Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
Study design, pattern making and cutting-edge technology to produce everything from ready-to-wear through to made-to-measure fashion.
Your journey starts in this two-year Associate Degree where you will develop creative and technical skills whilst working closely with the fashion industry. You learn to blend theory with practice through a series of industry-driven and live international projects.
Through your studies you will gain the skills required to be industry ready, developing the knowledge and know-how to secure jobs in the fashion industry – especially in computer-aided design (CAD) and the global supply chains.
You will develop a broad range of skills and study the underpinning theory of the design process, including fashion range development, trend research, specification development, design and production management, and pattern and garment construction skills.
In your studies you will learn:
- fashion design and drawing
- computer-aided design
- patternmaking and grading
- computer-aided patternmaking and grading
- fashion trend research
- production planning
- garment construction
- supply chain management
During your studies you will work on design briefs from local and international companies such as Alpha60, Cotton On, Denimsmith, Etal, Bizwear and Nobody Denim, working to specifications relating to demographic, colour, fabric, trends and budget.
These experiences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work locally or internationally as part of a design team or to start your own business.
This program will unlock your creative potential, enabling you to pursue a career in fashion design or start your own fashion business.
- Brian Khoo
Owner “Brian Khoo”, Malaysia
(previously Design Assistant for Christian Dior Couture, Paris)
- Linden Blick
Designer, Cotton On
- Jodie Hayes
Co-creator and designer of indie ocean activewear label U&I
- Paul Cordero
Draper and patternmaker at Chloé, Paris
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
This program offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight into and experience in the global fashion workplace.
You will interact with key people from the Australian and international fashion industry. You will undertake hands-on work with fabric and fashion and explore traditional skills, new technologies and computer systems.
You will work in the state-of-the-art Fashion Design Studio, giving you the opportunity to study in an authentic fashion studio setting. In a simulated industry workroom, you will produce your designs using industrial sewing machines and speciality equipment.
You will learn through:
- practical hands-on studios
- group discussions
You will use Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as internationally recognised, industry-specific software such as Gerber and Lectra.
You will be expected to attend approximately 20 hours of classes and undertake approximately eight hours of extra study and research weekly. There are often concentrated periods of self-directed study, research and out-of-class work when assessments are due.
Class sizes are approximately 21 students per workshop.
You will be assessed via examinations, essays, reports, verbal and visual presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The work placement scheme in your second year offers hugely beneficial hands-on, real-life experience working with major Australian or international fashion companies. Many graduates gain employment with these companies and past students have worked while simultaneously continuing their degree-level studies.
Companies where students have secured work placements range from small to large fashion design and production-related businesses, including:
- Carla Zampatti
- Akira Isogawa
- Pacific Brands
- Country Road
- Forever New
- Cotton On group
- Life with Bird
- Nobody Denim
- The Just Group
- Marianna Hardwick
- Anna Campbell Bridal
- Alpha 60
- Lui Hon
You will also connect with key industry figures from major Australian and international companies through exhibitions, industry events and public lectures.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program provides you with high-level skills in fashion design and expert skills in specialist pattern making, managing design and product development.
With experience, you can be working as a designer or product developer, or in management positions within international fashion businesses.
Graduates of this program have found employment with leading fashion organisations in Australia and overseas as:
- pattern makers and graders
- product developers
- specification technicians
- quality assurance officers
- production controllers
- small fashion business owner/operators.
Graduates of this program can apply to complete one additional year of study to gain the Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology).
As a fashion designer your work activities may include:
- researching emerging trends in fashion, fabrics, colours and shapes
- creating design concepts and presenting them using hand-drawn or computer-aided design sketches
- developing fashion ranges
- working within a team to develop patterns or adapt existing patterns and designs for either boutique or large scale production
- overseeing production
- liaising with design teams, buyers and forecasters
- sourcing, selecting and buying fabrics, trims, fastenings and embellishments
- developing sample garments
Professional recognition and accreditation
Current student and graduate can apply for membership to the:
- Fashion Technician Association Australia (FTAA)
- Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
You are eligible to join the DIA as a student member while studying. Graduates can apply for associate membership and full membership once they have obtained their professional experience.
Please note: eligibility for full membership is based on a points system.
You can undertake overseas study experiences ranging from 2 weeks to an entire semester.
A program highlight is the study tour to Paris where you will explore Paris fashion houses, galleries and attend lectures at our partner universities in France.
Some of the partner institutes you can exchange with are:
- Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Netherlands
- Nottingham Trent University, UK
- Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
- University of Salford, UK
- Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, LA, USA
- Ryerson University, Canada
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Produce everything from ready-to-wear to made-to-measure fashion
Focused on design and technology you’ll blend theory with practice through industry driven design briefs to develop advanced skills in fashion design, patternmaking and cutting-edge technology.