GD203 - Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)

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Plan: GD203 - Graduate Diploma of 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 Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)
Award abbreviation: GDFash(Entr)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full-time (international)/1 year full-time or part-time equivalent (domestic)
Location: Onshore, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080301
CRICOS code: 0100718

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) provides you with 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 diploma will extend your skills as an entrepreneurial thinker, to recognise opportunities, understand risk, be resourceful, passionate and understand your capacity within the dynamic and global fashion environment.

Entrepreneurs ‘learn-by-doing’ and this graduate diploma encourages you to take charge of your own learning via authentic industry practice, enabling you to test, develop and implement your business strategies. Courses focus on entrepreneurial thinking, sustainable fashion, ethical supply chains and strategies, to build a global fashion brand. You will develop an applied and theoretical perspective to fashion entrepreneurship and experience dealing with the complexity of the fashion and textile industry while networking with entrepreneurs and leaders in these areas.

The program offers you a flexible structure depending on your prior experience and knowledge. If your previous qualifications are 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 course pathway takes you through courses that develop skills and knowledge to enter into the fashion system.

Upon graduation you will have gained an understanding of the global fashion system, including lifestyle and customer behaviour, and entrepreneurial practices and strategies which may allow you to develop a fashion venture and work collaboratively to plan and produce projects for a fashion business.

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

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Articulation and pathways

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.

Upon successful completion of this program you will be eligible to apply to continue your studies in MC213 Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

The Graduate Certificate of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) (GC166) is available as an exit award of this program if you have successfully completed the 48 credit points listed in this structure.

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

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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 your experience, a one-page personal statement and an interview. The one page personal statement should outline the reasons you will benefit from undertaking the Graduate Diploma 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 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 requirements web page.

Selection task

You may be required to attend an interview.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Graduate Diploma of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak industry body, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC)

Whilst there are currently no Australian professional bodies that accredit programs in fashion entrepreneurship, 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 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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