Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management)
Are you interested in gaining entrepreneurial skills to work as a manager within the global fashion industry? As a fashion mechandiser you will analyse the market to foreast the latest trends and create a shopping environment that increases sales and promotes the company brand.
Your goal is to connect fashion from the designer to the consumer. Your understanding of and connection to the consumer helps craft the design, product development, promotion and delivery.
In this degree you will focus on:
- expanding your knowledge relevant to industry needs related to merchandising, planning and buying
- management and marketing strategies within the global fashion system
- global and local supply chains and how you can lead within them
- depth of research for proposed fashion industry opportunities
- developing your strategic capabilities to enable you to manage fashion enterprises.
Through this degree you will develop advanced methods of researching, merchandising, planning and collection planning to achieve commercial success, relevant to industry needs. You will gain an in depth knowledge of how the national and global fashion system operates and how you can work effectively within it.
This degree is for one year duration and is offered to applicants who are either directly articulating from the RMIT Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising or applicants who have an equivalent qualification. This course provides the opportunity to undertake a further year of undergraduate study and gain a degree.
The learning and teaching approach of this degree emulates how you would work in a professional role in a commercial fashion enterprise. You’ll study fashion and textile merchandising, marketing, retail, computer-aided design (CAD), research, supply chains and management theory to complement the degree's practical component.
Through lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions, you will learn from experienced staff that will treat you as though you are a fashion business professional. Academics are globally connected and are actively engaged in the fashion industry.
You will interact with leading industry figures on your major research project, as well as studying the local and international application of fashion merchandising associated to consumer demand for fashion and related products. You will expand your knowledge and capabilities through applied work with textiles and build on your understanding of technology and computer systems.
Full-time students will attend approximately 16 hours of classes per week, combined with intensive self-directed extra study/research per week. There are often concentrated periods of out-of-class work when assessments are due.
You will be expected to attend public lectures and events outside of coursework hours as part of your learning. Class sizes are approximately 22 students per studio and 45 students per lecture.
Assessment will include a range of activities such as reports, written reflection, practical assignments, research and industry projects, oral and visual presentations and peer or industry review.
All courses are delivered in English. You can access the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
As part of your major project studies, you will undertake industry research and develop commercial industry briefs with major Australian companies. You will attend lectures and forums by industry professionals.
You will also connect with key industry figures from major Australian and international companies through industry events and special public lectures.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice.
This 1-year degree provides you with real-world experiences. You will be given industry-driven briefs that focus on fashion planning, merchandising and retail issues in Australia and overseas.
You will develop strategies for an increasingly competitive fashion and textiles global marketing environment and learn how planning, implementation and control issues can lead to strategic action.
Specific topics include:
- global marketing and merchandising trends and systems and their application to real world applications
- fashion retail management and successful performance indicators
- strategic management tools and perspectives
- fashion product and customer market analysis and consumer demand
- industry relevant research and how to apply it for creative solutions
- product, price, promotion and distribution decisions at a strategic level
- advanced knowledge and understanding of innovation in fashion retail
- social, international and sustainability issues related to supply chain management for national and international markets.
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Program code: BP310
Fashion merchandisers influence retail businesses’ purchasing, marketing and financial decisions.
Graduates are employed in:
- advertising and marketing fashion
- brand management in fashion
- international trade
- merchandise analysis
- merchandising planning
- product development
- product management
- range coordination
- retail buying
- retail management
- sales management.
As a fashion merchandiser you will:
- 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/manufacturer to the consumer. Your understanding of and connection to the end consumer helps dictate the direction of design, product development, promotion and delivery.
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. Find out more about RMIT’s commitment to admissions transparency.
You must meet the minimum academic entry requirements for this program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee you entry due to the competitive nature of this program. Overseas qualifications will be assessed for Australian equivalence.
*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’s selection criteria, outlined below according to your highest completed level of education, will provide you with a better understanding of the minimum admissions requirements needed for this program.
This information is for applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education program.
You must have successfully completed the RMIT associate degree in fashion and textiles merchandising
You must include in your application a statement that outlines:
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- details of any work experience
Available to all applicants
Equity access schemes
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Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program supports you through an informal interview process where you will receive support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.
You must have successfully completed one of the following:
- the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising at RMIT University; or
- an Australian (or equivalent overseas qualification) Associate Degree or two years of a Bachelor degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising; or
- an Australian (or equivalent overseas qualification) Associate Degree or Bachelor degree in Business or Fashion Design
If you did not complete the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising at RMIT, you must include in your application a statement outlining:
1. Your reasons for wanting to study this program.
2. Details of any work experience.
You will also be required to provide detailed information about your previous study to determine if your qualification meets the prerequisite requirement.
To study this program 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.
Pathways for students looking to further their studies in a related field at RMIT from July 2020
This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Use our Pathways finder or contact Study@RMIT for more information.
Pathways for applicants who have completed or are currently enrolled in vocational courses at RMIT
Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising with a minimum GPA of 2 out of 4 guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management).
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising who do not meet the guaranteed entry requirements may still apply and will be assessed on merit.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
Students wishing to continue study are encouraged to apply for master by research or PhD after successful completion of their bachelor program.
Graduates may also undertake the Master of Fashion and Textiles by coursework.
2020 indicative fees
In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- 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
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.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155.
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 2020
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2020
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
|$6,684 per standard year
$835 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,527 per standard year
$11,155 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 the full amount of their student contribution.
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 HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount 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 2020 is $308.
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.