Diploma of Textile Design and Development
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: C5213
- Campus: Brunswick campus
- National curriculum code: LMT50507
If you're fascinated by materials, surface, texture, pattern, colour, art and design, if you enjoy making things with your hands or wonder how textiles are made and applied, you're good material for a career in textile design.
As a textile designer you'll create designs for knitted, woven and printed fabrics or textile products for a range of contexts, including:
- other commercial applications.
You can also work in:
- greetings cards
You will work in a design team for small and large companies or start your own business.
This is a practical, hands-on, studio-based program where you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to complete project briefs. You will develop your colour, drawing, design and computer skills to plan, develop and produce screen-printed, machine-knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications.
You will create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.
Industry projects will have you involved in developing a collection and producing a range of textiles to technical and market specifications.
3 years part-time
2 years full-time
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
This Diploma is a practical, hands-on, studio-based program. It will develop your technical and creative skills in textile design.
You'll develop skills in:
- drawing, painting and illustration techniques
- design and concept development
- textile history and contemporary practice.
You'll present your concepts using computer-aided design techniques.
Practical workshops will develop your skills in design and construction techniques for screen printing, machine knitting and weaving, incorporating an understanding of fibres and dye technology.
You'll complete a range of design briefs introducing you to industry practice and market viability. You'll learn about production and manufacturing processes in the textiles, clothing and footwear sector, including:
- sustainable practices
- working to specifications
- marketing your products
- communicating your concepts.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
You'll get direct feedback from industry representatives on projects you complete for companies like:
- Otto and Spike
- Warwick Fabrics
- Silk Trader
- Matt Bags
- Maurice Kain.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates find work as:
- textile designers/artists/makers/crafters
- knitters, weavers and screen printers
- self-employed freelance designers
- fabric wholesalers.
You'll work in areas like:
- clothing companies and fashion labels
- textile manufacturing companies producing woven and knitted fabrics
- production management
- design consultancies
- automotive colour and trim departments
- fashion sourcing agencies
- screen printing companies.
Further afield, graduates work as:
- fabric importers and distributors
- design educators
- department store fabric buyers
- colour forecasters
- product developers for international aid organisations assisting disadvantaged communities.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The programs are recognised and supported by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Training Accreditation Board.
ANZSCO (2006) occupation code - no unique code. Textile design is a specialised form of industrial design ANZSCO 232312.
You'll have the opportunity to work overseas with sourcing and textile production companies.
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.
Folio: Applicants must supply evidence of their creativity in the form of a folio. The folio should contain a variety of art, design or media work relevant to the program you are applying for. It should demonstrate your creative, conceptual and technical ability. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed along with finished works.
Folio presentation: Applicants must present their folio at an assessment session. Applicants must include with their application a statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study the course and details of any relevant work or other experience.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the nominated date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
3. Check if you are eligible for a Victorian Government subsidised place. If not you will need to apply for a full-fee place.
4. Check the table below for how to apply.
5. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.
Level of study
Semester 2 (midyear)
Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
Internal application (current students only)
Internal application (current students only)
Certificate III and below*
* Some Certificate III and below programs are administered by direct application to RMIT.
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 complete further study and apply for exemptions from the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design).
Fashion & Textiles
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.