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3 Years


The Bachelor of Fashion Design is a three-year professional degree which will prepare you to work as a creative in the global fashion industry. You'll fine-tune your craft at the Fashion Design Studio in Ultimo, Sydney and gain the skills needed to work as a fashion manager, design manager, fashion merchandiser, fashion buyer, stylist and more.

This degree aims to identify and nurture your individual design aesthetic and fashion interest. You will learn through a global fashion business lens, drawing on our international links to ensure your learning is aligned with current trends.

You will have the exciting opportunity to participate in the industry, preparing you to enter the fashion design world with confidence and establish your professional networks. In your final year, you will create and present a collection of work at our graduate showcase and have a professional portfolio to show prospective employers. Graduates can apply for the Vanguard Education Fund, a mentorship scheme established by Net-a-Porter and the British Fashion Council.

Learning Outcomes:
Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Create and bring to life design concepts through pattern-making and garment construction
  • Produce fashion illustrations using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Understand and implement sustainable strategies for creative fashion design
  • Apply industry-standard techniques, methods, and standards into your design processes
  • Communicate to customers through digital branding
  • Observe and understand the elements of technical production
  • Integrate the latest 3D creative fashion technology, CLO 3D, into your design and realisation work

Course Outcomes:
Develop professional skills for your career:

  • Graduate with a bachelor's degree
  • A comprehensive fashion portfolio of your designs that is presented to industry at our graduate showcase
  • Professional networking opportunities through work placement/ industry internships
  • The ability to manage fashion design projects from the original concept through to the runway show
  • Experience in creating your own business plan, branding 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
  • The opportunity to be selected to showcase your designs at Australian Fashion Week

Professional Experience Work Placement/Internship

  • Work placement/ Internships provide you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement/Internships strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace. Work placement is a valuable part of your course.
  • During your course, you'll undertake 150 hours of mandatory work placement/internship.
  • TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.


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When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 or equivalent

Additional Requirement:
  • Portfolio of 8-12 examples of art/design related work
  • Submission of Portfolio, design or written task. Download document


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb A$67,680
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb A$67,680


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Year 1
  • FDDES104A - Design foundations for fashion
  • FDCUL102A - Fashion and culture 1
  • FDDES105A - Fashion Documentation
  • FDREA101A - Fashion realisation 1
  • FDVIS103A - Fashion illustration 2
  • FDREA102A - Fashion realisation 2
  • FDDES103A - Fashion design processes
  • FDVIS101A - Fashion illustration1
  • Year 2
  • FDPFL203A - Professional practice 1
  • FDDES203A - Design and specialty markets
  • FDCUL201A - Fashion and culture 2
  • FDTEX203A - Digital Textile Design
  • FDVIS201A - Fashion illustration 3
  • FDREA201A - Fashion realisation 3
  • FDREA202A - Fashion realisation 4
  • FDVIS202A - Fashion illustration 4
  • Year 3
  • FDVIS301A - Digital brand communication
  • FDREA301A - Fashion realisation 5
  • FDDES304A - Major project concept proposal
  • FDPFL303A - Professional practice 2
  • FDDES305A - Major project concept realisation
  • Year 2
  • FDDES204A - Fashion research project 1
  • FDTEX202A - Fashion textile studio 1
  • FDPFL202A - Fashion branding strategies 1
  • FDMEN201A - Menswear studio 1
  • FDCOU201A - Couture studio 1
  • FDTLR201A - Tailoring studio 1
  • Year 3
  • FDTEX301A - Fashion textile studio 2
  • FDMEN301A - Menswear studio 2
  • FDPFL301A - Fashion branding strategies 2
  • FDTLR301A - Tailoring studio 2
  • FDDES306A - Fashion research project 2
  • FDCOU301A - Couture studio 2


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.