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Fashion & Costume Design

Bachelor of Design Arts
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Fashion & Costume Design Program in Melbourne

Fashion & Costume Design at LCI Melbourne is a unique specialisation where you can explore innovative techniques in the design and creation of fashion collections and/or costume for cosplay, stage or film. Innovation and creative thinking provide the foundations as you discover industry techniques including high quality pattern making and garment creation.

You will conceptualise innovative presentations, predict future trends, and discover fabric appreciation and manipulation. You will explore responsible design through consideration of sustainable materials, no waste strategies and customer needs. You will also learn how to style, shoot and promote your work, with an understanding the impact of social media.

This major will set you up to launch your independent business or enter fashion or costume design in independent small scale operations or large-scale organisations.

By graduating with a Bachelor of Design Arts and joining the ranks of LCI Melbourne alumni, you will be included amongst some of Australia’s leading and most innovative artists and designers. LCI Melbourne is FEE-HELP approved.

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 through opportunities that discover your strengths, as part of engaging and exploratory workshops and design labs. 
You are the future of art and design and LCI Melbourne is your roadmap to success!

What does customising your degree really mean? It's as simple as:

  • Explore creative processes across disciplines throughout your program to create your own multidisciplinary career.
  • Collaborate with other creative students across majors on projects and exhibitions.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship from academics in a personalised environment that motivates 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
  • Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks how to prepare a portfolio
  • 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’. 




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.