STUDY FASHION & SUSTainability

If you dream of a career as a Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Designer-Maker or Production Manager, working in Sustainable Fashion, Product Innovation, Industry Transparency and Enterprise, this course is for you.

The Fashion & Sustainability course is perfect for people wanting to shape the future of the fashion industry. You will learn how to create forward-thinking fashion, with a focus on sustainability and ethical consumption. You will be taught and mentored by industry experts who are currently working within many sectors of the industry including fashion design, reinvention, forecasting and enterprise.

With a focus on fashion futures, business strategy, and sustainable fashion business models and supply chains, you will gain the knowledge and skills to develop and manage a career in emerging fashion industries. Students will also have opportunities to apply their studies by partaking in sought-after internships at major events like Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo, and more.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world fashion experiences, gaining access to industry connections.

Students will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of sustainable fashion and design, both in Australia and overseas.

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Create, develop and produce ethical fashion products and services

Acquire an in-depth understanding of global fashion practices, design, and sustainability

Gain knowledge and experience in fashion business, styling, ethical responsibility, and zero waste techniques and technologies

Develop an industry relevant portfolio and capstone project

Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion district, with access to our world-class studios, creative spaces and classrooms

Partake in several opportunities including a 60-hour work placement, sought-after internships and experiences at major events like Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo and more

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→  FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT FASHION & SUSTAINABILITY

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BUILD A MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHION INDUSTRY?

In a recent podcast, Sal Edwards—Program Coordinator of Fashion & Sustainability —discusses 'Breaking The Mould'; looking deeper and more critically at the obligations that brands, tastemakers, and educators have when fostering better fashion futures with sustainability at the forefront.

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MEET THE STUDENTS WHO ORGANISED THE COLLARTS CLOTHES SWAP

Clothing swaps are one of the easiest ways to encourage an ethical fashion consumption in everyone: all it requires is clothes, people, and a passion for sustainability. Carrying that same passion in hand, meet the students who commemorated National Swap Day by creating their own event on-campus!

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FIVE WAYS TO GIVE YOUR CLOTHES A SECOND LIFE

In the age of sustainability, we’ve learned a lot about how the fashion industry has impacted the environment through fast fashion, toxic chemicals, and other unethical practices. But here's how you can make a change from your wardrobe to the next.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

  • Melbourne-Fashion-Week
  • Groovin The Moo
  • Falls Festival
  • Ego Expo
  • Peel Street Festival

"Consumers are demanding more transparency around how brands are operating, so the need for professionals to manage green policies, sustainable supply chains, and the integrity of brands will be crucial in the years to come."

RACHEL MATTHEWS

Head of Fashion

Dr Rachel Matthews teaching students

"We're interested in unpacking the complexities of sustainability. How can we be making sure that we are lessening impacts and problem-solving?"

SAL EDWARDS

Program Coordinator of Fashion & Sustainability

Students browsing clothes at Collarts' clothes swap

"Fashion consumers want to feel good about the clothes they put on their backs. As a result, the industry is having to change. Not only is this helping to create a greener planet, but it’s also creating a whole new job market."

RACHEL MATTHEWS

Head of Fashion

Dr Rachel Matthews

"When I started the course, it was more about personal fulfillment. I really wanted to further my knowledge and learn about something I am passionate about. You learn so many diverse skills at Collarts that the options really are limitless."

EBONY TEWIERIK

Fashion Marketing Student

Ebony posing on the ground in fashionable outfit
BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF DESIGN (FASHION & SUSTAINABILITY)

 

The Bachelor of Design (Fashion & Sustainability) course is perfect for people wanting to shape the future of the fashion industry. Students will learn how to create forward-thinking fashion, with a focus on sustainability and ethical consumption.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in six trimesters (2 years) of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Create, develop and produce ethical fashion products and services

Acquire an in-depth understanding of global fashion practices, design, and sustainability

Gain knowledge and experience in fashion business, styling, ethical responsibility, and zero waste techniques and technologies

Develop an industry-relevant portfolio and capstone project

Partake in several opportunities including a 60-hour work placement, sought-after internships and experiences at major events like Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo and more

Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion district, with access to our world-class studios, creative spaces and classrooms

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Design (Fashion & Sustainability) are delivered at the George St Campus and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101951 & 0101952.

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF DESIGN (FASHION & SUSTAINABILITY)

 

The Bachelor of Design (Fashion & Sustainability) course is perfect for people wanting to shape the future of the fashion industry. Students will learn how to create forward-thinking fashion, with a focus on sustainability and ethical consumption.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Create, develop and produce ethical fashion products and services

Acquire an in-depth understanding of global fashion practices, design, and sustainability

Gain knowledge and experience in fashion business, styling, ethical responsibility, and zero waste techniques and technologies

Develop an industry-relevant portfolio of creative projects

Partake in sought-after internships and experiences at major events like Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo and more

Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s fashion district, with access to our world-class studios, creative spaces and classrooms

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Design (Fashion & Sustainability) are delivered at the George St Campus and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101951 & 0101952.

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to submit a 300-word essay on their interest in the field

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

The Diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

BACHELOR APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent

VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma

If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE APPLICANTS

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

Year 12 applicants must apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

KEY INFORMATION

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Start Dates
February, May, and September
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Number of Units
8 in Diploma
24 in Bachelor
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Duration
Diploma 8 Months
Bachelor 2 Years
Or Part-Time Equivalent
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Study Mode
On-Campus or Blended
Student Support
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
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Industry Placement
Dedicated Time for Industry Experience
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FEE-HELP
Available
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Transparent Fees
$2,430 per unit
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International Fees
Available

COURSE STRUCTURE

Delivery Mode - On-Campus, Blended
FIRST YEAR DESIGN PROCESS MATERIALS & MAKING INDUSTRY & ENTERPRISE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Fashion Design: Function Fibres, Fabrics & Fabrication Sustainable Fashion Business Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Fashion Design: Reinvention Fashion Resourcing & Remaking History of Fashion Systems Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Fashion Design: Heritage Bespoke, Couture & Slow Making Business Strategy & Design Thinking Fashion Styling
SECOND YEAR DESIGN PROCESS MATERIALS & MAKING INDUSTRY & ENTERPRISE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Fashion Design: Futures Zero Waste Techniques & Technologies Ethical Business Management Communications & Marketing
Trimester 2 Fashion Design: Personal Investigation Materials & Making: Personal Investigation Entrepreneurship Careers Development
Trimester 3 Fashion Design: Capstone Project Design Realisation: Capstone Project Business & Entrepreneurship: Capstone Project Industry Placement

OUR CAMPUSEs

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 9am-10pm
Sat-Sun – 9am-7pm

George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

OPENING HOURS

Due to COVID-19, campus is available by
appointment only.

Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Due to COVID-19, campus is available by
appointment only.

Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

OPENING HOURS

Due to COVID-19, campus is available by
appointment only.