs, integrated work placements and the annual Degree Show
  • Excellent future employment prospects as accessories are driving the profits of many luxury brands
  • We are the only university in the UK with a Materials Connexion Library, keeping you up to date with all the current fabrics and materials on the market.


  • Bag designer
  • Eye wear designer
  • Luggage designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Sports accessory designer
  • Textile designer
  • Product developer (lifestyle and home)
  • Print designer
  • 3D print developer

Teaching style

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.

Working with industry

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. Previous students have had work placements at renowned brands such as Ralph & Russo, Aitor Throup, Tatty Devine, Givenchy, Victor & Rolf and 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.

Our electives in Year 2 allow you to make a choice in your curriculum and will teach you how to collaborate and integrate into the ever-changing and interdisciplinary world of design. 

Graduation: Showcasing your work

By the end of your degree you will have an accomplished and professional body of work ready to showcase to press and industry. 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 (GFW). Last year, four fashion accessory 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 and the Vivenne Westwood Sustainability Award and had immediate interviews as a result of GFW.

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