University of Technology Sydney

C10307v2 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

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

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


This course version is for students commencing in 2020 and onwards.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
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.

The combined Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of Arts in International Studies 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 Employ effective cultural strategies to operate within professional settings in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods in International Studies.
INT.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures.
INT.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language.
INT.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty in Australian and international settings.
INT.5.1 Develop capacity to engage with current issues and to act ethically in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.
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)

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 are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

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.

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.


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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course completion requirements

STM91426 Core Subjects (Fashion and Textiles) 108cp
STM91424 Design Studies 24cp
CBK91878 Electives 12cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with Germany as the international studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

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
Year 2
Autumn session
83724 Studio: Bespoke Fashion   6cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
88004 Textiles: Print   6cp
Spring session
83723 Textile Lab: New Technologies   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, Gender and Identity   6cp
88834 Experimental Fashion Making   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
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
83721 Studio: Fashion Illustration Exploration   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
83821 Studio: Men's Collection   12cp
85302 Social Media Cultures   6cp
Spring session
83822 Studio: Women's Collection   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
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building