BH127 - Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)

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Plan: BH127 - Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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 Fashion (Design) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BFash(Des)(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/fashiontextiles
ASCED code: 100505
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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed as part of the Advanced Fashion & Textiles Design Studios where you will be immersed in creatively challenging and engaging contemporary practice. You will advance your design process, develop independent practice and deepen your specialisation in fashion design industries and related discipline contexts. You will research and examine your design practice within the context of critical, engaged and contemporary fashion systems and related disciplines. You will expand and explore your key design skills, techniques, materials and expressions to advance your design practice for targeted contexts.

As a graduate you will be able to demonstrate design strategies that reflect contemporary fashion systems, emerging dress cultures and economies, materially-led design across and outside fashion design discipline contexts. This advanced design practice knowledge will deepen your portfolio and set you up for professional design and design related roles in industry, related discipline contexts across fashion design, communication, strategy or research practice through further study.

The primary learning mode is through advanced studio practice where immersive learning experiences and activities allow you to challenge and advance your practice in the Advanced Fashion & Textiles Design Studios. Scaffolded projects target key elements of practice and are authentic to fashion design industries as well as emerging disciplinary contexts, markets and research practice. A curated suite of masterclasses stimulate advanced practice through working directly with guest practitioners, researchers and industry experts. Individual and collective project experiences prepare students for collaborative work environments across discipline contexts. Practice research strategies enable you to progress and expand the methods and approaches to design with critically engaged, analysis, and synthesis of fashion design thinking. Challenging materials and materiality of fashion design as well as the design techniques and expressions you choose to practice with will allow for development that may shift ways to design. The program supports designers to practice critically within existing fashion economies and systems, and in emerging and across other disciplinary contexts.

The program utilises research enabled courses and strategies to tap in to emergent discipline areas and offers specific pathways through a project led model and independently designed projects situated in specific industry contexts.

Graduates are enabled to meet the challenges of competitive industry practice as well as having confidence in their practice to launch independent and emerging brands. These roles are in national and global small to large scale fashion enterprises, emerging international fashion brands, luxury and high fashion brands, as well as in related disciplines contexts of fashion design, production, communications, creative direction and styling, branding, buying, media, publications and textile and product development. Graduates are engaged designers critically aware of the larger ethical, social, cultural, environmental and political concerns that need to be addressed in contemporary relevant design practice.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation

If you successfully complete BP328 Bachelor of Fashion (Design) with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater in the final year of courses in the program, you will be guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours). If your GPA is less than 3.0 in the final year you may apply for entry and will be assessed on merit based on GPA and the selection task including folio.

Pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

If you successfully complete BH127 Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater you will be guaranteed a place in the MC246 Master of Fashion (Design).

Graduates of BH127 Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) are eligible for 96 credit points (equivalent to one year of full-time study) of credit into MC246 Master of Fashion (Design). The total remaining duration of this program after the exemption is 96 credit points (equivalent to 1 year).

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 transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. https://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/teaching-supporting-students/student-program-course-admin/student-administration/admission-and-credit/credit-transfer-rp

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian three-year bachelor degree in fashion design (or equivalent overseas qualification) with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 and a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in your final year. 

Selection Tasks

Applicants must complete the Fashion Design Honours selection which includes a folio and personal statement.

If you have successfully completed BP328 Bachelor of Fashion (Design) at RMIT with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater in the final year of courses in the program, you are exempt from completing the selection task and are guaranteed entry. 

The folio must comprise of no more than 15 pages of your work and should reflect your design, thinking and technical skills in fashion design practice with a focus on the following:

  • Knowledge in fashion design and specialisations of practice
  • Evidence of research, critical and conceptual analysis
  • Documentation of design process and design ideas
  • Sustained written work including practice reflection, academic essays or creative writing
  • Finished garments or prototypes in documented form
  • Publications, photographs, films or other forms of fashion communication

Submit a 400-word written personal statement briefly outlining your:

  • Plans for what you will investigate in this program (100)
  • Career aspirations and the contexts or markets of design practice (100)
  • Interests in fashion design research and related contemporary issues (100)
  • Current skills and capabilities and past experience that will support you in this program (100)

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 language requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Fashion and Textiles has many close links with industry, which take on a variety of forms. Academics within the School of Fashion and Textiles are industry practitioners, in many different areas of the discipline, and ensure the program maintains strong links with contemporary fashion design industries and communities. In addition, we collaborate with industry and community partners in a range of activities including partnered projects, placements, virtual studios and case studies to ensure you are immersed in current industry professional practices, techniques and strategies.

Whilst there are currently no professional bodies that formally recognise programs in fashion design in Australia, current students and graduates of the Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) are eligible to become members of Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Fashion Council (AFC). Association with these bodies provides benefits such as placement and employment opportunities, updates on relevant industry news and information, participation in industry events and initiatives, promotional and showcase incentives, prizes and awards for emerging designers all relevant for career development and advancement.

Graduates from the Fashion Design program within The School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT occupy significant positions in various roles across the creative industries in Australia and internationally. The program has regular consultations with industry advisory groups that consist of high profile industry representatives. Part of these consultations is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current and valid.

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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

RMIT University will provide you with a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

The University Library has many services, facilities and study spaces for you to use. There are extensive scholarly resources such as books, journals and online videos either linked from within your online courses or available from the Library website. The Library is focused strongly on assisting students with academic skills development, including research, communication and mathematics skills. There is online assistance via the Ask-a-Librarian chat service, online guides or take advantage of face-to-face help at each of the library sites.

Each library site has individual and group study rooms, computers and print facilities to support your study and learning needs.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Other services within the University include:

  • Transition to tertiary study and learning Career development and employment
  • Living and wellbeing, including advice on health, housing and financial matters
  • Enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other forms of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • Opportunities for participation in arts, sport and recreation activities
  • Opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad

Explore https://www.rmit.edu.au/students for further information.

As a student in the Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) program you have access to studio spaces equipped with specialised pattern making tables, machinery and specialty equipment relative to producing fashion design outcomes. Access to specialised equipment will also be available in other areas of the School of Fashion and Textiles. These workshops provide access to, and technical support in using a wide range of industry grade fashion production technologies and equipment. Additionally specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies are available for your use within university provided computer laboratories, and in some instances to download for use on personal computers.

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