Fashion & Costume Design
Fashion & Costume Design | Fashion & Costume Design

In our Fashion & Costume Design program you can look forward to a career full of glamour and style. Design principles are central to the course. You will create garments through applied design processes – from idea generation, to mood boards and storyboards that address design briefs and trend forecasts, textile selection and practical garment construction. You will gain an understanding of commercial manufacturing, logistics and distribution, supported by an insight into the power of marketing and the importance of branding and fashion shows.

As an Academy graduate with a major in Fashion & Costume Design you can launch your own fashion label, enter fashion retail or marketing, or design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers.

  • Understanding and application of design principles
  • Garment construction through applied design processes, from idea generation to execution
  • Understand commercial manufacturing, logistics and distribution
  • Develop an understanding of fashion marketing and the importance of branding
  • Ability to project manage fashion events
  • Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
  • Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Graphic & Digital Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
  • Creative
  • Interest in fashion and fashion trends
  • Innovative thinker

To be considered for admission, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. If you are a domestic student aged under 18 you can enrol at the Academy but you will need your parent or guardian's consent. Unfortunately we are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.

Graduates can launch their own fashion label, design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers, enter fashion retail or marketing.

  • Small classes. Generally no more than 18.
  • State of the art facilities, including industry standard computing equipment and software.

Bachelor of Design Arts

During Orientation the Academy will provide you with a detailed list of the required materials for the program.

The Bachelor of Design Arts is completed over 3 years or part-time equivalent. The course consists of five credit-bearing units of study per semester. 15-17 hours per week. 16 week semesters.


80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments) and 20% test.