Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development 


  • Program code: C4218
  • C5213, Diploma of Textile Design and Development

  • Campus: City campus
  • National curriculum code: LMT41107

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Information for international applicants

This practical, hands-on, studio-based program gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-connected instructors to undertake project briefs.

You will start your journey in the Certificate IV and upon successful completion continue in the Diploma. In the Certificate IV you will develop skills in drawing, painting and illustration, design and concept development and textile history and contemporary practice. You’ll present your concepts using computer-aided design techniques.

In the diploma stage of the program you will develop sophisticated skills and expertise in colour, drawing, design and computing, enabling you to plan, develop and produce screen-printed, machine-knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications.

You will create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.

With a focus on industry-based projects you’ll work with major and independent Australian and international companies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in developing a collection of textiles to technical and market specifications.

Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Diploma).


Certificate IV

1 year full-time - apply via VTAC

For local students only: 3 years part-time - apply direct
The Certificate IV part-time options is offered 2 nights a week from 6 pm to 9 pm and 6 scheduled Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm over 3 years.


1 year full-time

Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Diploma).

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

This program offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that give you direct insight and experience into the global textiles workplace.

In state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, you will study with globally connected and industry-experienced teachers.

You will interact with key people from the Australian and international textiles industry, undertake hands-on work with fabrics and textiles, and explore traditional skills, new technologies and computer systems.

Learning will take place in art studios and teaching facilities that include screen and digital print studios and weave and knit workshops. You will learn through practical hands-on studio time, lectures, workshops, presentation and group discussions, and use computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

You will be assessed throughout each semester via design folios, textile samples, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.

You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

All programs are delivered in English.

Program structure

You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (diploma).

This program will develop your technical and creative skills in textile design through practical, hands-on and studio-based learning.

Year 1

You will develop skills in:

  • drawing, painting and illustration techniques
  • design and concept development
  • digital folio design
  • textile history and contemporary practice.

You will also present concepts using computer-aided design techniques.

Practical workshops will develop your skills in design and construction for screen-printing, machine knitting and weaving, incorporating an understanding of fibres and dye technology.

In the certificate IV:

  • Full time classes are held during the day.
  • Part time classes are held 2 nights a week from 6 pm to 9 pm and and 6 scheduled Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm over 3 years.
  • You will complete approximately 7 hours of additional study and research per week.

Year 2

In the diploma you will develop advanced technical and creative skills in textile design through practical, hands-on and studio-based learning.

You’ll complete a range of design briefs introducing you to industry practice and market viability. You’ll also learn about production and manufacturing processes in the textile, clothing and footwear sectors.

You will undertake work experience, projects and learning with major Australian and international textiles companies such as Warwick Fabrics, Silk Trader, Timorous Beasties (UK) and Kova Textiles (New York).

In the diploma:

Full-time students attend 22 hours of classes per week and undertake approximately 15 hours of extra study and research per week.

Please note: each qualification level is a new enrolment in a new program. Full Time classes are held during the day.

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised place will be assessed before you enrol in each new program, and the results of these assessments will determine the fees you will pay.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

In the certificate IV you’ll learn the skills and knowledge required to design textiles in a professional environment. On completion, you can continue to diploma level where you will undertake a range of industry briefs that provide real-world work experience.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


As a textile designer, you will create designs for knitted, woven and printed fabrics or textile products for a range of contexts, including fashion, interiors, homewares, craft and other commercial applications.

You can also work with graphics, packaging, greetings cards, ceramics, wrapping and wallpaper.

Graduates can work as:

  • textile design assistants
  • knitters, weavers and screen printers
  • fabric wholesalers
  • studio assistants in design consultancies, screen printing companies and textile manufacturing companies producing woven and knitted fabrics.

You may also find work in other associated areas, such as:

  • fabric importing and distribution
  • design education and community arts
  • department store fabric buying
  • sustainable design.

Typical work activities may include:

  • liaising with clients to plan and develop original designs
  • interpreting client ideas by producing sketches, mocked-up designs and samples for presentation to customers
  • assessing production standards
  • experimenting with colour, fabric, fibres and texture
  • maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology
  • meeting industry specifications
  • working to a design brief and timeline.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This program is recognised and supported by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Training Accreditation Board.

Textile design is a specialised form of industrial design (ANZSCO 232312).

Global opportunities

You can study overseas for one or two semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution.

Fashion and Textiles exchange programs.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Diploma).

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

There are no minimum requirements.


There are no pre-requisite studies.

Selection tasks

Semester 1, 2015

Current Year 12 applicants: Current Year 12 applicants will be emailed by 5pm, Friday, 10 October 2014 to book a folio assessment for either 20 or 24 November 2014.

Non-year 12 applicants: Non-year 12 applicants will be emailed by 5pm, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 to book a folio assessment for Saturday, 18 October 2014.

Interstate or overseas applicants must email fashionandtextiles@rmit.edu.au to make alternative arrangements.

Applicants who apply after 30 September 2014 must contact fashionandtextiles@rmit.edu.au to book a folio assessment.

Folio requirements: For your folio assessment you are to bring up to three items, which can include your portflolio, sketchbooks of ideas, garments and accessories.

You should provide a variety of work that expresses your fashion, textiles and/or design interests. It should demonstrate your creative, conceptual and technical ability. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed and finished work. 

Include work that shows how you document your ideas and creative thinking. Include any work that demonstrates your potential to follow a design process.

You can include work from secondary school, previous study and personal or work-related design experience (including sketchbooks), and the work can come from a variety of discipline areas (e.g. garment construction, design, wearable art, illustrations, accessories, photography).

You should include a statement with your folio which explains your work to help the Selection Officer understand the purpose and background (maximum 250 words).

If you have pieces, which are oversized or overweight please bring in photographs of this work. CD’s, discs or slides of your work are not acceptable.

Your work must be clearly labelled with your full name and VTAC or RMIT student number.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education (TAFE) student you may be eligible for the following:

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of the Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development can continue to study the Diploma of Textile Design and Development. The Diploma is offered as an additional year of full-time study.

Graduates of the Diploma in Textile Design and Development can apply for entry to study the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design).

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Fashion & Textiles

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
Make an enquiry


Peter Bonnell, Program Coordinator
School of Fashion and Textiles
25 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Tel. +61 3 9925 9171
Fax: +61 3 9925 9127
Email: peter.bonnell@rmit.edu.au

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.

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