Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)
DurationFull-time 4 years
LocationBrunswick, Melbourne City
This globally recognised degree is celebrated in the fashion world as a creative incubator, challenging students to create innovative concepts and original fashion.
Apply theory to practice through hands-on studio learning
Focus on the balance between conceptual and industry-relevant fashion design as you research and develop an innovative fashion design practice.
Your career in the fashion industry
Graduates work in all aspects of the global fashion industry, with labels such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Viktor and Rolf, and Vivienne Westwood, or start their own independent labels.
Throughout this degree, you’ll focus on the balance between conceptual and industry-relevant fashion design through the research and development of your own original fashion design practice.
You’ll learn how to develop your practice through
- innovative fashion design
- advanced creative skills
- conceptual thinking
- critical analysis and practical expertise to support original fashion ideas
- depth of research for proposed design opportunities.
Through engaging studio-based projects you will gain a multi-layered global experience, working with academics and key industry figures on projects that push you to create high-level, explorative responses to fashion design opportunities. Experts from the Australian and international fashion industries share their knowledge with you, teaching courses or providing guest lectures.
Each year, students are selected to showcase in national and international awards and events including the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW), and some students are invited to show their collections at the prestigious London Graduate Fashion Week.
This degree proudly benchmarks itself against the best degrees from around the world, highlighting its global approach to fashion education.
With your classroom learning supported by unique studio experiences, you’ll be immersed in challenges that will help you develop innovative responses to fashion.
Engage with case studies, problem-based learning and reflective techniques such as keeping blogs and design journals.
Assessment involves learning by doing and includes reports, written reflection, practical assignments, research and experimental projects, portfolios, oral and visual presentations and peer or industry review.
You will work in state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilities on industry-standard machines and use the latest CAD programs.
In your fourth year of study, there are opportunities to participate in internships that support your design focus. These may be in Australia or overseas and can vary in duration, depending on your individual needs and circumstances.
In previous years RMIT students have taken internships at:
- Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui in New York
- Bless and Martin Grant in Paris
- Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith in the UK.
In Australia, students have interned with companies and labels including Dior, Viktor and Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Country Road, Romance Was Born, Akira, Collette Dinnigan, Calvin Klein Collection, Paul Smith, Toni Maticevski and Nobody Jeans.
This degree has partnerships with major bodies and industry events including:
- Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
- Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival
- AFW (Australian Fashion week)
- ITS (International Talent Support)
- IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes).
Partnerships like these allow you the opportunity to earn global recognition by participating in local and international competitions. Past students have been very successful in competitions including the:
- Melbourne Fashion Festival National Graduate Showcase
- Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards
- Australians in New York Fashion Foundation
- iD International Emerging Designer Awards in New Zealand
- International Student Competition in Wuhan, China
- Mittlemoda in Italy.
Students can apply for a university exchange during their studies. Exchanges may be available in London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of classes per week, combined with intensive self-directed extra study/research. You will also be expected to attend public lectures and events outside of coursework hours as part of your learning.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: BH103
*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments).
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.
To get a better understanding of admissions at RMIT, view our ATAR 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 senior secondary certificate of education (Year 12) or overseas equivalent.
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) or achieve an overall score of at least 155 in the STAT multiple choice.
- complete and submit the Fashion Design pre-selection kit.
- VTAC applicants must register and submit the selection kit here.
- All kits must be submitted by the dates noted below for each VTAC round:
- Early round (Non year 12 only): 27 September 2018
- Main round (All applicants): 2 November 2018
- All subsequent rounds (if places are available): 15 February 2019
- RMIT current or recent students please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your pre-selection kit will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- All kits must be submitted by 6 March 2019*
- *Kits will be assessed in the order they are received until this date unless places are filled prior.
- attend an interview (some applicants).
- If further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited via email to attend an interview.
- Interviews will be held in October (VTAC Early round) and November/December (VTAC main round).
- For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, interviews will be arranged after you have submitted your application.
- Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and will not be required to attend an interview. These applicants will receive an advisory email by mid November.
Advisory letters will be sent in late October (Early round) and mid December (Main round).
The selection task requires you to:
- briefly outline your career plans and explain how the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) will help you to achieve them (Maximum 100 words)
- outline how you believe your current skills and capabilities and/or past experience will support you in this fashion program (Maximum 100 words)
- identify a fashion designer/brand that inspires you and explain why (Maximum 100 words)
- submit a folio:
Your folio must comprise 6 - 10 images of your work demonstrating your interests and creative and conceptual thinking. It should reflect your design, problem solving and technical skills in some or all of the following:
- Research for design ideas
- Sketching, drawing
- Exploration of materials
- Exploration of methods of making design objects
Your folio should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished work. Please include work that shows how you document your ideas and creative thinking and any work that demonstrates your potential to follow a design process. You can include work from secondary school, previous study and personal or work-related design experience (including sketchbooks), and the work can come from a variety of discipline areas (e.g. fashion, design, art, photography).
Your folio should be a single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Under each image, please provide a brief explanation, including the purpose and background of the work (maximum 50 words). Please ensure to include the page number, and your full name and Application Number on each page.
Alternatively, you can provide a URL to your folio. Please provide the username and/or password (if applicable). All images must be contained and visible on one webpage. Provide a brief explanation for each image, including the purpose and background of the work (maximum 50 words).
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.
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.
Folio: Please supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio. The folio can include work from secondary school, previous study and personal or work-related design experience (including sketchbooks), and can come from a variety of discipline areas (e.g. garment construction, design, wearable art, illustrations, accessories, photography). You should include a statement with your folio which explains your work to help the Selection Officer understand the purpose and background.
Folios should be submitted electronically on a CD with files in PDF, JPEG, SWF, DCR or QuickTime format suitable to be read on Mac OSX or later, unless otherwise specified. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
Interview: You must present your folio at an assessment session (if you are living outside Melbourne, this can be conducted via email, phone or Skype).
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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Art and Design application tips
Brunswick, Melbourne City
Brunswick, Melbourne City
When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), you are guaranteed entry into the Master of Fashion (Design) with 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points).
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*.
* 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 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 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.