The Fashion Design Studio (FDS) at Sydney TAFE offers a comprehensive selection of fashion programs that focus on different aspects of the fashion industry, including fashion design, emerging fashion technologies and production management. Over 80 percent of students were satisfied with the school’s course offerings in technical skills and digital innovation, while courses in business, marketing and sustainability were not rated as highly. Students were also content with the school’s campus and resources. The student cohort lacks international and gender diversity—95 percent of the students are Australian and over 85 percent are female. The school is currently undertaking initiates to expand its global study programs in China and India with a cross cultural design programme to be undertaken in collaboration with Indian fashion school NIFT, as well as the addition of a study tour to Paris and expanded internship opportunities.
"I chose TAFE over other Australia universities that I got accepted to purely based on my belief that as a fashion student, study should be more practical rather than theoretical, as fashion is such a practically-focussed industry. In saying this, Sydney TAFE did not disappoint, with highly enthusiastic teachers helping individually and being hands on with work, as well as pushing you to achieve the best you can be."
"I chose this college for its practical emphasis and I commend TAFE's challenging curriculum, hands-on approach to learning, and its focus on nurturing design & technical skills (vs a more academic or theoretical approach to fashion)."
"We graduate fully equipped with all the necessary skills to make us as employable as possible, or in the best position to start our own business straight out of college. From the very first day at TAFE you are thrown in the deep end."
"The experience and exposure you get is invaluable if you are the top of your class, as the school selects the best 6 students to represent them at Australian fashion week."
"The work can be exhaustive but the camaraderie at the school is what gets you through. There is a lot of exchanging of ideas and the teachers do push you to be more experimental and that's why I am here."
"Alumni networking opportunities are lacking. We are encouraged to constantly make contacts and build out network in industry, but are not given adequate tools to do so."
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