National code: MST31022

Certificate III in Apparel, Fashion and Textiles

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Overview About this course

Kickstart your career in the fashion industry with this entry-level course in fashion and garment creation. Construct a designer garment by aligning and sewing patterns. Apply more complex techniques such as creating darts or pleats.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Correctly identify a fabric or textile from its visual and physical properties

  • Use a sewing machine to align and sew pattern pieces according to the fabric and product type

  • Control a sewing machine's speed and use an industrial machine confidently

  • Apply principles and elements of fashion design to create your own designer garments

  • Engage in sustainable practices when producing textiles, clothing and footwear

  • Create mood boards and fashion illustrations to visually present design, colour and textile ideas

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Certificate III qualification

  • The skills and ability to create a designer garment from start to finish, using basic and intermediate sewing and patternmaking techniques

  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite

  • Exposure to industry professionals and access to a network of peers

  • A strong pathway to complete further study in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in fashion and garment creation

  • A reasonable degree of physical fitness to complete machining tasks

  • A moderate level of computer literacy to use design programs

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: trainee seamstress, trainee pattern maker and junior design assistant.

Study pathways

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The Certificate III in Apparel, Fashion and Textiles does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Apparel, Fashion and Textiles qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 units of competency, including 6 core and 12 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Support sustainable practice in apparel and textile design and production MSTGN3018

  • Apply quality standards MSS402055

  • Interact with others in an apparel and textile design and production environment MSTGN3019

  • Sew materials by machine MSTAT2005

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 4 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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