Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00122A

This course provides a broad perspective of fashion knowledge enabling students to find employment in a range of positions in the fashion industry, both locally and globally. Focusing on design and technology, students develop creative and technical skills by working closely with the fashion industry, blending theory with practice through industry-driven design projects. Students learn the theory of, and techniques in, design concept generation, pattern-making and garment construction, including specifications and technical development, Computer Aided Design and manufacturing, logistics, technology and an understanding of the global market. The practical nature of the course and close contact with industry, including undertaking work placements, gives students the expertise needed to succeed in the global fashion industry.


  • Year 1 - You will: design and create fashion garments with an emphasis on design, drawing and illustration, textiles and pattern making
  • study commercial and creative fashion trends
  • develop CAD skills on Illustrator and Photoshop
  • learn about fibres and fabric
  • choose a specialisation/stream in fashion design or fashion knitwear. Year 2 - You will: research and create original designs
  • develop a deeper understanding of the design, production and fashion business within your specialisation/stream
  • undertake real-life design briefs with fashion companies
  • work with industry on real projects to produce a range of designs and garments
  • develop quality design prototypes, marketing strategies and a final range presentation to professional industry standards. Study tours to the UK and France are also offered.


  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Computer-aided pattern making
  • Fashion design
  • Fashion illustration
  • Fashion knitwear design
  • Garment construction
  • Grading
  • Knitwear construction and pattern making
  • Pattern making
  • Specifications
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainability

Standard entry requirements

Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL


This course is recognised by the Council of Textile & Fashion and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

Study pathways

Direct pathway - one additional year to gain a degree: Graduates of RMIT's Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology with a minimum GPA of 2 out of 4 (or equivalent) will be given automatic entry into the Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology). You must submit and application via RMIT direct. Pathway into Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours): Graduates of the RMIT's Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology with a minimum GPA of 3 (DI 70-79) are given automatic entry into the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) and are granted exemptions up to 1 year. You must submit and application via RMIT direct. Graduates who achieve less than a minimum GPA of 3 (DI 70-79) must apply (via RMIT direct) and attend a folio presentation. You may be considered for some exemptions based on negotiation with the program selection team.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Brunswick International: $57,600 No No information available

Further information

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include designers, pattern makers and graders, product developers, specification technicians, quality assurance officers, production controllers, illustrators, small fashion business owner/operators.

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