Diploma of Fashion Styling

Diploma of Fashion Styling - 10871NAT

VOCATIONAL

Make your mark globally in the fashion industry with the only nationally-accredited fashion styling diploma in Australia.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

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Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 5.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$20,500 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Brunswick

Overview

Have you always wanted to work in fashion? Do you have a flair for the creative? Become a global influential force by learning new skills to assist you in making an impact in the global fashion industry.

You’ll work to real and simulated industry briefs and learn how to provide an individual or business with creative styling solutions for areas such as personal styling, image consultancy, social media content, fashion editorial or styling for television. 

Using a combination of RMIT’s state-of-the-art studios and virtual learning spaces and guided by real practitioners with strong connections to industry, you will learn the skills and knowledge to set up your own consulting business, work for a company or simply continue exploring other areas of fashion. 

To be industry-ready for a successful career in fashion styling, you will:

  • build your knowledge of body shape, colour and personality
  • gain an understanding of marketing and consumer behaviour
  • develop the skills required to establish a freelance business  
  • learn to create and execute photoshoots for fashion 
  • be able to identify current local and global fashion trends
  • have the skills to create, plan and manage an event 
  • develop technical knowledge including photography, sewing and IT
  • build networks within the fashion industry.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

This diploma offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches to give you direct insights and experience in the global fashion workplace.

You will develop the knowledge to perform the duties and tasks in a range of different disciplines associated with fashion styling. Similarly, you will acquire practical skills such as basic sewing, photography, and computer aided design.

Classes are interactive and provide you with the opportunity to discuss ideas and practice new skills. Some of the activities include:

  • styling merchandise for digital media and e-commerce
  • styling for fashion editorial photoshoots
  • developing concepts and managing the implementation of fashion events
  • creating content for social media
  • consulting for personal styling
  • basic camera skills
  • fundamental sewing skills.

You will learn and be assessed through independent and group work, presentations, workshops, and blended learning. Some assessment activities include case studies and formal presentations to groups, including fashion industry representatives.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • be involved in running a fashion event or runway show.
  • work with a fashion stylist on industry-based projects.
  • gain on-the-job training with a fashion stylist or styling related company for a minimum of 40 hours.

In your studies you will participate in industry styling events and fashion styling opportunities including trade and fashion shows and guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to meet designers, fashion stylists, brand and marketing specialists, event planners, either at RMIT events or during excursions.

RMIT Fashion and Textiles can provide you with global opportunities to study overseas through study tours to Asia, United States of American and European cities.

RMIT’s Global opportunities supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

While studying this diploma, you will be expected to attend 22 hours per week of classes and undertake approximately 14 hours of extra study and research weekly.

There are often concentrated periods of self-directed study, research and out-of-class work when assessments are due.

Class sizes are approximately 21 students.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

As a student in this diploma, you will complete twenty-three core subjects, and two electives. 

Topics you'll cover include building and maintaining business relationsips, styling fashion for media, negotiating and refining design briefs, developing and executing event management plans, analysing influences on contemporary fasion designs, researching global design trends, leading and managing teams and projects, and more.

Course structure

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

Diploma of Fashion Styling
Program code: C5401
National curriculum code: 10871NAT

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Diploma of Fashion Styling
Brunswick Campus
1 year full-time; this Program is offered at a February and July start
C5401
105217K
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
1 year full-time; this Program is offered at a February and July start
Plan code
C5401
CRICOS
105217K
Diploma of Fashion Styling
Brunswick Campus
1 year full-time
C5401
105217K
Location
Brunswick Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
C5401
CRICOS
105217K

VTAC Code

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

  • Plan C5401 - 3200110164

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

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

Career

Graduates of the Diploma of Fashion styling have the capability to work in a range of jobs in the fashion and fashion styling industry including:

  • personal stylist or image consultant
  • editorial, catalogue or commercial fashion stylist
  • wardrobe stylist for film or TV
  • fashion show and event stylist
  • fashion and style blogger
  • social media fashion stylist
  • fashion retail stylist
  • creative specialist
  • fashion brand stylist.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Design

OR

Complete and submit the Selection Task.

NOTE: Applicants who have completed the Certificate IV in Design are not required to complete the Selection Task.

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

Semester 1, 2023

You must complete and submit the Diploma of Fashion Styling selection task.

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.

Selection task dates

Selection task dates for VTAC applicants

If you are applying via VTAC, you must complete and submit the selection task by the following dates:

VTAC applicants Register and submit the selection task by
Early round (Non year 12 only) 28 October 2022
Main round (All applicants) 2 December 2022
All subsequent rounds (if places are available) 16 December 2022
Selection task dates for direct applicants

If you are applying direct to RMIT, 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 3 February 2023

The selection task requires:

Applicant statement
  • An applicant statement describing your reasons for applying for the course and outlining how you believe your current skills and capabilities, and/or past experience will support you in this fashion styling program.  (Maximum 250 words).
  • Provide a statement on how you have used one of your skills on a project you have completed. (Maximum 100 words).
Folio

Submit a folio comprising of 6 to 10 images of your work that demonstrates your interest in fashion styling and/or design interests. It should reflect your styling/design, problem-solving and research skills in some or all of the following:

  • Arranged or styled flat-lay
  • Outfit of the day suggestions
  • Creative use of colour or texture
  • Visual storytelling
  • Fashion trends
  • Design and make

You can include work from secondary school, previous study and personal or work-related design experience. The work can come from a variety of discipline areas (e.g. fashion pieces, accessories, design, wearable art, illustrations, photography) and/or digital profiles (e.g. social media accounts - Instagram, Pinterest, blogger pages).

Under each image, please provide a brief explanation describing the work, your exploration process and the outcome (maximum 50 words).

Your selection task will be assessed using the following selection criteria:

  • Evidence of development and finished work
  • Ability to provide context for your work
  • Previous knowledge, skills and/or experience
Submissions instructions

Upload your folio as:

  • A single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Please ensure to include the page number, and your full name and application number on each page.

OR

  • Provide a URL to your folio (please provide password if applicable). All images must be contained and visible on one webpage.

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 equivalent senior secondary school qualification) (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.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

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

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 145kb) along with your application.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 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) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. 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.

You are guaranteed entry to the Diploma of Fashion Styling when you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Design.

Alternatively, you can gain entry to this diploma 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.

You are guaranteed entry into the following programs when you successfully complete the Diploma of Fashion Styling:

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry to other RMIT vocational study or undergraduate programs.

Fees

2023 fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$7,000* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$12,500* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*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.

  • 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

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and 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.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

How does a VET Student Loan work?

If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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 see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

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

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$20,500.

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)

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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.