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C10306v1 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (BDesign)
UAC code: 602040(Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 077334G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles is an internationally recognised degree that gives students the start they need to pursue careers across all facets of the international fashion industry. The degree provides the conceptual knowledge and garment-making skills required to transform creative vision into compelling fashion statements.

While UTS recognises that a commercial framework is important, students are encouraged to become industry leaders through a focus on innovation, experimentation, individual expression and the future of fashion. They have full access to world-class textile and fashion workshops, working under the close supervision of expert staff. This experimental spirit is balanced by close industry ties. Students get the opportunity to work on real-world projects with brands such as Jets Swimwear, Think Positive, Australian Wool Innovation, Calcoup Knitwear and Swarovski.

UTS also understands that the fashion industry is as much about people as it is about garments: using studios and interdisciplinary subjects, students gain the communication and teamwork skills to develop, articulate and sell their creations to peers and industry. Graduates are recognised globally and many have gone on to work or study overseas, including fashion capitals London, New York, Tokyo and Milan. Leading international designers employing UTS graduates include Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Helmut Lang.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with outlook and ambition that extend beyond the University, cultivating a collaborative and global vision of design. Central to the course is the integration of theory and practice in relation to fashion and textile design. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the formation and application of their own individual design language and theoretical position in relation to historic and contemporary contexts.

The first year introduces design principles and challenges design thinking. In the second year students have the opportunity to diversify according to their area of interest and strength including innovation in material research, types of technologies, engaging with digital design, methods of construction, and approaches to either flat patternmaking or drape.

The fashion studio and professional practice subjects in third year have been designed to extend students' understanding of global fashion and provide students with a choice of design projects and areas of specialisation.

Career options

Career options include womenswear designer, menswear designer, fashion producer, art/creative director, textile designer, print designer and fashion forecaster. Some graduates start their own business, while others work in an established company locally or with larger international brands. Graduates can also work in fashion media, including marketing, public relations and journalism roles.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Appreciation of the importance of sustainable practices and issues
A.2 Awareness of social and ethical responsibilities
A.3 Demonstrated ability to act ethically and responsibly
A.4 Ability to appreciate Indigenous perspectives and cultural diversity
A.5 Respect for others
A.6 Value for international and cultural diversity
C.1 Ability to work with others
C.2 Effective written communication skills
C.3 Effective oral presentation skills
C.4 Effective visual presentation skills
C.5 Appropriate English language skills with a particular focus on academic literacy
C.6 Ability to respond to verbal feedback and constructive criticism
I.1 Ability to adapt and be flexible to new and unexpected opportunities
I.2 Creative approaches to problem solving relevant to fashion and textile practices
I.3 Development of an original aesthetic sensibility
I.4 Ability to challenge boundaries and take risks
I.5 Ability to use creative approaches to technology based activities
I.6 Demonstrated curiosity and enquiring approach to design process
P.1 Ability to demonstrate self directed learning
P.2 Appropriate levels of technical skills
P.3 Understanding business and marketing relevant to the fashion and textile industry
P.4 Capacity to manage production, resources and budgets
P.5 Ability to utilise effective time management
P.6 Accuracy, rigour and care in documentation process
P.7 Accuracy, rigour and care in finished outcome
R.1 Ability to understand design context through relevant research
R.2 Ability to construct well supported arguments and rationale
R.3 Ability to reflect on practice and research
R.4 Ability to utilise a variety of research methods including visual research
R.5 Capacity to interpret complex ideas
R.6 Academic referencing skills

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Tuesday 31 October 2017.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

International students with an ATAR up to five points below the minimum cut-off must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the pages must be a 150–200-word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, and addresses the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica font, with 1.5 line spacing).

The faculty reserves the right to request a portfolio from applicants.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time or part-time equivalent basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM90790 Core subjects 120cp
CBK90242 Sub-major/Electives (DAB) 24cp
Total 144cp

Course program

A typical program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
83119 Thinking Fashion   6cp
83621 Studio: Foundations in Patternmaking and Construction 1   6cp
83622 Studio: Fashion Illustration Fundamentals 1   6cp
85503 Thinking Through Design   6cp
Spring session
83231 Fashion Cultures   6cp
83882 Foundations in Patternmaking and Construction 2   6cp
83233 Fashion Illustration Fundamentals 2   6cp
85502 Researching Design History   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
83724 Studio: Bespoke Fashion   6cp
83341 Fashion, Gender and Identity   6cp
83721 Studio: Fashion Illustration Exploration   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
83722 Studio: Body Mapping   6cp
83723 Textile Lab: New Technologies   6cp
85202 Interdisciplinary Lab A   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
83821 Studio: Men's Collection   12cp
85302 Interdisciplinary Lab B   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
83822 Studio: Women's Collection   12cp
83823 Fashion and Textiles Professional Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp


The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles (C09060) is available to meritorious students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building