AD013 - Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising

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Plan: AD013 - Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising
Campus: Brunswick Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising
Award abbreviation: AssocDegFash&TextMerch
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 year full time - 4 semesters
Location: Onshore, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100599
CRICOS code: 071874F

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Purpose of the Program

Upon successful completion of the program, you will have gained broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional work and/or further learning within the fashion and textiles industry. This program will give you a broad theoretical and technical knowledge of specific areas such as product development, supply chain, marketing, CAD/IT, fashion materials, fashion branding, fashion visual merchandising and merchandise planning.

You will learn to research, analyse, interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems. This could be gained through project work, case studies or practical assignments. You will also learn and develop how to make judgements and work autonomously with defined responsibility before you apply and implement any actions or recommendations in fashion and textiles business environments. Your experience in taking an active role in industry projects will help you develop work-ready capabilities and skills to promote yourself to prospective employers or potential clients in the local or global context.

In your second year, you will undertake a capstone experience in "The Retail Initiative" (TRI) within GRAP2443 Fashion and Textiles Industry Research and GRAP2444 Fashion Apparel Product Development. This experience will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

This program will also prepare you to continue into higher education studies to further your exploration of concepts and research.  Career paths include a range of areas such as Product Development, Merchandise Management, Merchandise Planning, Allocation Analyst, Retail Management, Brand Management, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Logistics.

All courses in this program are offered face to face at Brunswick Campus.

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Articulation and pathways

The Associate Degree Fashion and Textiles Merchandising has an articulation agreement with BP310 Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management). On successful completion of the Associate Degree you will be eligible to apply for entry to the third (final) year of the Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) with a total credit transfer of 192 credit points, equivalent to 2 years.

If you have completed Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising or Advanced Diploma in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising, you will be eligible to apply for entry to the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising. You should apply for credit transfer and you will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

Non year 12 applicants must submit a VTAC Personal Statement or direct applicant statement and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Applicants with work experience in fashion and textiles merchandising or other relevant areas must include those details when completing a VTAC Personal Statement or direct applicant statement.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in the Associate Degree Fashion and Textiles Merchandising.

The Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising has strong links with industry and all fashion graduates are eligible to become members of the following Professional Associations:

TFIA (Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia Ltd.) the peak body for fashion and textile designers in Australia.
IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) the international body of education and research (Universities and Institutes) in the area of fashion design.
FGI Fashion Group International a global professional organisation to assist individuals to become more effective in their professional lives.

The Program is well connected with industry through its work with organisations such as Country Road, Sportsgirl, Bardot, and Target.

In addition, the program works with industry through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which consists of industry members. The PAC considers and advises the program on matters associated with the development, delivery and current practise of industry. The PAC consists of industry representatives from a wide sector of the industry and includes Joanne Mercer, Wittner Shoes, Pacific Brands, Myer, Target, Sussan, Mitch Dowd Design and the Aesthetics Group.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Specialist resourses for this program
Computing facilities are available at Building 8 level 7 for computer aided drawing. The CNC facilities and software are located with the School of Design (TAFE) Building 55 workshop and CAD lab.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
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