National code: MST50119

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

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Overview About this course

Find your fit in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry as you bring your creative visions to life. Focus on garment design drawing, patternmaking and sewing skills and develop the skills you need to succeed in the fast-paced world of fashion.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles

  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

  • Calculate cost estimates for textile, clothing and footwear industry products

  • Develop and present design concepts

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable practices

Course Outcomes

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

  • The ability to design and draw garments, creating an original collection

  • Skills to source fabrics and notions, make patterns, and cut and sew garments

  • Confidence to liaise with creative peers and begin establishing a network of industry connections

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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 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

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: Textiles and fashion merchandiser, Clothing patternmaker , Pattern grader, Pattern cutter and Assistant production manager

Study pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

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Further study 0 Courses

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The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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

  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines MSTFD5010

  • Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation MSTFD5011

  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants MSTFD4006

  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices MSTFD5029

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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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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

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