Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising
DurationFull-time 2 years
Your career in the fashion industry
Move into the fast-paced world of buying, product development, fashion marketing, retail management, and retail planning and allocation.
Challenge the current state of retail
Learn how to develop, analyse and implement product and brand strategies; explore buying and merchandising practices; and plan and execute successful retail strategies.
Pursue a global career in the fashion and textiles industry.
Recognised as Australia’s premier fashion and business program, this associate degree will help you develop the business knowledge and creative skills to make global fashion local.
From your first year, you’ll benefit from unique opportunities to work on various projects with retailers and industry. During second year, you’ll undertake a major fashion and merchandising yearlong industry project that will see you working with some of the biggest names in Australian retail fashion, including Target, Country Road, Myer and Supré. Throughout these projects, you will work with and be mentored by fashion industry professionals.
You'll learn how to develop, analyse and implement product and brand strategies, explore buying and merchandising pratices and plan successful retail plans.
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.
Build a local and international network of lasting connections with teachers, students and industry that will enrich your personal life and career.
Study in an environment that gives you direct insight into and experience in the global fashion and textiles merchandising workplace.
You’ll interact with professionals from the fashion industry, undertake hands-on work with fabric and textiles, and explore technology and computer systems designed for this industry.
You’ll learn through a series of lectures, workshops, presentations and project work.
Assessment is via projects, reports, presentations, group projects, tests and practical assignments.
Global retailer H&M sources local RMIT fashion talent
An RMIT fashion alumnus has been selected to participate in H&M’s prestigious 2016 International Talent Program, known for launching global careers.
Window displays revive local retail spaces
Fashion merchandising students worked with a local council and retailers to rejuvenate empty store windows in a shopping strip in Melbourne's north.
RMIT connects you with a network of industry professionals. You’ll be taught by experienced and industry-connected teachers and extend your networks through industry projects, where you’ll work with major retailers and undertake a major project throughout your second year.
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, David Jones, Myer and Country Road.
The Retail Initiative (TRI)
TRI project provides you with a unique yearlong journey that allows you to gain direct insights and knowledge from key players in Australian retail, including Myer, Country Road, Target and Supré.
In teams you will explore, develop, produce and design concepts for capsule collections that feature men’s, women’s or children’s wear, and also include homewares and accessories. The project covers everything from idea generation right through to the trend forecasting, marketing and product development phase.
Winners for each retailer can potentially have their capsule collections produced and sold in store.
Read the story on The Retail Initative project
Work on industry briefs such as the Fashion and Merchandising Industry Project – winning teams have had their collections placed into production and sold in Australia and overseas.
You’ll also have the opportunity to study at some of the best overseas institutions including FIT New York, London College of Fashion and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This program also offers study tours to a number of cities in China and America.
This program helps you develop the skills and abilities that industry seeks in graduates, including self-management, problem-solving, research and analysis.
Study textiles, product ranging, marketing, supply chain, merchandise mathematics, visual merchandising and computer skills and apply them to an industry-based project.
Build on your studies and proceed to an advanced level in computer-aided design, product development and merchandise planning.
You can graduate work-ready or continue further studies to gain a degree qualification by completing an additional year in the Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management).
Choose a program structure
|Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising||Brunswick Campus||
2 year full time - 4 semesters
2 year full time
Choose a program structure
Program code: AD013
Deliver fashion from around the world to the local retail market. Influence retail businesses' purchasing, advertising and financial decisions.
As a fashion and textiles merchandiser, you will bring 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.
The program’s international focus allows you to explore a global career in buying, product development, fashion marketing, retail management, retail planning and allocation
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. Some graduates have also developed their own fashion labels and boutique businesses.
You may find employment as a:
- product developer
- assistant buyer
- sales representative
- range coordinator
- store manager
- merchandise planner
- visual merchandiser
- design assistant
- quality assurance officer
- production assistant.
Graduate Successes include:
- Christine Tran
Merchandiser, Marc Jacobs NY.
- Heath Pilgrim
Planning Analyst, Cotton On.
- Ellen Fagan
Brand Manager and Social Media Coordinator, LOFFT Fashion Agency.
- Samantha Lopez
Product Developer, Rodd and Gunn.
How industry experience is shaping my career path
RMIT alumnus Eliza McNab has secured a role in fashion and marketing at an international start-up label after completing an internship in Sri Lanka.
*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent year 12 applicants.
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
Gain a better understanding of the Admission criteria for this program by viewing RMIT’s Admission information.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.
School Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).
Applicants with Higher Education study
Satisfactory completion of at least two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent).
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
Prerequisites: VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL (or equivalent) or achieve an overall score of at least 150 in the STAT multiple choice.
If you were not studying year 12 in 2018 you should submit a personal statement outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- your intended career path
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program will support your application into RMIT programs through an informal interview process with support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Your relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications, are all considered.
Elite Athlete Program
The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports elite athlete and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 60% (see calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 60 (with minimum of 10 in Reading, 9 in Listening, 16 in Speaking and 19 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 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 Advanced Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is through Commonwealth supported places (CSP).
2019 indicative fees
Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*.
* 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.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2019
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-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 will 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.
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 2019 is $303.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.