Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: AD013
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
Range of criteria
- Campus: Brunswick campus
Imagine travelling the world to discover the next big thing in fashion and textiles. Imagine developing looks and trends to suit the market's culture and taste.
This program is the perfect blend of creativity and business. 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 essays, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, examinations, research and practical assignments. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal. All programs are delivered in English.
In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study with experienced lecturers 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.
You will study textiles, product development, marketing, supply chain, fashion mathematics, visual merchandising and computer skills and apply them to an industry-based project.
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).
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
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, working in buying offices and experiencing manufacturing and supply chain operations.
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.
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
- service assistant
- visual merchandiser
- design assistant
- quality assurance officer
- production assistant.
Graduates of this program have also developed their own fashion labels and boutique businesses.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is recognised and supported by the Australian Light Manufacturing and Training Advisory Board (ALMATAB).
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:
- London College of Fashion
- Fashion Institute of Technology (New York)
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
You will also have the opportunity to take on a global internship in China, working 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.
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 post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.
Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English.
Current Year 12: ATAR and middle-band.
Non-Year 12: Educational History including GPA, VTAC Personal Statement (All), Work experience (Some). Non-Year 12 applicants must submit a VTAC Personal Statement and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Non-Year 12 applicants with work experience in fashion and textiles merchandising or other relevant areas must include those details when completing a VTAC Personal Statement.
Information sessions: Will be held in Building 514, Brunswick Campus (25-29 Dawson St., Brunswick) on Wednesday 18 September at 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Attendance is highly recommended but not compulsory.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- 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 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.
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.
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 Applied Science (Fashion and Textile Merchandising).
Fashion & Textiles
Chris Clark, Program Manager
Robyn Lyons, Program Coordinator
School of Fashion and Textiles
25 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Tel. +61 3 9925 9134
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.