Meet Mia, current student of Fashion Design at TAFE NSW.
This is what the course involves…
So, what did you study?
Mia: I did a Bachelor of Fashion Design majoring in menswear, textiles and couture at TAFE NSW. The course is 3 years.
Why did you pick design?
Mia: Well my grandma was a fashion designer so it’s kind of in my blood. I also did textiles and art during high school!
What’s the course like?
Mia: In first year you do your basics so pattern making, sewing, design, illustration and textiles. Second year is print and swimwear. In swimwear you work in a group of 6 which is hard because you all have different design aesthetics. Third year is the best year, I think, because you already know what designer you want to be – and you pretty much get to do everything yourself!
Do you need to know how to sew when you enrol?
Mia: No you don’t need to know! They run sewing machine pattern making courses before though.
Why did you choose TAFE NSW?
Mia: Well, it’s number one, plus we have some really good students like Zimmerman and Hansel & Gretel. There’s so many up and comings as well. In third year, we also go to India and China for a buying trip to buy all our fabrics.
Tell me about fashion week!
Mia: We have an Innovators show at fashion week with TAFE NSW. So when you do your final runway, the best 5-6 students get picked for fashion week.