Course: Bachelor of Design | Fashion Design Specialisation2019-06-24T14:23:26+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 specialist 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 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.


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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 ideas to a professional standard. This specialisation offers highly motivated individuals a nurturing environment that champions originality and innovation.

Students are encouraged to develop their personal design vision within the context of an existing and expanding national and international fashion market, that incorporates 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. Throughout the course, the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas.

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.


Facilities & Infrastructure

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, a comprehensive library and an international industry guest-lecture series ensures that students have extensive research support.

The Whitehouse environment is collaborative, supportive and encouraging. Check out our campuses here.

Graduate Outcomes

The Bachelor of Design, Fashion Design, prepares students to meet the highest requirements of the fashion industry and articulate their own unique vision through the collections they design and make. Emphasising conceptual rigor matched by strong artistic and technical skills, the course guides students through each stage of the design process—from concept sketches to technically executed wearables.

Whitehouse engages the full spectrum of fashion design and marketing practice, competitively positioning graduates both academically and professionally. Fashion Design students are encouraged to experiment with new approaches for an industry that is evolving, including the use of renewable and sustainable fabrications, innovative materials and new technologies, building a compelling individual style and nurturing creative and professional abilities.

Fashion Design students explore a range of materials and studies in art & design history, fashion culture, print and textile exploration and digital and visual communication, providing the necessary skills to develop an individual voice within a dynamic field, while developing and using innovating methods to bring creative, responsible, and relevant work to light.

Led by teachers who are professional practitioners, you will develop a conceptual and practical foundation to your design practice. Our graduates work across a wide spectrum of careers in fashion, working successfully and influentially to establish their own labels, or as designers, freelancers, consultants, journalists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, editors and retailers.


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. ”