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. 

This course is about learning the varied skills to design for the fast growing fashion accessories market.

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 determination, hard-working and success-driven individuals with a keen eye for detail like you can see in the below student showcase.

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.

This course will help you to explore the fascinating world of fashion through the lens of a product designer, giving you the chance to study new market opportunities such as wearable technologies, sustainability and digital manufacture. You will develop essential research and development skills for cutting edge accessory design, and will learn to investigate markets, consumers, materials and manufacturing methods. Experimentation with digital print design, laser cutting, digital embroidery and 3D prototyping will facilitate the creation of designs that are both innovative and market ready.

You can also download the 2017 Fashion Promotion lookbook here

Ravensbourne offers you the opportunity to become a digital design native in a forward thinking community. With its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, you will be introduced to a vibrant maker-culture. 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. This 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.

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Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) 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. 

Admission queries: 


  • Product design
  • Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Creative direction
  • Fashion
  • Project management
  • Design management
  • Design research
  • Fashion accessory design
  • Product development

What your course will look like


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

Year 1

You will study: introduction to design; mapping the fashion accessory design profession; introduction to textiles; digital design directives, and theory and context.

Year 2

You will study: creative collaboration; external brief; work placement; digital portfolio, and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: concept development and prototyping; portfolio, career planning and personal promotion; major project realisation, and dissertation – written or visual.



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




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Key Information Sets

6 reasons to apply for this course

Reason 1

Unique, small, niche design course specialising in fashion accessories

Reason 2

Access to most innovative prototyping and digital tools

Reason 3

Covers jewelry. bags, luggage, footwear, belts, buckles, headwear and eyewear

Reason 4

Students will work in multiple materials including plastics, fabrics,metals, leather, 3D printed materials, rubber and other amalgams

Reason 5

Access to the only materials library in a UK higher education institution

Reason 6

Participation at Graduate Fashion Week

Key study topics

  • Research and concept 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, Rhino and
  • SolidWorks
  • Manufacture of final finished product
  • Branding and promotion
  • Collaborative work opportunities
  • Accredited 10 week placement
Ravensbourne's fashion students not only have a brilliant space and amazing building to work in, they excel in their thought processes, digital skills and creativity. They're just what the industry needs Claire Malcolm, Hardy Amies

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