BH103 - Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours)

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Plan: BH103 - Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours)
Campus: City 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: Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BDes(Fash)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time;
Location: Onshore, City and Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100505
CRICOS code: 079792K

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Purpose of the Program

On completion of the program you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be an internationally attuned and creative fashion designer within a global environment. The Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours) has been designed for you to develop innovative and creative solutions within fashion combined with specialised theoretical knowledge and advanced technical skills in fashion design. 

The studio class environment of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) becomes a creative incubator for you to challenge ideas and innovate fashion concepts. This develops your ability in advanced design skills, conceptual thinking, critical analysis and practical expertise to support original ideas combined with depth of research for proposed design opportunities

Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) expands fashion design practices through engagement with critical debates in the disciplinary field to facilitate a culture of change and social responsibility. The rigour within the program means that RMIT fashion design proudly benchmarks against the best degree programs around the world and has a global approach to fashion education.

The four-year full-time degree focuses on studio based projects where, as a fashion designer in preparation, you will be involved in a broad range of research and design methods, communication, prototyping and pre-production techniques. Through design research and industry engagement you are given opportunities to create design propositions in response to social, cultural and environmental concerns and apply those ideas into emerging global conditions. This suite of skills and experience will underpin and be informed by your research and critical assessment of increasingly complex fashion industry directions.

You will critically engage with diverse fashion practices and be conversant in the key concepts and production processes underpinning the constantly evolving fashion industry, with a focus on collaborative practice and conceptual design development. This will provide you with expanded career opportunities in fashion focussed on your individual skill and expertise. A capstone experience based on an individually negotiated major project will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect research and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.


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Articulation and pathways

There are currently no formal articulation agreements with the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours). If you seek recognition of prior learning you will have your application assessed on an individual basis.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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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
Applicants must attend a folio assessment session.  Short listed and exempt applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel. 
Note: Some applicants may be exempt from the folio assessment session if they have successfully completed two years or more of tertiary study in a fashion design-oriented discipline.

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page 

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External accreditation and industry links

Although there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in fashion in Australia, the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak Industry bodies:

- Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

- Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA).

On successful completion of the program you may be offered professional networking, awards/prizes, internship and mentoring through these bodies.The School of Fashion and Textiles has many close links with industry, which take on a variety of forms. The program is taught by academics who have strong industry relationships and current professional experience and employment in the fashion industry. In addition we regularly engage outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to current industry developments in Fashion.

The program regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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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.

Expect to spend approximately $1,000 on materials and equipment in the first year and $1,500 in the later years depending on projects undertaken and materials selected.

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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,
ejournals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: learning tools and content.

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT ( ) Services available to you as a student at RMIT UniversityRMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

- transition to tertiary study and learning

- study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant

- enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning

- career development and employment

- living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)

- opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad

- opportunities for participating in arts,sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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