“FDS has been a leading force in the Australian Fashion Industry since 1955, graduating an impressive list of fashion designers.”




FDS at TAFE NSW was the first dedicated fashion design school in Sydney and its graduates have shaped the Australian fashion landscape since 1955.



FDS offer a range of courses in fashion design, illustration and surface textile applications. Courses range from short courses to the three year Bachelor of Fashion Design.



FDS is a creative community that recognises and values the contributions of its students, teachers, alumni and industry partners.

FDS at TAFE NSW was the first dedicated fashion design school in Sydney. Originally housed at the historic East Sydney Technical College, in 2005 the college moved to purpose built studios in the educational hub of Sydney. In 2015 a full renovation and technology upgrade makes the facility one of the best in the country.


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FDS is broadly recognised in Australia and abroad as a leader in fashion education, graduating many of Australia’s top designers including Dion Lee, Zimmermann and Akira. FDS graduates have shaped the development of the Australian fashion industry and its recognition globally.


2018 FDS facilities


FDS offers a rigorous education experience designed to nurture your creative talent and provide you with all the knowledge and skills you need to manage fashion design projects from original concept through to the runway show.
Being work ready is at the core of the educational experience and industry are actively involved in our curriculum, assessments and sponsored projects. Every bachelor student undertakes an internship at both Level 200 and 300.


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We focus on creative design exploration and encourage you to experiment with ideas and develop your own unique design signature. FDS graduates are known for their creativity and excellent knowledge and skills across all aspects of the fashion industry.
The school emphasises the value of the ‘makers mark’ to the designer’s signature and fosters ethical and socially responsible design practices. You will develop as a designer through active engagement with the craft of fashion.

At FDS you apply your learning in real world settings, working on design projects with industry partners and undertaking internships where you experience working as a fashion designer. The ‘go to’ show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is the FDS Innovators show that features the top graduates of the year. We are the only fashion school in Sydney invited to show at fashion Week and this show has launched the careers of designers like Dion Lee and Christopher Esber.

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Couture students in London and Paris

Asia sourcing

In Level 300 students you have the opportunity to travel to India and China, sourcing fabrics and specialist artisanal services for your graduating collection.