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:

Australian: $86,400
International: $92,160

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

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

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At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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