Our Fashion & Costume Design program offers training that will ensure you are mainstream industry ready and employable. Design principles and exercises are central to the program. Students learn about applied design processes from idea generation to creation of mood boards and storyboards that address design briefs, contextual factors and trend forecasts. Fabric appreciation, manipulation and handling are part of this learning. Students gain an understanding of commercial manufacturing, logistics and distribution, supported by an insight into the power of marketing and the importance of branding.
As an LCI Melbourne graduate with a major in Fashion & Costume Design you can launch your own fashion label, enter fashion retail or marketing, or design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers.
Who's It For?
- Creative and curious students
- Those with an interest in fashion and fashion trends
- Innovative thinkers
- People with a passion for self-expression or community engagement
Potential career outcomes could include:
- launch your own fashion label
- Design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers
- Enter fashion retail or marketing
What You'll Learn
- Understanding and application of design principles
- Garment construction through applied design processes, from idea generation to execution
- Understand commercial manufacturing, logistics and distribution
- Develop an understanding of fashion marketing and the importance of branding
- Ability to project manage fashion events
- Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
- Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Graphic & Digital Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
Duration Study Load
The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 2 years full-time (300 credit points). Part-time study is also available. An academic year is divided into three twelve week study periods, called ‘trimesters’.
To be considered for a place at LCI Melbourne, our entry requirements are:
- Evidence of satisfactory completion of VCE or year 12 equivalent or work experience equivalence
- Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks on how to prepare a portfolio
- Completion of a preselection kit provided by LCI Melbourne
International students must achieve equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.
After submission, the portfolio or selection kit is viewed by a panel and if you are shortlisted your application will proceed to the interview stage where you will meet with the LCI team to talk through your portfolio and ask questions.
- Select from 5 sub-majors, providing a wider range of career options
- Design Arts subjects covering contextual studies and management skills
- Work experience in the design arts industry
- Opportunity to study a trimester abroad at LCI Education campuses
- Small classes and a community dedicated to creativity
The Professional Studies units of the Bachelor of Design Arts ensure students secure industry placements to enhance their skills and experience – giving them an edge when they graduate. Work experience in the industry can include internships at Virgin Melbourne fashion week (front or backstage), assistants for designers and labels, or fashion media interns.
Resources, media and tools for research, design and production skills in design and production of fashion & costume design.
Research and documentation methods for original and thematic approach to fashion and costume design.
Study of past and present trends and designers, future direction. Workshops in design, patternmaking and construction, visual and verbal communication of design
Develop skills and techniques for research, documentation and networking for professional presentation and promotion in the context of the fashion industry.
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in creative collaboration. Roles and responsibilities are identified.
About LCI Melbourne
LCI Melbourne is not your cookie-cutter higher education institute. We are a local design school with a global reputation that inspires and empowers students to design with purpose and become what’s next.
Kick-start your career with an LCI Melbourne Higher Education Design Diploma or a Bachelor of Design Arts that is inspiring, engaging and connected with industry. LCI Melbourne teaches you how to combine developmental, creative and professional skills to solve a range of imaginative problems. You will explore foundation design concepts, industry-led briefs and work towards the development of a personal design ethos.