Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development)

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Start date:
Mon 12 Feb 2018
 –   Ultimo
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  • Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course details

    Course description and aims

    This qualification is intended for assistant design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as assistant roles associated with managing fashion product as part of a fashion enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.

    Skills may be applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace roles and enterprise requirements. Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development or business merchandising, as well as generalist roles.

    Skills involve the use of both manual and digital design tools, and may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. Design outcomes build on technical production skills and provide a basis for career progression to design or business management roles.

    This qualification offers a generic MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management.

    The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification:

    Pathway 1: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
    (Design and Product Development)

    Pathway 2: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
    (Business and Merchandising)

    There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Fashion Designer

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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    Full Time
    Course type:
    Design & Product Development (Advanced Entry)
    Course start:
    Mon 12 Feb 2018
    Course duration:
    1 Year
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled, VET Student Loan
    21 Hours per week
    Indicative course cost:
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    About offering:

    This is an advanced entry course, The recommended pathway for entry into the Diploma course is to have completed MST30816 Certificate 3 in Applied Fashion Design & Technology or equivalent.


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Tuesday 23 January 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Ultimo College, Mary Anne Street Ultimo, Building H, Level 2, Room H2.30.

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class over 3 days a week for 1 year. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Between Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

    Find out more about VET Student Loans at http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/vet%20student%20loans/pages/vet%20student%20loans

    Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

    The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each unit of study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

    Find out about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Financial assistance: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    You will be required to purchase materials for your personal projects. Cost will be dependant on fabric choice. Materials for some class exercises are included in the course fee.

    Units of Study

    CodeNameStart DateEnd DateCensusAmount
    UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising2018/02/122018/04/272018/04/03$1438.00
    UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising2018/04/302018/07/132018/06/04$1438.00
    UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising2018/07/092018/09/212018/08/06$1438.00
    UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising2018/09/242018/12/072018/11/05$1436.00


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    MSTFD5003Analyse fit model40
    MSTFD4001Apply design studio process80
    MSTFD5017Apply design studio processes to meet client brief90
    MSS402051Apply quality standards30
    MSTFD5020Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices100
    MSTFD4003Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts80
    MSTFD4004Calculate cost estimates for fashion products30
    MSTFD5021Conduct digital patternmaking and grading150
    MSTFD5008Conduct fashion design purchasing40
    MSTFD4008Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications40
    MSTFD4015Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications50
    MSTFD4010Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles80
    MSTFD4011Cut fabrics for prototype designs40
    MSTFD5018Determine and specify advanced construction processes100
    MSTFD5010Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines50
    MSTFD5022Develop digital costing markers130
    MSTFD5015Develop patterns for complex fashion garments100
    MSTCL3009Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles50
    MSTFD4012Develop product specifications for fashion design40
    MSTFD4021Drape fabrics to make patterns60
    MSTFD3004Draw a trade drawing for fashion design40
    MSTFD5006Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria30
    MSTFD4013Grade 2-D patterns80
    MSTFD5016Grade complex patterns60
    MSTFD2005Identify design process for fashion designs40
    MSTCL3001Identify fabric performance and handling requirements40
    MSTGN2011Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry80
    MSTFD4006Interact and network with fashion industry participants80
    MSTGN2009Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace50
    MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices30
    MSTFD5012Perform contour draping50
    MSTCL3002Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications60
    MSTFD5011Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation50
    MSTFD4016Sew design prototypes60
    MSTFD2006Use a sewing machine for fashion design80
    MSTFD4020Use electronic fashion design tools80
    MSMWHS200Work safely30



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