A passion for fashion
Learn a little bit about 10 top fashion courses you could do online or in person, here in Australia. Plus you could discover the careers in fashion that might be open to you once you’ve completed them.
If you love fashion and you’d love a career working in the industry, it’s worth exploring all the qualifications and top fashion courses that could help you achieve your goals.
You don’t necessarily have to be amazingly stylish, or a naturally talented designer in order to work in the industry. There are lots of jobs in fashion that you can investigate before you commit to anything.
10 fashion courses to consider
The good news is you’re spoilt for choice with the pathways into a career in the fashion industry.
Lots of hard work, experience, motivation and networking could get you a long way.
But taking relevant courses could get you further faster.
So, we’ve researched this list of 10 of the top relevant fashion courses for you to help you kick off your options. If there’s nothing here that meets all your requirements, don’t panic, there are plenty more choices out there.
Note: you’ll need to double check all the entry requirements and finer details for yourself, before signing up. We’ve helped to make it quicker to check the details of the 10 courses we’ve listed by providing the direct links.
A 3-year undergraduate degree based on campus in Ultimo, Sydney.
This course lists potential career outcomes as
“womenswear designer, menswear designer, fashion producer, art/creative director, textile designer, print designer and fashion forecaster, fashion media, including marketing, public relations and journalism roles.”
You’ll need a selection rank of 91.50 or above to apply successfully.
3 years full time, on campus at Brunswick in Melbourne.
Graduates from this fashion course may be eligible to apply for jobs as:
- fashion, accessories, costume, material or colour designer
- digital content creator
- creative pattern-maker
- creative director
- fashion strategist
- product developer
- brand strategist
- communications manager
- fashion events producer
To apply for this degree an ATAR isn’t a requirement, even for recent school leavers. You’ll be selected on the basis of other criteria, which could include a test, interview, or your portfolio of works.
This course will take you 4 years of full-time study to complete. You’ll have the option of studying on campus at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove.
The combination of fashion and business means that your career choices upon graduation could include:
- Advertising Professional
- Fashion Designer
- Fashion Professional
- Financial Advisor/Analyst
- Human Resource Manager
- International Business Specialist
- Marketing Officer/Manager
- Public Relations Officer/Consultant
This fashion course could be great if you are passionate about fashion, but your skills and strengths lie in business management.
You’ll need a selection rank of 79+ to apply.
A 2-year full time course, with on-campus studies in Sydney and Melbourne, or you could study remotely online.
Completing this course could lead to career outcomes including:
– Fashion Designer
– Fashion Buyer
– Art Director
– Marketing Manager
– Blog Director/ Editor
– Magazine Editor
– Fashion Journalist
– Advertising Manager
– Textile Designer
– Pattern Maker
– Costume Designer
– Visual Merchandiser
– Brand Manager
– Fashion Illustrator
– Trend Analyst
You won’t be selected on your ATAR score alone. This selection process also takes into account motivational statements, your portfolio, special consideration and your school’s recommendation.
This is a 3-year, full time commitment, to be completed on campus in Adelaide.
Potential occupations on graduation could include:
- fashion designer
- product developer
- garment technician
- production assistant
- fashion design assistant.
You’ll need a minimum selection rank of 60.0 to apply and there are no other prerequisites.
You’ll be able to complete this course in 8 months. They also offer a bachelor’s degree in the same field that’ll take you 2 years to do.
This course is for you if you’re interested in a future as a Fashion Brand Manager, Visual Merchandiser, Buyer, Fashion Blogger, Wholesale Account Manager, Stylist, Fashion Publicist, Event Manager or Creative Director.
There are no prerequisites for this course, and you won’t need an ATAR. You’ll have to have completed your Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Year 12 Senior Level (or interstate equivalent). You’ll also have to attend an interview.
A 1-year, full time course. You can attend one of the campuses in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, online is also an option.
Completing this diploma could help you find work as:
- Junior Fashion Agent
- Design/Studio Intern
- Online Fashion Site Assistant
- Production Assistant
- Start-up Fashion Designer
You’ll need to have completed Year 12 with an ATAR of 60+. You can also enquire with a Billy Blue Course Advisor about special entry pathways.
You could complete this diploma in 1.5 years if you do it full time.
On completion you could be qualified to work in assistant design, product development, and product management roles within the fashion industry.
There are no prerequisites for this course, so bring your enthusiasm and passion, then apply.
You’ll learn about fashion design and branding in this course. For details about the course length, study options available, and possible career outcomes, you’ll need to contact FDS directly.
Completion of a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is a prerequisite for enrolling in the Certificate IV.
You can complete this introduction to styling course either in 5 days in-person or in 6 months online. They also offer and advanced certificate of Creative Styling which will take you a year online.
It could be a pathway to a career as a Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper, In‑store Stylist, or Virtual Stylist. During the course you’ll also receive professional mentoring and networking opportunities.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Find out if fashion is for you
If you’d like to see what a career in fashion looks like, and find out if it’ll suit you. You could:
- Keep up to date by reading fashion news and publications
- Follow fashion bloggers
- See who’s influencing fashion on Instagram and YouTube
- Attend workshops, shows and events for the fashion industry
- Do short courses that’ll give you a taste of what to expect when you sign up for other qualifications
- Get lots of work experience
- Sign up at school to work on projects related to fashion (e.g. costume design for school productions), or help you develop important creative and functional skills.
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