Bachelor of Design - Fashion Design

3 years full-time

Design your way to success

Course summary for local students
Year 2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Design
Location Parramatta campus
Length 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2017: February, April, July, October

Tuition fee rate Available fee rates can be found at
English language proficiency
English proficiency of at least an IETS level 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry Requirements can be found at
Study mode On-Campus day
Level Undergraduate
Alternative entry pathway Certificate IV
Contact details Further information is available from Raffles College on:
T: +61 2 9633 3800
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Your dream workplace is colourful, light-filled, full of beautiful things: sketches of mannequins dressed in floaty pastels or bold patterns or tailored crisp monochrome, the thrum of sewing machines, rows of hangers holding clothes of your creation – there, soft silk meets cool leather meets fine, hand-stitched embroidery.

Discover a career in couture with fashion design at Raffles.

What you’ll learn in this fashion design course

Work hands-on and develop designs for both ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, using digital and manual tools and techniques. We prepare you for an industry that’s demanding that you’re multi-skilled in these areas.

You’ll explore the garment-making process in full, building technical know-how in every stage, from concept to stitching, catwalk to selling. You’ll work with your collections through production and marketing – and showcase them at our end-of-year fashion show.


Fashion design is for you if…

You get thrills running your hand over quality textiles, dream in vibrant colour, and keep up to date with global fashion trends and styles religiously.

You’re creative, and you’ve got an eye for beauty and aesthetic detail. You’re up for spending long hours bent over sewing machines, and you’re not afraid to get your hands pricked with needles.


Why choose Raffles for your fashion design course?

You’ll work in small groups on presentations that simulate real-world professional environments, and develop a portfolio to help you land an exciting first job.

And, of course, the jewel in the crown is Raffles’ annual live fashion show. You’ll get to present your final range to fashion industry professionals and the wider public.

Plus, eight lucky students are selected each year to showcase their designs on the international stage at China Graduate Fashion Week. Raffles College is the first and only international institute to take part in this prestigious event.

We’re also the only private education provider to showcase its graduates work at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. It doesn’t get much more real-life than that.



Fashion is a multi-million dollar global business – designers are the tip of the iceberg. Studying fashion design can be the first step to success as a designer – or in another industry role. Think positions like:

  • Fashion designer
  • Production coordinator
  • Pattern maker
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Fashion stylist
  • Design room coordinator
  • Product developer
  • Production manager
  • Textile designer
  • Fashion buyer


Study options 

The Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion Design is a full-time, three-year degree available at our Parramatta campus. 



Assessment for this degree varies from essays, group projects, research projects and presentations. Further information on assessment policies can be found under Academic Policies on our Policies and Procedures page.



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Course Outline

Semester 1

AC007: Computing for Design (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to relevant design industry software. Students will develop functional competence in using this software to prepare, graphics and text, manipulate scanned and downloaded images and present material for publishing.
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FD070: Fashion Design Studio 1 (6 credit points)
This subject introduces students to the practice of researching, designing and making garments for the fashion industry.
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CC142: Ideas and Thought (6 credit points)
This subject seeks to introduce students to philosophy, culture and visual art. It discusses the interrelatedness of key philosophical, cultural and artistic ideas and encourages a scholarly way of thinking. Providing an overview of some of the major historical periods it focuses on an influential thinker of each age.
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DN019: Drawing, Design Principles and Colour Theory (6 credit points)
Students will be given an understanding and foundation in: basic drawing techniques; design elements and principles; colour mixing and colour theory (both practical and theoretical); composition; and professional mounting and presentation skills.
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Semester 2

DN020: 20th Century Design and Culture (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to research, understand and analyse the historical, cultural, social and economic factors that have influenced the development of design in the 20th century.
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GD059: Applied Graphics and Imaging (6 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to advance student’s computer graphic competency. Building on skills developed in the subject Computing for Design, Applied graphics and Imaging will allow students to advance their skills in computer image making and graphic design solutions.
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FD071: Fashion Design Studio 2 (6 credit points)
This subject enables students to integrate research and practice with the application of pattern making, material understanding and fabrication techniques to produce fashion design solutions.
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FD072: Fashion Past and Present (6 credit points)
Students will study historical styles of clothing and fashion and demonstrate their knowledge through illustration. Students will learn: to identify fashion silhouettes, the fundamentals of drawing, figurative drawing, an introduction to fashion illustration techniques, and understand how to develop their own distinctive illustration style. Students will be introduced to fashion sketching, drawing and illustration, and learn to appreciate what makes a 'good' drawing.
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Semester 3

DN022: Sustainable Design (6 credit points)
The main aim of this course is to explore how design both reflects and constructs the world about us. In order to understand this relationship - and to be a socially conscious participant - the course also aims to develop students' skills of analysis, interpretation and explanation of design as a social phenomenon with a global impact.
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Elective (6 credit points)
Students will select an elective
FD076: Pattern Design Systems 1 (6 credit points)
This subject builds on student’s previous knowledge of design, patternmaking and garment construction, and develops a firm base for further studies in the fashion design area. Manual pattern grading adds an essential skill to inform the production processes while Gerber digitizing introduces current technologically assistive processes.
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FD073: Fashion Design Studio 3 (6 credit points)
Students will learn to describe and state the characteristics and properties of various fabric structures and finishes used in the fashion industry. With this knowledge, they will explore a range of textile applications and develop pattern design solutions for fabric.
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Semester 4

FD075: Fashion Design Studio 4 (6 credit points)
The influence of culture and context on fashion and design are at the core of this subject. Students will draw from cultural theory and knowledge to create conceptual garments in response to a design brief.
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FD074: Pattern Design Systems 2 (6 credit points)
This subject enables students to broaden their knowledge of garment design and production through the use of stretch fabrics. Computer technology and Gerber digitizing will be used to enhance the manual processes.
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Elective (6 credit points)
Students will select an elective
DN023: Design and Subculture (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to explore a range of subcultures and their historical transition into mainstream culture through design and design “style”.
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Semester 5

DN035: Self Promotion (3 credit points)
The aim of this subject to prepare portfolio and self-promotion material relevant to the student’s profession. Material may include building an online presence, creating appropriate portfolio’s for interviews, business cards, demonstration or show reels. Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative when preparing their material.
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FM005: Brand Management (6 credit points)
This subject examines the importance of developing strategies focused on brand management. The module will present branding strategy options, and outlines how a poorly planned branding strategy can confuse customers and devalue a company’s competitive strength. The subject articulates brand designing and building, the challenges in branding development, and developing branding strategies to form competitive barriers and work towards establishing and sustaining a competitive market position.
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DN034: Internship Preparation (3 credit points)
This Industry Preparation will guide students through the process of taking the necessary steps in obtaining a position in an approved company. It will assist students to undertake appropriate research to investigate and familiarise themselves with the Industry and the nature of employment opportunities available in their Professional field. The students will acquire practical insights of what is required in preparing a Professional Job application, attending interviews and undertake formal negotiations with prospective Employers.
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DM001: Design, Business and Law (6 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to examine the legal, business and ethical environment in which local and international contemporary design-oriented businesses operate. It is designed to equip students with knowledge of the basic business and legal principles pertinent to both international business and to the country in which they are studying. The subject focuses on ethical principles that require an examination of the human consequences to corporate decision-making, and on the increasing importance of social corporate responsibility for today’s design business.
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DM006: Design and Business Management (6 credit points)
This subject will give students an appreciation of what it is like to be part of a commercially based organisation and recognise that management is a generic process that underpins all human activity.
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FD077: Fashion Design Studio 5 (6 credit points)
Students will apply their advanced skills in pattern making, textile design and selection to produce a strong and innovative design collection for men and women, with the specified target market foremost in the design process.
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Semester 6

DN027: Major Project (12 credit points)
This subject provides an opportunity for students to design and realise a significant series or body of work based on an individual interpretation of the design brief. Major Studio Project is the final Major subject for the Fashion Design Students, and evidences the culmination of three years of Fashion Design Studio subjects. Students who complete this course will have achieved an industry quality collection of garments for professional exhibition, and a detailed printed document that describes the research, design, manufacturing, styling, and marketing processes associated to the final garment collection.
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Internship (6 credit points)
This subject will prepare students to enter into full-time employment in their area of specialization upon graduation. It will provide students with the opportunity to test their career aptitude and aid them adjusting from college to full-time employment. It will present students with the opportunity to develop attitudes conducive to effective interpersonal relationships, increase their sense of responsibility, and help them acquire good work habits. It will offer the opportunity for students to understand informal organizational interrelationships and provide in-depth knowledge of the formal functional activities of a participating organization.
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Drawing (6 credit points)
In this subject students further quality experience and understanding in freehand drawing as a fundamental tool for communication across all major areas of study. Communicating ideas through drawing is an integral part of the creative (and related) industries and in particular, a fundamental part of a designer's job. Classes will focus on the differences and variety of the objective and subjective experiences of drawing.
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Photography for Designers (6 credit points)
This subject introduces students to the creative potential of photography in visual communication and design. Students will also learn how they can successfully collaborate with professional photographers, as well as producing their own high quality images tailored to their own industry. Students will gain an insight in regards to the physical limitations of lighting and optics, thus giving them a greater understanding of how photographers work around this to best meet the requirements and requests of their clients.
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Couture Techniques (6 credit points)
This subject aims to expand student’s knowledge of advanced garment construction techniques through manipulation of fabrics on the three-dimensional form. Couture hand finishing techniques will be used to apply fabric that has been manipulated through French Draping, onto a structured undergarment. While the primary focus is on producing a couture garment using specialized construction techniques, other fashion applications such as fabric properties and manipulation are explored to support concurrent major projects in the school of fashion design.
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Draping (6 credit points)
This subject aims to develop basic and advanced patternmaking techniques through manipulation of fabrics on the three-dimensional form. In particular it enables learners to explore more advanced techniques, leading to greater freedom of expression in the creation of patterns for design. While the primary focus is on producing accurate patterns for both ready-to-wear and bespoke design, other fashion applications such as fabric properties, manipulation and technologies are explored to support concurrent and future projects in the school of fashion design.
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Mens Tailoring (6 credit points)
In this subject the students will learn to research and recognise, design, pattern make, cut and assemble a basic man’s tailored Jacket.
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My Experience

"While studying at RCDC I felt that the courses were designed to encourage the individual creativity of the students, allowing me to develop and strengthen my own original style and approach to fashion design. RCDC is one of two design institutions in Sydney that offers selected students a chance to show a collection during Fashion Week Australia. I was lucky enough to participate for two consecutive years after graduating. This opportunity created a platform for me to showcase my own brand both on the runway and also in a showroom location in Sydney. Raffles also has a great international focus; I was given the opportunity to show my collections overseas in Beijing during China Graduate Fashion Week in years 2014 and 2015. This opportunity gave my brand exposure on an international level and also included a showroom location in the art and design district in Beijing. These unique opportunities have allowed me to introduce my brand to the available market and experience the industry first-hand; leading to the success of the building of my brand."

Fatima Asanovski - Fashion Design Graduate (2012)
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