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Study Fashion Design at Curtin

Fashion Design

Undergraduate Major


Fashion Design Major
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Weave together art, culture and your passion for design to produce your own contemporary garment line.

Antoinette Raphael

The thing that I enjoyed most about my course and Curtin experience was how much I learnt about myself as an individual: ideas wise and skills wise... I already had the skills of sewing and designing, but they were extremely nurtured through my course, which therefore developed my passion for creating fashion products.

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Present your work to industry professionals at an end-of-year show.

Fashion designers apply principles of design to create contemporary and innovative garments and accessories.

This major will appeal to creative, motivated people with a keen interest in fashion and a passion for contemporary design.

You’ll focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding the cultural significance and practice of fashion design and global trends.

You’ll learn the principles of design and creative studio practice; and develop skills in fabric manipulation and construction, design, pattern-making, styling and fashion illustration.

This major encourages you to take an innovative approach to design, achieve technical competence and gain industry experience. You’ll acquire skills, knowledge and contacts to prepare you for a range of career opportunities within the fashion industry.

Graduating fashion students have the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals at an end-of-year fashion show*.

* Participation is not compulsory and requires payment of a designer participation fee.

Fashion Design is offered as part of the Bachelor of Design. You will be able to enhance your degree by selecting to study either two additional minors or one minor and four elective units to support your career goals.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Design degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Design. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Fashion is an exciting, dynamic and growing industry.
  • Curtin graduates are renowned in the fashion industry both nationally and internationally.
  • Studying fashion design creates a broad range of employment opportunities in fashion and related industries.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion buyer
  • Theatre costume-maker and designer
  • Fashion stylist
  • Trend forecaster


  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Publishing

What you'll learn

  • apply the principles and technology of garment design and construction; independently research and manage the application of new skills and knowledge to the garment design process
  • apply critical thinking and evaluation to the practice of contemporary fashion design; apply the language and semiotics of garment to the expression of an idea or concept
  • apply the principles of garment design through an investigation of 2D and 3D media; develop a collection through the synthesis of a body of independent research
  • clearly communicate design solutions through the application of written, verbal two and three dimensional information; apply a high level of professional practice in the presentation of work to industry
  • analyse garment technologies for appropriate application to garment design and production; assess the impact of technology on sustainable design practice
  • independently sustain their intellectual curiosity, apply critical thinking and evaluation to the practice of contemporary fashion design
  • research and analyse contemporary garment technologies in relation to global sustainability; integrate knowledge gained from research into the design and construction of new garments for the ‘global village’
  • recognise the theoretical underpinnings of garment and its cultural context; respect and value the diversity of garment design and structure from different cultures
  • develop and demonstrate professional and personal attributes necessary to success in the fashion industry, including interpersonal skills, and an appreciation of business ethics; apply leadership skills to working both independently and in small teams

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

For additional queries and information, please email

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Design degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-FASHN
  • Last updated on: October 14, 2020