BP194 - Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

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Plan: BP194 - Bachelor of Design (Fashion)
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)
Award abbreviation: BDes(Fash)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/fashiontextiles
ASCED code: 100505
CRICOS code: 048217J

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Purpose of the Program

Fashion Design at RMIT expands fashion design practices through engagement with the critical debates in the disciplinary field to facilitate a culture of change and social responsibility. 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 technological and market conditions.  This degree will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be an internationally attuned and creative fashion designer.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Graduates of the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology at RMIT who have been successful in gaining a place in this degree will be eligible to apply for an exemption of one year (96 Credit Points), leaving an additional three years to complete the degree.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/gradingbasis/gpa If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

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

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Applicants must attend the design exercise. Short listed and exempt applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel. The folio should show the applicants creative ability and motivation towards a career in fashion. Sketch books and photographs of large objects are acceptable.

Note: Some applicants may be exempt from the design exercise if they have successfully completed two years or more of tertiary study in a fashion design-oriented discipline.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in the area of Fashion Design. However, graduates of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) are eligible to become members of the following Professional Associations:

TFIA (Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia Ltd.), the peak professional body for fashion and textile designers in Australia.   http://www.tfia.com.au/

DIA (Design Institute of Australia)
Students are eligible for full membership with the DIA, the peak professional body for designers in Australia.  http://www.dia.org.au/ Students are eligible for student membership and access to DIA member resources throughout their studies.

Industry partners: The Melbourne City Council, Triumph, RAFW (Rosemount Australian Fashion week), Scanlan & Theodore, Myer, L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, ITS (International Talent Support), Ethical Clothing Australia and IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes), the international body of educational and research (Universities and Institutes) in the area of fashion design.  http://www.iffti.com/

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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

Library resources and services
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 (www.rmit.edu.au/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.

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

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT 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

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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