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Specialise in the realisation and construction of costumes for theatre, film and television. You will study the historical and social context of the evolution of costume through independent research supported by a series of lectures and museum visits.

TAFE NSW fashion courses provides a diverse educational experience designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to manage your creativity as a designer within a business environment. Courses are delivered with a global fashion industry perspective; TAFE NSW fashion graduates include Dion Lee, Nicky Zimmermann, Romance was Born, Akira Isogawa and Alex Perry.

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Explore the various stages across the production supply chain continuum to allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development or fashion business and merchandising as well as generalist roles in clothing and production. Train in concept development, marketing, fashion buying, merchandising and supply chain management in the global fashion industry.

Create designs on base cloths for a variety of purposes including the fashion and or furnishing sectors. Learn how to create and print innovative designs for fabrics while you apply considerations of aesthetics and function, and use a range of design and fabric printing applications technology.

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From student to teacher to international success

By the end of [studying fashion design at TAFE NSW], I knew how to design a cohesive collection [and] how to communicate using computer assisted design – which has been really useful. It’s actually been the thing that’s allowed me to have a business and to grow it from home.

Kaylene Milner

Kaylene Milner has enjoyed an exciting and thrilling ride since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2011.

After launching her namesake label at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, she won the Fashion Future Scholarship to live and work in New York, gaining experience at legendary Diane Von Furstenberg design studio.

Kaylene then joined the Fashion Design Studio as a design teacher in 2013, and has since launched her cult brand “WAH-WAH,” and also won the 2017 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship.

Kaylene loved mentoring young designers as they launch their own brands. Now that her Aussie-made, wearable-art sweaters are so popular, she’s focusing on her business.

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If you live and breathe fashion, follow the latest runway trends, and curate your own sense of style – a career in fashion and textiles could be for you.

Whether you want to become a fashion designer, get into costume design for stage and screen, or become a buyer for a retail giant, a TAFE NSW course can help you get there.

Develop the skills to work in the industry and join TAFE NSW alumni like Alex Perry, Akira Isogawa, Nicky Zimmermann, Romance was Born, and Dion Lee, and become the next designer to take Australian Fashion Week by storm.

TAFE NSW has a range of fashion and textile courses to help you start a career, fill a skills gap, or take your expertise to the next level. 

Choose from courses in costume design, fashion design, fashion technology and merchandising, or textile design and printing to gain the skills you need to become a fashion designer, costume designer, stylist or merchandiser.

Study fashion design at TAFE NSW to learn about design, textiles, fabrics and fibres, garment construction, pattern making and cutting, fashion drawing, and merchandising.

Gain the design and creative skills you need to become a fashion designer, make and sell garments, design and produce textiles. You will learn computer assisted design (CAD) and how to use industry standard software like Adobe Creative Suite so you are employable as soon as you graduate.

The global fashion and textiles industry is massive, with a range of exciting careers to choose from. Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Fashion designer
  • Apparel designer
  • Costume designer
  • Textile designer
  • Fashion buyer
  • Stylist
  • Pattern maker
  • Wardrobe supervisor
  • Pattern cutter or grader
  • Textiles and fashion merchandiser

The fashion industry is competitive. While you don’t need a specific qualification to work in the fashion industry, it can help you break into the field and significantly expand your job opportunities.

You usually need a portfolio of work to show your abilities to prospective employers. The Certificate III in Fashion Design and Technology helps you to develop your professional portfolio as you learn the practical skills that will give you an edge over the competition.

Continue with a Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma for a comprehensive skill set that will help you become a successful fashion designer.

The Australian fashion industry is worth $21 billion. With fashion designers like Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski, Sass and Bide, Zimmerman, and Ellery, Australia has long been a fashion powerhouse.

Employers are looking for workers who have experience in business or marketing, as well as sustainable design principles and e-commerce, in addition to design skills.

TAFE NSW fashion and textile courses prepare you for work in the industry by teaching you the art of design and the practical business skills required to succeed.

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What job opportunities could a fashion or textiles course lead to?

Whether you're looking to start your career in fashion or want to gain more qualifications to add to your previous and current experience, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of Fashion and Textile courses at multiple levels to teach you the skills you need to thrive in the dynamic and global fashion and textiles industry. 

From design fundamentals and introductory courses to diplomas and certificates II, III and IV, our Fashion and Textile courses are crafted to offer hands-on experience and further develop your creative skill set.

The average weekly salary for a fashion designer is $1,264. Our courses can also prepare you for a number of other similar income opportunities, such as:

  • Apparel designer
  • Costume designer
  • Fashion buyer
  • Stylist
  • Textile designer and patternmaker
  • Wardrobe supervisor

Our course areas cover:

Costume making
Use your strong visualisation skills to delve into the realisation and construction of costumes for theatre, film and television.

Fashion Design
Crafted to give you the skills and knowledge you need to manage your fine eye for detail and creativity as a designer within a business environment. 

Fashion Technology and Merchandising 
Learn about the stages across product development, production supply chain, concept development and fashion marketing.

Textile Design
Learn to create innovative and practical designs for the fashion and furnishing sectors, using a range of design and fabric printing application technologies.