Bachelor of Textiles (Design) (Honours)
DurationFull-time 1 year
DurationFull-time 1 year
AU$37,440 (2021 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
This honours degree offers you the opportunity to advance your design process, develop independent practice, and deepen your specialisation in textile design industries.
You will research and examine your design practice within the context of critical, engaged and contemporary textiles systems, and related disciplines. You will expand and explore your key design skills, techniques, materials and expressions to advance your design practice for targeted contexts.
This course is designed as part of the Advanced Fashion and Textiles Design Studios, where you will be immersed in creatively challenging and engaging contemporary practice.
As a graduate, you will be able to demonstrate design strategies that reflect contemporary practice, emerging markets and economies, and materially-led design across and outside the textile and fashion design discipline. This advanced knowledge will deepen your portfolio, and set you up for professional design and design-related roles in industry.
The course utilises research-enabled subjects and strategies to tap into emergent discipline areas, and offers specific pathways through a project-led model and independently-designed projects in specific industry contexts.
You will work with international practitioners and industry experts, providing you with key practice experience. This may include their participation in the review of your design practice, collaboration on course-wide projects, delivery of custom masterclasses, and enhancing your learning experience, as well as direct collaboration with you for specific projects, assessments, events and activities that contextualise your practice in industry.
You will work closely with staff who will guide you through advanced studio practice, bookmarked by assessments that link to emerging contexts, markets and research practice. You can expect to attend open studio critiques, tutorials, guest presentations, workshops and events to support and enhance your learning experience.
You will become confident in self-directed research, experimentation, construction, prototyping and presentation in a variety of media.
This course will enable you to articulate your position within the community of textile practice, and deepen your understanding of its social and cultural context.
Academics within the School of Fashion and Textiles are industry practitioners in many different areas of the discipline, and ensure the course maintains strong links with contemporary fashion design industries and communities. In addition, we collaborate with industry and community in a range of activities, including partnered projects, placements, virtual studios and case studies to ensure you are immersed in current industry professional practices, techniques and strategies.
Recent industry partners include:
- State Library of Victoria
- Signature Carpets
- Design to Print
- Linen House
- Maxwell & Williams
- The Country Road Group
- Nikel & Sole
- Cotton On
As a part of this degree students will engage with international practitioners through guest lectures, tutorials and discussion groups.
This degree also supports students to undertake relevant short-term mobility activity during their Honours study available through RMIT’s Global Mobility.
In your first semester, you will complete two core foundational subjects, and one Fashion and Textiles elective.
In your second semester, you will undertake two core subjects: a design project which will link in with a research project.
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Program code: BH124
Graduates from this course occupy significant positions in various roles in creative industries in Australia and internationally.
This qualification can lead to careers including:
- textile and digital textile designer and artist
- materials, knitwear and print designer
- product designer
- colour and trim designer for automotive
- colour and trend forecasting
- freelance designer
- stationary designer
- carpet and rug, surface, upholstery fabric, and wallpaper designer
You must have successfully completed a three year Australian Bachelor Degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in Textile Design or equivalent with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0) (check 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.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with Higher Education study
Successful completion of a three-year Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in Textile Design or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.
- complete and submit the Textiles (Design) (Honours) selection task by no later than 26 February 2021. Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until this date, if places are still available. For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- 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. Some applicants will be selected based on their selection task and will not be required to attend an interview.
The selection task requires:
- a personal statement outlining how you believe your current skills and capabilities and / or past experience will support you in this textile design honours program. (Maximum 250 words)
- a folio. Your folio should:
- reflect how you have engaged in the conceptual, creative and applied process of textile design appropriate to your background, and
- express your design and research interests
You may include examples from previous study, personal or industry design experience. Please upload your folio as a single PDF consisting of no more than 10 images (maximum file size 10MB). Under each image provide a brief explanation, including the purpose and background of the work (maximum 50 words). Please include the page number, your full name and Application Number on each page. Alternatively, you can provide a URL to your folio (please provide the 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).
Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 80kb) along with your application.
Applicants who are short-listed may be required to present their folio to a selection panel. This can be conducted in person or via telephone/video call.
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.
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.
2021 indicative fees
In 2021, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,950 to AU$14,500*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- 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.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
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?
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 commencing their program in 2021. 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 2021 for commencing students
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2021
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture
|$3,950 per standard year
$493 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
$7,950 per standard year
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$11,300 per standard year
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture
$14,500 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 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.
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 2021 is $313.
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.
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