Fashion designers are in demand in Canada. The tuition fees in the top-rated colleges are also reasonable. You can choose from a wide range of colleges as per your tuition budget.
After your fashion designing course, you can secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa with or without a job offer. Thanks to PGWP (Post Graduation Work Permit) program, students can work for up to 3 years after the completion of their post-graduation program.
Canada is a good option as a study destination in all the fields, including fashion designing. Apart from imparting knowledge to local students, the country also hosts international students beautifully. It offers a wide array of options in courses and colleges.
If you are planning to study fashion designing in Canada, here is our list of the best fashion designing colleges:
- Ryerson University – School of Fashion
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Bachelor of Design – Fashion Design, Bachelor of Design – Fashion Communication, Masters of Art
Duration: Bachelor’s: 4 years (full-time); Masters: 2 years (full-time)
Prerequisites: Portfolio, resume, and a short essay. Mail-in submission. A non-refundable $50 non-academic required assessment fee.
Established in 1948, this school gives its students a chance to meet top fashion experts from around the world. Students become acquire skills that are needed at fashion shows and many more places. Ryerson University – School of Fashion was ranked No. 26 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.Ryerson University is yet another institute for higher learning located in downtown Toronto. The University houses more than 45,000 students belonging to more than 145 countries and provides them industry-related undergraduate programs in areas like arts, science, design, engineering, architectural design, etc. Its staff indulges well with students to give them the best outcome.
Its International Student Support advisors work for international students and make their stay and learning in the University smoother. The University has done a partnership with 80 universities from 30 countries. Its unique educational environment with an urban touch lets the students enjoy the campus and the facilities offered. Its theoretical learning is clubbed with a practical approach.
- George Brown College
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Fashion Business Industry Program, Fashion Management Program, Fashion Techniques and Design Program, and International Fashion Development and Management Program
Duration: International Fashion Development and Management Program: 1 year; Other programs: 2 years
Prerequisites: Grade 12 English and Grade 11 or 12 Math
You get to learn all aspects of fashion – design to management at George Brown College. It is known for its pocket-friendly courses. George Brown College was ranked No. 59 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Located in downtown Toronto, George Brown College is an educational institute that offers more than 160 study options at all levels, including graduate, post-graduate, diploma, and certificate levels. Owing to its graceful location, it lets students work with the top employers during and after their graduation. Its experienced faculty imparts top-notch practical knowledge to its students and also helps the management in developing quality and useful programs.Apart from well-maintained classrooms, the campus of the college also facilitates students with extra-curricular activities like sports, social events, clubs, etc. required for personality development. Its best part is that it provides experiential learning, i.e., learning while networking and working. With an 84 percent graduate employment rate, the college offers different scenarios as the students would face in the real world.
- Lasalle College
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Programs: Fashion Design, and Fashion Marketing
Duration: Both programs are 3 years long. However, you can opt for an intensive option to finish the program in 2 years.
Prerequisites: A secondary school diploma with the following courses or equivalent: the language of instruction, second language, history, mathematics, physical sciences.
Lasalle College has partnerships with several renowned fashion brands and companies all over the world. So, their students get the opportunity to make designs on the garments of these brands. Lasalle College was ranked No. 66 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Location: Richmond, British Columbia
Programs: Bachelor of Design — Fashion and Technology and Fashion Marketing Diploma
Duration: Bachelor of Design — Fashion and Technology: 4 years; Fashion Marketing Diploma: 2 years
Prerequisites: Fashion Marketing Diploma: High school diploma with Grade 12 English with a minimum C+ grade or higher; Bachelor of Design — Fashion and Technology: High school diploma with Grade 12 English with B grade or higher
Students get to learn the essential business, communication, fashion, and marketing skills required to succeed in the fashion industry. They get to showcase their talent and make industry connections at the fashion show held every year. Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University was ranked No. 111 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- Seneca College Fashion
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Fashion Studies, Fashion Business, Fashion Arts, and Fashion Business Management
Duration: Fashion Studies: 8 months; Fashion Business: 2 years; Fashion Arts: 3 years; and Fashion Business Management: 3 years
Prerequisites: All the programs require a high school diploma along with a Grade 12 English credit. The Fashion Business and Fashion Business Management programs also require a Grade 12 Match credit.
Seneca College’s fashion programs teach students practical aspects of fashion designing – research, craftsmanship, and production skills. Seneca College Fashion was ranked No. 112 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Programs: Fashion Designer program, Couturier program, and several part-time courses (Draping, Fashion Sketching, Hat Making, Haute Couture, Lingerie, Marketing/Merchandising, Pattern Making, and Textiles)
Duration: Fashion Designer program: 2 years; Couturier program: 2 years; Part-time courses: 4 months per course
Prerequisites: High School Diploma, basic sewing knowledge
After pursuing the accredited 2-year program, you may continue your studies with the couturier program to be an all-round fashion designing professional. Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy was ranked No. 113 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- Fanshawe College
Location: London, Ontario
Programs: Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising
Duration: Fashion Design: 3 years; and Fashion Merchandising: 2 years
Prerequisites: Both courses require a high school diploma. You need to have a Grade 12 English and a Grade 11 or 12 Math credit for the Fashion Design program.
Thanks to the hands-on teaching approach, students of Fanshawe College have the skills needed to create a garment right from ideation to finishing. Fanshawe College was ranked No. 114 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine. One of the largest colleges in Ontario, Fanshawe College is greatly located in London, just a couple of hours away from Niagara Falls, Detroit, and Toronto. Its location amidst glorious lakes and parks plays a vital role in attracting students from hundreds of countries; after all housing 21,000 full-time students, including 6,500 international students, is not a child’s play. Its main campus is spread over 100 acres of land with a stunning view. Fanshawe College offers more than 200 programs overall, i.e., including degree, diploma, and certificate level. This college looks forward to making the students self-reliant which is clearly exhibited from its amalgamation of learning and earning.
- Humber College
Location: 3 campuses in Toronto, Ontario – Lakeshore Campus, North Campus, Orangeville Campus
Programs: Fashion Management and Promotions, Fashion Arts, and Bachelor of Commerce — Fashion Management
Duration: Fashion Management and Promotions: 1 year; Fashion Arts: 2 years; Bachelor of Commerce – 4 years
Prerequisites: Fashion Management and Promotions program: a bachelor’s degree
Humber College is known for its career-oriented and practical programs. You can start and manage your own fashion firm equipped with the knowledge imparted at this college. Humber College was ranked No. 115 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- The University of Alberta (UAlberta): Recognized by the top-ranking bodies, the University of Alberta has secured a place among the top 150 universities all around the globe and make it to the top 5 institutions of the country. It attracts students in thousands from more than 100 countries. It offers more than 200 programs covering a wide array of subject areas. Students need not worry about the accommodation, the University has on-campus as well as off-campus ones. Its exchange program allows students to study in more than 100 countries. The University is internationally famed for its exclusive research team that attracts sponsorship of more than CAD 500 million per annum. Its location is a blessing and a contributor to its dynamic growth. Fashion Business Management at the University of Alberta was ranked No. 117 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
- School of Media, Art & Design at St. Clair College: Established long back in the year 1967, St. Clair College is a public community college that takes care of 8,500 students in all the three campuses in the country. Located in southern Canada, its campuses are beautifully encircled by composed lakes, magnificent rivers, and astonishing landscapes. St. Clair offers 100 study programs other than art and design, like information technology, media, community studies, health sciences, engineering technologies, etc. The college is looking forward to constantly improving its infrastructure. It has already spent more than a million CAD in its computer labs, new classroom technology, study spaces, etc. and more than CAD 3.7 million on its student center expansion. School of Media, Art & Design at St. Clair College was ranked No. 118 globally among the Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2020, according to the CEOWORLD magazine.
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