Collarts Launches Australia's First Fashion & Sustainability Degree

Nov 22, 2019

Creating the change we want to see in the world, Collarts is proud to announce our newest degree in Fashion & Sustainability. The first of its kind in Australia, we're empowering the next generation to create a more sustainable fashion future that will transform the industry for good. 

Priding ourselves on our ability to stay on the forefront of contemporary culture, the new course highlights fashion's increasing demand for ethically and responsibility produced clothing, along with the need for professionals specially trained in those fields. 

"Fashion consumers want to feel good about the clothes they put on their backs. As a result, the industry is having to change the way it has done things previously. Not only is this helping to create a greener planet, but it’s also creating a whole new job market,” explains industry expert and academic, Dr Rachel Matthews, who will be leading the course as Head of Fashion at Collarts.

With intake commencing in 2020, the course will give students an in-depth understanding of emerging global fashion practices, design, sustainability, and allow them to acquire knowledge and experience in fashion enterprise, styling, ethical responsibility and zero waste techniques and technologies.  

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"Fashion consumers want to feel good about the clothes they put on their backs... Not only is this helping to create a greener planet, but it’s also creating a whole new job market." — Dr Rachel Matthews

 

“Currently, there’s no other course like it being offered in Australia. It’s an exciting and immersive course that’s perfect for people wanting to shape the future of the industry. A rise in jobs in the sustainability sector is already happening and this will only continue to grow," Dr Matthews explains.

"Consumers will be demanding more transparency around how brands are operating, so the need for professionals to manage green policies and sustainable supply chains while maintaining the integrity of the brand will be crucial in the years to come. It’s a smart investment for students, particularly high school leavers, and it’s the perfect opportunity for those that are interested in fashion to prepare themselves for the future of our industry," she shares. 

Ben O'Hara, the Dean of Collarts, also recognised the demand for innovation in fashion. “With Dr Matthews leading the charge, students can expect an innovative program that will give you the qualifications and head start you need in the workforce. They will also have opportunities to apply their studies by partaking in sought-after internships and hands-on experience at major events like Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo and more,” O’Hara noted.

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