Gown hire and photography

All graduating students are required to wear academic dress. This is specific to your course and the institution and you should order this online now. The dress code for Graduation is smart/formal.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have ordered the correct gowns for your ceremony through the official outfitters, Ede and Ravenscroft. Since this is a formal Ceremony, you will not be allowed to graduate in the Ceremony if you are not wearing the correct academic dress, and there will be no exceptions to this.


You have the opportunity to have professional photographs taken in your academic dress on the day of the Ceremony. Our official photography partner is Ede and Ravenscroft who set up a studio in the Town Hall.

Gowns and photography are ordered online through the Ede and Ravenscroft website. You will need to select Leeds College of Music as your Institution and provide your Student ID Number and Surname. Subsequently, select the date of your Ceremony using the online form. You will then be asked to set up an account, enter details of your degree and provide your appropriate measurements. Gowns are delivered to the Town Hall on the day of the Ceremony and a member of the Ede and Ravenscroft team will be on hand to help you with robing.

Order your gowns and photography on the Ede and Ravenscroft website.

Prices for gown, hood and cap

  • £45.00 Foundation Degree, BA

  • £51.00 PGDip, MA, MMus

Please order 21 days before the Ceremony to avoid disappointment. Be aware that if you do not order online in advance you will have to pay substantially more for an outfit on the day. Stock cannot be guaranteed on the day as gowns are strictly available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Gown hire and photography is provided by third-party company Ede and Ravenscroft. (Leeds College of Music is not responsible for pricing and terms and conditions of hire/sale).

What do I wear underneath my gown?

For male graduands this should be a shirt, tie, smart trousers and shoes (not trainers). For female graduands we recommend blouses, skirts, trousers, or formal dresses and shoes. International students who would like to wear their own national dress are very welcome to do so. Please note denim should not be worn. Any graduand who does not comply with the dress code may not be admitted to the Ceremony.

On the day of Graduation you may find that it takes time to become familiar with wearing your gown, hood and cap. It is important that the rest of your clothing and footwear are comfortable. During the Ceremony you will be required to walk up and down stairs within the Town Hall to be presented. We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable footwear. If you will be wearing high heels or dress shoes with shiny soles, please ensure you feel confident wearing them to walk up and down stairs.

What happens next?

Alumni Association

Upon graduation, you automatically become a member of our Alumni Association, giving you free access to a package of benefits and networking opportunities

Postgraduate study

Further your studies, focus on your specialism and work alongside Creative Practitioners with our PGDip, MMus and MA in Performance or Composition

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