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Create a career in the fashion industry

Is your passion for fashion?

Sydney TAFE offers a broad suite of award-winning fashion courses from fashion, costume and millinery design, through to product development and production. You could focus on textiles and printing, illustration or direct your studies towards the merchandising and business side of fashion.

From short courses and certificates through to advanced diplomas and a degree, Sydney TAFE courses will give you the hands-on practical training and in-depth knowledge to drive your career forward.

A career as a fashion designer

Have you always wanted to create your own look? As a fashion designer you’ll embody innovation and creativity. You’ll create new styles or adapt existing fashions. You’ll work through the entire process so those inspirations become creations.

Sydney TAFE has award-winning design courses to help you become a complete designer – from illustration to merchandising.

Study at one of our renowned premier design facilities: the Fashion Design Studio in Ultimo; or the St George School of Fashion.

A career in fashion development and technology

Working in applied fashion and technology blends the creative realm of fashion with the world of business and manufacturing.

Product merchandisers, developers, analysts and managers ensure designs come to life. From researching trends to pattern making and managing product lines, you’ll ensure designs are manufactured, fit budgets, hit stores and thrive as a range.

At Sydney TAFE you may undertake a placement in a fashion company to get you ready to produce and manage exciting new lines of fashion.

Your career in costume or millinery

A career in costume means combining fashion and the arts to bring characters to life on stage or screen. You’ll research scripts, interpret briefs, create costumes and fit performers.

Millinery allows you to get ahead in another side of fashion by designing hats and headgear. You may focus on working for a production company or start your own couture line.

Sydney TAFE’s courses in costume and millinery are a great way to explore hands-on training in simulated environments and start an exciting career.

Sydney TAFE and your fashion career

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your fashion career.

  • Leaving school? Programs and support services teach you workplace practices, attitudes and the foundation skills to launch your great career.
  • Launching your career? Fashion courses can help you build a marketable portfolio and showcase your work to find a great job.
  • Time for a change? Gain access to strong industry networks and build your new career in fashion or costume and millinery.

Create a pathway to the qualification you want

Create your own pathway from a certificate-level course all the way to degree at Sydney TAFE.

Some higher-level fashion and design courses offer credit transfer so you may be able to fast-track a degree, including credit towards Sydney TAFE’s Bachelor of Fashion Design.

If you are already working in the industry, Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life/work experience so you finish your qualification faster. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Sydney TAFE Bachelor of Fashion Design

Get the best preparation to become a creative professional in fashion. This new three-year program emphasises creative design practice and offers a diverse educational experience to assist you to manage your creativity within the constraints of the business environment.

This fashion design course has a global fashion business perspective. Students stay on top of fashion business trends. When you graduate you will have the knowledge and skills to work as an independent design professional or member of a design team.

Build new career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set through other programs, from a certificate or diploma in advertising or marketing to degree-level studies in design.

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas

  • Jewellery and Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Retail and Visual Merchandising