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The Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at TAFE NSW will give you the essential skills and knowledge you need to begin a career in the fashion and clothing industry.

Learn about design theory, the different areas of the fashion industry, production processes and garment construction with this foundational course. Designed for absolute beginners, you will learn basic design, patternmaking and sewing skills you need to make and sell your own garments, work as a machinist, or as a fashion design assistant.

Join alumni like Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmerman and Dion Lee when you study fashion at TAFE NSW. You will learn with likeminded people and start building your fashion network.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Introductory design
  • Laying and cutting
  • Introductory computer assisted design (CAD)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • To apply quality standards to garments
  • To work safely and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical skills in fashion design, including:

  • Using a sewing machine and overlocker
  • Basic patternmaking and pattern modification
  • Creation of a mood board
  • Drawing fashion sketches
  • Assembling garments
  • Basic computer and research skills


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in a range of fashion industry settings:

  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Creativity and an eye for detail
  • The ability to problem solve
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills


The global market for clothing and apparel is forecast to grow from AUD$1,175 billion in 2018 to nearly AUD$1,833 billion by 2022. This growth has been driven by online shopping and favourable government regulations.

The Asia Pacific region remains the fastest growing market for clothing and apparel, followed by the Middle East and South America.

Key market trends in the clothing and apparel market include:

  • Cross-sector collaboration with technology companies
  • Using robotics and automation to improve production processes
  • Using natural materials
  • Using 3D knitting machines to reduce manufacturing costs


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:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

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

  • An interest in the fashion industry including garment design and production
  • The ability to use tools like a sewing machine
  • Basic computer skills

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


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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$13,370
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$13,370


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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


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 = Nineteen (19)
  • Four (4) core units of competency, Fifteen (15) elective units of competency, consisting of:
  • At least six (6) units from the specialist electives list (Group A, B, C, D and/or E)
  • At least four (4) units from Group E general electives
  • The remaining five (5) units may be selected from: Units not previously selected from Group A, B, C, D or E
  • Units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course where those units are available at Certificate III level. These units must be relevant to the work outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.
  • Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Core Units
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
  • MSS402051 Apply quality standards
  • MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
  • MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
  • MSTFD3001 Market design product to local outlets
  • MSTFD3002 Design and produce Indigenous printed textiles to a brief
  • MSTFD3003 Prepare design concept for a simple garment
  • MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTCL3015 Perform garment repairs and alterations
  • MSTCL3005 Lay up and cut complicated fabrics and lays
  • MSTCL3006 Assemble bra or swimwear
  • MSTCL3007 Embellish garment by hand or machine
  • MSTCL3008 Set and produce digital embroidery
  • MSTCL3010 Sew woven and stretch knit garments
  • MSTCL3012 Make marker for complicated fabrics and lays
  • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
  • MSTTX3003 Set up, adjust and maintain industrial sewing machines
  • CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
  • MSTDE3001 Apply hooping and fabric handling techniques
  • MSTDE3002 Digitise artwork for computerised embroideries
  • MSTDE3003 Apply advanced digitising techniques to produce computerised embroideries
  • MSTDE3004 Generate artwork for computerised embroideries
  • MSTDE3005 Replicate traditional hand craft techniques
  • MSTDE3006 Digitise text to produce embroidered lettering
  • MSTDE3007 Demonstrate features of digitised embroidery machines
  • MSTDE3008 Produce embroidery from digitised images
  • MSTDE3009 Maintain computerised embroidery machines
  • ICPPRN284 Use colour management systems
  • ICPPRN383 Prepare for personalised digital printing
  • ICPPRN385 Apply software applications to digital production
  • ICPPRN387 Use colour management for production
  • ICPPRN390 Generate a proof for digital production
  • ICPPRN392 Set up and produce specialised digital print
  • ICPSUP281 Use computer systems
  • BSBDES202 Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context
  • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
  • BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
  • BSBSMB305 Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • ICPPRN282 Produce and manage basic digital print
  • ICPPRN388 Preflight and import complex images for digital device
  • ICPPRN389 Manage digital files
  • MSMSUP382 Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace
  • MSTCL2007 Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays
  • MSTCL2009 Despatch work
  • MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
  • MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
  • MSTCL2012 Organise and plan own work in a home-based production environment
  • MSTFD2001 Design and produce a simple garment
  • MSTFD2002 Apply printing techniques to produce Indigenous textile designs
  • MSTFD2003 Apply dyeing techniques to produce Indigenous textile designs
  • MSTFD2004 Work within an Indigenous cultural framework
  • MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
  • MSTGN2016 Use steaming and pressing equipment in TCF production
  • MSTGN2018 Work in the TCF industry
  • MSTGN2019 Work in a team environment
  • MSTGN2005 Perform minor maintenance
  • MSTGN2020 Perform test or inspection to check product quality
  • MSTGN3009 Coordinate work of team or section
  • MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • MSTGN3014 Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes
  • MSTGN3003 Estimate and cost job
  • MSS402010 Manage the impact of change on own work
  • MSS402082 Apply cost factors to work practices
  • MSS402031 Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements
  • MSS402080 Undertake root cause analysis
  • SIRXPDK001 Advise on products and services


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


Build 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.