BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design

(formerly BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design and Prototyping)

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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. 

 2017 Lookbook  2016 Lookbook

Download the 2017 Lookbook here.
Download the 2016 Lookbook here

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.

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, with three FAD students selected to participate in the catwalk show in 2017. Additionally two of our students were awarded as runners-up in the prestigious YKK Accessories Award at GFW this year.

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Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body

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, 28 points or above

You will need to attend an interview and present a portfolio for this course. 

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What your course will look like


Over the three years of this course you will be continually assessed through the preparation of both written and creative project work. We help you to succeed as you will have various tutorials and feedback sessions on your progress. Each unit will have a clear deadline but will give you the chance to review at the stage of a formative assessment.

Year 1

In your first year, you will have an introduction to Fashion Accessory Design and learn how to map your subject as a profession. You will continue in your second term with an introduction to textiles and materials, and enter the world of digital design, theory and context. In your final term you will develop a fully resolved 2D and 3D
design package.

Year 2

Year two allows you to focus on industry and we encourage you to start a creative collaboration with other design disciplines. 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. Further, you’ll be introduced to your practice in the context of the current fashion world, its impacts and future direction.

Year 3

Year three is your chance to shine: you will develop a unique and exciting concept, create a final collection of accessories and start to promote your own 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 in Fashion accessory Design, you might want to chose to continue to postgraduate study at Ravensbourne in MA Wearable Futures, MDes Luxury Brand Management Innovation or MDes Service Design Innovation.


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Key Information Sets

Reasons to apply for this course

Reason 1

Like it personal? This course will be taught in a small cohort building a strong community with a lot of attention from your tutors – a specialist and unique course that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Reason 2

Hello there, Future! Here at Ravensbourne you will have access to the most innovative technologies and learn the trade of a Future Maker with 3D printing and digital development as core features.

Reason 3

Are you a future bag maker? Are you into extravagant headpieces or chic sunglasses? Will you design the next big accessory trend? We will help you to define your specialism within the great variety of accessories.

Reason 4

Want to be seen? Ravensbourne will make sure you will have Industry watching. From Graduate Fashion Week to Industry Live Briefs, integrated Work Placements and the annual Degree Show, you will be well prepared once you graduate.

Reason 5

From Coco Chanel to Rei Kawakubo: the Masters of Design have always had a special interest in accessories – and so does the current fashion market – accessories are driving the profits of many luxury brands meaning the future employment prospects of our graduates is excellent!

Reason 6

Welcome to the fantastic world of materials! We are currently the only university in the UK with an exciting Ma-terials Connexion Library that will keep you up to date with all the current fabrics and materials on the market – from sustainable to hyperfunctional, we have it all stored for you.

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

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