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Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)

RMIT University


About the Course

This is the only Australian degree in this field and benchmarks against the leading institutes globally.

Textile Designers represent a creative force that have the opportunity to build careers in a vast array of industries and fields including Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design and as artisans and craft-makers.

Some of the global companies that have employed our graduates include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch - USA
  • Baekart – Belgium
  • Brintons – UK and USA
  • Damman Brown – UK
  • General Motors – Europe

In this program you will focus on:

  • innovative and speculative textile design ideas and concepts
  • textile design related to surface pattern (print)
  • textile design related to constructed textiles (knit and weave)
  • creative projects resulting in a professional portfolio
  • depth of research for proposed design opportunities
  • industry-related projects with external companies.

Through engaging studio based and interactive classes you will also develop communication, business and computer-aided textile design, knowledge and capabilities.

Each year Textile Design graduating students showcase their work in a high profile exhibition to the broader industries that may employ them. Many students participate in exhibitions and award opportunities throughout the program. Students participate in competitions such as the Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards and have either won or been placed as finalists in recent years, such as,

Textile Design continues to achieve a high level of success at the Victorian and Tasmania Graduate of the Year Awards, taking out the top three places in the Fashion and Textile category over the past few years. 

Learning and Teaching

A key focus of this program is the immersive and engaged studio experiences that motivate and inspire you to develop innovative textile design concepts. Lecturers and academics all have strong industry experience, most with their own practice and are connected with major industry companies.

You’ll interact with key people from the Australian and international textiles industry, undertake hands-on work with fabric and textiles, explore traditional and artisan creative concepts and build capabilities around new technologies and computer systems. In this program you will develop the specialist knowledge and capability to make creative decisions about colour, structure, surface texture and pattern, weight and yarn, fabric composition and appropriate methods of manufacture.

You will learn through practical hands-on studios, lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You’ll work in state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus, including the screen printing and digital design studios and the weave and knit rooms which provides the opportunity to work on industry-standard machines including the jacquard loom, laser cutting and digital embroider, which are linked with computer programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, ScotWeave and Shima Seiki.

Assessment involves ’learning by doing’ and will include a range of activities such as reports, written reflection, practical assignments, research and experimental projects, portfolios, oral and visual presentations and peer or industry review.

You will work in state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilities on industry-standard machines and the latest CAD programs.

You’ll interact with key people from the Australian and international fashion industry and external experts are regularly engaged as guest lecturers.

Full-time students will attend approximately 16 to 18 hours of classes per week, combined with intensive self-directed extra study/research per week. You will be expected to attend public lectures and events outside of coursework hours as part of your learning. Class sizes are approximately 18 students per studio and 45 students per lecture.

All programs are delivered in English. You can access the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Industry connections

As an assessed part of this program, you will be involved with design projects with a diverse range of organisations such as Country Road, Dryen, Mill & Mia, Akira Isogawa, Linen House, Longina Phillips, Seed, Romance was Born and Beci Orpin.

Find out more about  design projects at the Textile design blog:

  • Ladelle Homewear design project
  • Linen House Bed Linen project
  • Country Road Industry Brief project
  • Dryen Australia Industry Brief project

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Career outlook

Textile designers have the skills to integrate with other design and creative enterprise sectors. Some graduates of this program have set up small businesses, while others work as part of a creative team in areas including fashion, interior, automotive design, merchandising, media and industrial design.

As a textile designer your work activities may include:

  • research and resource collection
  • trend and forecasting analysis
  • target market analysis
  • colour forecasting
  • design and illustration trends
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • global digital supply chain
  • communication and presentation
  • business and ethics
  • sustainable design and production.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This course is nationally accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Current students and graduates of this course are eligible for DIA membership.

International opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to work overseas with sourcing and textile production companies. You may also study overseas for 1 or 2 semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution.

Affiliated institutions include:

  • Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • University of Boras, Sweden
  • National Institute of Design, India
  • Glasgow School of Art, UK
  • Rhode Island School of Design, USA

Textile design student Annick Akanni won an international study workshop prize to study at the prestigious Fondazione Antonio Ratti textiles school in Italy. Read her story.

RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.



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