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Bachelor of Fashion Design

Q: Where do successful fashion designers study? 

Follow in the footsteps of industry leaders like Akiro Isogawa, Nicky Zimmerman, Alex Perry and Dion Lee.

The Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three year professional degree offered at the Fashion Design Studio (FDS) at Ultimo in Sydney. In 2015 FDS was named the top fashion school in Australia by Fashionista magazine and in the top 50 fashion schools in the world. Since it was established in 1955, FDS has produced a large number of well-known and highly acclaimed fashion designers. FDS continues to produce graduates with highly developed creative and technical skills, as well as teaching students the necessary business skills to help them to achieve their career aspirations.

Design Institute of Australia - Recognised Course

This is a Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Recognised course which means you can be assured it meets industry standards. Students and graduates are automatically eligible to be DIA members. Read more about why people choose the TAFE Bachelor of Fashion Design.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20506

Location: Ultimo

Duration: 3 years full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students must complete 28 subjects, a mix of core and electives. Students must achieve a total of 240 credit points to complete this course. Most subjects are worth 10 credit points, but some are worth 5 credit points.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Bachelor of Fashion Design is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The degree focusses on the individuality of students, and allows you to explore your own creativity, and to draw on various design disciplines to develop your own signature style. You will be able to choose from electives in second and third year to enable you to develop specialist skills. An industry internship in third year and participation in student parades allows you to experience the full fashion cycle from design sketch to runway show.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to submit additional information with your application, including a portfolio of art work to demonstrate your creative talent. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry into this course, and where there are more applicants than study places available, will be used to rank your application.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2 : If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to practical exercises, concept realisation, portfolios, journals, essays, reports, written assignments and presentations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Fashion Design. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $2,050 per 10 credit point subject and $1,025 per 5 credit point subject (a total of $49,200 for the full bachelor degree*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE NSW International website.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information and the current course fee for international students go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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