Fashion & Costume Design
Fashion & Costume Design | Fashion & Costume Design

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.


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  • 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.
  • Fashion Art and Society
  • Visual Dynamics for development
  • Theme Development and Garment Production
  • Fashion Fabrication, Art and Society
  • Exploration of Fashion and Costume
  • Folio and Presentation for Final Range
  • Garment Construction Methods and Applications
  • Design Development

Graduates can launch their own fashion label, design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers, enter fashion retail or marketing.

To be considered for admission, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. If you are a domestic student aged under 18 you can enrol at LCI Melbourne but you will need your parent or guardian's consent. Unfortunately we are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.

  • Creative
  • Interest in fashion and fashion trends
  • Innovative thinker

  • Small classes. Generally no more than 18.
  • State of the art facilities, including industry standard computing equipment and software.

Bachelor of Design Arts (Fashion & Costume Design)

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.

The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 3 years full-time (10 units per academic year) or 2 years fast-tracked full-time (15 units per academic year). Part-time study is also available. An academic year is divided into three twelve week study periods, called ‘trimesters’.

Face-to-face

80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments) and 20% test.