MC246 - Master of Fashion (Design)

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Plan: MC246 - Master of Fashion (Design)
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: Master of Fashion (Design)
Award abbreviation: MFash(Des)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100505
CRICOS code: 084661A

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Fashion (Design) offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your fashion design practice, culminating in an innovative body of work that will be publicly showcased. This program will enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in the global fashion environment, with an in depth understanding of the social and cultural shifts and how they impact on the fashion system.

The program provides insights into working on global fashion projects with high profile companies. You will be able to respond to this experience by developing and realizing your own independent fashion concepts within an international context.

The studio class environment of the Master of Fashion (Design) is a creative incubator for you to challenge ideas and innovate fashion concepts. You will develop your design skills, conceptual thinking, critical analysis and practical expertise to support original ideas combined with depth of research for proposed design opportunities. You will have advanced theoretical, research, technical and design capabilities within the fashion discipline.

You will undertake an independent brief in the Fashion Design Studios that applies your knowledge and builds your capability to effectively respond to a current or emerging global issue.  You will also extend your individual work practices with the capacity to develop complex and innovative propositions. The design studios will also provide the option of global mobility, enabling you to experience global projects, internships and study tours to support your research and creative ideas development.

You will build alliances and connections with global companies to support your project briefs and to build future career networks. A capstone experience in GRAP2648 Advanced Fashion Design Studio 4 will enable you to develop a thoroughly researched and resolved fashion collection with a focus on the realisation of an extensive fashion body of work.  This will support your opportunity to seek employment within an industry context and provides the foundation for future study in PhD and Masters by research programs.

On graduation, you will have advanced knowledge and skills suited to a variety of career positions in creative fashion design within a global environment. 

You can expect to enter into national and international design positions from premium fashion houses and large scale corporations to small bespoke independent practices.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed RMIT BH103 Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) you will receive 96 credit points advanced standing into MC246 Master of Fashion (Design) program with 96 credit points (one year) remaining program duration.

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications in the discipline of fashion design you may be eligible for advanced standing as follows:  

Qualification levelAdvanced StandingRemaining program duration
Bachelor honours degree96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate Certificate48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate Diploma                            96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Upon successful completion of the MC246 Master of Fashion (Design) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in postgraduate research programs.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry requirements

An Australian three year bachelor degree in fashion design, or equivalent with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (65% average), or a four year bachelor honours degree in fashion design, or equivalent.

Selection tasks

Applicants with a three year degree in fashion design must submit a folio. 

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 entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia, there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in fashion design.

The Master of Fashion (Design) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak industry bodies:

  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
  • Australian Fashion Council (AFC)

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 regularly engage outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to current industry developments in fashion.

The program regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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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

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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 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, ejournals and newspapers.

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