Bachelor of Design Arts: Fashion & Costume Design
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Our Fashion & Costume Design program offers training that will ensure you are mainstream industry-ready and employable. Design principles and exercises are central to the program. Students learn about applied design processes from idea generation to the creation of mood boards and storyboards that address design briefs, contextual factors, and trend forecasts. Fabric appreciation, manipulation, and handling are part of this learning. Students gain an understanding of commercial manufacturing, logistics, and distribution, supported by an insight into the power of marketing and the importance of branding.
Major Study Units
- Fashion Art and Society
- Visual Dynamics for development
- Theme Development and Garment Production
- Fashion Fabrication, Art and Society
- Exploration of Fashion and Costume
- Folio and Presentation for Final Range
- Garment Construction Methods and Applications
- Design Development
Bachelor of Design Arts (Fashion & Costume Design)
During Orientation the Academy will provide you with a detailed list of the required materials for the program.
The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 3 years full-time (10 units per academic year) or 2 years fast-tracked full-time (15 units per academic year). Part-time study is also available. An academic year is divided into three twelve-week study periods, called ‘trimesters’.
80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations, and group assignments) and 20% test.
- 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.
Prospective Student Profile
- Interest in fashion and fashion trends
- Innovative thinker
Graduates can launch their own fashion label, design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers, enter fashion retail or marketing.
The Professional Studies units of the Bachelor of Design Arts ensure students secure industry placements to enhance their skills and experience - giving them an edge when they graduate. Work experience in the industry can include internships at Virgin Melbourne fashion week (front or backstage), assistants for designers and labels, or fashion media interns.