Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising


  • Program code: C4219
  • Campus: Brunswick campus
  • National curriculum code: LMT41207

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This program gives you the skills to succeed as a retail professional in the rapidly evolving fashion industry.

Its global focus will provide you with a vast array of career opportunities in this exciting industry. As a fashion merchandiser you will be part of a team that shapes the looks and trends of Australian fashion. You will consult with retail outlets, boutiques and department stores, attend fashion shows and travel the world in order to make the most stylish and profitable selections.

You will develop skills to enable you to understand the current market and contribute to successful fashion retail businesses.

Domestic students can take this program as a traineeship. Contact the School of Fashion and Textiles on +61 3 9925 9102 for details.


3 years part-time (evening classes)

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

This program offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight and experience into the global fashion and textiles industries.

You will study at RMIT’s Brunswick campus with teachers who have been, or are currently working in industry and have up-to-date knowledge of the market and the latest trends and innovations.

You will undertake hands-on work with fabrics and textiles, and explore technology and computer systems used in textile clothing and footwear industries. You will learn through tutorials, presentations and group discussions.

You will be assessed throughout each semester via, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, investigations and practical assignments.

You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

All programs are delivered in English.

Program structure

This program is delivered over 3 years through part-time evening classes. It focuses on practical skills and theories relating to:

  • fashion product ranging
  • pattern development
  • fashion marketing
  • textiles
  • visual merchandising
  • fashion supply chain
  • CAD/IT
  • sustainability.

Classes are held Monday to Thursday evenings for 2 to 3 hours per evening. You can choose which evenings you wish to attend.

The program includes:

  • tutorials
  • case studies
  • industry field visits
  • problem-solving activities
  • presentations
  • group-based learning.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You will learn from experienced staff who are globally connected. A number of staff divide their time between teaching and working in industry.

You can continue to the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising where you will undertake a range of work experience projects with companies such as Country Road, Sportsgirl and Target.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


RMIT graduates are currently employed by major organisations such as:

  • Hugo Boss
  • French Connection
  • Calvin Klein
  • David Jones
  • Myer
  • Country Road
  • Sussan
  • Jockey Australia
  • Mitch Dowd
  • Kmart
  • Sportsgirl
  • Diana Ferrari
  • Target
  • Just Jeans
  • Jag
  • Spotlight.

Graduates work in diverse and exciting areas in the retail and wholesale fashion, textile and clothing industries. Employment prospects include:

  • product developers
  • assistant buyers
  • sales representatives
  • range coordinators
  • store managers
  • service assistants
  • visual merchandisers
  • marketing
  • design assistants
  • quality assurance officers
  • production assistants.

As a fashion merchandiser, your work activities may include:

  • attending trade and fashion shows to scout the latest trends
  • analysing the market to forecast the latest trends
  • creating a shopping environment that is dynamic, increases sales and sells the company brand and image.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This program is recognised and supported by Australian Light Manufacturing and Training Advisory Board (ALMATAB).

Global opportunities

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

There are no minimum requirements.


There are no pre-requisite studies.

Selection tasks

Non-year 12 applicants only: Non-year 12 applicants must submit a statement as part of their direct application and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Applicants should also detail any work experience in fashion and textiles merchandising when completing the statement.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education student you may be eligible for the following:

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates can apply to study the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Fashion & Textiles

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
Make an enquiry


Katrina Rose, Program Coordinator
School of Fashion and Textiles
Building 511
25 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Tel. +61 3 9925 9138

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.

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