University of Technology Sydney

C09060v1 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 077330A
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

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


The Bachelor of Design (Honours) 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 course centres on design studios which integrate practice-oriented learning into specific projects and parallel to the processes which professionals undertake in industry. The honours year facilitates the development and realisation of major projects as a professional design outcome.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who aspire to the highest level of practice and are capable of adapting to the changing nature of the industry and research by developing creative solutions within the context of rapidly changing global fashion.

The course is designed to provide students with outlook and ambition that extend beyond the university, cultivating a collaborative and global vision of design. The driving force of this course is critical and reflective design practice. It advances critical research skills and challenges students to question, analyse and redefine existing methodologies in fashion and textile practice.

Career options

Career options include womenswear designer, menswear designer, fashion production, art/creative director, textile designer, print designer, fashion forecasting. Some graduates start their own business, while others work within an established company locally or with larger international brands. Graduates may also continue studies at postgraduate level in both coursework or research degrees.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Understanding and support of sustainable and ethical practices
A.2 Ability to interact with diverse fashion and textile people and practices
A.3 Value for service and responsible global citizenship
A.4 Demonstrated understanding of appropriate academic and professional practice in the acknowledgement of others' work and ideas
C.1 Advanced communication skills for industry professional context
C.2 Advanced written communication skills
C.3 Ability to work collaboratively with other professions and disciplines
I.1 Advanced aesthetic sensibility
I.2 Innovative approaches to materials, textiles and technology
I.3 Problem solving approaches to a global fashion context
I.4 Ability to innovate existing fashion practices and system
P.1 Advanced fashion industry specific technology skills, digital skills and craft skills
P.2 Advanced engagement with professional and global fashion industry practices
P.3 Appreciation of global business and marketing frameworks and processes
R.1 Ability to develop sophisticated arguments and rationales
R.2 Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas
R.3 Ability to use a variety of research methodologies

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles who completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall WAM of 72.5 or above are made a threshold offer.

Further applications for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles are considered from:

  1. UTS applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles who completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall WAM between 65 and 72.49
  2. UTS applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles who completed the course four or more years ago and have demonstrated relevant work experience in the fashion and textiles industry
  3. non-UTS applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles and who attained an overall minimum WAM of 65.

These non-threshold applicants must additionally provide:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300-word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours-level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a 200–300-word project proposal outline that includes a project description; identification of research context; description of specific research focus; and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed (include reference to three fashion practitioners as exemplars of experimental practice relevant to the proposed project)
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

Applicants who completed the Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles four or more years ago must also provide supporting reference(s) from related industry employer(s) and a copy of their academic transcript. Non-UTS applicants must provide a verified copy of their previous academic transcript.

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

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

International applicants must also attend an interview (via Skype) with the program director. Digital copies of both the academic transcripts and portfolio must be sent to the program director prior to the interview.

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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points comprising two 6-credit-point research subjects, one 12-credit-point research subject and one 24-credit-point major project.

Course completion requirements

83921 Research: Fashion and Textiles Dissertation 6cp
83922 Research: Professional Practice Identity 6cp
83923 Research: Fashion Concept Lab 12cp
83900 Research Realisation: Major Project 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The typical course program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
83921 Research: Fashion and Textiles Dissertation   6cp
83922 Research: Professional Practice Identity   6cp
83923 Research: Fashion Concept Lab   12cp
Spring session
83900 Research Realisation: Major Project   24cp

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