C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

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Plan: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development
Campus: Brunswick Campus


Program details
Objectives 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: Diploma of Textile Design and Development
Qualification national code: LMT50507
Nominal hours: 1910
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full time
Location: Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/fashiontextiles
Partnered offering / Corporate client:



CRICOS code: 064169A

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Objectives of the program

The objectives of this program are to provide an opportunity for you to gain specialised knowledge and skills, including the ability to develop design concepts, generate ideas and execute a range of screen printed, machine knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications and technical specifications. Throughout the program practical instruction is provided to allow you to explore design briefs through creative problem solving exercises.

This process is achieved through a hands on, studio based program where you will have access to state of the art facilities to undertake projects briefs. You will have the opportunity to develop your colour, drawing, design, computer skills to plan, develop and produce textiles and textile products. Sustainable practice is undertaken as an integral part of the program.

Career prospects

Textile designers can be self-employed or work as part of a design team for small and large companies developing collcetions for fashion, interiors or homewears. Previous graduates have gone on to be textile designers or designer makers capable of efficiently operating a studio, and producing their own design concepts or those of their client. Other areas of employment might include textile artist, textile styling, screen printer, surface designer, crafter,  textile buyer or colourist. Textile designers may also work in associated industry functions, for example, graphics, wrapping and wallpaper, packaging, greetings cards and ceramics.


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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.
If you are a graduate of The Diploma of Textile Design and Development and you are applying for
these programs teh Bachelor of Arts ( Textile Design) you may be able to claim credit for courses you
have already completed. For the list of courses for which you may claim exemption please seek advice  from the Program Coordinator.

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Entrance requirements

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

VCE prerequisites: There are no prerequisites

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 530 (TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 71 with minimum of 17 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 42 (no band less than 36)
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Upper Intermediate certificate

Extra requirements
Applicants must present their folio at an assessment session. Applicants must include with their application a statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is supported by a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which represents the textiles, clothing and footwear industry, and advises on training delivery and assessment.The PAC consists of high profile industry representatives who's brief is to make sure that the school retains strong  links with industry standards and practises remain current.


As a student in this program you will participate in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) which includes work placement and industry briefs exposing you to current industry practise.


Graduates of the program may be eligible to become a member of Design Institute of Australia . Membership of the DIA indicates your status as a qualified, experienced, ethical practicing professional and will provide you with contacts, and connects you with colleagues from many industry areas.  http://www.dia.org.au

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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 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 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:

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT 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, numeracy and basic sciences if relevant
  • learning if you have special needs
  • 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

Other resources: Computing facilities are available to you in the Computer Labs in Building 512.

Specialised weaving and knit programs are used in classes. These programs are available to you in the studios as well as the CAD labs.
Specialised 'state-of-the-art' screen printing, weaving and knitting studios are used for classes.



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