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TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio

With a list of alumni that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian fashion, the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio (FDS) in Ultimo is a “fashion school of excellence.” Consistently ranked in the top 20 fashion design schools worldwide*, FDS has over 60 years of creating fashion design excellence.

Not only is the FDS the only fashion school in Australia to secure a placement at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Australia (Australia’s premier fashion and lifestyle event showcasing Resort collections of Australia’s leading designer brands), but the Innovators Showcase – where the top seven FDS students show their creations – is treated by industry as one of the highlights of Fashion Week.

FDS also has established partnerships with International Design Institutes in India, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Sweden and the United States that allow final year students the opportunity to complete a fourth year overseas and gain an international degree.

No matter what area of fashion you want to be involved in – be it design, couture, tailoring, patternmaking and construction, styling or media – FDS gives you the skills, experience and exposure you need to be a cut above.

Jade Cosgrove,
*Fashionista, 2017

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Why TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio

Internationally celebrated

FDS is ranked in the top 20 fashion schools in the world by Fashionista

Industry exposure

FDS is the only school showcased at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week

Unmatched pedigree

FDS has over 60 years of teaching fashion excellence and launching careers

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  • 1 x Textile Printing Studio
  • 2 x Concept Studios
  • 2 x Illustration Studios
  • 1 x Digital Textile Studio


  • FDS Customer Service
  • The Muse Exhibition Space
  • International Student Co-ordinator
  • Student Counsellors

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Bachelor of Fashion Design

The Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three-year degree that prepares graduates for creative professional employment in the fashion industry. Read more >

With an aim to produce highly creative, work ready design professionals who can apply their knowledge and creativity across different roles in the fashion industry, this qualification blends theory with real world skills. The final year of the program is dedicated to the signature Graduate Collection, giving students the opportunity to manage design projects end to end. TAFE NSW Degrees are ranked No.2 for overall student satisfaction compared to all Australian universities.*

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Diploma of Fashion

The Diploma of Fashion is a Higher Education program that provides a broad appreciation for the fashion industry. It is delivered through foundational frameworks for creative practice, as well as the knowledge and skills for working in a junior design or design support role in the fashion industry, giving students the opportunity to expand their design capability, or to undertake subjects that will support employment in the fashion industry in roles such as textile print design, fashion business and buying, marketing and branding, and fashion merchandising.

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Certificate IV in Design

Focusing on fashion design, this course will build on the specific skills gained in the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, allowing you to undertake more advanced fashion design study. Read more >

This course offers a holistic delivery and comprises a major fashion design and branding project that incorporates a number of subjects. Students will look at market segments and positioning while developing market specific design concepts, and then presenting their brand proposal to an industry panel.

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Certificate IV in Design

This course targets Textile, Design and Printing, and is perfect for the creative who prints their own designs on base cloths for a variety of end uses, including the fashion and/or furnishing sectors. Read more >

This Certificate IV provides training in design skills for fabric print designers who also have some technical knowledge of the mechanics of printing fabrics. You’ll learn how to create and print innovative designs for fabrics using a range of design and fabric printing applications technology.

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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

This is an introductory fashion design course providing a pathway to further studies in Fashion Design at Certificate IV, and then Bachelor levels. Read more >

Gain fashion industry knowledge as well as foundation skills in fashion illustration, colour theory, technical production sketches and computer aided design specifics for fashion design.

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