Diploma of Textile Design and Development

RMIT University

Program Description

Diploma of Textile Design and Development

RMIT University

Diploma of Textile Design and Development

The Diploma is a practical, hands-on, studio-based program with access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-connected instructors to help complete project briefs.

In this stage of the program you will develop sophisticated skills and expertise in colour, drawing, design and computing, enabling you to plan, develop and produce screen-printed, machine-knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications.

You will create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.

With a focus on industry-based projects you’ll work with major and independent Australian and international companies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in developing a collection of textiles to technical and market specifications.

Program structure

This 2-year program will develop your technical and creative skills in textile design through practical, hands-on and studio-based learning.

Year 1

You will develop skills in:

  • drawing, painting and illustration techniques
  • design and concept development
  • digital folio design
  • textile history and contemporary practice.

You will also present concepts using computer-aided design techniques.

Practical workshops will develop your skills in design and construction for screen-printing, machine knitting and weaving, incorporating an understanding of fibres and dye technology.

Year 2

You’ll complete a range of design briefs introducing you to industry practice and market viability. You’ll also learn about production and manufacturing processes in the textile, clothing and footwear sectors.

You will undertake work experience, projects and learning with major Australian and international textiles companies such as Warwick Fabrics, Silk Trader, Timorous Beasties (UK) and Kova Textiles (New York).

Full-time diploma students attend 22 hours of classes per week and undertake approximately 15 hours of extra study and research per week.

Entry requirements

Program entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.



Selection tasks

Folio: You must present your folio at an assessment session. You must include with your application a statement explaining your reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

Folio presentation: You must supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio. The folio should contain a variety of art, design or media work relevant to the program you are applying for. It should demonstrate your creative, conceptual and technical ability. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed, and finished works.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete the Academic IELTS with an overall band of 5.5 and no individual band below 5.0.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Request Info