Ravensbourne University London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Ravensbourne


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Course summary

Would you like to leave university with an industry-ready toolkit and a unique design identity? This course has an international reputation for creating highly-employable graduates. Explore how computer-aided design and emerging digital technologies are helping to innovate the fashion creation process, from idea to production. Students work on industry-led design briefs and competitions with some significant brands, including VF Corporation which encompass Timberland, Wrangler, Lee and North Face and Kingpins denim. Past students have secured internships at prestigious brands, including Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, AF Vandevorst, Haider Ackermann, and Calvin Klein. The BA (Hons) Fashion course at Ravensbourne is about creating designers with industry-ready skills and a firm grasp of research and concept development methodologies. During the course students will discover and develop distinctive creative identity, honing the techniques and knowledge needed to make a mark in the fashion world. Students will work collaboratively across disciplines to learn how the latest 3D and design technology is helping to transform processes and innovate fashion creation. Students on the course are encouraged to think about their design signature from the start of their studies. Course leaders will work with each individual to oversee their growth as a designer. They will learn through a mix of practice and theory and will be supported by teaching staff and visiting professionals from the fashion industry. Using digital workshops, students are encouraged to explore new digital technologies such as 3D printing, digital knit, digital print, digital embroidery, laser cutting, access to body scanning, and the Lectra CAD/CAM design management system. Alongside mastering the latest fashion-tech, students will be taught to use industry-standard software such as Clo3D, Marvellous Designer and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. With access to the latest camera equipment and video editing software, Adobe Premier Pro, students will increase their awareness of different creative fields and learn the value of interdisciplinary exploration. Students can also explore our unique materials library, which hosts 1,500 material samples and an interactive table for further research. Launching in 2021, students will have access to The Institute for Creativity and Technology. This will be located next to Ravensbourne on the Greenwich Peninsula and will explore the interplay between creativity and technology. Recent collaborators include Samsung R&D, Digital Greenwich, YKK, Vodafone, BBC and Design Exchange Magazine. Key topics include:

  • Concept research
  • Sustainability
  • Sketchbook development
  • Fabric knowledge and digital print & knit
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Creative collaboration
  • Portfolio development
  • Live project briefs
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Accredited 10 week work placement
  • Draping
  • Lectra 3D design and pattern cutting
  • Avatar digital design Clo3D and Marvellous Designer
  • 2D into 3D resolution
  • Manufacture and production
  • Fashion promotion and marketing
  • Digital Showcasing
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Final collection

Course details


In Year 1, you will benefit from term long introductions and inductions to ensure that you understand and can take advantage of all the resources and facilities we offer. In the first unit Fashion in Context, you will learn about the history, context and structure of the fashion industry and about how we use market segmentation to better understand the breadth and complexity of the sector. In consequent units, students learn technical skills in textile design, fabric manipulation and pattern cutting while developing their own unique design handwriting and personal style. Technical skills in the application of Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D technologies allow for the integration of the old with the new. Cross-departmental Electives in Year 2 will offer students the opportunityto integrate their skills with other areas outside the immediate field of design including fashion buying, fashion accessory design, fashion styling, visual merchandising and fashion illustration. A trans-disciplinary elective unit will present a unique opportunity for students to collaborate with courses across the broader creative industries. You will be invited to select from a range of live project briefs that challenge you to apply design thinking and advocate solutions to real world opportunities, community and sustainability challenges. The curriculum, while nurturing subject specific skills will also encourage students to become adaptable, collaborative and empathetic to other professional perspectives. Live industry briefs set by a range of prestigious brands and designers present the opportunity to originate unique and innovative design solutions for identified target consumers with the benefits and supervision of experienced industry mentors. BA Hons Fashion in Year 2, also includes a fully accredited work placement where students can test their learning in a professional environment. In these ‘real work’ situations, students can craft, hone, perfect, develop and integrate their existing skills within industry practice while building key industry contacts for the future. Year 3 - Preparation for Employment Because we recognise that students are not a single homogenous group, we offer the opportunity for two separate modes of study in the final year. There are two alternative pathways: ●Ready to Wear Final Collection: this pathway focuses on the creation of a ready to wear final year collection for selection for a high profile catwalk show. Innovative cutting and manufacture of your own 6 outfit conceptual design proposal will be the key focus, supported by a strong portfolio. ●Innovation for Industry Partnership: this pathway gives students the opportunity to work in partnership with industry for the final year and to design for the client brand. There will be strong emphasis on a diverse exit portfolio and CAD skills with creation of a strong sample pack but only a mini collection to be manufactured. Both pathways allow students to integrate all the skills learned in years 1 and 2 and to push boundaries towards the production of an exceptional body of work in readiness for the world of work. Research, concept development, design, cut and make will feature in both pathways but in different contexts for different consumer markets. A career planning unit will assist students of both pathways in developing a professional exit portfolio and engage you in career planning activities designed to assist you in securing suitable employment post graduation. Contextual studies will run through the three years of study culminating in a final dissertation on a topic related to fashion and material processes. This will strengthen core cognitive skills undertaken in previous levels and will encourage you to make links and connections across different contexts.

Assessment method

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

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

Additional entry requirements


Please see our website for advice on how to prepare your portfolio and sketchbook or showreel : - https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/your-interview-and-portfolio/


You will be invited to a friendly online interview which you must pass in order to successfully gain entry to this programme.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic42PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.

Please view our website for full English Language requirements and options. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.

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Ravensbourne University London
Greenwich Peninsula
6 Penrose Way
SE10 0EW

Clearing contact details

Ravensbourne Clearing Contacts

020 3040 3991

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Clearing places are still available and it's really easy to apply. Follow these 4 simple steps to apply in clearing: 1) Call our clearing hotline 020 3040 3991 2) Email your portfolio or showreel to [email protected] 3) Have a telephone interview 4) Accept your offer (if successful) via UCAS Track Clearing Hotline open 8am-8pm 15th and 16th August

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+ 44 (0) 20 3040 3998

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