Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

POSTGRADUATE

 Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to build a career or your own business within the global fashion industry.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Fees:

AU$16,320 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Fees:

AU$18,240 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) provides you with an introduction to the key skills and knowledge you need to develop your own fashion enterprise, or build a career in the global fashion industry.

Fashion entrepreneurs provide leadership while continuously questioning the status quo to create value to an enterprise. This graduate certificate will build your ability as an entrepreneurial thinker and leader to advance your career and increase opportunities within the fashion industry.

This course is designed for local students who are interested in entering the field of fashion, or those who are already working in industry and are keen to strengthen their knowledge. The content you’ll cover in this certificate is aligned with the first semester of the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), allowing you to explore graduate study under flexible and customisable circumstances.

Details

As a student of this course, you will be working within a community of ambitious, creative and likeminded peers, and taught by academics and professional leaders of industry. In subjects that blend practice and theory, you will explore the essential knowledge for launching your own fashion enterprise, or to take the next step in your career within the fashion industry.

Entrepreneurs learn by doing, and this graduate certificate encourages you to take charge of your own learning through authentic industry practice. 

Through your studies, you will develop an applied and theoretical perspective to fashion entrepreneurship while networking with leaders in the fashion industry.

You will learn through lectures and tutorials in conjunction with projects, team activities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

Assessment is an integral part of your learning experience. Feedback will give you the opportunity to reflect upon your capabilities and identify opportunities for further learning. As part of final assessment, you may present to external industry panels who provide formative feedback.

RMIT has extensive connections and long-standing relationships with the local and international fashion industries.

You’ll be taught by academics who have strong industry relationships, professional experience and employment in the fashion industry.

You will have exciting opportunities to work closely with, and learn from, the best in the fashion business.  Through study visits, partnered projects and expert guest speakers, you will have genuine opportunities to engage with industry.

The School of Fashion and Textiles has regular consultations with an Industry Advisory Group, which consists of high profile industry representatives, to ensure that our links with industry standards and that practices remain current and valid.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This course offers you a flexible structure depending on your prior experience and knowledge. 

If your previous qualification is within the discipline of fashion or textiles, your pathway is via the introductory business subject options, requiring you to complete three core subjects and one fashion and textiles elective subject.

If your background is from any other undergraduate discipline, your pathway takes you through subjects offering a fundamental overview of the fashion system, consisting of four core subjects.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Program code: GC166

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Brunswick Campus
0.5 years full-time (international)/0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent (domestic)
GC166
0100717
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
0.5 years full-time (international)/0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent (domestic)
Plan code
GC166
CRICOS
0100717
Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Brunswick Campus
0.5 years full-time
GC166
0100717
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
0.5 years full-time
Plan code
GC166
CRICOS
0100717

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Upon graduation, you will have a fundamental understanding of the fashion system and contemporary fashion entrepreneurship practices within it. 

Graduates can find careers in many areas of the fashion industry, including creating their own enterprise. These include:

  • merchandise planner
  • fashion buyer
  • digital and e-commerce marketer
  • fashion retail manager (both digital and store-based)
  • data analyst.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed:

  • an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a GPA of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0), or
  • a four year Australian bachelor degree with honours (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a GPA of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0), or
  • a minimum of five years relevant work experience in the fashion industry.

If you have a GPA lower than 2.50 you may still apply but selection will be merit based and assessed on your experience, a one-page personal statement and an interview. The one page personal statement should outline the reasons you will benefit from undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and how it's aligned to your interests, aspirations and career ambitions.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Work experience

To have your work experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a personal statement that details your experience.

Interview

You may be required to attend an interview (either in person, or via phone or Skype).

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed:

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

OR

An Australian four-year honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

You may also be considered if you have a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in fashion industry.

If your GPA is below 2.5, you may still apply but the selection will be merit-based and assessed on your experience, a one-page personal statement and an interview.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

CV and Personal Statement: To have your work experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a personal statement outlining the reasons you will benefit from undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and how it is aligned to your interests, aspirations and career ambitions.

Interview: You may be required to attend an interview (either in person, or via phone or Skype).

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Additional information

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate certificate from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce your study load by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Successful completion of this program, you can continue your studies in GD203 Graduate Diploma in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) or MC213 Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), subject to the program's entrance requirements and receive 48 credit points of advanced standing into either of these programs.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$16,320.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$18,240.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.