Fashion & Costume Design major | LCI Melbourne

Fashion & Costume Design

Bachelor of Design Arts
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Fashion & Costume Design Courses in Melbourne

Our costume and fashion degree in Melbourne 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 in our fashion designing course. 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 fashion design major, you can launch your own fashion label, enter fashion retail or marketing, or design and handle production for boutique or large-scale manufacturers.

Customise your degree

No more cookie-cutter degrees for you! It is time for you to have control on your future. We will help you customise your degree as you progress, and discover your strengths and opportunities as part of engaging and exploratory workshops and design labs. You are the future and LCI Melbourne is your road-map to success. 

What does customising your degree really mean? It's as simple as:
  • Fuse disciplines together to create your own career path.
  • Receive mentor-ship from academics in a personalised environment, motivating you to discover your strengths.
  • 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

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
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  • Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks how to prepare a portfolio
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  • Completion of a pre-selection kit provided by LCI Melbourne

After submission the portfolio or selection kit is viewed by a panel and if you are shortlisted your application will proceed to interview stage where you will meet with the LCI team to talk through your portfolio and ask questions.

You can apply online, in person, or talk to our admissions team by phone.

Trimester 1

  • Get a taste your future. Discover and explore multidisciplinary design ideas, informed by creative design principles, collaborative models of practice and enjoyable engagement.
  • Investigate and develop design ideas across the areas of spatial environments, the body and identity, visual communication and image making.
Trimester 2-4
  • Evolve your preferences and dive into fashion designing course in our unique design labs, complemented by additional design workshops and specialist electives.
  • You can focus on your fashion design major or blend to suit your preferred career trajectory.
  • You will explore critical thinking, expand your problem solving and understand cultural influences to inform masterful design solutions.
Trimester 5-6
  • By year three you will specialise and focus in an extended design lab with personalised independent design proposals.
  • You will have a combination of expert academics and mentors that will guide and inspire you to innovative outcomes to prepare you for the your professional practice and for your future job.

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 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’. 

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We have outstanding courses in applied arts disciplines. Our schools are located across 5 continents, giving us a unique international perspective when it comes to education and preparing you for work in the real world. The opportunities are endless when you study fashion design courses in Melbourne at LCI. Call us today on (03) 9676 9000 to get more info.