Fashion, industrial and jewellery designers plan, design, develop and prepare products for manufacture.

Fashion designers create new clothing and accessories.

Industrial designers design commercial, medical and industrial products. They also make models and prototypes of these designs for mass production.

Jewellers design and manufacture jewellery and small objects using metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres.

Where fashion, industrial and jewellery designers are employed

Fashion designers work for manufacturing houses, small businesses or retailers. They may design ready-to-wear clothing or one-off garments and tend to specialise in one area, such as menswear, children's wear, knitwear or lingerie. This industry is highly competitive and success depends on talent and determination. Vacancies are extremely limited for trainees wanting to work their way up to fashion designing. Some employers promote employees who have gained practical experience in the industry.

Most industrial designers work for manufacturing firms. They also work for private consultancies and government departments. Designers usually spend several years after graduation gaining commercial experience before moving into design consulting.

Jewellers may work for manufacturing firms. Many run their own jewellery business and sell direct to the public or supply work to galleries on commission or at wholesale prices. Most job opportunities for jewellers are in capital cities, followed by larger country centres. Competition for apprenticeships is extremely strong, with a limited number offered each year.

Pay

Full-time fashion, industrial and jewellery designers in SA generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for fashion industrial jewellery designer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 191 people employed full-time as fashion, industrial and jewellery designers in SA, compared with 217 in 2006.

How to become one

Fashion designer

To become a fashion designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in applied fashion design and technology or fashion design. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of their work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

You can also become a fashion designer by completing a degree in fashion design or fashion and textiles. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your SACE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of english, visual arts and design are normally required. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of their work. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in fashion design or fashion and textiles. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Industrial designer

To become an industrial designer you usually have to study industrial design or product design engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your SACE. At school consider doing english, arts, design and technology, mathematics and physics. Applicants may also be required to submit a portfolio of work, sit a test and/or attend an interview. 

Jeweller

To become a jeweller you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in jewellery manufacture or jewellery and object design. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

Alternatively, you can become a jeweller by completing a degree at university with a major in jewellery, 3D design or gold and silversmithing. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your SACE with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of work.

A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in SA, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities, visit MyUniversity.

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