National code: MST50119

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business)

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Overview About this course

Join prestigious fashion alumni including Nicky Zimmerman, Alex Perry and Dion Lee, and chase your dream of working in the fast-paced fashion industry. You’ll gain a range of skills that enable you to work with the design team in the planning, development and execution of ranges within the fashion industry.

This course is superseded.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.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Design and create garments

  • Apply quality standards

  • Operate computer technology

  • Identify and select fabrics

  • Network with peers in the fashion industry

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 and design a garment range

  • Skills to analyse consumer behaviour

  • Skills to source fabric and notions both locally and internationally

  • The ability to source a patternmaker and garment maker and negotiate production

  • Skills to coordinate a photoshoot and the confidence to create a marketing campaign to showcase and sell your concept

  • A pathway to a TAFE NSW Degree

  • High-level skills to advance your career in the fashion 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 the fashion industry including garment design and marketing

  • Motivation and dedication to complete the course Competent computer skills

  • The ability to purchase equipment, fabric and consumable items to complete projects

  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft and some knowledge of creative platforms such as the Adobe suite

  • Access to a computer outside of TAFE NSW

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

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, Assistant buyer, Assistant production manager, Design developer , Design assistant, Assistant marketing manager, Junior PR manager and Visual Merchandiser

Study pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

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

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business) 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 (Fashion Business) 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.

  • Apply quality standards MSS402051

  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market MSTGN5008

  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products MSTFD5028

  • Work with international TCF supply chains MSTGN5011

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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

  • 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

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