Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)

Qualification Bachelor Degree
Location RMIT (Brunswick Campus)
Study Mode Full-time (3 years)
Entry Requirements Year 12
Brochure Yes

Course Summary

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.

Professional Recognition

Students are able to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as a student member while studying. Graduates can apply for associate membership and then full membership once they have obtained their professional experience.

Course Structure

In this practical, hands-on, studio-based program you will study with experienced lecturers who are connected with major industry bodies such as the Design Institute of Australia.

Students will have the opportunity to work on ’real-world’ briefs with Australian and international design companies such as Ladelle, Dryen Australia and Country Road.

You may also study abroad for 1 or 2 semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution

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 and community partners;
  • work-integrated learning (WIL) with an approved textile or fashion company or a suitable creative enterprise.

Industry Connections

As an assessed part of this program, you will be involved with design projects with a diverse range of organisations such as Country Road, Dryen, Mill & Mia, Akira Isogawa, Linen House, Longina Phillips, Seed, Romance was Born and Beci Orpin.

Find out more about  design projects at the Textile design blog:

  • Ladelle Homewear design project
  • Linen House Bed Linen project
  • Country Road Industry Brief project
  • Dryen Australia Industry Brief project

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Career Opportunities

Textile designers have the skills to integrate with other design and creative enterprise sectors. Some graduates of this program have set up small businesses, while others work as part of a creative team in areas including fashion, interior, automotive design, merchandising, media and industrial design.

As a textile designer your work activities may include:

  • research and resource collection
  • trend and forecasting analysis
  • target market analysis
  • colour forecasting
  • design and illustration trends
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • global digital supply chain
  • communication and presentation
  • business and ethics
  • sustainable design and production.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This course is nationally accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Current students and graduates of this course are eligible for DIA membership.

This information is correct as of Thursday, 25 May 2017. This information may change and not be updated here. Always ensure that you check with the provider directly for the most up-to-date information.