BP121 - Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)

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Plan: BP121 - Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)
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: Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)
Award abbreviation: BA(TextDes)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: Onshore, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Fashion & Textiles (350H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/fashiontextiles
ASCED code: 100503
CRICOS code: 006851G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) program has been designed to challenge your thinking and practice by providing you with resources and a learning environment in which you can acquire textile industry design skills. Such skills will enable you to succeed in developing a pathway to successful employment at the local or global level as a textile designer.

The program aims to develop a cohort of graduates that are creative and work ready and are critically aware and engaged in the technology and sustainability issues of the fashion, interior, automotive, homewares, trend forecasting and product development industries. Increasingly, graduate textile designers are working alongside other design practitioners. Therefore, the program aims to support you in the development of skills to research independently and design collaboratively on projects comprised of student teams and industry professionals.

In your final year you will undertake a capstone experience in GRAP2562 Textile Design Research Project.  This experience will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.  This capstone experience will provide a segue to support your future employment within the industry and provide the foundation for future study.


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Articulation and pathways

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program's entry requirements.  Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


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

Selection tasks:

Applicants must attend a folio assessment session.  Short listed and exempt applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel. Note: Some applicants may be exempt from the folio assessment session if they have successfully completed two years or more of tertiary study in a textiles-oriented discipline.

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 recognise or accredit programs in textile design.

The Bachelor or Arts (Textile Design) has strong industry links with a range of organisations, both locally and globally, in the textile design industry. Organisations such as Dryen, Country Road, Linen House, Australian Country Spinners Association  and H.A.G Group play a vital role in partnership projects in addition to providing advice and feedback regarding industry expectations and standards.

Teaching staff have strong links with industry. This includes being freelance designers, consultants to industry, weave, knit and print practitioners, and members of research teams.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) are eligible for student and associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia.


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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

All courses have a well-developed range of indicative texts, references and electronic resources that provide you with relevant and up to date learning and research support. Upon commencing the program you will be given, during orientation, an introduction to the library support systems and the substantial electronic databases within the libraries. All courses have established Distributed Learning System (DLS) sites in which course information is provided.

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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