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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.

More videos can be found on our Ravensbourne Fashion Youtube channel

Successes and Awards

Graduate Fashion Week 2018 Student Success

We are delighted to congratulate Chantelle Guan who was the runner in the M&S Womenswear Award! Well done Chantelle!

Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Our students shone last year at Graduate Fashion Week with many as runners up or shortlisted for a number of awards and a winner for the Stradivarius Award.


  • British Fashion Council/Stradivarius Award
    Winner: Terence Cartwright Foster

Runners up

  • ASOS Fashion Communication Award
    Chloe Menzies
  • Burberry Design Award
    Grace Grier
  • Sainsbury’s Tu menswear Scholarship
    Brier Holloway
  • Finalist in Gala Show and selected for The Clothes Show Live 2017
    Ophelia Liu


  • Mothercare childrenswear Award
    Chloe Bates

Fashion lookbook 2018

Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body

Entry requirements

For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. 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.

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

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, 28 points or above
  • Find out about interview and portfolio requirements

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk


  • Fashion
  • Design management
  • Textile Design
  • Creative cutting

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 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.

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.

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.


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


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Top reasons to apply for this course

  • One of the top student accredited fashion design courses in the country with 92% overall student satisfaction in the NSS
  • Ranked in the top 20 in Fashionista.com and The Guardian
  • 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

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

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