Fashion Designer

Job Description

Fashion Designers plan, design, develop and create new garments and accessories, or modify existing ones to suit current trends. The garments and accessories fashion designers create include clothing, footwear, handbags and jewellery.

Careers Ladder


There is no particular industry accreditation or formal qualification required to work as a Fashion Designer in Australia. This is an industry where having a folio of work and/or work experience alongside a qualification is highly regarded.

Complete a vocational qualification in fashion design. This may be a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals or Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production. Prerequisites may vary between institutions, but usually an interview and/or a folio of work is required. Alternatively, gain experience with a fashion house or designer.


  • Autonomy
  • Artistic
  • Creativity
  • Detail Orientated
  • Initiative
  • Imaginative
  • Open-Minded
  • Passionate
  • Receptive
  • Self-Motivation

Key Skills

  • Design
  • Artistic ability
  • Computer skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • An understanding of the latest trends and their role within a fashion environment

Future Prospects

Work towards becoming a senior designer or creative director. Fashion designers wishing to build a global fashion brand may wish to undertake further study, such as a Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship).

Career progression in this field can lead to other roles such as: