Gain transferrable skills to apply across the fashion industry filling skills gaps identified by employers. Learn to do research, pattern making, garment alternations and modifications while learning about sustainable fashion including upcycling.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Identify and use a range of fibres, textiles and fabrics commonly used in the fashion industry
Develop patterns and construct a range of complex garments
Perform a range of research to inform design concept and best practice
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited Diploma level qualification
The ability to design and draw garments, creating an original collection
Confidence to liaise with creative peers and begin establishing a network of industry connections
Experience in using technology to create and develop products, create budgets and conduct market research
Strong pathways to continue your studies in fashion and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in the fashion industry including garment design and production
Fundamental computer skills
The ability to budget for equipment, fabric and other consumables you need to complete your projects and create your garments
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Our graduates go onto roles like:
Clothing Patternmakers draw sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cut out patterns for garments.
Other jobs include: assistant production manager, garment patternmaker, pattern grader, pattern cutter and textiles and fashion merchandiser.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising does not have any related courses.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 35 units of competency, including 9 core and 26 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.
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