Fashion and textiles courses in Australia are a popular choice for international students, with Australia’s universities and TAFE schools enjoying an excellent reputation in the country’s flourishing fashion-related industries.
Visit the blog to read about Fashion study in Australia, starting with the bachelor degree in Fashion at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Fashion & Textiles – Study in Australia
Plan to study Fashion in Australia? Australia presents world-class opportunities for all those interested in Fashion at university level. Australia’s specialist schools have a reputation for producing graduates of professional standard who are able to work at all levels in the fashion and textiles industries.
Who might decide to study Fashion in an Australian university?
Your ambition could be to start your own fashion Fashion & Textiles business.
Or your goal might be working at a large, established fashion label.
It could be that you have a strategy to improve your professional profile and employability within the Fashion industry, getting what you need from a Masters degree. You want to show you have the kind of practical and theoretical knowledge that adds value to a company.
The Fashion industry plus the industries that link to Fashion exist in a creative and business environment characterised by rapid change, so the Fashion world needs well-trained individuals with an enormous range of different skills. Universities face the challenge of nurturing each student’s creative ability while also enabling them to skill-up in business. This means as well as their craft, Fashion graduates know about merchandising and distribution, about the management and sustainability of supply chains – and plenty more that artists in other fields never need to consider. Universities must also provide industry-standard facilities, and teaching staff with impressive resumes full of industry experience.
Among the best universities meeting that training challenge are the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), and Queensland University of Technology. First we’re going to have a quick look at QUT in Brisbane – a great destination for undergraduate study in Fashion – and we’ll answer some important questions about choosing to enter university first if you have your eye on a job in this most vibrant and competitive of the creative industries.
Into academic training in Fashion at QUT
Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion)
Also look into options for double degrees:
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion)
Where will I study?
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane.
Duration – how long is the course?
3 years Full Time.
Entry – what do I need?
Language – English ability
IELTS 6.5 overall (with no band score under 6.0).
Queensland University of Technology: Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion)
So you’re thinking about undergraduate training in Fashion…
Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane runs the Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion) degree (or BFA for short). It’s an intensive course designed by QUT to build your creativity, to keep your individuality at the fore, and develop your awareness of the industries connected to Fashion.
What’s different about this course – and what’s special about the study culture at QUT?
First, BFA tutors tell us they emphasise certain things to create the right kind of study culture. For example, you are encouraged to take risks with your work and tutors stress that they don’t teach Design in terms of right and wrong. Instead, your own unique style – your individual identity – is respected and encouraged.
As we said, the course is intensive but the setting for the Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion) is relaxed, supportive and friendly. Because the aim is for you to develop self-awareness about your own personal sense of style, QUT explains that you’ll always be encouraged to keep reflecting on your creative process. On campus you work in a studio environment – a large open study space with lots of activity and creative energy. This helps you not only to think about your ideas and working methods as an individual – you also engage regularly in group discussions, shared with the whole study group.
OK, now tell me how QUT will improve my fashion skills and technical know-how?
You will get going straight away – because right from the first semester you gain key skills. We mentioned the ‘Design Studio’ units – a series of six courses spread over the entire degree. In Semester 1 you begin by learning about the components, principles and processes of contemporary fashion design. You put your knowledge into action by tackling a design brief, together with your first training in fashion pattern-cutting. Then you’ll be using key sewing techniques to manufacture garments. In this way, you’re prepared for Semester 2 when you extend your knowledge into more complex pattern engineering, but also start devising production plans for your garments.
Or you begin with ‘Drawing for Fashion’ in your first semester, starting by examining ways of generating fashion graphics both by hand and using digital technology – vital skills in presenting garments and showing how your fashion collections could evolve. You’ll look at how to show human figures and how to recreate a sense of different fabrics. Then, by your second year, you’ll be ready for a far more in-depth study of Computer Aided Design as it applies to the Fashion industry.
As with many programs in Australia, the BFA in Fashion at QUT comprises core courses that you must do (like it or not!) and electives, which you can choose yourself. For a really close look at the Bachelor of Fine Art (Fashion), come and see us here at YEC.
Will I learn enough about the business side? I want to start my own fashion retail business in the future.
Yes, the BFA (Fashion) program clearly sees the development of Fashion business acumen as a priority from start to finish.
QUT offers several different ways to do your degree, including double degrees like the Bachelors in Business/Bachelors in Fine Art (Fashion). The degree produces creative graduates with sophisticated technical skills in fashion, as well as highly developed knowledge in business.
QUT 提供數種攻讀學位的方式，包括像商務學士/ 時尚主修美術學士的雙學士課程。此學位讓畢業學生同時具備高階時尚專業技術與商務技能。
The BFA in Fashion at QUT – theory and practical study together
Is the BFA mostly a practical fashion course? What else do you study?
QUT explain that design work you do within the department is at the heart of your training. But as well as your practical work, and the pieces you create in course units like ‘Design Studio’, you complete core modules in the history and theory surrounding fashion. These studies help develop your understanding of market forces and of how developments worldwide have come to influence the textile and garment design industries. So you might think, for example, about the growth of ethical fashion and textiles business during the past fifty years. Certainly, you must learn how garments are constructed but you also need a good understanding of issues such as ensuring that goods are produced ethically.
But I’m much more interested in the practical side than I am in the theory surrounding fashion – I really want to focus on designing clothes.
比起理論我還是對實務操作比較有興趣 – 我想要專心設計服飾
You are not alone! The majority of undergraduates want practical experience most of all. But remember that you cannot be quite so selective at this stage: a Bachelors degree has to be comprehensive, covering practice and theory. This is true wherever you study – it’s one thing that distinguishes vocational study from what you need to do at university.
你並不孤單! 多數本科系學生都想要專注在實務操作。但是記住: 在這個階段你還不能對課程太挑剔，本科系課程必須廣泛涉及實務及理論兩方。這點在各個科系都相同，也是區分職訓與大學課程的特點之一。
How does a theory side support me and help me become a great practitioner?
First, keep in mind that the less practical side of your course can inform your creative work, taking your designs in directions you might not otherwise have found. It’s this kind of learning experience that can set university study apart.
When you focus on history of fashion it will challenge you to think what has already influenced your eye and imagination. Making the connection between the global spread of trading empires, and the sudden availability of new fabrics or dyes from around the world, you could see how traditions from Asian culture became stylistic influences on key moments in European fashion history.
A course at QUT like ‘Unspeakable Beauty 1: A History of Dress and Fashion’ asks you to examine how fashion developed as a medium linked to social class, and to notions of gender that may seem incredible today.
QUT的課程如「不可言說的美 1: 洋裝與時尚發展史」將會帶你重新檢視時尚與社會階層的連結，以及在今日看來令人感到不可思議的性別概念。
How does QUT see the interaction of theory and practice?
They echo what we’ve said above in that the historical and conceptual side encourages you to see your own practical creative work in a wider context, and they say this occurs in ways that are easy to link with today’s real-world of fashion.
QUT say that this is in itself a form of business knowledge because after all, if you possess a thorough knowledge of fashion precedents (styles from years gone by), you may become great at recognising not only where new designs have come from, but also at sensing how trends could develop in the future – that’s an essential skill if you want to run your own fashion retail business, or to work in fashion merchandising in the future.
This comprehensive mix of practice and theory lets you become a more rounded professional in your chosen industry. It can give you a competitive edge later on.
Would you like to have your own questions answered? We can help, so contact us at YEC for an interview.
Alternatively, visit QUT online: http://www.qut.edu.au/study/international-courses/bachelor-of-fine-arts/bachelor-of-fine-arts-fashion