What is a Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design?
A Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design focuses on the design, production and brand management of collections. You will learn to create and market a range of design solutions, using industry-standard software to visualise your ideas. This fashion design degree gives you the skills to launch a fashion range or begin a career as a Fashion Designer, Buyer, Merchandise Planner or Product Manager.
Led by highly regarded industry professionals, you’ll learn garment construction techniques, evaluate communication and brand-fashion strategies, and scrutinise past, present and future fashion trends. Throughout the course, you will learn how to create a range of brand-design solutions, liaise with others across the fashion industry and use the latest software to communicate your product design ideas. You’ll discover how to produce clothing designs to industry standards while meeting budgets and timelines and how to manage the integrity and positioning of a brand.
Available as a double degree with a Bachelor of Business.
- Investigate the theory behind sustainable and ethical fashion design and marketing.
- Learn how to create and manage the integrity and positioning of a brand.
- Experiment with both classic and cutting-edge techniques and technology.
- Create relationships with the industry legends we count as friends and partners.
This course is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, giving you confidence that your education is of the highest industry standard.
Vogue Australia partnership
We’ve partnered with industry leaders including Vogue Australia, to offer you internship, mentoring and scholarship opportunities.
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Successfully completing a Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design opens doors for you in organisations across a variety of fashion and related sectors or prepares you to launch your own clothing range.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $57,000 - $80,000
Average salary: $56,741 - $176,601
Average salary: $53,000 - $129,000
Average salary: $100,000 - $124,000
Average salary: $82,000 - $150,000
Subjects and units
This course comprises of eight core subjects, 15 specialisation subjects and one elective subject.Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.
Design Context | DCX101Design Context is a foundational subject that introduces students to the designed world and their place within it. Students are encouraged to explore the interconnected nature of design and its capacity to inspire change, drive progress and navigate complex challenges. Through observation, research and iterative approach students will develop a series of creative responses that demonstrate an awareness of the value of design and its ability to create meaningful interactions for people, communities and their environments.
Fashion Illustration | FA101AFashion Illustration introduces students to the skill of visual representation and communication through the art of drawing. It acknowledges drawing as a fundamental skill of the designer, and its importance in communicating design ideas. Students will cultivate an understanding of balance, proportion, and shape through observational drawing skills. Through visual rendering techniques of various surfaces, fabrics and structures, students gain insight into the manner in which different materials and fabrics drape, shape and change on the human body. This subject underpins the development of fundamental principles of fashion design as well as the capacity of the student to visually communicate their designs.
Introduction to Branded Fashion Technical Drawing | FA104AFashion Technical Drawing and CAD provides a solid foundation for students to develop the hand drawing and computer drawing skills which will be used throughout their course and their career. Students establish hand-drawing skills to depict and explore technical and construction details for garments. Building upon these hand drawing skills, students are introduced to Computer Aided Design (CAD) methods and folio layouts specific for branded fashion. Students produce a series of digital folios that demonstrate their understanding of garment construction through both hand and digital drawing techniques.
Design Studio 1 | DSO102This subject explores the relationship between materials and storytelling. It introduces students to the attributes of materiality and encourages them to re-imagine the possibilities of creating through making. Students will explore the art of paper folding, developing skills and taking creative risks. These results will be captured digitally and altered using the appropriate software. Individual tasks allow students to develop an understanding and appreciation of materials, their many varied uses, properties, and the sustainable manufacturing processes related to them. Students will progress towards determining suitable materials in which to construct their final model with its form and function contextualised and supported by a documented process journal. Their final submission will be a model that reminds us that stories which fill our lives are not only spoken and written but sometimes are best told through craft.
Introduction to Shape and Form (Co-requisite FA108A) | FA107AThrough the exploration of a variety of cutting, sewing and finishing techniques, students are introduced to the importance of shape, form, line, and volume in garment construction. Industry terminology is defined through the execution of a variety of sewing samples and methods. Students familiarise themselves with the various components that make up a garment and the interrelationships between those components. Applying this knowledge, students execute and assemble a self-designed garment and will make decisions about the most appropriate construction techniques for that garment. Throughout their time in the sewing workroom, students will apply Work Health and Safety (WHS) practices in their workroom practice. Students participate in a Sewing Skills program – a series of additional sewing workshops that run concurrently with their formal study. These two-hour workshops provide students with an opportunity to further develop their garment construction skills.
Fashion Studio Practice (Pre-requisite FA107A) | FA108AIn Fashion Studio 2, students develop foundational design studio practice skills and knowledge. Through idea generation, fabric manipulation and draping students’ progress their ideas and translate these into a commercial garment design. Students gain a deeper understanding of design elements and principles as key design concepts by conceptualising and producing 2D and 3D design outcomes. These design outcomes inform the student’s final garment production in Fashion Studio 1: Sewing and Construction.
Design Studio 2 | DSO103Design Studio 2 offers an introduction to the building blocks of creating and developing brands and is designed to give students a broad understanding of the stages and methodologies adopted in the brand development process. The subject draws on the theory and practice that sits behind brand creation. It covers the broad spectrum of brand development, values, trends and branding techniques, as well as fundamentals such as brand positioning and brand architecture. The subject also explores the relationship between branding and audiences, cross-cultural influences and shifts in consumer behaviour. Students must first understand and apply the fundamentals of branding and then go on to use that knowledge as the basis for developing and progressing a brand. This theoretical and practical subject will equip students with the knowledge and insight with which to build their own branding expertise.
Fashion vs Clothing | FA106AIn this subject, students are introduced to various social, political and design influences that have defined historical fashion periods. Examination of several case studies of fashion occurrences will inform students of the issues, attitudes and foundations that may lead up to the formation of a fashion, the role of the designer in that process and its effect on general dress behaviour as a result. Students will analyse and apply knowledge of the history of fashion to reflect on the fashion design process and the development of their own design handwriting whilst extending technical drawing and illustration skills. Students continue to develop their technical proficiency and ability to accurately communicate their design outcomes as they are introduced to specialist software applications and techniques.
Design Studio 3 | DSO201The subject introduces business practices such as costing, time management, value engineering and general models of monetising and valuing output typical of a variety of design industries. Case study analyses’ of a typical design industry business practices, domestic and international, acquaint students with the differences and similarities that exist. Students learn about contractual agreements, and where appropriate become familiar with international shipping and distribution terms as well as an introduction to design copyright laws. Initial overview of time allocation practices and the creation and understanding costing terms such as: Bill Of Material (BOM) /Scope of Work / Deliverables used in typical projects is followed by application. Students plan a project from start to finish through to the development of an appropriate project management plan for their particular industry such as time management charts with typical dependencies highlighted and costed.
International Fashion Systems (Pre-requisite FA106A) | FA201AThis subject develops students understanding of the complex inter-relationships that exist within Global Fashion Systems and how brands develop their position within or across market classifications. Students examine the concept of fashion market classification through the analysis of international retail, design, production, and technological system influences upon particular market segments. Students are also engaged in exploring emerging systems that will be the future of the industry. Students are exposed to case studies, cultural readings and analysis of contemporary fashion systems, designers, and brands. Through this investigation, insight is provided into the roles that different consumer segment behaviours have in the development of brand positioning and design outcomes. Producing a series of design folios, students continue to advance their technical drawing, fashion illustration and software skills through the development of design outcomes relevant to defined market segments of the student’s choosing.
Digital Print Design and Print Theory | FA202ADigital Print Design provides students with the opportunity to develop both their textile knowledge and skills in manually and digitally generating original prints and colours for commercial print. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between textile type, print design and surface, applying knowledge of fabric composition, properties and performance. Students develop their knowledge of colour theory and its relationship to fabric and fabric designs, integrating colour in the development of a range of print designs (placement and repeat). Students will use both analogue and digital processes to produce their work and develop a portfolio that demonstrates their understanding of the theory and application of colour and print design. Students have the opportunity to develop and print a fabric strike-off of their design. The brief will require students to undertake a small research project to forecast colours and patterns. Importantly this work will be carried out with ongoing reflection on issues of copyright and cultural appropriation and its application to commercial print design.
Problem Based Learning Studio | PBL202Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach that enables students to learn while engaging actively with meaningful problems. Students are given the opportunities to problem-solve in a collaborative setting, create mental models for learning, and form self-directed learning habits through practice and reflection. The underpinning philosophy of PBL is that learning can be considered a “constructive, self-directed, collaborative and contextual” activity. The principle of construct positions students as active knowledge seekers and co-creators who organise new relevant experiences into personal mental representations with the help of prior knowledge. This is further reinforced by social theories of learning that advance the merits of social interaction in cognitive development. The aim of this subject is to trigger student learning with a problem which needs resolution. Students make connections to the challenge by activating their individual and collective prior knowledge and finding resources to make sense of the phenomenon; they also engage in peer learning through small-group discussions and consolidate their learning through reflective writing. Beyond enabling students to make sense of the concepts and subject matter, this learning experience will also help students develop an understanding of themselves and their contexts, and the ways and situations in which they learn effectively.
Tech and Specs for Fashion | FA203AThis is a key stone subject. Technical (techs) and specification (specs) packs are essential communication tools for commercial fashion production. This core subject lays the foundation for students to develop and complete documentation required for garment production. These skills will be essential to their final collections and throughout their career. The emphasis of the subject is on accurately detailing and depicting the key details of fashion products in order to facilitate the sampling and manufacture of garments within a collection based on design, size specifications and product details. Students will also be introduced to the product costing process for commercial fashion design and production. Students design a capsule collection based on research into a brand of their choice and the outcome of this project is a portfolio and industry standard tech and spec pack typically used for onshore and offshore production.
Enterprise Management Systems | FA208A
Enterprise Managements Systems provides a management framework that can be used by a design team to streamline and monitor the product development process from conception through to production and product delivery.
Students develop their ability to plan seasonal projects and allocate jobs in a studio setting. Students:
- Critically analyse the typical production workflow and systems of commercial fashion enterprises
- Identify the tasks and functions undertaken by a design team
- Develop a Gantt chart to timetable and manage project workflow, including allocation of tasks and responsibilities
- Build budgets based on forecasts and evaluate performance
Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver | DDD203The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully resolved from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovation comes from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realised as new offerings and capabilities. This subject introduces Problem Based Learning (PBL), mapped out as the 'Double Diamond’, the collaborative process by which the designer’s sensibilities and methods are employed to integrate the needs of people, the possibility of technology and the requirement for business success. In this subject, students examine a range of possible ideas – divergent thinking; before refining and narrowing down to the best idea – convergent thinking. To discover which ideas are best, the creative process is iterative. Ideas are developed, tested and refined many times, with weak ideas dropped in the process. This cycle is an essential part of a good design strategy.
Advanced Draping and Sewing | FA207AFashion Studio 3 continues to develop the students’ understanding of garment construction to establish commercial design outcomes. The subject focuses on 3D shape and form and industry recognised technical skills. Through sewing exercises and the process of draping fabric on a dress form, students compile a catalogue of basic shape blocks and construction samples, alongside an industry standard technical pack. Students extend this practice of experimental fabric manipulation to create garments that reflect specific design solutions, developing these ideas into a series of technical drawings. At the conclusion of this design process, students develop and manufacture a sample look from the developed range with an emphasis on technical engineering, innovation, and design structure.
Social Enterprise | SEN301Social Enterprise is an exciting theoretically-based subject that is driven by the desire to create positive change through entrepreneurial activities. These activities harness design thinking and problem-solving processes in the realisation of pragmatic, viable project proposals from initiation to client presentation. By providing students with a framework to understand business model generation and the skills to source, evaluate, and measure opportunities through systematic research and competitor analysis, Social Enterprise empowers students to conceptualise, develop and propose new ventures and products that focus primarily upon social change for good. In addition, this subject will help students understand and address the practical challenges of working within this environment; to analyse different entrepreneurial business strategies, to explore diverse funding strategies, as well as incorporate theoretical discussions on major trends and issues in the social economy. Social Enterprise enables students to appreciate the power of creativity in problem-solving and the importance of the designer’s role in making a difference and precipitating change.
Collection Design | FA301AThis subject provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their previous learning by designing a co-ordinated seasonal collection for a brand of their own creation. Students will be required to conduct research within a self-identified market of interest to determine needs and opportunities within that market to develop a branded solution. In response to the research findings emphasis is placed upon the relationships of individual pieces, their fabrication and manufacturing techniques and the relevance of the collection to the identified market segment. The subject is also designed to demonstrate the student’s ability to visually communicate the technical aspects of the garments they have designed to a production team. The culmination of this subject is a designed seasonal collection curated appropriately to typical industry standards. Students are expected to demonstrate their flexibility and creative problem-solving acumen to execute a minimum of one look from the collection and present it to a panel for critique and feedback. Collection Design subject is a precursor to the student’s final graduate collection.
Professional Folio Production | FA302AIn this subject, students continue to develop their knowledge of digital applications used in the presentation of brand and product. Emphasis is given to the nature and purpose of fashion representation in an evolving digital landscape, including e-commerce and social media. Students will explore the most relevant and effective way to represent the brand that they have created. This will be based on their acquired knowledge of the different aspects of sales, promotional, marketing and technical information employed in the industry. The subject is designed from a professional perspective and addresses key industry requirements. It draws on the student’s ability to communicate their brand and designs impactfully in order to generate sales. Professional Folio Production is a precursor to the student’s final graduate collection.
Portfolio Range | FA305AIndustry Portfolio is part of the major work series of subjects that make up the student’s final year of study and presentation of their final graduate collection. The outcome of this subject is the development and production of a digitally produced marketing and merchandising brand pack. Students extend on their brand essence and rationale created in FA307A Major Project 2 Final Collection Design by using photography, graphic design, or digital media design to communicate their brand assets and product line. In addition, this subject prepares students for entry into the workforce by exploring a broader understanding of design portfolios and the presentation of creative works to present a cohesive and authentic personal narrative. Supported by self-directed research, students evaluate contemporary styles, methods, and formats of presentation to deliver a portfolio and suite of materials that can be used to initiate industry connections.
Technical Portfolio Production | FA306AThis subject is part of the major work series of subjects that make up the student’s final year of study and presentation of their final graduate collection. In this subject, students are required to apply their digital design knowledge to produce a technical portfolio containing CADs, construction methods, size specifications and costings that facilitate communication between the designer and the production team in the manufacture of garments. The outcome is an industry standard technical folio of the product range designed and manufactured in FA301A Collection Design. The document will provide evidence of the student’s understanding and familiarity with the principles and practices of the industry. Students will be required to manage their own work, including industry liaison, so that production and presentation deadlines can be met.
Branded Fashion Production | FA307ABranded Fashion Production is part of the major work series of subjects that make up the student’s final year of study and forms the basis of their final graduate collection. Students conduct in-depth research of their fashion market and target segment to further develop their brand and its products. As they design and develop a commercial collection, students will liaise with various sections of the industry relevant to their brand and product. This engagement provides real industry experience and further develops student’s problem solving and communication skills. From the collection, students will produce a small group of coordinated garments or products which will be manufactured either physically or in a digital format. At the culmination of this subject, each student will individually present their final collection to an industry panel for critique.
Work Integrated Learning | WIL302
This subject is designed to provide students with professional experience in an area related to their field of study or the career they are working towards. The aim of providing industry-specific opportunities is to enable students to develop skills that will enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and building their career for the future.
Much of the benefit of work integrated learning comes from observation, practicing under supervision and reflection. Work Integrated Learning is an excellent way to broaden the students learning environment while they are studying. It allows them to see first-hand how what they are learning in their degree translates into practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what they are learning at University.
This subject will develop work ready skills and boost students’ employability while they are studying.
There are two work integrated learning options available to students:
Option 1: Internship
Students are offered the opportunity to work within a professional design environment for an extended period of time. It encourages students to build long-term relationships with the design industry and exposes them to the rigour of applied design practice while building their confidence in adapting to new environments. It also provides a context in which to enhance their communication skills and work collaboratively in a professional arena. Students will undertake a series of research tasks, conducting interviews and gathering data in order to understand the key concepts in managing a professional design practice with emphasis placed on the operation of the professional design environment.
Option 2: Industry Live Brief
This subject requires students to respond to criteria set within the context of an Industry Live Project. An understanding of research methodologies appropriate to professional practice and the documentation of personal creative investigation will be explored. Students will also further investigate and examine entrepreneurial and commercial opportunities through collaborative work practice. The subject is delivered from a cross discipline perspective and draws on both discipline specific and common design practices.
Students are required to work both independently or as part of a collaborative team in order to conduct research, analyse and define project parameters and deliver innovative solutions that expand the notion of an industry live brief.
Fashion and Social Media | FA204AThis subject requires students to work independently when designing and building a social media strategy for a fashion brand. Students study cases of specific and successful Australian branded fashion and fashion PR companies, their practices and strategies. Situated in traditional Problem Based Learning environment students collaborate online within a group to adapt and negotiate the solutions to a set brief and problem. Students collaborate online with their peers to critically review and analyse their understanding of social media and its application. They identify and build on their knowledge in understanding the Social Media Landscape and its many features by demonstrating its usage and benefits for brand fashion companies. Students develop a coherent body of knowledge of the range of social media tools that currently exist and are used in the branded fashion industry underpinning the marketing and branding division of such businesses. Students need to demonstrate their cognitive and creative skills whilst identifying a range of scenarios for the development of a Social Media strategy for a fashion brand and critically analyse the Return on Investment for their chosen approach. In addition students will demonstrate their communication skills and present their ideas and knowledge of their chosen social media scenario to their peers and teachers in a simulated boardroom scenario.
Fashion Marketing and Brand Development | FA303AThrough readings and case studies, students will investigate several occurrences of a fashion in a variety of products with a critical focus on responsible design and sustainability. They will investigate how a design idea moves through the population groups and subcultures of society into mainstream and what other factors govern and influence its outcome, i.e.: how an idea survives and becomes a fashion. They will explore this in the context of trend analysis, fashion marketing and brand development. Students will further expand on their acquired knowledge by developing a marketing strategy for a fashion brand.
Fashion Buying and Merchandise Planning | FA304AThis subject requires students to work independently whilst planning, initiating and developing their own merchandise plan for a department. Students study cases of specific and successful branded fashion companies’ practices and models. The subject focuses on: trend analysis, development of an Open to Buy plan, sales forecasting and, running the Open to Buy (OTB) calculations. In addition, students learn to adapt the Open-to-Buy forecasting tool in different scenarios to determine the amount of money allocated for future deliverable merchandise. Students develop their independent decision making skills when analysing actual sales, inventory, and turn, to project the subsequent sales and buying plan.
Learn with industry standard technologies
International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.
International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.
Industry partners and work placements
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Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:
Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent
Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above
Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification
Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
ScholarshipsWe want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.
Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
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Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.
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Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Course and Careers Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Course and Careers Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
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How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Course and Careers Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
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