The School of Fashion has over 35 years of experience nurturing our students to become the next fashion leaders, makers, doers and thinkers. Students exit the program equipped to systematically transform the Canadian and global fashion system while continuing to question and investigate new ideas in the ever-evolving landscape of Fashion. By centring new worldviews and actions, the School of Fashion continues to impact the legacy of leadership in the Fashion industry.
Fashion’s guiding principles of Decolonization, Inclusion, and Sustainability inform the School’s approach to teaching, research and creativity, as well as our industry and community partnerships.
Decolonization — Fashion aims to disrupt the Eurocentric and colonial perspectives and narratives underlying Western fashion education and to centre the fashion histories, worldviews, and practices of Indigenous, Black and Peoples of Colour.
Inclusion — Fashion centres the bodies and perspectives of fat, disabled, queer, trans, non-binary and otherwise marginalized students, scholars, designers and wearers and values equitable access to educational and employment opportunities in fashion.
Sustainability — Fashion reimagines a fashion system and production practices that protect environmental and human resources and promote environmental and social justice.
Bachelor of Design, Fashion
Foundation courses introduce fashion systems, design literacy, fashion history and theory, and research methodsStudents also choose fashion electives with hands-on studio experiences in areas that include fashion photography, event planning, apparel design, web design, exhibition and curation, textile design, and more! Students will expand their learning through university-wide liberal studies and open electives in their chosen subject areas.
Studies will culminate in a senior project in the last year of study. The final outcome will result in a focused body of work in a chosen academic and/or creative area.
Master of Arts, Fashion
The Master of Arts in Fashion is the only graduate program of its kind in Canada. MA Fashion is an interdisciplinary program, and we encourage applicants to apply from academic backgrounds in fine arts, humanities, social sciences, design and business. Our MA Fashion program takes a critically informed approach to fashion studies by examining the broader social, cultural and economic implications of the production, promotion and consumption of fashion.
Throughout the program, students develop advanced research skills and work closely with subject matter experts to complete a written or creative Major Research Project (MRP). The MA degree is earned after the completion of coursework and the MRP.
The Creative School
Housed within the Creative School, alongside eight of Canada’s best university programs for creative and cultural industries, we are part of a rich, interdisciplinary community at Toronto Metropolitan University. The Creative School connects faculty and students across its programs to provide innovative course offerings, global learning, technical resources, research opportunities, creative projects, and community collaborations.