Holmesglen's Bachelor of Fashion Design is a cutting edge course for those who aspire to a career in the fast paced world of fashion. Innovative design is at the forefront of our delivery, underpinned by a comprehensive technical foundation in pattern engineering, garment construction and the application of CAD design tools.
Not accepting new students until February 2022
Career opportunities, include:
- fashion, accessories, costume, material or colour designer
- digital content creator
- creative pattern-maker
- creative director
- fashion strategist
- product developer
- brand strategist
- communications manager
- fashion events producer
Pathways to further study:
- Bachelor of Fashion graduates can apply for entry to relevant Masters or other post-graduate qualifications. Grade Point Average or other conditions may apply.
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Studying the Bachelor of Fashion Design at Holmesglen
Our classes are small and our continual investment in the latest equipment and software ensures you are kept abreast of the latest skills and techniques that the industry demands.
Learn from our highly skilled educators, who are also practising professionals with extensive experience in the local and global fashion industry. They understand what it takes to be successful in the competitive world of fashion, and know exactly how to support you to achieve your goals.
Holmesglen Fashion is located on St Kilda Road, opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, with inspirational views across the cityscape - an ideal learning environment to get those creative energies flowing and turn designs into reality.
Our state-of-the-art fashion facility is an easy stroll to visit suppliers, stockists, the National Gallery of Victoria and major fashion festivals, such as Melbourne Fashion Week and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Mode of study: Full-time, on-campus face-to-face delivery.
Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm
All new students commencing in a higher education course must attend their Faculty Course Orientation and Holmesglen's Education Orientation.
Design innovation, Manufacturing and pre-production, Pattern engineering, Professional Practice.
This course of 24 core subjects is designed around four main strands – Design Innovation, Pattern Engineering, Manufacturing & Pre-Production and Professional Practice.
||Pattern Engineering 1
||Manufacturing & pre-production 1
||Design innovation 1
||Professional practice & industry issues 1
||Pattern engineering 2
||Manufacturing & pre-production 2
||Design innovation 2
||Professional practice & industry issues 2
||Pattern engineering 3
||Manufacturing & pre-production 3
||Design innovation 3
||Professional practice & industry issues 3
||Pattern engineering 4
||Manufacturing & pre-production 4
||Design innovation 4
||Professional practice & industry issues 4
||Pattern engineering 5
||Manufacturing & pre-production 5
||Design innovation 5
||Professional practice and industry issues 5
||Pattern engineering 6
||Manufacturing and pre-production 6
||Design innovation 6
||Professional practice and industry issues 6
| Code || Name |
|BFD101||Pattern Engineering 1|
|BFD102||Manufacturing & pre-production 1|
|BFD103||Design innovation 1|
|BFD104||Professional practice & industry issues 1|
|BFD105||Pattern engineering 2|
|BFD106||Manufacturing & pre-production 2|
|BFD107||Design innovation 2|
|BFD108||Professional practice & industry issues 2|
|BFD201||Pattern engineering 3|
|BFD202||Manufacturing & pre-production 3|
|BFD203||Design innovation 3|
|BFD204||Professional practice & industry issues 3|
|BFD205||Pattern engineering 4|
|BFD206||Manufacturing & pre-production 4|
|BFD207||Design innovation 4|
|BFD208||Professional practice & industry issues 4|
|BFD301||Pattern engineering 5|
|BFD302||Manufacturing & pre-production 5|
|BFD303||Design innovation 5|
|BFD304||Professional practice and industry issues 5|
|BFD305||Pattern engineering 6|
|BFD306||Manufacturing and pre-production 6|
|BFD307||Design innovation 6|
|BFD308||Professional practice and industry issues 6|
Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.
For details on the profile of students undertaking this course, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design student profile (Word-61kb).
For details on ATAR-based offers, download the 2020 ATAR-based Offers for the Bachelor of Fashion Design (Word - 57kb).
For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requesites and co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design subject summary (Word 54-kb)
Prior to enrolment or commencement of this higher education program, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment. This will assist with determining your suitability to the course, and identify any learning support needs.
Selection requirement for all applicants
Interview and portfolio presentation
All applicants are required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of recent design work that demonstrates a range of creative and technical skills.
The interview/folio presentation is conducted by experienced staff members and held at the St Kilda Road Campus, taking generally no longer than 20 minutes. This provides an opportunity to evaluate the skill level, interest, creativity level and ability to apply the design process at undergraduate level.
Please contact 9564 1602 to arrange an interview time and date. If you cannot attend in person, please call to arrange a teleconference. For detailed information on what to prepare, download the folio information sheet (Word - 36kb).
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years)
- Folio and interview
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants who have commenced or completed study in an award course at any Australian university are eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Fashion Design course.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
Applicants who have completed MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, or equivalent, are eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Fashion Design BFD16 course without advanced standing.
Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST50116 and/or the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST60116 or equivalent may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 18 months or 50 per cent of the course duration.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Mature-age and non-year 12 applicants are eligible for admission if they can demonstrate their ability through previous study and/or at least five years' work experience in the fashion/textiles industry or related occupation.
It is recommended that applicants have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course. Applicants will attend an interview conducted by staff members who use previous levels of achievement, resumes and employment records as indicators of the applicant’s aptitude and commitment to the study of fashion at undergraduate level.
You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.
Qualification and recognition
After completing this course, you will receive the BFD16 Bachelor of Fashion Design.
Connections with industry
Right from the start, this dynamic course connects students with industry professionals as they undertake local and international internships. Students learn a perfect blend of practice and theory from lecturers who share their years of local and global industry experience.
There are many different career options in the fashion world, and we liaise directly with the industry to design the course content to ensure you are well equipped for these careers.
Our focus is to mentor you to thrive in this very competitive industry, and you’ll have the opportunity to engage with practising professionals. Not only are you encouraged to seek local internships, your lecturers will support you to search for overseas internships.
Our students have interned with Rebecca Minkoff in New York’s famed garment district, JW Anderson, in London and Alice McCall in Sydney.
The range of opportunities open to our graduates is vast, from establishing their own business to positions with local designers and global companies. Holmesglen alumni work in the design, pattern and production fields for local designers and global brands; while others have launched their own fashion label.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Full Fee||$15,964.30||per annum|
|Student Amenities fee||$313.00||per annum|
Students are also required to pay a compulsory student services fee (SSF). This fee contributes to the cost of providing student support services including counselling, welfare services, learning support, and other activities provided by the student support and wellbeing teams. For 2021, the (SSF) fee is $313.00 for 12 months. The fee is charged per semester at $156.50 per semester.
For details of fees per unit, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design 2021 tuition fees (Word - 32kb).
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) are available to eligible students to pay for tuition and studnet amenities fees for this course. Read more about HELP.
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Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.
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