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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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TAFE NSW has a wide range of courses in textiles, manufacturing and technology, costume design, and fashion design. Depending on the specific course area you choose to study, you could learn a range of skills and knowledge like design fundamentals, creating costumes for theatre, film, and television, the historical and social evolution of fashion and costuming, creative design, business, supply, and merchandising, printing, technology, and much more.

TAFE NSW has a variety of textile courses to help you become a successful, well rounded, and qualified textile designer. Explore the courses on offer, or contact TAFE NSW to discover the ideal textile course for you.

If you are considering become a fashion designer, then you should know that TAFE NSW is one of the world’s best fashion design schools, with industry recognised qualifications that are known around the world.

With a TAFE NSW fashion and/or textiles qualification, you could pursue an exciting career like apparel cutter, textile designer, dressmaker, patternmaker, milliner, costume designer, fashion designer, fashion buyer, brand manager, business and fashion merchandiser, and many more.

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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.