Course code: HE20506V02

Bachelor of Fashion Design

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Overview About this course

The Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three-year career focused qualification that prepares you to work as a creative professional in the global fashion industry. You’ll refine your craft at the Fashion Design Studio, a leading force in the Australian Fashion industry since 1955. This degree aims to identify and nurture your individual design aesthetic and fashion interest, and to equip you for sustained creative fashion design practice. You are taught through a global fashion business lens, and we draw on our international links to ensure your learning is aligned with current trends. You’ll participate in two work placements and be ready to enter the design world with confidence and establish your professional networks. In your third year, you’ll create and present your collection and graduate with a portfolio of realised work. Graduate as a highly creative, work ready fashion designer with the skills to work as an independent design professional or as a member of a collaborative design team.

Course Duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Confidently use CAD and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Create design and fashion illustrations

  • Understand textile fibres and fabrics and manipulate textiles to drape and shape

  • Realise design concepts through pattern making and garment construction

  • Observe and understand the elements of technical production

  • Appreciate the business of local and global fashion

  • Communicate through digital branding

  • Apply and embed professional design practice

  • Become an innovative designer

  • Discover your elective subject choices including the art of couture, specialist menswear, bespoke tailoring and advanced techniques

  • Understand and implement sustainable strategies for creative design solutions

  • Integrate the latest 3D creative fashion technology, CLO 3D, into your design and realisation work

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with a Bachelor Degree

  • A comprehensive fashion portfolio of your realised designs that is presented to industry at our graduate showcase

  • Experience professional networking opportunities through 2 industry internships and showcase at Australian Fashion Week if your designs are selected

  • The ability to manage fashion design projects from original concept through to the runway show

  • Membership of an impressive alumni community that has shaped the face of Australian fashion

  • Experience in creating your own business plan, branding collateral and building a promotional platform to communicate your brand

  • A deep understanding of ethical, social and environmental sustainability through your research and practical design projects

  • Real world experience with internal peer review and insight from industry experts

  • The opportunity to showcase your designs at Australian Fashion Week

  • The opportunity to apply for the Vanguard Education Fund, a mentorship scheme established by Net-a-Porter and the British Fashion Council designed to help final-year BA students gain a foothold in the fashion industry

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript

You must also:

  • Submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your creative talent. This must include 12 examples of your original fashion design ideas. (Copies of original work only, A3 maximum size)

  • Submit an essay comparing the work of two prominent designers that have inspired you to become a fashion designer. This should describe the similarities and differences between the two designers’ works and why their designs resonate with you. (550 word maximum)

  • Attend a pre-admission interview. You should bring your portfolio to this interview


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong sense of design and innovation

  • An interest or skills in fashion design

  • A strong work ethic

  • Excellent time management skills

  • A desire to succeed in a creative industry

  • The ability to purchase textiles and materials to complete learning and assessment tasks

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Fashion Designer

Fashion Designers plan, design and develop clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    2,000 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    37 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    46 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    87% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: costume designer, product developer, pattern cutter, stylist, fashion illustrators, textile print designers and garment technicians.

Study pathways

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The Bachelor of Fashion Design does not have any post-graduate courses.

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The Bachelor of Fashion Design does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 21 core subjects and 3 elective subjects

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

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      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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      • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

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