GC166 - Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

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Plan: GC166 - Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
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: Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Award abbreviation: GCFash(Entr)
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 0.5 years full-time (international)/0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent (domestic)
Location: Onshore, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/fashion-and-textiles
ASCED code: 080301
CRICOS code: 0100717

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) provides you with an introduction to the capabilities, knowledge, and confidence to create your own fashion enterprise and/or build a career within the global fashion industry.

Fashion entrepreneurs provide leadership while continuously questioning the status quo to create added value. This Graduate Certificate will develop your skills as an entrepreneurial thinker, to recognise opportunities, be resourceful, passionate and understand your capacity within the dynamic fashion environment.

Entrepreneurs ‘learn-by-doing’ and this graduate certificate encourages you to take charge of your own learning via authentic industry practice. You will develop an applied and theoretical perspective to fashion entrepreneurship while networking with entrepreneurs and leaders in the fashion industry.

Upon graduation, you will have gained an understanding of the fashion system and contemporary fashion entrepreneurship practices within it.  You will have acquired business skills and knowledge enabling you to develop a fashion venture or work collaboratively to plan and produce projects for a fashion business.

The Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) offers you a flexible structure depending on your prior experience and knowledge. If your previous qualification is within the discipline of fashion and/or textiles, your pathway is via the introductory business course options. If your background is from any other undergraduate discipline, your pathway takes you through courses offering a fundamental overview of the fashion system.

The courses offered in this program are delivered face-to-face in Brunswick.

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Articulation and pathways

Upon successful completion of this program you may apply to continue your studies in GD203 Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and MC213 Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship).

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

You must have successfully completed:

  • an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a GPA of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0), or
  • a four year Australian bachelor degree with honours (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a GPA of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0), or
  • a minimum of five years relevant work experience in the fashion industry.

If you have a GPA lower than 2.50 you may still apply but selection will be merit based and assessed on a one page personal statement and an interview. The one page personal statement should outline the reasons you will benefit from undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and how it's aligned to your interests, aspirations and career ambitions.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit a CV and personal statement with your application.

English language requirement

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.

Selection tasks

You may be required to attend an interview.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Graduate Certificate in Fashion (Entrepreneurship) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak industry body, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) https://ausfashioncouncil.com/.

There are currently no Australian professional bodies that accredit programs in fashion entrepreneurship, however the School of Fashion and Textiles has many close links with industry which take 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 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.  

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 provides 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.



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