Bachelor of Fashion (Design)

Bachelor of Fashion (Design)

UNDERGRADUATE

Explore the world of fashion, learn the design skills and techniques to start your future.

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

Range of criteria*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Range of criteria

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$42,240 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick

Overview

Fashion design model wearing green puffy dress with flower detail and lapeled grey jacket

Fashion, but not as you know it

Blend creativity and practice. Explore different areas of design and design methods, refine your practice, and apply your skills to garments, artefacts, and more. 

Photo credit: Rebecca Li, Fashion Design Persona Project, 2021. Photography by Nirvana Wu, styling by Guanqun, model - Alina.

You will be able to select a minor specialisation in textile design, enterprise or sustainable innovation, allowing you to customise your studies according to your interests and career goals.

As a student, you’ll be encouraged to create ethical design propositions and use cross-disciplinary strategies to drive global and competitive practice. As a graduate, you will have comprehensive knowledge in fashion design, preparing you for a wide range of existing and new industry contexts, jobs of the future, or further study.

RMIT students and graduates receive national design awards, scholarships, and invitations to participate in national and international showcases, events and exhibitions, including:

  • Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) National Graduate Showcase
  • Melbourne Fashion Week (M/FW) Student Collections Runway
  • Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) London International Catwalk
  • iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Award
  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Graduate of the Year Award (GOTYA)

The RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles is globally recognised, and ranked among the Business of Fashion’s The Best Fashion Schools in the World, Undergraduate Fashion Design Programs in 2019.

Details

As a student of fashion design, you'll be taught by experts within a creative community of peers and likeminded practitioners.

You will learn about the skills and techniques involved in fashion garments and accessories, products, artefacts, materials, communication, and experiences for the body.

Our graduates create independent and niche practices, work in leading contemporary brands, and go on to establish independent and collaborative and research practices and enterprises.

In this degree, you will learn through studio practice in a range of practical, theoretical and technical classes, engineered to build your skills and knowledge in fashion design. 

With a focus on industry, related fields and emerging markets, RMIT is known for producing well-regarded and unique fashion design practitioners. 

Throughout your studies, you will work directly with industry and external partners, with an emphasis on sustainable and ethical design. You will refine your portfolio and communication skills to best demonstrate fashion design knowledge, capability and thinking to industry.

You will learn through workshops, guest seminars and industry feedback on your work. 

In addition to completing core foundational studies, you can choose to specialise in one or more areas to complement your knowledge and skills through developing a minor in textile design, sustainable innovation or fashion enterprise.

Your teachers are industry practitioners, and ensure the course maintains strong links with design sectors and communities.

You will collaborate with industry and community partners in a range of activities, including projects, placements, virtual studios and case studies that ensure you are immersed in current industry practices, techniques and strategies.

Recent industry partnered projects include:

  • Outland Denim
  • Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust
  • Cheap Monday
  • Diesel
  • Kevin Murphy

Students and graduates have undertaken placements and/or design roles in a range of enterprises, including luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and The Row, contemporary brands including H&M, Vetements and Acne, and local powerhouses like Zimmermann, Country Road Group, and Dion Lee.

Many alumni who have gone on to establish independent design practices remain connected with RMIT. These practices include:

  • PAM
  • Toni Maticevski
  • Verner
  • Dress Up
  • Nixi Killick

The School’s Industry Advisory Groups consists of high-profile industry representatives from across the sector. The advisory group ensures that the degree's links with industry standards and practices remain current and valid.

The School has strong relationships across a range of disciplines and community partners. You will engage with industry in a variety of different ways, work with industry partners, and explore different discipline context and markets for your practice.

Your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity and engagement also occurs through the academic and professional staff members who are practitioners in the field. International and local guests will also present, critique and give feedback on your work, as well as lead real-world project briefs that you will work on.

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.

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.

As part of your studies, you will complete several core subjects, and have the opportunity to undertake a minor specialisation in either fashion design, textile design, fashion and textiles sustainable innovation or fashion enterprise, as well as choose from a range of fashion and textiles or university-wide electives.

Course structure

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

Bachelor of Fashion (Design)
Program code: BP328

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Fashion (Design)
Brunswick Campus
3 years full-time
BP328
0100709
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
3 years full-time
Plan code
BP328
CRICOS
0100709
Bachelor of Fashion (Design)
Brunswick Campus
3 years full-time
BP328
0100709
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
3 years full-time
Plan code
BP328
CRICOS
0100709

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP328 - 3200132561

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

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

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP328 - 3200132563

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

As a graduate of this degree, you’ll be qualified for a range of professional roles in fashion and design related industries. 

There are roles available across commercial practice, niche fashion areas, emerging design markets, contemporary luxury industries, and cross disciplinary subsectors of the fashion world.

This qualification can lead to careers including:

  • fashion, accessories, costume, material or colour designer
  • digital content creator
  • creative pattern-maker
  • creative director
  • stylist
  • fashion strategist
  • product developer
  • brand strategist
  • communications manager
  • fashion events producer.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on the assessment of their selection task.

Selection task

Semester 1, 2023

You must complete and submit the Fashion Design selection task.

Applications are assessed in the order that they are received until the selection task dates below, if places are still available.

For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Selection task dates

Selection task dates for VTAC applicants

If you are applying via VTAC, you must complete and submit the Fashion Design selection task by one of the dates below to be considered for selection in that VTAC round:

VTAC applicants Register and submit the selection task by
November round (Non year 12 applicants only)

30 September 2022

December/January rounds (All applicants)

18 November 2022
February rounds (if places are available) 10 February 2023
Selection task dates for direct applicants

You must complete and submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application. Please see the Apply page for information on eligibility to apply direct.

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
Direct applicants

24 February 2023

Selection task requirements

Outline what are you interested in exploring through fashion design, and why? (maximum 150 words) 

For example, an important social, environmental, political issue or a conceptual or cultural topic that you have read about or experienced. Explain why you think it’s important.

How do your skills, interests and experiences to date inform your approach to creativity and design?  

How do you think the subjects and specialisations within the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) will help you to further develop these skills and interests? (maximum 150 words)

Your folio must comprise 10 - 15 pages containing two or three projects that demonstrate your capacity to develop original design propositions. These projects could be undertaken within formal study in any creative discipline, hobbies, volunteer or paid work, or be from any activity that gives an insight into your experiences in fashion and/or design. 

Examples of projects include: 

  • Creation of a garment or a small collection 
  • Creation of an artwork or object (e.g. fine art, graphic design, accessories) 
  • Production of a film, publication, or series of images 
  • Documentation of related experiences such as work experience, workshops, or travel 
  • Any other project that demonstrates a creative research and development process 

Each project should include:  

  • A heading 
  • A written summary (up to 150 words) describing the problem or inspiration your project explores, and the approach you took to creating the project
  • Visual documentation of the project development

A suggested format for presenting each project is: 

  • Documentation of research and inspiration for design ideas, with annotations that explain how this research informed your ideas and approaches (1-2 pages) 
  • Development or planning of ideas, for example sketching or drawing, with annotations about the process of creative development (2-3 pages) 
  • Exploration of materials or methods of making design objects or outcomes, for example prototyping or creating tests or swatches, with annotations about the process of design through technical exploration (1-3 pages) 
  • Documentation of the project outcome (1-2 pages)

Submission instructions

Your folio should be a single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Within the PDF, you can provide links to multimedia work/s such as video. Please ensure to include your full name and VTAC ID/RMIT application number on the front page. 

Alternatively, if your folio is hosted online, you must supply the URL (with the username and password if applicable). The folio must be contained within one webpage.

Semester 2 2023

Selection task details and submission dates will be available on 1 May 2023 for programs with a midyear intake. 

Selection criteria by applicant type

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • 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.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help 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 an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • 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.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help 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 at least two courses (subjects) in an Australian bachelor degree or four courses (subjects) in an Australian associate degree, or overseas equivalent.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • 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.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help 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 an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • 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.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

Art and Design application tips

View the following videos for some practical application advice:

Applying for Art and Design courses

Here's some advice for preparing folios and pre-selection kits to help make the process easier.

Art and design selection interviews

Wondering how an art and design selection interview works? Here's everything you need to know.

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*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. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

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

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65% (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.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

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

All applicants are required to complete and submit a selection task for this program. See below for full selection task details.

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.

Selection task

Semester 1, 2023

Selection task dates

If you are applying via VTAC, you must complete and submit the Fashion Design selection task by one of the dates below to be considered for selection in that VTAC round:

VTAC round Register and submit the selection task by

December/January Round 1 (All applicants)

18 November 2022

January subsequent rounds (if places are available)

19 January 2023

Selection task requirements

Applicant statement

Outline what are you interested in exploring through fashion design, and why? (maximum 150 words) 

For example, an important social, environmental, political issue or a conceptual or cultural topic that you have read about or experienced. Explain why you think it’s important.

Experience

How do your skills, interests and experiences to date inform your approach to creativity and design?  

How do you think the subjects and specialisations within the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) will help you to further develop these skills and interests? (maximum 150 words)

Folio

Your folio must comprise 10 - 15 pages containing two or three projects that demonstrate your capacity to develop original design propositions. These projects could be undertaken within formal study in any creative discipline, hobbies, volunteer or paid work, or be from any activity that gives an insight into your experiences in fashion and/or design. 

Examples of projects include: 

  • Creation of a garment or a small collection 
  • Creation of an artwork or object (e.g. fine art, graphic design, accessories) 
  • Production of a film, publication, or series of images 
  • Documentation of related experiences such as work experience, workshops, or travel 
  • Any other project that demonstrates a creative research and development process 

Each project should include:  

  • A heading 
  • A written summary (up to 150 words) describing the problem or inspiration your project explores, and the approach you took to creating the project
  • Visual documentation of the project development

A suggested format for presenting each project is: 

  • Documentation of research and inspiration for design ideas, with annotations that explain how this research informed your ideas and approaches (1-2 pages) 
  • Development or planning of ideas, for example sketching or drawing, with annotations about the process of creative development (2-3 pages) 
  • Exploration of materials or methods of making design objects or outcomes, for example prototyping or creating tests or swatches, with annotations about the process of design through technical exploration (1-3 pages) 
  • Documentation of the project outcome (1-2 pages)

Your folio should be a single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Within the PDF, you can provide links to multimedia work/s such as video. Please ensure to include your full name and VTAC ID number on the front page.

Alternatively, if your folio is hosted online, you must supply the URL (with the username and password if applicable). The folio must be contained within one webpage. 

Semester 1, 2024

Selection task details and submission dates will be available early August 2023. 

Art and Design application tips

View the following videos for some practical application advice:

Applying for Art and Design courses

Here's some advice for preparing folios and pre-selection kits to help make the process easier.

Art and design selection interviews

Wondering how an art and design selection interview works? Here's everything you need to know.

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 131kb) along with your application. 

Pathways

Understanding pathways

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.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

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.

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

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0, you will be exempted from submitting the selection task and guaranteed a place in the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours).

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0, you will be exempted from submitting the selection task and guaranteed a place in the MC246 Master of Fashion (Design).

You may apply for entry to this program after you have successfully completed the Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology. Entry will be based on assessment of your completed pre-selection kit that must be submitted with your application. If you are successful in receiving an offer you will receive 3 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points)

Alternatively, you can gain entry from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study 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.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT honours or postgraduate degrees.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The first year indicative tuition rates are expected later in the year and will be published when they are available.

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

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

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.

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.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The first year indicative tuition rates are expected later in the year and will be published when they are available.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commenced their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. 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 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

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.

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.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

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.

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

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$42,240.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$126,720.

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 - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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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.