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BA (Hons) Fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion is the study and development of wearable media. This innovative course offers designers of the future the opportunity to study fashion design with a focus on the use and application of new technology.

This course is about creating designers with industry-ready skills and a firm grasp of concept development. We encourage our students to think about their design signature from the start of their studies and we work with each individual to oversee their growth as a designer. Using our digital workshops, students are encouraged to explore new digital technologies such as 3D printing, digital print, digital embroidery, laser cutting, and the Lectra CAD/CAM design management system. You will learn through a mix of practice and theory and will be supported by teaching staff and visiting professionals from the fashion industry.

Fashion designers most often work within menswear, womenswear, textile design, creative cutting, product development, CAD/CAM processes, professional spec. drawing, and tech pack production.


3 years full time

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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 below or equivalent UK or 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.

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 studies and/or relevant work experience.

Course structure


You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.

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Year 1

You 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 your signature and direction. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research throughout this year.

FHEQ Level 4

C18101 Themes in Contemporary Culture

FAS18102 Introduction to Fashion

FAS18103 Fashion Practice in Context

FAS18104 Introduction to Print & Textiles

FAS18105 Introduction to Digital Fashion Technologies

Year 2

You will gain 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.

FHEQ Level 5

C18201 Big Ideas and Philosophies

EFAS181 Sample Finish and Swatch Packs for Fashion

EFAS182 ELECTIVE Option 1: Illustration for Fashion

FAS18202 Industry Brief: Denim Innovation

FAS18204 Industry Brief: Contemporary Tailoring

FAS18205 Work Placement


Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a self-directed design project, ready for show or exhibition at the degree show. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. You will bring together your skills in an industry ready portfolio whilst at the same time being encouraged to enter external competitions.

FHEQ Level 6

C18301 Dissertation

FAS18302 Major Project Concept Research & Prototyping

FAS18303 Portfolio and Career Planning

FAS18304 Major Project Development and Realisation


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Fashion and MDes Luxury Brand Management Innovation.


You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.

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Key study topics

  • Concept research
  • Sketchbook development
  • Fabric knowledge and digital print
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Creative collaboration
  • Portfolio development
  • Live project briefs
  • Accredited 10 week work placement
  • Draping
  • Lectra 3D design and pattern cutting
  • 2D into 3D resolution
  • Manufacture
  • Fashion promotion
  • Final collection

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


  • Fashion
  • Design management
  • Textile Design
  • Creative cutting

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.

We 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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