Fashion Business Program

Offered: Gold Coast & Online.

Duration: 12 months | 2 days per week

Application Process: Successful completion of Certificate in Styling or a submission of a portfolio.

Next Intake: July, October, January, April

​This Fashion Business course will fast track your fashion career and catapult your career years ahead of schedule. With an added focus on high level business skills, this savvy fashion course is for those seeking to further develop their skills across fashion business and within the creative sector.

Do you have....


  • A keen eye for the latest trends?

  • The ability to build and maintain relationships with important contacts?

  • Creative flair and extensive imagination?

  • Good people skills?

  • Confidence, determination and drive?

  • A strong passion and interest in learning all the ins and outs of the fashion industry?​



A career in fashion will lead you to creating a strong network of contacts. With a good attitude and relevant skills, the right person could end up becoming a fashion editor, or a top stylist to A list celebs.

To succeed in the fashion industry, you're required to have a wide range of contemporary skills including strong organisational, communication and networking skills, have a creative flair and eye for design. Researching and staying up to date with the current fashion trends is a must. ​

Throughout the year ACA styling students will be privy to planning and executing photo-shoots in studio and on location, flat lays, editorial, and commercial. Students will work closely with industry photographers.


By the completion of the course, ACA Styling students will have created a large digital styling portfolio to show future clients and employers as well as a diverse set of styling experiences.



Fashion Terminology

Top Fashion Glossary & What They Mean

What is a Stylist?

Fashion stylists work across a number of different areas - individuals, corporations, fashion houses and clothing brands. Their main responsibilities include providing fashion advice, choosing and co-coordinating outfits for models in photo shoots (studio or outdoor), runways shows, actors in television and film; and choosing props and accessories and preparing them for shoots. Fashion Stylists and image consultants are highly specialised in enhancing their client’s image. But what does image really mean, and why is it so important?

Colour Theory

Wherever there is light, there is colour. While we think of colours as independent - this is blue, that is red - a colour is never seen alone but always in the context of other colours. Like a musical note, no one colour is "good" of "bad". Rather, it's one part of composition that as a while is pleasing or not. The colour wheel is our tool for understanding how colours relate to one another.

Fashion Writing & Blogging

We will introduce you to writing for a range of media. As a stylist you may be asked to write complementary text or captions for your photoshoots from your clients or employer. You could also be employed as a fashion editor or fashion assistant and write fashion content, for social media, blogs, magazines and newspapers for example.

The History of Fashion

In this topic, you will conduct research into the four (4) major eras in history.

Fabrics & Fibres

Fabrics & Fibres Terminology & Definitions.

Styling Scenarios

Working from s short brief, you will be required to choose an outfit for a styling scenario.

Client Communication

Client Communication will take you through strategies on establishing a relationship and meeting client needs during styling sessions. You will learn how to use the “questioning funnel” during this process. In this Topic you will also look into active listening and how this is the most important skill for a stylist to have during an initial consultation and the actual style session.

Body Shapes

Good knowledge of body shapes will help you understand how to create a balance and proportion with clothes

Elements & Principles of Designs

By understanding the essential components of any style, you will be able to deconstruct and reconstruct different styles effectively, regardless of your own personal preferences.

Colour Psychology

Understanding Colour

Seasonal Colour

Understanding the Colour Me Beautiful Theory and the profiles of the 12 typically suggested shades.

Sizing Standards

Clothing size refers to the label sizes used for garments sold off-the-shelf. There are a large number of standard sizing systems around the world for various garments, such as dresses, tops, skirts, and trousers.

Understanding Trends

The aim of fashion forecasting is to predict trends about 18 months to two years ahead. It involves predicting mood, behaviour, and consumer habits by linking demographic information about consumer segments and statistics on trends in retail sales with guessing how and why people buy fashion and how tastes are changing. Fashion forecasting involves combining information about colour and fabrics with socioeconomic and cultural perceptions of the fashion zeitgeist.

How To Pitch & Present

We are often required to pitch our ideas. In order for our pitch to be successful we have to plan how we can effectively present all of our points, in order to get a strong, persuasive message across to our listeners. On top of presenting a structured and well thought out argument, we also must create excitement to draw in, win over and captivate our audience.

Client Project

You will create client documents which are essential for delivering an exceptional personal styling or image make-over service. You will use these documents to deliver a consistent styling service to your market of clients.

Client Consultation

You will design and develop a Style Guide, which will be a small booklet that you can give to your clients. It is a valuable tool that clients will keep and use as a reference tool when shopping and dressing. The guide will also list your contact details and be a marketing tool that could promote future bookings and referrals.

Client Make Over

You will facilitate a two part Client Makeover, drawing on all the information and skills you have learnt through the course.

Research Current & Global Trends

Research global trends will take you through: · conduct research on a complex range, trends and ideas · analyse, critiquing and synthesising complex sources to develop own positions and ideas · design research

High Profile Clients and the Consultation Process

Conduct High Profile Designer Research and carry out associated project tasks.

Visual Merchandising

In the fashion industry, visual merchandising is an important role that is used to attract shoppers to buy apparel. You will learn what it takes to develop, deliver and communicate visual concepts and strategies to promote retail brands, products and services.

Backstage Etiquette

Learn the vital should’s and shouldn’t to help keep you on your best backstage behaviour.

Plan & style a range of photoshoots

Based on a client brief you you plan and style a range of photoshoots

Plan & style a range of flat lay photoshoots

Based on a client brief you you plan and style a range of photoshoots

Print Media

You will interpret and apply styling briefs for the Fashion Print and Publishing Industries.

Develop event concepts

Engage in a creative process of concept generation and refinement.

Undertake project work

Develop a project plan, monitor and evaluate the project plan addressing time lines and budget.

Dress Performers and Artists

Interpret dressing requirements and dress performers to meet those requirements

Editorial Styling

Learn what is takes to become an editorial stylist whose major tasks involve selecting a wardrobe for editorial fashion features.


Develop critical thinking in others

Manage budgets and financial plans

Manage business resources

Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

Lead communication in the workplace

Write persuasive copy

Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

Develop and implement business plans

Undertake project work

Develop social media engagement plans

Develop a social media strategy



ACA offers students the opportunity to experience a wide range of different studio practices, each of which will require specific materials and equipment. It is the student’s responsibility to determine what materials and equipment are required for each topic. Participants studying in person are to attend each class with a laptop. Specialised Studio Workshops require additional materials and supplies and these costs are determined by the student’s choice of items. The trainer will have class Kits together to ensure that student have the essential supplies to assist them in the execution of high quality work and consistency across specialisations. A Styling Kit is included in the Tuition Fees and will be handed out on the first day of class.


Participants undertake Modules that form part of the Advanced Styling Course and the Diploma of Business Course. The Fashion Business course can be completed externally online or by remote learning, or in person at any of our studios. To qualify for successful completion of this course, the participant must pass each Module. Participants have a maximum timeframe of 2 years to complete this course. Expected completion for an engaged participant is 18 to 24 months.


To apply for a spot in our Fashion Business program, applications must include a creative portfolio. ACA will use your portfolio to assess your potential for success in the Fashion program. If you do not have a portfolio, please download the Fashion Application Requirements from the link below. We look at how your work demonstrates: An understanding of design and innovation in your creative work. A desire to learn and the ability to research and apply ideas.


Styling Kit Graduate with a professional portfolio of images.


Please click on the logo below, fill in and submit the questionnaire. This information will allow us to provide a variety of fee options tailored to your circumstances. From time to time we may have access to funding and scholarships, we will assess your eligibility to provide available options at the time of your enquiry. We take your privacy seriously, your information will not shared with any external third parties.


Here are just some examples of career outcomes graduates have continued into:

JOB OUTCOMES (but not limited too)

Freelance Stylist

Retail Stylist

Visual Merchandising

TV/Film/Wardrobe Stylist

Celebrity Stylist

Fashion Forecaster

Fashion Design

Fashion Business

Fashion Journalism

Creative Director


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