Bachelor of Fashion Design

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Mon 19 Feb 2018
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    Course description and aims

    The Bachelor of Fashion Design at the Fashion Design Studio (FDS) is a three year degree that prepares graduates for creative employment in the fashion industry in Australia and overseas. The degree aims to produce highly creative, work ready design professionals who can apply their knowledge and creative ability across different work contexts and roles in the fashion industry.

    Students gain specific knowledge in design, fashion principles, illustration, visual communication, fashion production techniques and professional practice. Graduates will be equipped to manage the design and development process from concept to realisation.

    While the program emphasises creative design practice, it aims to produce graduates with broad knowledge and skills in fashion design, as well as specialist knowledge in a specific area or field.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Graduates will develop the skills to work as an independent design professional or member of a design team including fashion designer, design assistant, product developer, production manager, fashion stylist, textile designer and fashion illustrator.


    You can apply for credit from selected units in this course if you have previously completed related studies (eg: Diploma of Fashion Design or Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design.

    Entry requirements

    Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission:
    - a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent OR
    - a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate OR
    - a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above OR
    - the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

    Applicants who are invited to attend a pre-admission interview will be required to provide the following additional information to support their application for entry to this program:
    - sit a design test
    - submit a 500 word essay, and
    - submit a portfolio of design and art work. The portfolio will require you to showcase 8 - 12 examples of art/design related work that demonstrate your creative talent.

    If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Contact the course coordinator for details of evidence that you should attach to your application.

    International applicants must meet proof of eligibility and course entry requirements. In addition, international applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum IELTS level of 6.5 with a minimum level of 6 in any one band. Further information for international students can be found at:

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    Full Time
    Course type:
    Bachelor of Fashion Design
    Course start:
    Mon 19 Feb 2018
    Course duration:
    3 Years
    16 Hours per week
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    About offering:

    You can download a Course Information Brochure which outlines the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course at:

    If you have any queries about your application or enrolment into this course contact Fashion Design Customer Service on (02) 9217 5534 or send an email to

    Indicative timetable:

    Each semester you will undertake 40 credit points of study. You will attend approximately 16-20 hours of tuition a week over 6 semesters (3 years) with the expectation that you complete 20-24 hours of independent study per week.

    How to enrol or apply:

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    Fee information:

    Fees are calculated at $2,050 per 10 credit point subject and $1,025 per 5 credit point subject. Students must successfully complete 28 subjects to obtain this qualification. TAFE NSW Higher Education tuition fees are subject to change.

    FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help students pay their course fees. Find out more:

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    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International student tuition fees are subject to the TAFE NSW Australia course fee structure. Please check the information available at for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

    Other Information:

    You can download a Course Information Brochure which outlines the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course at: you have any queries about your application or enrolment into this course contact


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    FDDES102AApplied colour theory24
    FDVIS102ADigital visualisation36
    FDCUL101AFashion design and culture48
    FDDES101AFashion design foundations36
    FDDES103AFashion design processes60
    FDVIS103AFashion illustration 260
    FDVIS101AFashion illustration160
    FDREA101AFashion realisation 160
    FDREA102AFashion realisation 260
    FDTEX101AFashion textiles24



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