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.
Career opportunities, include:
- fashion designer/design assistant
- manual pattern maker and grader
- CAD pattern maker and grader
- production manager
- garment technician and fit technologist
- small (design) business manager/owner
- independent fashion consultant/designer
- fashion events producer
Pathways to further study:
- Masters or other post-graduate qualifications.
- Grade Point Average or other conditions may apply.
Studying the Bachelor of Fashion Design at Holmesglen
The range of opportunities open to our graduates is vast, from establishing their own business to positions with local designers and global companies.
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.
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.
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.
Our focus is to mentor you to thrive in this very competitive industry, and right from the start, 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.
Mode of study:
Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm
All new students commencing a higher education course must attend their Faculty Course Orientation and Holmesglen's Education Orientation.
manufacturing and pre-production
This course has 24 core subjects.
||BFD109 Pattern Engineering 1 - Block Development
||Manufacture 1 - Basic Industrial Machinery
||Design Innovation 1 - Design Fundamentals
||Academic and Professional Communications
||Pattern Engineering 2 - Style Development
||Manufacture 2 - Specialised Machinery
||Design Innovation 2 - Design Communication
||Professional Practice 2 - Ethics & Sustainability
||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 |
|BFD109||BFD109 Pattern Engineering 1 - Block Development|
|BFD110||Manufacture 1 - Basic Industrial Machinery|
|BFD111||Design Innovation 1 - Design Fundamentals|
|BSPB105||Academic and Professional Communications|
|BFD112||Pattern Engineering 2 - Style Development|
|BFD113||Manufacture 2 - Specialised Machinery|
|BFD114||Design Innovation 2 - Design Communication|
|BFD115||Professional Practice 2 - Ethics & Sustainability|
|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|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requisites and co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design subject summary (Word - 94kb).
For details on the profile of students undertaking this course, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design student profile (Word-134kb).
For details on ATAR-based offers, download the 2022 ATAR-based Offers for the Bachelor of Fashion Design (Word - 131kb).
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 is held at the Chadstone campus. It generally takes no longer than 20 minutes. This is an opportunity to evaluate the skill level, interest, creativity level and ability to apply the design process at undergraduate level.
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 MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and/or 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-aged 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 with staff members who use previous levels of achievement, resumes and employment records as indicators of aptitude and commitment to the study of fashion at undergraduate level.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, 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.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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For details of fees per unit, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design - Full Fee 2023 tuition fees (Word - 136kb).
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Full Fee||$16,995||per annum|
|*Student Services and Amenities Fees (GST exempt)||$326||per annum|
|Mandatory materials fee (GST inc)||$1,500||per course|
|Mandatory activities fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|**Additional course costs||$1,300||per course|
*Students are required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). 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 2023, the SSAF fee is $326 for 12 months. This fee is charged per semester at $163 per semester. All local higher education students are required to pay this fee at the time of enrolment, regardless of study mode. Part time students are charged 75% of this amount. For more information, please visit the SSAF webpage.
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable 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 apply for each 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.
Find out more about paying for your course. Mandatory materials and activities fees, and additional course costs are not covered by HELP Loans.
All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.
Tuition assurance requirements
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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