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.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018
Graduate Fashion Week 2017
Behind the scenes at Graduate Fashion Week 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
What your course will look like
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.
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.
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.
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.