Course: Bachelor of Design | Fashion Design Specialisation2019-08-12T12:25:26+10:00

Bachelor of Design

Fashion Design

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Centring on innovative and conceptual design, Bachelor of Design, Fashion Design, offers comprehensive design education for ambitious individuals looking for a rewarding career within the fashion design industry.

Our philosophy is to create a learning environment in which innovation and originality are nurtured within the full spectrum of fashion design and marketing practice.

We aim to produce versatile fashion design specialists, able to solve problems creatively while drawing on a deep knowledge of their chosen fields and a critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors influencing their professional environment.

Just some of the industry partners our students & alumni have had opportunities with:


Bachelor of Design

Fashion Design

The Bachelor of Design, Fashion Design, is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a variety of creative womenswear, menswear and accessory  design to a professional standard.

Students are encouraged to develop their personal design vision within the context of an existing and expanding fashion market, incorporating both classic and innovative design concepts. The diversity of the fashion industry is conveyed through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector. 

Essential skills you will learn include: design research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical specification, illustration and presentation, textile exploration, print making, marketing & branding.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Design specialising in Fashion Design is based on six trimesters with five subjects taught in each trimester. It comprises of 18 core subjects and 12 specialisation subjects. To qualify for the award of the degree Bachelor of Design a candidate shall accrue and aggregate of 288 credit points, including satisfactory completion of all subjects.

Code Subject Credit points per subject
DC1 - 6 Design Contexts (Core Subject) 6 Credit Points
DD1 - 6 Digital Design (Core Subject) 6 Credit Points
ID1 - 6 Illustration for Design (Core Subject) 6 Credit Points
FD1 - 6 Fashion Design Methods and Processes (Specialisation) 6 Credit Points
FW1 - 6 Fashion Workshop (Specialisation) 24 Credit Points



Graduate Outcomes

Here are just some examples of career outcomes our Fashion Design graduates have continued into:

- 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

- Tailor

- Trend Analyst

Campus & Facilities

With design-centric campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, Whitehouse students are provided with state-of-the-art facilities within each of their subjects. Exclusive access to digital resources, online trend-forecasting services, a specialist design library, student rooftop garden and fully-equipped photography studio.

Whitehouse is continuously updating and replenishing resources to ensure that students have extensive research support. Check out our campuses here.


Richard McCoy | Fashion Design Lecturer

“ Fashion Design at Whitehouse is a rich interdisciplinary studio-based program- founded on creative practice, embedded with a rigorous approach to traditional make and craftsmanship. This method fully activates students to explore and delve into the dressing of the human body as an expression and a business. Ultimately enabling each student to find their unique creative voice. ”