Make your design stand out. Our fashion course will provide you with the skills to create innovative designs whether it be for the catwalks of high couture or ready to wear garments. 

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a fashion designer and understand all aspects of the industry.   

You will conceptualise your design, develop your drawing skills, and learn about texture, colour and fabric, pattern making and garment construction as you work towards turning raw materials into a unique finished product. 

Included in the course is fashion history, cultural and social attitudes and trends that have influenced our industry today.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills will be developed in order to share your vision. Complementing the creative side of this course, you will also gain a good understanding of finance, sales and marketing including digital marketing and event management.          

The course is well equipped with access to industry standard software programs including Gerber pattern making technology, Apparel 21, CAD illustration, Adobe and WGSN.

You will apply all of your new skills with an internship opportunity with an Australian fashion organisation, where you’ll gain hands on industry experience.

Our supportive teachers will work alongside you in our brand new design hub along with mentors, creatives and designers in our Emerging Designer Studio. 

In your final year you will showcase your collection in our fashion parade where parents, teachers, industry and VIPs will celebrate your achievements.

Once you have completed the course, you will have the opportunity to apply for our resident program, within the design hub to be one of our emerging designers.




Course Code BAF02
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251822;
CRICOS Code 071727F
Study Areas Fashion
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,730.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

The student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have completed an Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass.

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

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Full time: 3 years (weekdays)

You can graduate with an Associate Degree in Fashion on completion of 2 years full time study. 

Mode of Delivery:  Most subjects are timetabled 3-4 hours contact per week.  Full time students would attend classes 12 -14 hours per week.  All subjects are delivered face to face and include lectures, tutorials and practical activities.

Box Hill

Year 12 Applicants – VTAC must:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English. Completed at least one of the following VCE subjects: Design and Technology, Studio Arts, Visual Communication and Design. An interview and folio are also required.

Direct Entry:

  • If you have not completed Year 12 you must have a record of employment in the industry and be 21 years or more (at 1 January in the year of commencement). You will be required to attend an interview with folio.
  • If you have completed Year 12 you will only be required to attend an interview with folio.

Interview – You will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course.  You are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding and aptitude for the study including any relevant industry experience.

Folio requirements –  You are required to present a folio which may include portfolios from listed VCE subjects above and should 1 – 2 garments. Alternatively you can present a folio which demonstrates creativity, artwork, fashion illustrations and concept development. 

Successful completion will enable you to apply for post graduate courses, e.g a Masters of Design.

If you have completed an Advanced Diploma of Fashion or Associate Degree, you are eligible up to 66% credit (2 years).

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

You will:

  • integrate the principles, theory, concepts and practices of fashion design in four key areas of knowledge - design, technology, production and business
  • research and interpret current and emerging fashion trends and critically analyse fashion markets and concepts in response to a fashion brief
  • plan and execute the design, pattern, construction, sourcing, production, marketing and promotion of a fashion range in the context of the global fashion industry
  • independently apply critical thinking to address the problem solving framework of a design brief in a local and global context using social, cultural and ethical perspectives
  • communicate and present fashion concepts, ideas and information in the context of the various roles in the fashion industry

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities in the industry such as:

  • fashion designer
  • product developer
  • pattern technician
  • production manager
  • trend forecaster

You will also be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to be self-employed in your own fashion business.

You are required to complete a total of 24 core subjects to graduate.

We expect to enrol between 40 and 50 students.

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DESN103 DESIGN FOUNDATIONS 6.0

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DESN104 DESIGN MOTIVATIONS 6.0

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DESN203 DESIGN, STYLE, SHAPE AND SURFACE 6.0

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TECH103 PATTERNMAKING ESSENTIALS 6.0

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PROD103 GARMENT FUNDAMENTALS 1 6.0

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TECH104 PATTERN MAKING METHODS 6.0

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TECH203 PATTERN MAKING TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

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PROD203 PERSONALISED GARMENT RANGE 6.0

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BUSS203 DIGITAL MARKETING 6.0

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BUSS204 MANAGING PRODUCTION FLOW 6.0

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PROD104 GARMENT FUNDAMENTALS 2 6.0

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BUSS104 PRESENTATION AND MARKETING 6.0

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DESN204 DESIGN DEVELOPMENTS 6.0

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DESN205 DESIGN SPECIALISATION 6.0

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TECH204 REFINED PATTERN MAKING METHODS 6.0

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TECH205 PATTERN SPECIALISATION 6.0

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PROD205 GARMENT SPECIALISATION 6.0

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PROD204 COMMERCIAL GARMENT RANGE 6.0

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DESN204 DESIGN DEVELOPMENTS 6.0

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DESN103 DESIGN FOUNDATIONS 6.0

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BUSS103 COMMUNICATION 6.0

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DESN104 DESIGN MOTIVATIONS 6.0

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DESN203 DESIGN, STYLE, SHAPE AND SURFACE 6.0

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TECH204 REFINED PATTERN MAKING METHODS 6.0

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TECH103 PATTERNMAKING ESSENTIALS 6.0

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PROD103 GARMENT FUNDAMENTALS 1 6.0

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TECH104 PATTERN MAKING METHODS 6.0

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TECH203 PATTERN MAKING TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

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PROD203 PERSONALISED GARMENT RANGE 6.0

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BUSS203 DIGITAL MARKETING 6.0

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BUSS204 MANAGING PRODUCTION FLOW 6.0

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DESN301 DESIGN DIRECTIONS 1 12.0

The aim of this subject is to enable students to define their potential career direction, and to design and develop a showcase collection for the runway, which reflects their design aesthetic, skills and knowledge. The purpose is for students to further develop their professional voice and creative vision as a designer, while identifying where this role sits in the broader fashion industry context. The development of the students’ showcase collection will be underpinned by theory, conceptual research and knowledge. This subject is intended to advance the students’ ability to research their target audience, while demonstrating their ability to successfully plan and market a fashion range. Students will also create a fashion blog as a communication tool to critically reflect on the progress of their showcase range. As an integrated studies unit, this subject will also build on the design, technology and production subject knowledge from years one and two with the introduction of new experimental and innovative skills and techniques.

Contact hours are 1 lecture, 7 hour tutorial + practical (8hours) for 13 weeks
Prerequisites: DESN204 Design Developments, TECH204 Refined Pattern Making Methods, PROD204 Commercial Garment Range
Assessment: Range Design Essay -20%, Experimental Design & Technical folio-20%, Fashion blog-20%, Presentations of Showcase Range & technical folio -40%

BUSS301 WORKPLACE INTERNSHIP 1 6.0

This subject offers the knowledge and skills needed to work professionally and manage a career in the fashion industry. The subject presents a broad overview of management, leadership styles and workplace cultures. It identifies key conceptual, procedural and dispositional capacities. Students develop a profile of their strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, skills, abilities, graduate attributes and employability skills. They reflect on their profile and apply it to a career management strategy. At the end of this subject the student will have identified and secured a fashion industry internship that will complement their career development goals.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial (3 hours) for 13 weeks
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Assessment: Essay on workplace culture-40%, Fashion Header Report-20%, Career E-Portfolio -30%, Internship presentation-10%

BUSS303 FASHION FUTURES 6.0

The aim of this subject is to equip students with the capacity to comprehend, anticipate and adapt to emerging and future developments in the fashion industry, with particular emphasis on ethical and sustainability considerations and implications. Students will not only be able to analyse the ‘product’ as a vehicle for change in the industry, but also to consider production processes, systems and consumer behaviour in the broader context of the global fashion business. Students will develop a clear understanding of professional ethics and corporate responsibility that will assist them in coming to grips with future challenges the fashion industry may face and with ways of addressing these changes. The subject builds on students’ understanding of garment construction from the technology and production subjects, whilst informing and contextualising decisions made in the Design Directions subjects.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial, 2 hour practical for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: BUSS204 Managing Production Flow
Assessment: Practical Research Project -50%, Essay on sustainability-30%, Presentation-20%

DESN302 DESIGN DIRECTION 11 12.0

This final design subject consolidates the student’s research, analytical and practical skills and knowledge in relation to design development, processes and outcomes. The aim of this subject is to assist students to articulate a clear understanding of their potential place in the fashion industry based on interaction with peers, lecturers and industry professionals – all underpinned by the accumulated knowledge, experience and meaning gained in associated subjects and study. Students will be required to use theoretical frameworks to reflect upon, refine and extend their stated intentions in Design Directions 1, resulting in an informed and focused showcase collection. They will also draw on their understanding of fashion business established in their business studies to develop an integrated marketing plan to launch and promote their fashion brand/collection. Students will be given the opportunity to present their showcase range in an end-of-year fashion event to industry professionals.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 7 hour tutorial + practical (8 hours) for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: DESN301 Design Directions 1
Assessment: Marketing Folio-20%, Marketing campaign report & blog-30%, Design and technical folio-20%, Showcase range presentation and design & technical folio-30%

BUSS302 WORKPLACE INTERNSHIP 2 6.0

In this subject students undertake a fashion internship with a fashion organisation. Students will undertake and review the activities planned in Workplace Internship 1. Students use action learning and reflective practice to engage with, and apply the theory and principles encountered throughout the course. The internship is an opportunity to observe, gain and critically assess new skills and knowledge, reflect on the implications for the future, and refine career goals and directions accordingly.

Contact hours are 2 hour tutorial for 4 weeks or online.
Prerequisites: 301 Workplace Internship 1
Assessment: E-Portfolio - 30%, Industry Project - 40%, Digital career profile - 30%.

BUSS304 SPECIAL EVENT MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING 6.0

This subject is designed to provide detailed knowledge and understanding of planning and management of special events for the fashion industry such as product launches, industry expos and conferences, fashion parades and exhibitions. Students will gain an understanding of how fashion is promoted through such events and how it relates to associated activities. This subject will enhance students’ understanding of marketing and the decision-making processes involved in the formation of a successful marketing strategy, and how events can contribute to brand awareness and motivation of internal and external clients. The major project will require students to plan, execute and critically evaluate a fashion event.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial (3 hours) for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: BUSN104 Presentation and Marketing, BUSS203 Digital Marketing
Assessment: Essay-20%, Analysis of a fashion event-30%, Group Event project-50%

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PROD204 COMMERCIAL GARMENT RANGE 6.0

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DESN205 DESIGN SPECIALISATION 6.0

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TECH205 PATTERN SPECIALISATION 6.0

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BUSS304 SPECIAL EVENT MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING 6.0

This subject is designed to provide detailed knowledge and understanding of planning and management of special events for the fashion industry such as product launches, industry expos and conferences, fashion parades and exhibitions. Students will gain an understanding of how fashion is promoted through such events and how it relates to associated activities. This subject will enhance students’ understanding of marketing and the decision-making processes involved in the formation of a successful marketing strategy, and how events can contribute to brand awareness and motivation of internal and external clients. The major project will require students to plan, execute and critically evaluate a fashion event.

Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial (3 hours) for 13 weeks.
Prerequisites: BUSN104 Presentation and Marketing, BUSS203 Digital Marketing
Assessment: Essay-20%, Analysis of a fashion event-30%, Group Event project-50%


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