AD014 - Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology

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Plan: AD014 - Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology
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 Design and Technology
Award abbreviation: AssocDegFashDes&Tech
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Onshore, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100505
CRICOS code: 074685J

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and skills related to the business of fashion design, to prepare you to work in a professional role within the fashion design and technology industry or for further study.

The program will deliver broad theoretical and technical knowledge enabling you to work within the fashion industry supply chain from design to creation of your designs. You will be involved in industry activities and projects where you will engage with fashion industry leaders  giving you experience to develop your work-ready capabilities and skills.

You will have the flexibility of specialising in one of two streams, Fashion Design or Fashion Knitwear that will cover all industry relevant skills required to work in the fashion industry from design through to production and logistics.

In your final year you will undertake a Capstone experience with a major holistic assessment in both streams of the program over three courses GRAP2487 Professional Practice, GRAP2486 Pattern Technology 4 and GRAP2472 Design and Development 4.

This capstone is firmly grounded in industry practice and engages in creativity within a commercial context. The project pushes the creative boundaries for the industry partner or partners through experimentation and a focus on possible and imagined future fashion trends. Students should be engaged in reflecting critically on the social, cultural and environmental contexts of the fashion industry and the design process itself.  The capstone project draws on and extends knowledge and skills acquired in previous semesters.

This program will also prepare you to continue into higher educational studies to further your exploration of concepts and research. Local and global career paths include working as a designer, product developer, garment technician, patternmaker, quality assurance, technical and specification development, supply chain and pathways to production management.  There are also opportunities to pursue areas in fashion styling, blogging, and fashion forecasting or launching your own fashion business.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry into this program. 

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production guarantees entry into this program with 12 credit point of exemption.  

Successful completion of the Diploma of Fashion Styling guarantees entry into this program. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance 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.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Selection tasks

All applicants must complete and submit the selection task.

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 in Fashion Design and Technology.

The Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology has strong links with industry and all fashion graduates are eligible to become members of the following Professional Associations. Each of these industry associations listed below welcome applications from both the fashion design and technology and fashion knitwear graduates:

Council of Textile & Fashion 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.
DIA (Design Institute of Australia) Students are eligible for student membership and access to DIA member resources throughout their studies. Graduates are eligible for full membership with the DIA, the peak professional body for designers in Australia.
FGI Fashion Group International a global professional organisation to assist individuals to become more effective in their professional lives.

PAC Program Advisory Committee  is a body of industry members that  considers and advise the School on matters associated with the development, delivery and  current practise of industry. The  fashion PAC  consists of industry representatives from a wide sector of the industry from leading designers to human resources manager in fashion companies and successful alumni.

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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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