Fashion Design

A fashion design course at The Gordon prepares you for professional excellence in the fashion industry. We provide a quality educational experience to foster your creativity and career focus, with a global fashion perspective.

As a fashion student, you receive solid grounding in the practical and technical skills required to be successful in the fashion industry. You’ll also gain exposure to your future profession through internships, guest lectures, industry projects, study tours and other opportunities for hands-on learning.

Work placement and industry experience

Our fashion course is all about getting you industry-ready, and with our strong connections and high graduate employment rate, you'll be equipped with the skills expected by fashion employers. 

In third year, you'll really experience the buzz of the industry through our internship program. We’ve had students intern with a range of fashion businesses including: Linda Britten, Emu Australia, Stage II, Anna Campbell, Gwendolynne, Romance Was Born, Review, Pilgrim, Shellter, Hussy Clothing, Alannah Hill, The Laboratory, Sportsgirl, Lime Drop, New Model Beauty Queen, Felicity Ellison, and that’s just a few!

Scholarships available for fashion design students

The Spotlight Scholarship is open to Advanced Diploma students to help with the costs associated with creating a fashion range. Go to Course/Industry Specific Scholarships to see if you are eligible.

Career outcomes

Salary range

Fashion designer $40,211 - $96,325
Pattern maker $46,064 - $86,449
Tailor $39,428 - $74,676
Quality assurance inspector $41,344 - $90,887

Source: Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

Pathways to University
Study Tour
Profiles and Testimonials

“I chose to study fashion because I love everything about it! I grew up watching my mum sew, and in my later years of high school it was always my priority. I was really lucky that my school had such a great textiles/art program, supported by VET in Schools at The Gordon.

I’ve had a lot of memorable moments during my time at The Gordon, but my favourite would have to be the study tour to Shanghai, Hong Kong and ShenZhen. We had the opportunity to see the world of fashion from the other side. The different machines and technology was amazing to see. We also had the opportunity to shop for resources which we would use for our future ranges.

Recently I have become a racing fashion addict. It’s a combination of my two favourite things: fashion and horses. After studying millinery with Rebecca Share
I now love making hats just as much as dresses. There are so many details to a racing fashion outfit, and I love the styling that goes into each event.

After I graduate I would like to run my own business. I would like to see myself making ready-to-wear clothing, suitable for the races and other events. I would also like to produce a ready-to-wear millinery collection for the spring racing carnival each year.”

Allie Guy
Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

"I always knew I wanted to work in a design field and settled on fashion after high school. The Gordon was my first choice, as I knew the course combined the sense of business with practical knowledge of design and garment construction, which the industry really values. 

I really enjoyed the hands-on approach, especially the variety of work experience we completed throughout the course. The study tour to Paris, London and Barcelona was also an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

I now work at Country Road Group head office for their brand Trenery, as Assistant Apparel Technologist – Womenswear. My job is to liaise with our factories on the fit and construction of all our womenswear garments. The Gordon gave me great hands-on skills that made the transition from TAFE to industry very easy." 

Nikola Dyson
Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Fashion Gallery

2107 China Study Tour - Mainland China (Guangzhou) and Hong Kong.

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2016 Fashion Graduates

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2017 Fashion Graduates

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Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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