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  • MST50116
  • 094606C

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

At a glance

At a glance

Ignite your creative flair for fashion with this diploma-level qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course is ideal for people seeking employment in the design and retail sectors of the fashion industry.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Fashion Designer and Stylist
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Retailer
  • CAD Operator
  • Production Manager Fashion Accessories
  • Fashion Accessories Designer
  • Machinist
  • Dressmaker or Tailor
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MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

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Course overview

Course overview

Activate your career in the fashion industry with this diploma level qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to flourish within the design, manufacturing, wholesale or retail areas of the fashion industry. The Australian fashion design industry has come of age in recent years and is well and truly hitting its stride on the global stage, mainly due to the emergence of e-commerce tools and the opportunity for fashion entrepreneurs to link directly with buyers through the internet.

This course gives you the advanced skills to work independently or collaboratively within a constantly evolving sector. You will also develop advanced understanding of design processes and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.

TAFE Queensland's fashion training centres are the ideal place for you to launch your fashion career. Equipped with numerous sewing machines, overlockers, computer labs and cutting rooms; everything you need is at your fingertips to bring your creations to life and ready to hit the runway. TAFE Queensland graduates have gone on to create or work for a host of successful labels including Billabong, Marc Jacobs, Easton Pearson and Black Milk Clothing.

Successful completion of this course will give you the necessary skills and attributes to seek employment as a fashion designer and stylist, dressmaker, machinist, tailor, fashion accessories designer and fashion retailer. Completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 26 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSMENV272
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200
Work safely
MSS402051
Apply quality standards
MSTCL3001
Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTFD4004
Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
MSTFD4006
Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTFD5010
Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTGN2009
Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN2011
Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSTFD2005
Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD3004
Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4020
Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTTD5004
Design and produce experimental textiles
MSTCL2010
Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL3009
Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTFD2006
Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTFD4003
Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4014
Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD5011
Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5005
Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
MSTFD4013
Grade 2-D patterns
MSTFD4010
Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD4021
Drape fabrics to make patterns
MSTFD4016
Sew design prototypes
MSTFD5004
Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTTD5007
Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
MSTFD5007
Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
MSTFD5009
Cost production of fashion or textile designs
MSTFD5020
Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTFD5002
Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
MSTFD5018
Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5021
Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTFD5012
Perform contour draping
MSTFD4015
Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD5019
Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
MSTFD2005
Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD3004
Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTTD5004
Design and produce experimental textiles
MSTCL3009
Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTFD2006
Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTFD4014
Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD4003
Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD5011
Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD4020
Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTFD5006
Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTFD4021
Drape fabrics to make patterns
MSTFD4010
Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD4016
Sew design prototypes
MSTFD4011
Cut fabrics for prototype designs
MSTFD5020
Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTFD5001
Design bras and swimwear
MSTFD4013
Grade 2-D patterns
MSTFD5021
Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTTD5007
Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
MSTFD5012
Perform contour draping
MSTFD4015
Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD5018
Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5007
Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
MSTFD5004
Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTFD5009
Cost production of fashion or textile designs
MSTFD5019
Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

It is recommended that you meet one of the following requirements-

  • successful completion of at least Year 12, Certificate IV or equivalent; or
  • be of mature-age

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Resources required

You will be provided with a sewing kit. This incurs a non-refundable fee of $150 that must be paid at time of enrolment.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland