Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising
- Program code: C4219
- Campus: Brunswick campus
- National curriculum code: LMT41207
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 on runways and in retail outlets. 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 spot emerging trends, analyse the current market and formulate creative strategies to successfully sell products.
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 in state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus with teachers who are currently working in industry and have up-to-date knowledge of the market and the latest trends and innovations.
You will interact with key people from the fashion industry, 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 examinations, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All programs are delivered in English.
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
- visual merchandising
- fashion supply chain
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:
- research tasks
- case studies
- industry field visits
- problem-solving activities
- group-based learning.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
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.
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.
RMIT graduates are currently employed by major organisations such as:
- Hugo Boss
- French Connection
- Calvin Klein
- David Jones
- Country Road
- Jockey Australia
- Mitch Dowd
- Diana Ferrari
- Just Jeans
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
- design assistants
- quality assurance officers
- production assistants.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is recognised and supported by Australian Light Manufacturing and Training Advisory Board (ALMATAB).
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary Diploma or Certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.
Form: You must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online or direct applicant statement. You should explain you reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Check if you are eligible for a government subsidised place.
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications
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.
As a TAFE 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 Scholarships.
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 for credit, recognition of prior learning and possible course exemptions in the first year of the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising.
Fashion & Textiles
Katrina Rose, Program Coordinator
School of Fashion and Textiles
25 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Tel. +61 3 9925 9128
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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