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Fashion Major


Uses the material garment and textiles as a vehicle for exploration in relation to the body, object, site, image, contemporary fashion, found garment and contemporary art.

Students investigate and apply a range of non-industrial construction techniques, creative material methodologies and contextual research approaches. The major also engages students in a range of contextual and historical investigations to do with the garment and textiles and the contexts in which they function. It prepares students for a range of creative design and contemporary art outcomes such as textile design and production, pattern making and garment construction, contemporary art and fashion presentation, and contemporary art practice.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students are required to complete the following twelve units (180 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
VIS1303Introduction to Drawing15
FAS1101Materials and the Body15
FAS2103Fabric Manipulation15
VIS1401Contemporary Art: Exploring Body, Time and Place15
FAS2102Constructing the Pattern15
PHO1125Camera Work and Lighting15
FAS2104Studio Project 1 (Application)15
FAS2101Reconstructing the Garment15
CCA2150Identity and Culture15
FAS3205Studio Project 2 (Construction)15
FAS3204Studio Project 3 (Performance)15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt technical knowledge in diverse settings to develop, market and produce a collection/event or exhibition.
  2. Creatively integrate knowledge and communicate ideas for new concepts in fashion or textiles.
  3. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge with depth the theory, processes, design principles, history of fashion, textiles and technologies related to fashion.
  4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement through the application of theories, design principles and textile knowledge to solve problems and make decisions in fashion.
  5. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through reflective practice and performance feedback in fashion or textiles.
  6. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge to create, deconstruct and re-contextualise garments.
  7. Use critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems in the construction, manipulation and fitting of complex garments.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities include the design and construction of garments for self-established fashion brands with online sales or retail presence as commissioned through agent representation or independent pop-up outlets. Other positions may include employment with established designers as a design assistant, sample maker, sample machinist, design consultant, stylist, buyer or fashion retailer. Alternatively graduates may work in fashion or arts project management and/or event coordination.

Possible future job titles

Fashion Designer, Costume Designer, Sample Maker, Sample Machinist, Design Consultant, Stylist, Fashion Buyer, Retailer, Fashion Project Manager, Fashion Event Coordinator, Fashion/Textiles Agent, Artist, Curator.

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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