Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson’s school of fashion is the oldest fashion programme in Canada. Ryerson is highly competitive and has a low acceptance rate of sixteen percent for fashion design and fourteen percent for fashion communication programmes. All undergraduate students are required to complete four hundred hours of fashion industry internships between the second and final years of study, and third year students can apply for international exchange programmes. Students scored the university very high for both business and marketing aspects in their studies. Graduate courses are small in size and, overall, students praised the high international diversity of the student body. Students were dissatisfied by careers services, which are somewhat limited by the smaller scale of the Canadian fashion industry.
Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2015
Full-time fashion students
Student : Teacher ratio
15:1 including part time lecturers
16% for Bdes Fashion Design, 14% Bdes Fashion Communication
"It was an eye opening experience and taught me a variety of skills across all facets of fashion that make me stand out as a job candidate today. The professors were always available to their students and encouraged us to solve problems on our own using whatever resources are available, ultimately providing the greatest learning experience."
"Very diverse classes and amazing teachers. Throughout the years, I've managed to learn how to utilise various skills (management, design tools, software applications, etc.) applicable to fashion, technology and business. All of these skills I've learnt continue to help me in cultivating my career path."
"I enjoyed the fashion school experience, but I wish I had the experiences many of my friends based in New York at FIT or Parsons had. The Toronto circuit is smaller and seldom offers employment opportunities."
"I learned a ton of technical knowledge (textiles, draping, pattern drafting etc) that puts me far ahead of many of the creative-only type schools (for example Parsons) in positions other than design."
"The school doesn't teach you how to become a star, it teaches kids how to do the job and be the best at it."
"The school is very technical and does not focus on the creative process. I wish they had more professors to help develop your own creative process."
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