Find the Study Mode to suit your lifestyle at the Australian Academy of Fashion Design

A guiding principle here at the Australian Academy of Fashion Design, is to make high quality education accessible to all.  In order to do this, we continuously listen to our students and we are always learning how to adapt and adjust to the busy and demanding lifestyles of the modern world. One of our most important and indeed successful initiatives is our range of study modes that allow students to continue to meet their personal responsibilities while enabling them to embark on their studies. We offer Home Study, Classroom-based and Live Online classes.  Each mode has been designed to offer people the opportunity to pursue their passion without turning their whole life upside down. This is one of the many reasons why our students and alumni are finding their best fashion selves.

Home Study Courses:

This option is entirely flexible and is best suited to those with some self discipline or if you have a changeable or unpredictable schedule. Perhaps you simply want to experiment with fashion design and see if it’s for you? Home study means you can study at your own pace in your own time. You have the freedom to immerse yourself in the world of fashion design whenever and wherever you want. All of our courses are accredited so you can rest assured that we maintain the highest standards of course content and there is always expert guidance from our tutors. You will basically have everything you need to develop your talents outside of the typical classroom setting.

Key Advantages of Home study modes:
  • Materials can be accessed in a variety of ways. 24/7.
  • Self-paced learning approach.
  • Our experienced tutors provide helpful remote support.
  • Online discussions with other students through our online learning centre.
  • Optional Work placement for some courses.
  • Hands-on projects and assignments.


Some people respond well to the more hands-on physical presence that is found in a classroom. Our classroom courses are designed to provide an immersive learning experience. The structure of a classroom plus the meeting of like-minded people is something many students find beneficial to their learning experience. The shared workspace generates a collaborative atmosphere which can be inspirational in a creative environment as well as contributing to the development of technical skills. All of which is again, expertly guided by industry professionals.

Key Advantages of Classroom study modes:
  • Collaborative and inspiring classroom atmosphere.
  • Direct contact with experienced tutors.
  • Practical learning Journey.
  • Cutting-edge facilities and resources.

Live Online Classes

Our live online classes are the happy medium between home study and classroom-based options. They provide the structured schedule of a classroom as well as lively collaboration with other students in real time. This option also removes the need to commute or any dependency on a convenient location. Students can enjoy the classroom experience without the need to compromise on their course choices just because the class is too far away or inaccessible. This is an ideal option for those who appreciate the communal aspect of learning but perhaps live in a remote area or cannot commit to travelling.

Key Features of Live Online Classes:
  • Real-time interaction with tutors and with other students.
  • Convenient access from any location.
  • Engaging and innovative online teaching methods.

Fashion Design Courses offered in different study modes:

Certificate - Gain a foundation in fashion and textile design skills to inform your own designs.

Advanced Certificate - Develop the skills and advanced knowledge needed to create your own fashion collection and become a fashion designer.

Postgraduate Certificate - Develop the advanced skills and in-depth knowledge needed to start your own fashion design business.

Higher National Certificate (BTEC)  - Learn the practical skills to launch an exciting new career in fashion design or gain advanced entry to the second year of a degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Certificate.

Higher National Diploma (BTEC) - Learn everything you need to start your own successful business or receive advanced entry to the final year of a degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Diploma.

Fashion Design: Weaving Creativity with Practicality

Fashion design is so much more than clothing. Since man first put fabrics on their body, clothing, accessories and styling have been used to express the individuality of people as well as declaring a tribe, a culture and in some cases, social standing. Fashion has been illustrating the story of mankind for centuries and today, it is probably more important and more widely valued than ever before. Aspiring fashion designers can be forgiven for their urge to plunge into the world of fashion and try to carve a career for themselves, but like any craft that has stood the test of time, there are skills, techniques and a wealth of knowledge that must first be absorbed. Enthusiasm and passion are wonderful attributes, but it will only get you so far. Our courses include pattern making, sewing, draping, fabrics, history and everything needed to succeed in this incredibly exciting industry.

Explore our courses and find the study mode and course that speaks to you. Your catwalk awaits!

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Written by: Fiona Byrne

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