Bachelor of Arts - Textile Design

RMIT University

This program qualifies students as a professional textile designer for the fashion, interior, automotive and licensing design industries in Australia and overseas. They will explore design and creativity and develop technical and sustainability knowledge and digital media skills for translating textile concepts into marketable products. Students can specialise in surface pattern (print) or constructed textiles (knit and weave) and will undertake a range of projects that will result in a professional portfolio students will present to industry. Students will take part in industry-related projects and develop communication, business and computer-aided textile design (CATD) skills, which will meet global industry needs for their future success.

Course Fee:

International: $86,400

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Year 1 - You will study: hands-on printing, weaving and machine knitting; CS6 software for repeat design, storyboarding, digital textile design, communication and illustration; core textile paper design skills; croquis, colour, media and illustration techniques; folio and presentation skills. Year 2 - You will specialise and develop your key skills in surface pattern design (print) or constructed textiles (knit and weave), and: design for a broad range of projects using specialist textile software; be involved in industry projects focused on social and historical aspects of textile design; select two creative university electives. Year 3 - You will participate in: the Textile Industry Engagement and Professional Practice course, which has an emphasis on creating the right folio for industry presentations; real-time briefs to create a folio of diverse projects that emphasise your skills and critical thinking; the end of year degree show, exhibiting your work to our industry partners.

Subjects you can Study:

Digital textile design, Textile culture and practice, Textile design research concepts and projects, Textile design studio - Body and space, Textile design studio - surface and structure, Textile industry engagement, Textile materiality and principles, Textile professional practice.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 are given automatic entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and are granted exemptions up to one year. You must submit and application via RMIT direct. Graduates who achieve less than a minimum GPA of 2.5 must apply (via RMIT Direct) and attend a folio presentation. You may be considered for some exemptions based on negotiation with the program selection team.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include textile designer, illustrator / graphic designer, trend forecaster, stylist, product developer.


This course is accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Council of Textile & Fashion.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Brunswick No info No Full time 3 years
Founded in 1887, RMIT became a university in 1992. It offers both higher education and vocational education courses with over 82,000 students including 31,160 international students, of whom 18,860 are taught outside Australia (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam).

Over 900 courses exist to graduate at all levels, including certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. RMIT University is a global university of technology and design offering areas of study including: aerospace and aviation; architecture, building and planning; art and design; business; communication; community and welfare; computing and information systems; education and training; engineering and related technologies; environment; health sciences; humanities, social sciences and legal; manufacturing and processing; and science and mathematics.

RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, with smaller sites at Hamilton and Point Cook. Main campus in Melbourne's CBD is spread over a number of Melbourne city blocks. There are art galleries, cinemas, bookshops and cafes on campus. The Brunswick campus is six kilometres from the city and offers state-of-the-art specialist graphic technology, fashion and textile facilities - with access to the on-campus International Fibre Centre. The Bundoora campus is set in extensive parklands and offers courses in life sciences, education and manufacturing/mechanical engineering.

RMIT also two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. They also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Spain and Germany, and enjoy research and industry partnerships on every continent.

RMIT was awarded the Premier's Award for International Education and the award for Excellence in the inaugural Victorian International Education Awards.

Provider CRICOS: 00122A

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