Fashion Careers

Careers in Fashion Design

Being a designer is about more than beautiful clothes – get ready for liaising with marketers or production teams, and long hours pinning swathes of fabric or working on a sewing machine.

If you’ve got what it takes to make it in the fashion world, we’ll prepare you to be competitive in a highly competitive field.


Where can a career in fashion design take you?

Fashion is a multi-million dollar global business – designers are the most prominent figureheads, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg.

Studying fashion design could be your first step to a successful career as a designer, joining an established brand or running your own label. Or, you may decide that your real passion lies in another area of the industry. Roles you might consider include:

  • Production coordinator
  • Pattern maker
  • Design technician
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Fashion stylist
  • Design room coordinator
  • Product developer
  • Production manager
  • Textile designer
  • Fashion buyer


What do employers look for in a fashion design graduate?

We’ll shape you to be an aesthetically aware conceptual thinker, and to realise your creative ideas through technical processes. Employers look for designers who are highly skilled in different garment construction techniques and systems, and who are familiar with industry expectations and standards.

If you have work experience, a portfolio that showcases your unique talent and diverse skills, references and samples of your work to show, you’re on the right track. We’ll help you along the way, but you’ll also need to use your own initiative.


Get industry insight with a fashion design internship

We have strong connections with the local and international fashion industries – we’re one of the few colleges with connections with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to attend other industry events as well.

All bachelor’s degree students at Raffles are required to do an internship in the industry. You’ll get valuable hands-on experience, and the chance to make your first professional contacts. 



Still unsure whether a career in fashion design is for you? Attend our fashion design workshops running during the school holidays.

Create a dazzling portfolio with help from our industry experts. A well-presented portfolio showcases your creative ability and can be the deciding factor when it comes to awarding places on popular degree paths.

You’ll see what best practice looks like in terms of sketches, design, mood boards, images and fabric research. You’ll be shown the fundamentals of a well-designed portfolio and have time to apply this knowledge to your own.

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Fashion Design Courses


Fashion Design

3 years full-time

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From concept to stitching and catwalk to selling, learn how to design and produce haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. We’ll teach you the digital and manual tools and techniques of the trade – everything you need to set yourself up for success in this multi-million dollar global business.

My Experience

"While studying at RCDC I felt that the courses were designed to encourage the individual creativity of the students, allowing me to develop and strengthen my own original style and approach to fashion design. RCDC is one of two design institutions in Sydney that offers selected students a chance to show a collection during Fashion Week Australia. I was lucky enough to participate for two consecutive years after graduating. This opportunity created a platform for me to showcase my own brand both on the runway and also in a showroom location in Sydney. Raffles also has a great international focus; I was given the opportunity to show my collections overseas in Beijing during China Graduate Fashion Week in years 2014 and 2015. This opportunity gave my brand exposure on an international level and also included a showroom location in the art and design district in Beijing. These unique opportunities have allowed me to introduce my brand to the available market and experience the industry first-hand; leading to the success of the building of my brand."

Fatima Asanovski - Fashion Design Graduate (2012)
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