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Associate Degree Of Design (Fashion And Textile Design)

State ID: H434


The Associate Degree of Fashion and Textile Design at North Metropolitan TAFE provides you with a studio-focused learning experience in the heart of Perth’s vibrant cultural precinct.

As a student in this course you’ll be equipped with the multifaceted skills needed for a career in an industry that is constantly diversifying. The fashion department at North Metropolitan TAFE has significant links to industry and has produced successful designers working both locally and internationally. You’ll learn real world skills from lecturers who are current practitioners in the fashion industry.

As part of North Metropolitan TAFE’s well established art and design school, the fashion department is renowned for its focus on design practice in conjunction with visual inquiry. This offers you the unique opportunity to explore ideas and problem solve in a practical and supported learning environment. Some of the learning areas covered in this course are garment design and draping, pattern cutting, construction, textile design, screen printing, digital design and industry practice skills.


Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

fashion designer, textile designer

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Northbridge Building 6
Duration Two years (four semesters) full time
When Available Semester 2, 2017

fashion designer, textile designer

Further study opportunities:

Local students

The cost of the course is $7000 per semester (full time rate). Fees quoted are applicable for the portion of training undertaken in 2016. 2017 fees will be increased by the CPI.

International students

Please contact TAFE International www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au

Each semester, you will enrol in three (3) core units that provide you with professional skills and knowledge and contextual studies.

You will also enrol in the two (2) Fashion Design and Textile Design Studio Practice units offered each semester.

Selected units will be offered throughout the course, and students will enrol in two (2) selected units per semester.

Please see the table below
First Year Second Year

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Core Units

Design Concepts 1.1
(12 credit points)

Visual Culture 1.1
(12 credit points)

Drawing 1.1
(16 credit points)

Design Concepts 1.2
(12 credit points)

Visual Culture 1.2
(12 credit points)

Drawing 1.2
(16 credit points)

Professional Practice 2.1
(12 credit points)

Visual Culture 2.1
(12 credit points)

Drawing 2.1
(16 credit points)

Professional Practice 2.2
(12 credit points)

Visual Culture 2.2
(12 credit points)

Drawing 2.2
(16 credit points)

Studio Practice Units

Fashion Design Studio 1.1
(16 credit points)

Textile Design Studio 1.1
(16 credit points)

Fashion Design Studio 1.2
(16 credit points)

Textile Design Studio 1.2
(16 credit points)

Fashion Design Studio 2.1
(16 credit points)

Textile Design Studio 2.1
(16 credit points)

Fashion Design Studio 2.2
(16 credit points)

Textile Design Studio 2.2
(16 credit points)

Elective Units

There are a range of electives to choose from. A selection will be offered each semester, check on the fees tab to check which electives are available next semester. Some options are listed here as a guide.

Design Construction
(14 credit points)

Design Pattern Cutting
(14 credit points)

Garment Structures
(14 credit points)

Digital Design
(14 credit points)

Patterns and Silhouettes
(14 credit points)

Digital Fashion Design
(14 credit points)

Fashion Shape and Form
(14 credit points)

Fashion Textile Workshop
(14 credit points)

North Metropolitan TAFE is committed to ensuring that all international students have an enjoyable experience studying in Australia. Students are supported by a dedicated International Centre team who provide personal counselling, course advice, student support and many other services.

Fees, applications and enrolments for International Students are different to those for local students. International students must be enrolled in full time study on campus. For more information about courses, enrolment and course fees for international students:

TAFE International Western Australia,
Department of Training and Workforce Development - Customer Service Centre
Level 7, 3 Forrest Place, Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9218 2100
Fax: +61 8 9218 2160
Email: study.tiwa@dtwd.wa.gov.au
Web: www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au


International Centre
North Metropolitan TAFE
30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Western Australia, 6003
Tel: +61 8 94271873
Fax: +61 8 9427 1992
Email: internationalstudy@nmtafe.wa.edu.au
Web: northmetrotafe.wa.edu.au

There are 2 stages to the entry and selection process for the Associate Degree of Design

  • In Part A, eligibility to enter is assessed
  • In Part B, eligible applicants are invited to attend an interview and to present a portfolio of work


Local Applicants

To enter the Associate Degree of Design, applicants must demonstrate academic performance by completing one of the following entry qualifications:

  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent
  • a Certificate IV or higher in a related field of study
  • Mature Age entry with the State Training Admissions literacy test (Literacy Predictor Assessment Tool)

International Applicants

To enter the Associate Degree of Design, international applicants must demonstrate academic performance by:

  • Completion of one of the above entry qualifications or equivalent, and
  • IELTS Level 6


Eligible local and international applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of work that includes a maximum of ten (10) examples of the applicant's recent art/design works in two or more media or art/design processes.

English language support services for international students: student LLN is assessed in the early stages of enrolment to determine if further support is required.

Literacy tutors offer additional support to students who require it, including one-to-one advice and counsel regarding addressing requirements for specific projects and assignments, in addition to customised exercises to address individual gaps or needs.


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