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Fashion and Textiles courses let students explore their creativity, learn how to create products and apply their expertise to a professional standard.

Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to accomplish development, processing and innovative tasks within the fashion industry.

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Bachelor of Fashion Design

Course code: HE20506V01

The Bachelor of Fashion Design at the Fashion Design Studio (FDS) is a three year degree that prepares graduates for creative employment in the fashion industry in Australia and overseas. The degree aims to produce highly creative, work ready design professionals who can apply their knowledge and creative ability across different work contexts and roles in the fashion industry. Students gain specific knowledge in design, fashion principles, illustration, visual communication, fashion production techniques and professional practice. Graduates will be equipped to manage the design and development process from concept to realisation. While the program emphasises creative design practice, it aims to produce graduates with broad knowledge and skills in fashion design, as well as specialist knowledge in a specific area or field. COURSE INFORMATION BROCHURE Download the TAFE NSW Higher Education Course Information Brochure for an outline of the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course code: MST20616

This qualification provides an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry. It includes skills used in the design and production of garments and millinery, as well as in the development of unique fashion and textile designs used in Indigenous Australian culture. The qualification is designed to apply in a highly supervised context, such as VET in Schools, or other equivalent introduction to fashion industry environments. There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course code: MST30816

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to work in applied design and production roles within the clothing and fashion industry. This qualification is suitable for workers producing fashion products where a basic understanding of design and marketing as well as sewing skills for specialist machinists, support roles in patternmaking, production of digitally printed or embroidered fabrics or garments is needed. Items to be produced would include a single or small range of products. This qualification is particularly suitable for those who are self-employed undertaking low volume production of items for local distribution outlets, for example, markets. There are no specific licenses that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Statement of attainment in Fashion Essentials

Course code: 158-42076V01

A fast-tracked preparation course for a Certificate IV in Design - Fashion.

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Course code: MST50116

This qualification is intended for assistant design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as assistant roles associated with managing fashion product as part of a fashion enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses. Skills may be applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace roles and enterprise requirements. Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development or business merchandising, as well as generalist roles. Skills involve the use of both manual and digital design tools, and may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. Design outcomes build on technical production skills and provide a basis for career progression to design or business management roles. This qualification offers a generic MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management. The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification: Pathway 1: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development) Pathway 2: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Business and Merchandising) There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Course code: MST60116

This qualification is intended for design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as roles associated with managing fashion business as part of an enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills and business. Skills may be applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace roles and enterprise requirements. Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design or business, as well as generalist roles. This qualification applies to management of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) operations that requires knowledge of fashion design and technical production processes, the use of emerging technologies and TCF merchandising techniques that may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. This qualification offers a generic MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management. The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification: Pathway 1: MST60516 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development) Pathway 2: MST60516 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Business and Merchandising) There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Statement of Attainment in Fashion Digital Product Visualisation

Course code: TTPCRE0143

This course is targeted at applicants who may have trained for the fashion industry and need to upskill in digital technical drawing to enhance employment options as a production assistant in the fashion industry. Students will learn the essentials of production technical drawing in a completely digital environment: Working with finalised technical drawings, scanned or digitally developed fabric swatches and inspirational imagery to assist the company's fashion designer as they prepare to launch their ranges for marketing. A digital production assistant is also required to digitally format and layout the fashion designers storyboards for promotion and marketing and needs to understand the essentials of working with the Adobe suite in a fashion industry context.

TAFE Statement in Designing Jewellery With Rhino

Course code: 165-28540V01

To benefit from the course you should have basic computer literacy and knowledge of jewellery production. It will be an advantage if you have some experience with other design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Solid Works or AutoCAD. This course will introduce you to Rhino and Rhino Gold software for 3-dimensional modelling, designing and visualisation of jewellery. With Rhino you can develop and communicate your jewellery designs with no need for interpretation. It will let you accurately model and document designs for rendering, analysis and manufacture. Once approved, a design can be sent directly to 3D printing or computer-aided manufacturing to produce the model for casting. You can then use traditional techniques for manufacturing. This course will introduce you to designing with these tools, preparing for files for manufacture and rapid prototyping technology.

Certificate III in Make-Up

Course code: SHB30215

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply make-up for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. These individuals possess a range of well-developed technical and consultation skills where discretion and judgement is required and are responsible for their own outputs. This includes working cooperatively with a range of individuals including photographers, fashion stylists and media production staff. Work is typically conducted as part of a team or on a freelance basis in settings such as make-up studios, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets and photography studios. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Course code: CUA30715

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills and who take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory design theory and history. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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What job opportunities could a fashion or textiles course lead to?

A fashion and textiles course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from designing a line for a runway show to running stylish, dynamic displays as a visual merchandiser.

Qualifications in fashion and textiles can lead to a job as a fashion designer, buyer, stylist, patternmaker, or wardrobe supervisor. The average weekly salary for a fashion designer is $1,264.

Whether you're just starting out in your fashion and textiles career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE courses in the area include Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, Pattern Modification with Commercial Patterns, Visual Arts, Design Fundamentals, and Introduction to Textiles.