DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 1 year
AU$20,000 (2022 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
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 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.
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 study and work 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.
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1 year full-time; this Program is offered at a February and July start
1 year full-time
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Program code: C5401
National curriculum code: 10871NAT
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.
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.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification).
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
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.
Semester 2, 2022
You must complete and submit the Diploma of Fashion Styling selection task.
All selection tasks must be submitted by 6 July 2022. 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.
The selection task includes:
- 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).
- 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
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.
- Provide a URL to your folio (please provide password if applicable). All images must be contained and visible on one webpage.
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)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 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.
This course offers pathway into further study at RMIT.
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 and helping you get the degree you want.
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.
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.
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$6,500* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$11,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
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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.
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- 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.
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