University of Technology Sydney

C09143v1 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (BIntSt(Hon))
Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (BDesign)

CRICOS code: 106924H
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. check with the UTS Student Centre.

This course version is for students commencing in 2022 and onwards.

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


The Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is an exit-point for students who have completed the International Honours pathway within the Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of International Studies (C10307).

In the fourth year of the combined degree, International Honours students spend an academic year studying in the local language at a university in the country of their major and also complete an honours level research project under the supervision of a relevant UTS academic.

Entry to the International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors.

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.

The international experience of the international studies component further enhances career prospects.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with an outlook and ambition that extends 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 relationship to historical and contemporary contexts.

The first year introduces design principles and challenges design thinking. Within the second year students have the opportunity to diversify according to their area of interest and strength in areas including innovation in material research, types of technologies, engaging with digital design, methods of construction, 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 to provide them with a choice of design projects and areas of specialisation.

A further two years of study introduce and consolidate the learning of a language and culture other than English.

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 understanding of appropriate academic and professional practice in the acknowledgement of others' work and ideas
C.1 Ability to collaborate and work with others, including within diverse social and cultural contexts
C.2 Effective communication skills encompassing performative, oral, visual and written forms
C.3 Ability to respond to constructive criticism and feedback
I.1 Development of an original aesthetic sensibility
I.2 Ability to speculate, experiment, challenge boundaries and take risks
I.3 Ability to use technology competently, appropriately and creatively
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct a major independent applied research project using advanced theoretical and specialised knowledge into international aspects of contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate critically research findings and creatively use applied research methods to understand complex problems.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.
P.1 Demonstrated self-directed learning and self-initiated problem-solving
P.2 Ability to use, acquire and integrate relevant technical skills
P.3 Understanding business and marketing relevant to the fashion and textile industry
P.4 Ability to utilise effective time management
P.5 Accuracy, rigour and care
R.1 Ability to undertake in-depth research, including both visual and written forms
R.2 Ability to construct well-supported arguments and rationale
R.3 Ability to reflect on practice and research
R.4 Capacity to interpret complex ideas


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)


Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time or part-time equivalent basis. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points comprising 108 credit points of core subjects, a 24-credit-point of design studies, 12 credit points of electives in fashion and textiles, and 96 credit points of international studies subjects.

International Studies (96 credit points)

  • Intercultural Communication (8 credit points)
  • International Research Methods (8 credit points)
  • Contemporary Society subject (8 credit points)
  • Language and Culture subjects (32 credit points)
  • International Honours (40 credit points)

Overseas study

International Honours students spend a full year at a relevant partner university where they complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91426 Core Subjects (Fashion and Textiles) 108cp
STM91424 Design Studies 24cp
CBK91878 Electives 12cp
CBK92058 Country and Language choice (Honours) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and is undertaking the course with the German Language and Culture major, and the International Honours pathway.

Autumn commencing, full time
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 Histories   6cp
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
83724 Studio: Body Form   6cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
83723 New Textile Technologies   6cp
Spring session
83000 Textiles: Digital and Screen Print Design   6cp
85202 Design Futuring   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
83341 Fashion Intersections   6cp
88834 Advanced Fashion Technologies   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
83722 Studio: Body Mapping   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
83721 Studio: Fashion Illustration Exploration   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
971103 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   16cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
83821 Fashion and Textiles Major Studio 1   12cp
85302 Social Media Cultures   6cp
Spring session
83822 Fashion and Textiles Major Studio 2   12cp
83823 Fashion and Textiles Professional Practice   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, and Pass level.

The calculation of the Honours level is based upon the 48 credit points of study completed in the UTS subjects 999781 International Research Methods, In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1 and In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2, all completed while students are overseas on In-country 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
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