Course code: HE20516V01

Diploma of Fashion

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Overview About this course

Kick-start your career in the fashion in industry with the Diploma of Fashion at the Fashion Design Studio. In this Higher Education Diploma you will achieve a broad understanding of the fashion business from textiles, to design and illustration, through to fashion branding and marketing. You’ll get hands-on experience using the latest design software and have an understanding of how designs are taken from concept to production. In this course, you’ll develop an understanding of the fashion industry and develop foundation skills to work in a design context or a fashion business environment.

Course duration

1 year full time or 2 years part time



International students

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Design garments

  • Select fabrics

  • Print on fabrics

  • Grade patterns

  • Assemble garments

  • Plan and execute brand and marketing activity

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with Diploma (AQF 5)

  • A comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry

  • The knowledge and skills to enter employment at a junior level in a design or business-related roles in the fashion industry

  • Experience in both the creative, and theoretical practices used in the fashion industry

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

  • Completion of at least one-year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

You must also:

  • Submit a 300-word statement outlining your motivation and interest in studying the Diploma of Fashion. This will help us assess and understand your suitability for entry into this course.


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

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

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

  • A flair for design

  • A desire to explore various areas of the fashion business

  • Great time management

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

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: design room assistant, junior product developer, fashion PR assistant, junior merchandiser and textile print designer.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

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The Diploma of Fashion 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.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 6 core subjects and 2 elective subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      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

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