BP310 - Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management)

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Plan: BP310 - Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management)
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 Fashion (Merchandise Management)
Award abbreviation: BFash(MerchMgt)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: One Year Full-Time
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: 052664G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) program is designed to develop a work ready fashion merchandiser who will have the requisite skills and knowledge to succeed in the rapidly evolving fashion and textiles industry.

All courses in the program require on campus attendance with on line learning support provided.

This degree builds on your skills and knowledge developed in the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising program or previous equivalent qualification.  In this program you will further develop these capabilities to develop relevant management, marketing and business strategies for a competitive global fashion environment. This includes strategic analysis of:

  • The changing fashion merchandising and marketing environments both internal and external
  • Strategic tools and perspectives including qualitative and quantitative market research
  • Product and customer analysis
  • Global and local supply chains and how you can lead within them
  • Distribution and sustainability decisions.

This degree provides the management, entrepreneurial and business knowledge and capabilities to work as a manager in retail, merchandising, buying and planning in large scale fashion operations within the global fashion industry.  You will apply fashion-merchandising theories related to consumer demand for apparel and related products. Concepts of market intelligence, merchandise styling, sourcing and the role of buying are evaluated and interpreted. You will also learn to identify and apply industry-relevant software including design, retail, supply chain management and manufacturing packages.

You will develop work ready capabilities to promote yourself to prospective employers or potential clients in a local or global context. In your final year you will undertake a capstone experience in MANU1459 Major Project A and MANU1458 Major Project B.  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.

As a graduate of this program you can expect to be employed in fashion, advertising and marketing, brand management, product development, buying, merchandising, and range coordination.

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Articulation and pathways


The program is a pathway from:

- AD013 Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising.

Applicants who have successfully completed AD013 Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising or equivalent will be granted 192 credit points (equivalent to 2 years) credit into BP310 Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management).  The total duration of this program after exemption is 96 credit points (equivalent to 1 year).


Upon your successful completion of the Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) degree you may be eligible to undertake further study in programs at RMIT University subject to each programs enry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements:

successfully completed an associate degree in Fashion & Textiles Merchandising; OR
- successfully completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in Fashion & Textiles Merchandising; OR
- successfully completed a Degree or Associate degree (or overseas equivalent) in business-related field.
- successfully completed a Degree or Associate degree (or overseas equivalent) in Fashion Design-related field.

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 merchandising or management.

The Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations including the peak industry body:

- Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA).

The School of Fashion and Textiles has many close links with industry, which take on 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

Resources available from the Library
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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
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