Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising


  • Program code: AD013
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: Brunswick campus

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This program is the perfect blend of creativity and business tailored for the Fashion and Textile industry.

Its international focus helps you pursue a global career in buying, product development, fashion marketing, retail management, retail planning and allocation.

You will learn how to develop, analyse and implement product and brand strategies; explore buying and merchandising practices; and plan and execute successful retail strategies.

You will bring fashion from around the globe to the local retail outlet.

A major highlight of this program is working in teams on industry-based projects such as the Young Essentials Project (YEP) with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Sportsgirl, Country Road, Myer and Bardot Fashion Australia. Throughout these projects you will work with and be mentored by fashion industry professionals.

If you are both creative and business minded, enjoy fashion and thrive on challenges, this program will help you develop your potential and achieve your goals.


2 years full-time

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 merchandising workplace.

You will interact with key people from the fashion industry, undertake hands-on work with fabric and textiles, and explore technology and computer systems.

You will learn through lectures, workshops, presentations and project work and work on computer applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Full-time students are expected to attend approximately 22 hours of classes over 3 to 4 days and undertake approximately 10 hours of extra study and research per week. There are approximately 26 students per class.

You will be assessed throughout each semester via projects, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, tests and practical assignments. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal. All programs are delivered in English.

Program structure

In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study with experienced teachers who are connected with major industry players such as Hugo Boss, French Connection, Calvin Klein, David Jones, Myer and Country Road.

This program provides you with the opportunity to work on ‘real world’ briefs such as the Young Essentials Project (YEP). Winning teams have had their collections placed into production and sold in Australia and overseas.

You’ll have the opportunity to study at some of the best overseas institutions and attend study tours to Europe, America and China.

Year 1

You will study textiles, product development, marketing, supply chain, fashion mathematics, visual merchandising and computer skills and apply them to an industry-based project.

Year 2

You’ll build on your studies and proceed to an advanced level in computer-aided design, product development and supply chain.

This program develops the skills and abilities that industry seeks in a graduate including self-management, problem solving, research and analysis.

You can graduate work-ready or continue further studies to gain a degree qualification by completing an additional year in the (Bachelor of Applied Science (Fashion and Textile Merchandising).

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

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. You will learn from experienced staff who are globally connected. A number of staff still work part-time in industry.

Young Essentials Project (YEP)

The YEP project gives you the opportunity to create a capsule collection working with major fashion retailers including Sportsgirl, Myer and Country Road.

Each year, the YEP awards celebrate the fantastic work of fashion merchandising students. Projects are displayed for industry, RMIT academics and the public.

The students in the winning groups each receive a certificate of excellence, monetary prizes and the opportunity to have their designs put into production.

Watch this video to find out more about YEP and the winning teams.

This program also offers global internships in China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka working in buying offices and experiencing manufacturing and supply chain operations.


Graduates of this program are currently employed by major companies including Hugo Boss, French Connection, Calvin Klein, David Jones, Myer, Country Road, Sussan, Jockey Australia, Mitch Dowd, Kmart, Sportsgirl, Diana Ferrari, Target, Just Jeans, Jag and Spotlight.

You may find employment as a:

  • product developer
  • assistant buyer
  • sales representative
  • range coordinator
  • store manager
  • merchandise planner
  • visual merchandiser
  • marketer
  • design assistant
  • quality assurance officer
  • production assistant

Graduates of this program have also developed their own fashion labels and boutique businesses.

Fashion merchandisers influence retail businesses’ purchasing, advertising and financial decisions. As a fashion merchandiser you will:

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

Your goal is to get fashion from the designer to the consumer. Your understanding of and connection to the end consumer helps dictate the direction of design, product development, promotion and delivery.

Professional recognition and accreditation

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

Global opportunities

Global experience is provided via study tours, international internship and exchange programs.

You’ll have the opportunity to study at some of the best overseas institutions including:

You will also have the opportunity to take on a global internship in China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. You may work in the buying offices of major retail companies such as Myer, Target and Kmart and experiencing their manufacturing and supply chain operations.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) 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

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Selection tasks

Semester 1, 2015

Non-year 12 applicants only: Non-year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Applicants with work experience in fashion and textiles merchandising or other relevant areas must include those details when completing a VTAC Personal 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 program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

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.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

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


Graduates of the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising can apply to complete one additional year of study and gain the Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management).

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


Chris Clark, Program Manager
Robyn Lyons, Program Coordinator
School of Fashion and Textiles
Building 511
25 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Tel. +61 3 9925 9134

View PDF brochure for this program.


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