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Study Fashion Design at Curtin

Fashion Design

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-FASHN

Major
Fashion Design Major
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

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

Study Fashion Design at Curtin

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.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

(Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Industry links

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

Careers

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

Industries

  • 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

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English, MC Verbal and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English, MC Verbal and Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English, MC Verbal and Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

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.

It is also recommended you attend a group advisory session if you register this major as one of your preferences. For more information, contact Lara MackIntosh at l.mackintosh@curtin.edu.au.

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

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: November 25, 2019