University of Technology Sydney

C10307v3 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of International Studies

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

UAC code: 609260 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 077338D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

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


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

Overview

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.

Combined with the Bachelor of International Studies, the degree provides students with additional practical skills, in particular those that raise their awareness of the international contexts of design, by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of a language other than English and another culture.

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/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or 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

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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 and for the Bachelor of International Studies offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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

Students must refer to the portfolio eligibility for the faculty’s consideration in order to get a place.

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.

Applications

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.

The applicants 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 PDFs must be a 150–200 word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, addresses what was 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, with 1.5 line spacing).

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.

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.

In the International Studies component students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World pathway or the Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91426 Core Subjects (Fashion and Textiles) 108cp
STM91424 Design Studies 24cp
CBK91878 Electives 12cp
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The below program shows a student who has selected the German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway.

It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

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
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
85202 Design Futuring 6cp  
85001 The Bio Kitchen 6cp  
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
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
83821 Fashion and Textiles Major Studio 1   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
85302 Social Media Cultures 6cp  
85840 Biodesign 6cp  
Spring session
83822 Fashion and Textiles Major Studio 2   12cp
83823 Fashion and Textiles Professional Practice   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

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