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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion)

Study Fashion at Flinders

Stitch together the skills for a bespoke career in fashion.

Offered in collaboration with TAFE SA*, this industry-focused degree combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge for an excellent outcome. You will learn about garment construction, patternmaking, drawing and design as well as academic and professional communication and marketing.

* TAFE SA RTO Code: 41026

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Certificate IV or above

  • – Adelaide CBD
  • – Festival Plaza (some topics)

3 years full-time Deferrable: Yes

  • 2024: $12,000
  • – March
  • – July

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Core topics are taught in the Adelaide CBD at the Adelaide College of Arts ,  TAFE SA Adelaide city campus  and  Flinders city campus  with some electives offered online or at Bedford Park. View the Study Program for more information.

Why study Fashion at Flinders

  • Study a unique combination of hands-on garment design and production, creative arts topics, and business and cultural aspects of the industry
  • Specialise in either small-scale business, such as custom garment design, or large-scale business, such as global fashion brands
  • Combine study at Flinders and TAFE SA, and work in dedicated fashion workshops for an enriched experience
  • Gain insight into the business side of the industry, including valuable skills in communication for the offshore production environment
  • Learn about computer-aided design technologies that contribute to design, production and marketing processes

Your career

Flinders graduates include award-winning actors, animators, directors, cinematographers, editors, producers and writers. Your diverse range of skills and portfolio of creative achievements will make you attractive to a wide range of employers in the arts and communication industries internationally.

Potential occupations include:

  • fashion designer
  • product developer
  • garment technician
  • production assistant
  • fashion design assistant.

What you will study

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Practical experience

Gain extensive hands-on experience in a fashion design workshop, cover vital elements of conceptual design principles and the use of computer-aided design technology, and develop strong business skills and interpersonal strengths for application in a successful career.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to undertake semester exchange programs, or summer programs in locations such as Italy or France. A field trip to Hong Kong is also held most years.

ATAR and Student Profile Information

The table below shows ATAR and Selection Rank data for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR commencing in Semester 1, 2023. It is limited to applicants that have recently completed secondary education (within the last two years). Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.

Notes: <5 – less than 5 ATAR based offers made N/A – This course uses additional selection criteria and therefore Selection Rank is not published

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced study in this course in Semester 1, 2023 including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Applicant background groupings are based on educational background, not basis of admission. Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.

Notes: <5 – the number of students is less than 5 N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

Add innovation and enterprise to your degree.

At Flinders University, we recognise that careers are evolving and the workplace of the future will look very different from today.

Whatever undergraduate course you are studying at Flinders, you can add innovation and enterprise electives to your degree to gain new, adaptable and transferrable skills that will equip you for the careers of tomorrow.

Fashion at Flinders

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Flinders students can apply to transfer to this course internally. Visit:  www.flinders.edu.au/internaltransfer for more information.

Applicants can apply for this course using Year 12 qualifications, previous higher education study, TAFE/VET qualifications, or through adult entry (STAT/Foundation Studies/tertiary preparation course). For applicants using their SACE (Year 12) results (or equivalent), entry is subject to achieving a minimum selection rank of 60. Applicants who do not meet the University’s minimum entry requirements may still be considered for admission subject to meeting certain conditions. Applicants will start in the TAFE component and upon completing the equivalent of a Certificate III/Diploma (for example) applicants will have their University offer confirmed.

When choosing your preferences through SATAC, other Flinders degrees you might want to include in your list are:

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Bachelor of Arts .

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Students will start in the TAFE qualification and upon completing the equivalent of a Certificate III or Diploma, for example, will have the University offer confirmed. 

If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through Flinders University Academy – or our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.

This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.

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If you don’t meet our academic entry requirements, you can still gain entry to Flinders University through Flinders University Academy. With a range of diplomas, foundation and English language courses, students can find a direct pathway into the destination degree of their choice. 

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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) - Flinders University



Get ready to rule the runway with the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) from Flinders University delivered in partnership with TAFE SA. This comprehensive degree course offers the right blend of theoretical study and vital hands-on experience. Equip yourself with essential skills including, computer-aided illustration and design, the creative process, textile and business studies, along with patternmaking and garment construction, whilst learning in fully equipped, industry-standard workshops and studios. The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) gives you a versatile skill set to begin your professional career in fashion locally, nationally, or internationally. The fashion industry has never looked so good, so make your mark now with this fashion degree from Flinders University and TAFE SA.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Any Certificate III or higher
  • Satisfactory achievement in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Successful completion of SACE (year 12) results (or equivalent) achieving an ATAR of 60 or above

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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs Two textbooks: Technical Drawing for Fashion by Basia Szkutnicka and The Swatch Book (2nd Edition) by Clive Hallet - $121

Employment Outcomes & Skills Covered

Employment outcomes.

In combination with the subjects studied within the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, you will study 72 units (16 topics) in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion). In Years 1 and 2 you will study: Marketing Principles Art Culture and the History of Fashion Patternmaking, Design and Construction Digital Media and Graphic Design for Fashion Visual Thinking and Creativity Event Design and Practice Textiles Theory and Practice Consumer Behaviour. In Year 3 you will choose one of two streams from: small-scale business (custom/bespoke garment construction); or large-scale business (product design and development). The first stream will focus on more advanced practical skills and will include advanced design, patternmaking and garment construction and small business topics. The second stream will focus on advanced design and product development and business topics such as: E-business; and Corporate Sustainability in Global Markets. Job role titles may include: Fashion designer, creative director, pattern maker, product developer, buyer, production assistant, trend forecaster.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

  • an understanding of conceptual design principles and the use of computer aided design technology in the development of fashion designs
  • practical skills and understanding of the processes of garment design and construction
  • high-level skills to communicate and negotiate with clients, and to undertake collaborative teamwork throughout the design and production process
  • the ability to analyse and apply design influences to determine trends and market opportunities
  • skills and knowledge to manage design, production and marketing processes and assess the commercial viability of designs *Students will enrol concurrently in the Flinders' Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) and the TAFE SA Diploma of Apparel, Fashion and Textiles [MST50122].

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program trains students to develop a design practice with a strong focus on design context - emphasizing an understanding of the culture, history, and theory of fashion as well as the crucial business savviness needed to make their work market-ready. Building on the strong foundations of the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies, Product Development concentration, the BFA further explores the processes of conceptualizing, creating, and delivering a thesis collection that sits at the intersection of craft and innovation. Students cultivate their creative voice while honing the digital expertise, research acumen, and critical thinking skills required to be innovative leaders in a rapidly evolving global industry, bringing change-making thinking to the problems it faces.

Through the program’s emphasis on issues of inclusivity, body positivity, sustainability, and the emergence of smart textiles and wearable technology, BFA students gain a broader perspective to inform their design practice. The program encourages students to broaden their experience in other ways as well. For example, students may choose to study in fashion capitals like London, Milan, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles. Though personal studio space is provided as part of the senior thesis experience, critical dialogue and collaborative opportunities remain vital components of the program, and students are strongly encouraged to collaborate across disciplines to fuel creative exploration.

Students may join the BFA program either through direct enrollment or by application during the sophomore year.

By successfully completing program requirements, students will be able to: 

  • Use discipline-appropriate technology in order to navigate the multi-channel global business environment; 
  • Evaluate consumer, fashion and design theories in order to propose solutions to existing and potential industry-related problems 
  • Use best practice primary and secondary research to communicate fashion industry-related concepts and solutions; 
  • Effectively apply advanced craft techniques, technology, and vocabulary/terminology relative to their end product; 
  • Translate fashion historical and theoretical concepts into their design practice;   
  • Understand the importance of alternative sizing, gender performativity, and adaptive fashions, among other things, in order to create more inclusive fashion future;  
  • Execute all stages of the design process from creative problem solving to concept development to design and fabrication; 
  • Describe, analyze, interpret, and contextualize their work and the work of others in relation to the broader canon of creative fashion production; 
  • And develop and present a cohesive and competitive professional body of work. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS - 80 credits required

  • FASH 101 Intro to the Fashion Industry
  • FASH 102 Fashion Design Principles
  • FASH 130 Patternmaking and Construction I
  • FASH 176 Digital Strategies in Fashion Design
  • FASH 203 Trendspotting
  • FASH 204 Math for Fashion
  • FASH 205 Textiles Survey
  • FASH 230 Patternmaking and Construction II
  • FASH 231 Approaches and Process in Fashion Design
  • FASH 306 Apparel Evaluation
  • FASH 307 Fashion History: Global Perspectives
  • FASH 308 Professional Practice
  • FASH 309 Sourcing and Supply Chain
  • FASH 330 Digital Patternmaking and Construction
  • FASH 331 Design Solutions for Fashion
  • FASH 332 Patternmaking and Construction III
  • FASH 333 Fashion Design Studio I
  • FASH 334 Fashion Design Studio II
  • FASH 383 The Fabric of Cultures
  • FASH 403 Fashion Design Thesis I
  • FASH 404 Fashion Design Thesis II

Elective Courses

Complete 8 credits from the following courses:

  • FASH 284A Workshop in Fashion Studio
  • FASH 284B Workshop in Fashion Studio
  • FASH 284C Workshop in Fashion Studio
  • FASH 284D Workshop in Fashion Studies
  • FASH 284E Workshop in Fashion Studies
  • FASH 284F Workshop in Fashion Studies
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The innovative Fashion Design BFA program has trained six generations of designers who have shaped the global industry. Employing design thinking and creative problem-solving strategies, you explore form, silhouette, material, and process — including social and environmental imperatives — to create beautiful, sustainable, responsibly produced fashion for a complex and evolving field. You are encouraged to explore the broadest contexts and applications of fashion.

Program Highlights

Fashion design fundamentals.

Learn to balance hand-making and digital skills with an integrated approach to design, honing your technique as you refine your creative vision.

Four Pathways

Explore our  four pathways — Collection, Fashion Product, Materiality, and Systems and Society — and develop a specialized, differentiated, personalized approach to fashion design.

Purposeful Design

Design with a focus on innovation and diversity, unlocking the power of apparel to spark systemic positive change in society — particularly in marginalized communities.

Industry Collaborations

Develop your design sensibility in real-world settings through projects with premier partners such as LVMH, Kering, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, COACH, and Luxottica.

Innovative Thesis Projects

Share your research, process, collection, system, and final outcomes with industry leaders and the public in the graduating student exhibition. Explore the intrepid work of the class of 2020 .

  • Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Format Full-time, on campus
  • Credits 120
  • Duration 4 years

Your BFA begins with Parsons’ first-year curriculum, which serves as the academic foundation for all undergraduate programs at Parsons. From your second year on, you dive into courses in your major field of study. You choose one of four pathways: Collection, Materiality, Fashion Product, or Systems and Society. Art and design history and theory courses develop your research, writing, and critical reasoning  skills, and university electives broaden your perspectives.

Career Paths

Graduates of the BFA Fashion Design are ready to play a variety of roles within the professional field of fashion, including design, creative and research practice, styling, visual merchandising, textiles, marketing and public relations, and production.

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New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is deeply connected to the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships.


Industry Engagement

Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.


Study Abroad

Enrich your learning and prepare for work in global contexts with study abroad that exposes you to new perspectives and settings in which to apply your creativity. Our study abroad destinations include, Paris, London, Florence, and more.


Making & Academic Resources

Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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  • Fashion Management (MPS)
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Full-time or part-time program (two years, 60 credits); best suited to students who have previous college experience in an unrelated field and want to change careers.

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