Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

POSTGRADUATE

Be an entrepreneurial leader in the global fashion industry.

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

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Reduced duration available
Fees:

AU$32,640 (2022 annual)

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

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$36,480 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick

Overview

Whether you want to create a fashion enterprise or work within the global marketplace, this master’s degree offers you the opportunity to hone your skills and amplify your passion for this global industry.

Entrepreneurs provide leadership while continuously questioning the status quo to create added value. This degree will advance your skills as an independent and motivated thinker to recognise opportunities, take calculated risks, and to be resourceful, passionate and understand your role within a dynamic environment.

As entrepreneurs learn by doing, the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) encourages you to take charge of your learning through industry engagement projects. Such projects develop business and entrepreneurial acumen while embedding practical and theoretical of the fashion system.

Upon graduation, you will have advanced knowledge and skills suited to a variety of careers within the global fashion industry. This degree also offers a pathway to further learning, which may include DR213 PhD (Fashion and Textiles).

I chose the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) as it allowed me to explore avenues such as fashion e-commerce, sustainability, buying and merchandising - broadening my prospects within the international industry. Working directly with global industry partners to develop my knowledge and skills hugely improved my confidence to successfully execute my personal career goals.
Portrait of Anna Davis, graduate of Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT - Anna Davis, graduate of Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) 2020. Photography by Anna Davis.

Details

Build networks and relationships in the fashion and textiles industry

You will engage with industry throughout your studies, starting from your first semester, including work on specific industry projects.

You can consult with fashion businesses extensively throughout your core and elective subjects.  A major project elective provides a pathway to further academic study, with opportunities for research with an industry partner.

Lecturers and academics all have strong industry relationships and experience, and the School of Fashion and Textiles enjoys links to local and global fashion industry and government organisations.

Build on your entrepreneurial aspirations

This master’s degree offers a flexible structure with core subject and elective choices within specialist areas of the fashion system. You can customise your subject selection to build on your existing knowledge or entrepreneurial aspirations.

Subjects focus on entrepreneurial thinking, sustainable fashion, ethical supply chains, fashion analytics, and the business strategies required to build a global fashion brand.

You will study in state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, and you will be able to choose your electives from a University-wide subject selection.

How you will study

Subjects include a variety of teaching approaches, such as seminars, lectures and tutorials, and use methods including collaborative group work, self-directed learning, peer review, case studies, and seminars and workshops.

Assessment involves learning by doing, and will include a range of activities such as reports, e-commerce tools, written reflection, research projects, presentations, and peer or industry review.

Full-time students will attend approximately 12 hours of classes per week, combined with intensive additional self-directed study and research per week. Part-time students can attend either day or evening classes, and will need to study approximately 6 hours per week.

You will be engaged with industry throughout your studies, including small industry projects, and subjects that allow you to begin developing and launching your own business venture.

You can also undertake a major project elective which provides a pathway for further academic study, and the opportunity for research with an industry partner.

The Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak industry body the Australian Fashion Council (AFC).

The School of Fashion and Textiles has many close links with industry. This degree is taught by academics with strong industry relationships and current professional experience in the fashion industry. In addition, we collaborate with industry and community partners in a range of activities, including partnered projects, placements, virtual studios and case studies to ensure you are immersed in current industry professional practices, techniques and strategies.   

This degree has regular consultations with the School’s Industry Advisory Group which consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of these consultations is to ensure that the course’s links with industry standards and practice remain current and valid.

You have the opportunity to select two elective subjects (Global Fashion Supply Chain and Global Entrepreneurship) that are delivered offshore as global intensive subjects, designed to help understand how fashion enterprises operate in different cultures and economies.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

  • 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (without advanced standing).
  • 1 - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with advanced standing).

For further information about advanced standing see the Pathways section.

The Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) are available as exit awards of this degree. Any advanced standing you receive for the masters program is not transferrable to an exit award. If you wish to exit early with one of these programs, you must have completed all courses specified in the relevant program structure.

  • 2 years full-time (without advanced standing).
  • 1 - 1.5 years full-time (with advanced standing).

For further information about advanced standing see the Pathways section.

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.

If you hold fashion and or textiles undergraduate qualifications, your core foundation semester includes three core subjects, plus one elective choice.

If you are new to the discipline of fashion and textiles your core foundation semester includes four coure subjects.

In semesters two and three, the combination of two core subjects and two elective subjects scaffold your study plan to the final semester core subject, wherein you create a fashion venture.

In your final semester you have a three elective choices. Electives can be chosen from the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) program plan, or from university-wide electives.

Course structure

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

Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Program code: MC213

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Brunswick Campus
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, Reduced duration available
MC213P15
079302M
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, Reduced duration available
Plan code
MC213P15
CRICOS
079302M
Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Brunswick Campus
2 years full-time
MC213P15
079302M
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
MC213P15
CRICOS
079302M

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

Career

Upon graduation, you will be able to effectively and strategically manage a fashion and textile enterprise within the global fashion industry.

It will enable you to manage teams in various environments, as well as lead your own fashion business. You will develop advanced entrepreneurial skills and industry acumen, combined with an in-depth knowledge of the fashion system, suited to a variety of careers.

The program also offers a pathway to further learning into a PhD.

Graduates of this degree have found work at fashion companies including:

  • Forever New
  • Australian Fashion Council (AFC)
  • Zimmerman
  • Otto & Spike
  • David Jones
  • Myer
  • Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd
  • Ethical Clothing Australia
  • Edited
  • COS.

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 grade point average (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' fashion industry experience

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 Master 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 professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and 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 overall grade point average 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 overall grade point average of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

You may also be considered if you have completed a minimum of 5 years' fashion industry experience.

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. 

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

Statement: You must include with your application a one-page personal statement outlining the reasons you will benefit from undertaking the Master of 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) if requested.

References: If applying on the basis of work experience, you must provide written references confirming the nature and length of work experience.

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

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) guarantees entry into this master program with 48 credit points of advanced standing (equivalent to 0.5 year full-time study).

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) guarantees entry into this master program with 96 credit points of advanced standing (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

Masters advanced standing

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications majoring in fashion, textiles or business you may be eligible for advanced standing as follows:

Qualification level Advanced standing Remaining program duration
Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate (AQF level 8) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

Credit

Applicants with a bachelor degree (honours), graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

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

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

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

Master Advanced Standing

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications majoring in fashion, textiles or business you may be eligible for advanced standing as follows:

Qualification level Advanced standing Remaining program duration
Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate (AQF level 8) 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma (AQF level 8) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit.

Credits

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

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 weightings, and reference to the learning resources.

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

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$32,640.

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 annual tuition fee for 2021 is AU$36,480.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2021 commencement is AU$74,880

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.

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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.