I believe the UTS one looks at both academic and portfolio? I know a girl who does it who really enjoys it, but it is a very intense course and she's constantly got assignments going on. Though through it she's got a really covetable internship. The UAI isn't really an indication of how academically intensive it is (not that design isn't academically intensive... come on you know what I mean! Design is in a different league to say, 96 UAI for Science/Commerce degrees) but really how in demand it is.
Princess_nikki if you want to go into fashion business I'd actually advise against taking a degree in fashion business. A diploma or certificate if you really want... but imho you'll be a lot more equipped if you did a straight business/marketing degree. Australia also doesn't have a lot of reputable courses anyway - FBI offer them, and I only ever hear negative feedback about that place. Fashion business isn't a field which requires that exact degree - it's not like studying law to become a lawyer, or medicine for a doctor.
If you want to own your own boutique, you could even see what it's like doing a short course in small business at a continuing education centre, I know many of them in Sydney at least offer these sort of courses.
I honestly think that 14 is a little too young to be considering doing a short course, they might not take you seriously either because you're so young. What VCE subjects do you plan to take in year 11/12 voguelover94? Anyway, I'm thinking that the portfolio has to be pretty good, or at least impress the people who decide to allow you to enrol- anything to do with the fashion industry is pretty tough, I'd say!
It's probably better to have a look on the RMIT website for information, but I have a feeling they probably don't explicitly discuss age limits for their short courses. It won't hurt to try; it'll be more useful to give them a call to directly ask them about it.
voguelover, at school i think you'd benefit greatly from selecting creative subjects such as viscomm or textiles or art, esp. at VCE level, so that you have a good opportunity to develop a strong folio through coursework and SATs for when you have to go to uni interviews.
also you can choose to do a VET course (which is going to TAFE for one day a week instead of school) in fashion.. in the end you'll be gaining skills and a certificate and whatever else as well. you can ask your careers counseller about that i guess.
icy_pink I imagine it would differ with each institution I haven't heard of any prerequisites off the top of my head, but to be honest I'm not familiar with any that do offer masters in fashion design.
i dont want to study 'fashion or art' with people my own age.
is there any particular reason? this sounds kinda... weird and a bit elitist. are you not studying english, maths etc. with other people your own age as well? what's the difference? this is highschool...
everyone who wants to get into uni to study something design related typically takes on these sorts of subjects in yr 11 and 12. it's like you can achieve two things at once; creating a folio and completing the units of a subject...
im currently at RMIT in melbourne doing bachelor of design (fashion), im just at the end of sememster 1 of 1st year. its a very very full on course, if your willing to dedicate your life to uni then its a good course. I was at uni for 11 hours yesterday with only 1 hour break and then todayi was there for 9 hours, and its pretty much always like this, and if your not at uni then you need to be doing homework at home. saying all this though, it is amazing, i feel like i have learnt so much sinse i started and everything you learn relates to what it will be like when you get out into the fashion industry.
To get in you need to apply through VTAC and then there is a selection process, of design test which about 1000 people sit, then its is refined to 200 people who get interviews in which you show your folio to a panel of RMIT staff and they ask you questions, and from there they refine it down to 80 and they are the people who get in. i was very suprised when i got my letter, but quite excited, its a great course and worth applying. hope this helps some people.