Bachelor of Fashion Design
Fashion Design course details
Course description and aims
The FDS Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three year design 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 various work contexts and in various fashion roles. Graduates will have knowledge of the whole fashion value chain and be equipped to manage the design development process from concept generation to realisation. Specifically, students will develop a range of skills and gain specific knowledge in design; fashion principles;
illustration; visual communication; fashion production techniques; and professional practice.
Whilst the emphasis of the program is on creative design practice, the program aims to produce graduates with broad knowledge and skills in fashion design as well as specialist knowledge in a specific area/field of fashion design. This is
achieved through a detailed education in design theory and practice supported by comprehensive coverage of the relevant technical skills and related professional knowledge. This comprehensive education is augmented by two formal internships and the inclusion of elective specialist streams
The specialisations commence at Level 200 with students exploring two elective areas before further specialising in one at Level 300. This specialisation informs much of the self-directed study at Level 300 which culminates in an
original 'Fashion Collection'. Through this collection students explore and extend the design and construction capabilities within the specialisation. Development and realisation of the collection provides students with both
specialist knowledge and a body of work, giving them a competitive employment advantage on graduating.
Course outcomes and careers
This course provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in a number of fashion design related roles including Fashion Designer, Design Assistant, Product Developer, Production Manager, Fashion Stylist, Textile Designer,
Credit transfer is offered from selected units in the Diploma of Fashion Design (TAFE NSW course number 19214) and the Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design (TAFE NSW course number 19215).
The FDS Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three year professional degree that
prepares graduates for creative employment in the fashion industry, both in
Australia and internationally.
The program emphasises creative design practice and offers a diverse educational
experience designed to assist students manage their creativity within the
constraints of the business environment. The program has a strongly applied
focus and equips graduates for undertaking specific design related activities
as well as managing fashion design development from concept through to
The degree has been developed to produce highly creative, work ready design
professionals. This is achieved through a detailed education in fashion and
design theory supported by comprehensive coverage of the relevant technical
skills and related professional knowledge which is all augmented by formal
internships at level 200 and 300. The program moves from foundational study at
level 100 to design development and study of fashion within commercial contexts
and across fashion specialisations in level 200. At level 300 the focus is on
design synthesis and the student developing their own unique design signature
and specialist capability.
The program is designed to produce graduates with broad knowledge and skills in
fashion design as well as specialist knowledge in a specific area of fashion
design. The elective specialisation informs much of the self-directed study at
level 300 which culminates in the realisation of an original fashion
Through the completion of the three year program students will develop a range
of skills and gain specific knowledge in design; illustration and communication;
fashion production; and professional practice.
The portfolio of knowledge and skills gained through completion of the program
will equip graduates for working in a number of Fashion Design related roles
such as Fashion Designer; Design Assistant; Product Develope
Minimum Eligibility 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.
- a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate;
- a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above;
- the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements the following specific entry requirements apply to entry to this program. All applicants are required to:
- submit a 500 word essay, and
- submit a portfolio of design and art work, and
- attend an interview.
The application form for admission into this course will specify the essay question you need to answer.
8 - 12 examples of design or art work that demonstrate your creative talent, work in a related area and/or your ability to apply your creative talent to produce original fashion concepts.
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. Talk to admissions staff at the campus you wish to study at if you wish to apply for special admission.
In addition to proof of eligibility and course specific entry requirements, international student applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed their secondary education in English or who have not completed an Australian educational qualification must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum IELTS level of 6.5, with a minimum level of 6 in any one band.
Enrol at any location
You can download a Course Information Brochure which outlines the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course at: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/tafe-nsw-degrees/choose-a-degree/bachelor-of-fashion-design
For further information about this course, and to find out how to apply, contact the course coordinator Sophie Drysdale (02) 92175533 or send an email to FDSDegree.Sydney@tafensw.edu.au
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.
Entry into the Bachelor of Fashion Design is by application. You can download an application form at https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/tafe-nsw-degrees/applying-and-fees
For further information about this course and to find out how to apply, contact the course coordinator Sophie Drysdale (02) 9217 5533 or send an email to FDSDegree.Sydney@tafensw.edu.au
Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.
Wednesday 9 November at 6.00pm, Ultimo College, Building E, Level 2, Room E2.08, Harris St Utlimo.
Fees are calculated at $2,050.00 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.
International student tuition fees are subject to the TAFE NSW Australia course fee structure. Please check the information available at http://www.studyintafe.edu.au/study/tafefor details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.
FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help students pay their course fees.
Find out more: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fee-help
You can seek independent financial advice before applying for a FEE-HELP loan. As with any loan contract, FEE-HELP loans may affect your credit rating.
Some subjects may require the purchase of additional resources.
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|Number||Subject name||Nominal hours|
|FDDES102A||Applied colour theory||24|
|FDCUL101A||Fashion design and culture||48|
|FDDES101A||Fashion design foundations||36|
|FDDES103A||Fashion design processes||60|
|FDVIS103A||Fashion illustration 2||60|
|FDREA101A||Fashion realisation 1||60|
|FDREA102A||Fashion realisation 2||60|