Bachelor of Arts - Textile Design

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

This program qualifies students as a professional textile designer for the fashion, interior, automotive and licensing design industries in Australia and overseas. They will explore design and creativity and develop technical and sustainability knowledge and digital media skills for translating textile concepts into marketable products. Students can specialise in surface pattern (print) or constructed textiles (knit and weave) and will undertake a range of projects that will result in a professional portfolio students will present to industry. Students will take part in industry-related projects and develop communication, business and computer-aided textile design (CATD) skills, which will meet global industry needs for their future success.


  • Year 1 - You will study: hands-on printing, weaving and machine knitting
  • CS6 software for repeat design, storyboarding, digital textile design, communication and illustration
  • core textile paper design skills
  • croquis, colour, media and illustration techniques
  • folio and presentation skills. Year 2 - You will specialise and develop your key skills in surface pattern design (print) or constructed textiles (knit and weave), and: design for a broad range of projects using specialist textile software
  • be involved in industry projects focused on social and historical aspects of textile design
  • select two creative university electives. Year 3 - You will participate in: the Textile Industry Engagement and Professional Practice course, which has an emphasis on creating the right folio for industry presentations
  • real-time briefs to create a folio of diverse projects that emphasise your skills and critical thinking
  • the end of year degree show, exhibiting your work to our industry partners.


  • Digital textile design, Textile culture and practice, Textile design research concepts and projects, Textile design studio - Body and space, Textile design studio - surface and structure, Textile industry engagement, Textile materiality and principles, Textile professional practice.

Standard entry requirements

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


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

Study pathways

Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 are given automatic entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and are granted exemptions up to one year. You must submit and application via RMIT direct. Graduates who achieve less than a minimum GPA of 2.5 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: $92,160 No
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include textile designer, illustrator / graphic designer, trend forecaster, stylist, product developer.

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