Offering Info

Bachelor of Fashion Design

  • TAFE NSW code: HE20506V01-20ULT-101

Location – Ultimo

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

17 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



3 Years

  • Fee Help available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The Bachelor of Fashion Design at the Fashion Design Studio (FDS) is a three year degree that prepares graduates for creative employment in the fashion industry in Australia and overseas. The degree aims to produce highly creative, work ready design professionals who can apply their knowledge and creative ability across different work contexts and roles in the fashion industry.

Students gain specific knowledge in design, fashion principles, illustration, visual communication, fashion production techniques and professional practice. Graduates will be equipped to manage the design and development process from concept to realisation. While the program emphasises creative design practice, it aims to produce graduates with broad knowledge and skills in fashion design, as well as specialist knowledge in a specific area or field.

Further information about this course is available on the TAFE NSW Degrees website

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission: - a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent OR - a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate OR - a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above OR - the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

Applicants who are invited to attend a pre-admission interview will be required to provide the following additional information to support their application for entry to this program: - sit a design test - submit a 500 word essay, and - submit a portfolio of design and art work. The portfolio will require you to showcase 8 - 12 examples of art/design related work that demonstrate your creative talent.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Contact the course coordinator for details of evidence that you should attach to your application.

International applicants must meet proof of eligibility and course entry requirements. In addition, international applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum IELTS level of 6.5 with a minimum level of 6 in any one band. Further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

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If you would like further information regarding the Bachelor of Fashion Design, its content, applications and enrolment processes please attend one of the following sessions at Ultimo College, Harris St Utlimo, Building E, Level 2, Room E2.08.

Saturday 31 August 2019, 10:00am to 2:00pm, FDS information session and facility tour,
Wednesday 30 October 2019, 6:00pm to 7:00pm,
Wednesday 13 November 2019 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

For further information about this course and to find out how to apply, contact the course coordinator
Andrea Cainero or send an email to


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As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

Each semester you will undertake 40 credit points of study. You will attend approximately 16-20 hours of tuition a week over 6 semesters (3 years) with the expectation that you complete 20-24 hours of independent study per week.

Fees are calculated at $2,100.00 per 10 credit point subject and $1,050 per 5 credit point subject. Students must successfully complete 28 subjects to obtain this qualification. TAFE NSW Higher Education tuition fees are subject to change.

Fees are calculated each semester on a per subject basis. See the TAFE NSW Higher Education Tuition Fees Schedule for details.

FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help students pay their tuition fees. Find out more Study Assist website

International student tuition fees are subject to the TAFE NSW Australia course fee structure. Further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

Entry into the Bachelor of Fashion Design is by application. You can download an application form at

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Core Units
Number Title
FDDES101A Fashion design foundations
FDDES102A Applied colour theory
FDVIS102A Digital visualisation
FDVIS101A Fashion illustration1
FDREA101A Fashion realisation 1
FDTEX101A Fashion textiles
FDVIS103A Fashion illustration 2
FDREA102A Fashion realisation 2
FDCUL101A Fashion design and culture
FDDES103A Fashion design processes

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Graduates will develop the skills to work as an independent design professional or member of a design team including fashion designer, design assistant, product developer, production manager, fashion stylist, textile designer and fashion illustrator.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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