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Full Time: 3 years


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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.

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.

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.

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.

For details on the profile of students undertaking this course and ATAR-based offers, download the Bachelor of Fashion design student profile (Word - 36kb).

Course structure

Work placements/internships
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.

Major studies
Design innovation, Manufacturing and pre-production, Pattern engineering, Professional

This course of 24 core subjects is designed around four main strands – Design Innovation, Pattern Engineering, Manufacturing & Pre-Production and Professional Practice.


Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.





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
BFD101Pattern Engineering 1
BFD102Manufacturing & pre-production 1
BFD103Design innovation 1
BFD104Professional practice & industry issues 1
BFD105Pattern engineering 2
BFD106Manufacturing & pre-production 2
BFD107Design innovation 2
BFD108Professional practice & industry issues 2
BFD201Pattern engineering 3
BFD202Manufacturing & pre-production 3
BFD203Design innovation 3
BFD204Professional practice & industry issues 3
BFD205Pattern engineering 4
BFD206Manufacturing & pre-production 4
BFD207Design innovation 4
BFD208Professional practice & industry issues 4
BFD301Pattern engineering 5
BFD302Manufacturing & pre-production 5
BFD303Design innovation 5
BFD304Professional practice and industry issues 5
BFD305Pattern engineering 6
BFD306Manufacturing and pre-production 6
BFD307Design innovation 6
BFD308Professional practice and industry issues 6
For details of fees per unit, download the Bachelor of Fashion Design 2019 tuition fees (Word - 36kb).

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)

Entry requirements

Good passes at Year 12/Matriculation or the overseas equivalent and preferably some relevant work experience.

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (Academic).


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.



After completing this course, you will receive the BFD16 Bachelor of Fashion Design.


Bachelor of Fashion graduates can apply for entry to relevant Masters or other post-graduate qualifications.

Grade Point Average or other conditions may apply.


Graduate career opportunities:
When you graduate from this course you will have developed a thorough understanding of the fashion and textiles pipeline.

Holmesglen alumni work in the design, pattern and production fields for local designers and global brands; while others have launched their own fashion label.

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.
• Fashion Designer/Design Assistant
• Manual patternmaker and grader
• CAD pattern maker and grader
• Production Manager
• Garment Technician and Fit Technologist
• Small (design) Business Manager/Owner
• Independent fashion consultant/designer

How to apply


Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at:

To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:

T: 03 9564 1703



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.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




International Fee


The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.


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. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

Annual tuition fee:

These are indicative fees only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and other charges annually.
You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.

To find out more about fees or payment options, visit Fees for International Students.


For more details, please refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

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Fashion Open Days


In fashion, it's not just about what you know, but who you know. Some of our major partners, who visit our students in our studios regularly, include Puma, Stussy, Target and the Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival. Visit us on Open Day and meet the Coordinator and tour the facilities which will introduce you to the world of fashion design and the production process. At this Information Session you will be able to ask questions and learn more about what is offered in our Fashion Design courses. You can also come along to find out more about our VET in Schools Fashion course, the Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. Our experienced teachers will provide you with information on how we can support you to successfully complete units towards your Year 11 and Year 12 studies as well as highlight future study pathways and career opportunities


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