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.
This practical, hands-on, studio-based program gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-connected instructors to undertake project briefs.
You will start your journey in the Certificate IV and upon successful completion continue in the Diploma. In the Certificate IV you will develop skills in drawing, painting and illustration, design and concept development and textile history and contemporary practice. You’ll present your concepts using computer-aided design techniques.
In the diploma stage of the program you will develop sophisticated skills and expertise in colour, drawing, design and computing, enabling you to plan, develop and produce screen-printed, machine-knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications.
You will create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.
With a focus on industry-based projects you’ll work with major and independent Australian and international companies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in developing a collection of textiles to technical and market specifications.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Certificate IV: 1 year full-time
Diploma: 1 year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification, the Diploma.
1 year full-time - apply via VTAC
For local students only: 3 years part-time - apply direct
The Certificate IV part-time options is offered 2 nights a week from 6 pm to 9 pm and 6 scheduled Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
1 year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Diploma)
This program offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight and experience into the global textiles workplace.
In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study with globally connected and industry-experienced teachers.
You will interact with key people from the Australian and international textiles industry, undertake hands-on work with fabrics and textiles, and explore traditional skills, new technologies and computer systems.
Learning will take place in art studios and teaching facilities that include screen and digital print studios and weave and knit workshops. You will learn through practical hands-on studio time, lectures, workshops, presentation and group discussions, and use computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
You will be assessed throughout each semester via design folios, textile samples, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All programs are delivered in English.
In the certificate IV you’ll learn the skills and knowledge required to design textiles in a professional environment. On completion, you can continue to diploma level where you will undertake a range of industry briefs that provide real-world work experience.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As a textile designer, you will create designs for knitted, woven and printed fabrics or textile products for a range of contexts, including fashion, interiors, homewares, craft and other commercial applications.
You can also work with graphics, packaging, greetings cards, ceramics, wrapping and wallpaper.
Graduates can work as:
- textile design assistants
- knitters, weavers and screen printers
- fabric wholesalers
- studio assistants in design consultancies, screen printing companies and textile manufacturing companies producing woven and knitted fabrics.
You may also find work in other associated areas, such as:
- fabric importing and distribution
- design education and community arts
- department store fabric buying
- sustainable design.
Typical work activities may include:
- liaising with clients to plan and develop original designs
- interpreting client ideas by producing sketches, mocked-up designs and samples for presentation to customers
- assessing production standards
- experimenting with colour, fabric, fibres and texture
- maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology
- meeting industry specifications
- working to a design brief and timeline.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is recognised and supported by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Training Accreditation Board.
Textile design is a specialised form of industrial design (ANZSCO 232312).
You can study overseas for one or two semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Develop skills in print, knit and weave through hands-on studios.
Create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.