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0.5 Year


Begin your creative journey and build your design skills with the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Fashion Design). This course is great for those who want to explore their passion for design in a practical learning environment.

Gain skills in illustration, colour theory, technical sketches, fashion design, CAD specific to the fashion industry, as well as some basic fashion industry knowledge. Learn where your design strengths are and how best to use them as you take the first step in a creative career.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Use fundamental design principles to design fashion products and textiles
  • Realise a creative project from conception to completion
  • Use and explore colour in design
  • Apply design principles to 2D forms
  • Use drawing as a tool to express and communicate ideas
  • Research fashion design history and trends


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Hand drawing and illustration techniques
  • 2D modelling and construction
  • Digital design
  • Applying colour theory to fashion design
  • Using industry-specific programs including Adobe Creative Cloud suite and CAD programs
  • Managing a range of design projects to meet client briefs


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • A passion to enter the design industry
  • The ability to take direction
  • A collaborative team player
  • The ability to draw or illustrate
  • Good communication skills


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Junior Assistant Fashion Designer
  • Junior Assistant Textile Designer


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Additional Information:
  • NO PORTFOLIO is required for admission into this course

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for being creative
  • An interest in creative drawing techniques
  • A keen interest in learning about the fashion design industry
  • Some experience in visual arts or design technology
  • Basic computing skills

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

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,310
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,310


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 12
  • 7 core units plus
  • 5 elective units, of which:
  • 3 must be from the electives listed below
  • 2 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification,
  • Core Units
  • CUAACD311 - Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • CUADES201 - Follow a design process
  • CUADES302 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • CUADES304 - Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • CUAPPR311 - Produce creative work
  • CUAWHS312 - Apply work health and safety practices
  • MSTGN2013 - Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • CUAACD313 - Produce technical drawings
  • CUADIG304 - Create visual design components
  • CUAPPR314 - Participate in collaborative creative projects
  • ICPPRP224 - Produce pages using a page layout application


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Strengthen your expertise with a TAFE NSW fashion design study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.