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Admission to this course is based on portfolio in addition to meeting the OP/ Rank requirements. Please refer to the entry requirements tab.

Course information set

  • Study in the only internationally recognised four-year fashion degree in Queensland.
  • Graduate with advanced technical and creative skills in fashion.
  • Our graduates have had a significant impact on the emerging Brisbane fashion scene and have successfully launched their careers internationally.
  • Experience real-world learning through industry and community internships.
  • Graduate with an honours level qualification.
QTAC course code421672
QUT course code DE42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
  • Email:
CRICOS code 079947G
  • Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Professional

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QUT’s fashion degree is Queensland’s premier fashion course. Located within the internationally renowned School of Design, the course has an interdisciplinary focus that embraces twenty-first century design practice.

In the studio you will develop your creativity and design identity. As part of a vibrant community of creatives you will work individually and in teams to exciting realworld design briefs. You will learn to embrace the challenges and opportunities of twenty-first century fashion including sustainability, ethical practices and emerging digital technologies such as 3D printing.

Your design practice is contextualised through studies in fashion history and theory, and you are advised throughout the course by leading industry mentors.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the only internationally recognised four-year fashion degree in Queensland. This honours-level qualification prepares you for work in the international field of fashion and provides a pathway into higher research degrees including masters and PhDs.

As a QUT fashion student you will have the opportunity to study abroad and gain global experience. QUT fashion students have completed international exchanges to London, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam and Delhi. They have secured coveted internships with leading global brands including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Antipodium and Tom Ford.

Extend your studies into related design fields, such as interior design and architecture, or diversify your skills with a second major or minors in business and communication areas such as advertising, marketing and journalism.

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on exciting real-world projects. Our students have opened pop-up stores, produced fashion magazines and websites, and collaborated with leading designers such as Lydia Pearson.

Career outcomes

QUT fashion graduates are entrepreneurial and highly motivated. They have had a significant impact on the emerging Brisbane fashion scene and have launched internationally successful careers. 

They excel as independent designers and have collaborated with larger fashion houses such as Sportsgirl. Others work as fashion stylists, international trend forecasters and product development managers, living and working in cities all over the world.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Fashion)

Customise your degree

Your fashion design course consists of 17 units in your primary major and four units that are common to all six design majors (architectural studies, fashion, industrial design, interactive and visual design, interior design or landscape architecture).

An additional eight units are taken outside your primary major. After studying for a year you can:

  • choose a second major (eight units from any approved QUT degree), or
  • choose two minors (a minor is a specific set of four units drawn from courses throughout QUT), or
  • choose one minor and four electives.

Minors and majors allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations. Minors give you breadth of knowledge from two other areas and a second major provides depth in one area.

This means eight units of your course (one quarter of your degree) are taken from outside your primary major. You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines because that is how it will be when you graduate and work in the real world of design. The possibilities are almost endless. Here are some examples that might inspire ideas:

  • a landscape architecture student could take a language minor such as Italian to help them work
  • an architecture student could take a minor in interior design and a work integrated learning minor to gain professional industry experience overseas
  • an interior design student could take a second major in industrial design to aid their ambition to design and manufacture their own range of office furniture
  • an industrial design student could take a second major in mechanical or electrical engineering to give them a deeper understanding of manufacturing and production
  • a fashion student could take a minor in business and another in interior design to help meet their dream of launching their own concept fashion store
  • an interactive and visual design student could take a second major in advertising or marketing and work as a designer for a leading digital agency.
And remember—your second major or minors could be in film, creative writing,music, visual arts, drama or other disciplines across QUT.#

Your course

Year 1

  • study materials, skills and processes of twenty-first century fashion design
  • introduction to conceptual design practice
  • develop core skills in fashion presentation
  • learn about key ideas in design history and sustainability

Year 2

  • focus on real-world design briefs informed by design history and industry
  • learn skills in technical production and communication in the fashion industry
  • start your complementary major or minor in design, business or communication
  • develop professional skills in fashion presentation

Year 3

  • apply research to cutting-edge design practices
  • forge your creative design identity
  • learn project management skills
  • continue complementary studies in design, business or communication

Year 4

  • work collaboratively and individually on a year-long creative design project
  • showcase your project to industry professionals and the public
  • develop a professional portfolio to launch your career

Second degree

Undertaking a second major in one of the six design disciplines also gives you the option of obtaining a second degree*.

After graduation, you can return to complete the remaining 12 units (or equivalent) from your second major to obtain a second qualification. This is usually undertaken part time over two years while working.

Note: This is not a double degree because it is not undertaken simultaneously with the first degree.


A student completes a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design) with a second major in interactive and visual design. 

They can then return to complete units in interactive and visual design and graduate with a second design degree in interactive and visual design.

* To pursue a second design degree, this second major must be an approved set of eight units from within a Bachelor of Design (Honours) primary major.

# The choice of second majors may be limited in some disciplines.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 7

Rank 87

Admission to this course is based on portfolio in addition to meeting the OP/ Rank requirements. Please refer to the entry requirements tab.

Course information set


Successful portfolio and meeting the minimum OP/Rank score.

Key dates

  • 5pm Friday 15 September 2017: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Fashion Online Registration Form close*. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered.

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by this time. Allow at least 30 minutes to complete the QTAC application, I Form or CM Form. Given the requirement to upload a portfolio as part of the QUT Fashion Online Registration Form, allow at least one week to complete a portfolio and submit the online registration form.

Checklist for 2018 QTAC applicants and current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students

Step 1: Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.

Step 2: Complete the QUT Fashion Online Registration Form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step. This step includes the requirement to pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay and upload a portfolio. Applicants seeking admission assistance via QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme and/or QUT’s Oodgeroo Centralised Assessment Selection Program are exempt from the fee. Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Note: Registering with QUT is separate and in addition to listing the course as a preference with QTAC or submitting and an I Form or CM Form as appropriate. To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to do both. Both above steps must be completed to be considered for a place in the course.

Portfolio preparation

Portfolio feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants. The portfolio process is managed by CIF. All offers for the course will be made through QTAC or QUT Student Business Services for current CIF undergraduate students only.


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2018: CSP $9100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Fashion)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421672) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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