The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences as a dual award with the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT50307) (prior to 2017)/Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) (from 2017) offered by TAFE SA. The dual award requires three years of full-time study to complete both qualifications. Students are required to enrol concurrently at both the University and TAFE SA to complete the dual award.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses as specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

54-unit VET Entry Pathway is also available. Applicants must normally hold the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307), the Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507), or the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116).

Course aims

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by:

  • equipping students with an understanding of conceptual design principles and the use of computer aided design technology in the development of fashion designs;
  • equipping students with practical skills and understanding of the processes of garment design and construction;
  • equipping students with high-level skills to communicate and negotiate with clients, and to undertake collaborative teamwork throughout the design and production process;
  • producing graduates capable of analysing and applying design influences to determine trends and market opportunities;
  • equipping students with the skills and knowledge to manage design, production and marketing processes and assess the commercial viability of designs;
  • developing in students an understanding of the fashion industry through historical developments, social and cultural applications, and the function of formal and aesthetic properties in various forms;
  • providing students with the capacity to analyse concepts of creativity and visual thinking, and with experience in the creative process;
  • producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required in fashion design;
  • producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and Identify and address design and production problems.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), students will be able to demonstrate:

  • conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
  • high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
  • sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness of practices related to their chosen program
  • knowledge of aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
  • initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
  • skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
  • the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), a student must complete 108 units as follows:

  1. 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, consisting of 40.5 units of core topics, either TOUR1103 or LEGL2114, and 27 units from either Stream A or Stream B, according to the program of study listed below; and
  2. the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT50307) or the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) at TAFE SA, for which 36 units of credit will be granted.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Stream – Fashion

Core - Year 1 topics

COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from:

INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
LEGL2114 Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
TOUR1103 Event Design and Practice A (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

27 units comprising:

BUSN1022 Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN2020 Consumer Behaviour (4.5 units)
ENVS2742 Environment, Economy and Culture (4.5 units)
FSHN2000 Art, Culture and the History of Fashion and Costume (4.5 units)
FSHN2001 Patternmaking, Design and Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)
FSHN3000 Digital process for garment design  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

9 units comprising:

FSHN3001 Textiles Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
VISA3404 Visual Thinking and Creativity (4.5 units)

Plus 27 units from Stream A or Stream B

Stream A - Year 3 topics

BUSN3026 Business Planning for New Ventures (4.5 units)
BUSN2026 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (4.5 units)
FSHN3010 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)
FSHN3011 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 2 (4.5 units)
FSHN3012 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 3 (4.5 units)
FSHN3013 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 4 (4.5 units)

Or

Stream B - Year 3 topics

BUSN3027 E-Business (4.5 units)
TOUR2103 Event Design and Practice B (4.5 units)
FSHN3020 Advanced Design and Product Development Project 1 (4.5 units)
FSHN3021 Advanced Design and Product Development Project 2 (4.5 units)
FSHN3022 Advanced Design and Product Development Project 3 (4.5 units)
FSHN3023 Advanced Design and Product Development Project 4 (4.5 units)

 

VET ENTRY PATHWAY (54 units)

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307)
  • Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507)
  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116)

Program of study

Students admitted to this pathway will receive 54 units of block credit on the basis of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116), Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507) or two-year Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307). Students who have completed the three-year full-time equivalent version of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307) will be eligible to receive 72 units of credit transfer and will only be required to complete 36 units, which must be chosen according to the advice provided by the Course Coordinator.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) under the VET Entry Pathway, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study listed below.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Core - Year 1 topics

BUSN1022 Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN2020 Consumer Behaviour (4.5 units)
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)
ENVS2742 Environment, Economy and Culture (4.5 units)
FSHN2000 Art, Culture and the History of Fashion and Costume (4.5 units)
FSHN3000 Digital process for garment design (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Choose 4.5 units from:

AUST1001 Australian Studies: Identities (4.5 units)
CREA1001 Introduction to the Creative Arts (4.5 units)
FSHN2001 Patternmaking, Design and Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)*
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
PHIL1060 Critical Reasoning (4.5 units)
WMST1001 Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from:

CREA3456 Cultural Policy and the Arts (4.5 units)
FSHN3010 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)*
LEGL2114 Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
TOUR1103 Event Design and Practice A (4.5 units)
VISA3404 Visual Thinking and Creativity (4.5 units)
WMST2014 Media and Cultural Identities: Gender, Race and Sexuality (4.5 units)
WMST2017 Gender, Globalisation and International Development (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

BUSN2026 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (4.5 units)
FSHN3001 Textiles Theory and Practice (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Choose 9 units from:

BUSN3027 E-Business (4.5 units)
BUSN2048 Social Media Marketing (4.5 units)
FSHN3011 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 2 (4.5 units)*
PHIL2604 Environmental Philosophy (4.5 units)
WMST2012 Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia (4.5 units)

*These topics should only be chosen by students who have completed the Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507).

TAFE SA RTO Code: 41026

Honours

Refer to Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)