How to become a Fashion Designer

Fashion designers plan and develop new clothing and accessory styles by creating original designs or by adapting fashions to suit local conditions and trends. They fabricate sample garments based on these designs.

Personal requirements of a Fashion Designer

  • Enjoy artistic and creative activities
  • Creative flair and drawing ability
  • Good communication skills
  • Good colour and design sense
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good time management skills
  • Able to work under pressure

Education & Training for a Fashion Designer

To become a fashion designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of their work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a fashion designer by completing a degree in fashion design or fashion and textiles. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of their work. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.4%

NT 0.4%

QLD 9.9%

SA 2.4%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 40.9%

WA 9.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 46.4%

Female 53.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 33.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 66.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.8%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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