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1 Year


This qualification allows for a generalist qualification, or specialisation in the fields of ‘Design and Product Development’ and ‘Fashion Business’.

This qualification reflects the role of assistant designers and product developers who work in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry, as well as assistant roles associated with fashion buying and managing fashion production as part of a fashion enterprise. The role involves the application of integrated technical and theoretical knowledge across a broad range of specialist areas, incorporating various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace requirements.

The range of knowledge and skills gained in this qualification will prepare you to apply technical research and practical skills in the design and development of a range of products from conception through to production.

You will learn about advanced garment construction and patternmaking using different methodologies, design and range development applying both digital and manual techniques, specifications and costing production.

Work Placement Requirements:

All students will be required to participate in 35 hours within the relevant industry to practise skills and embed knowledge learned.


Graduates from this qualification are well placed to gain employment within the fashion industry as assistant designers, product developers, assistant patternmakers and graders, CAD operators, specification technicians, fashion prototype developers, assistant production managers, assistant supply chain managers, assistant brand managers, and fashion merchandisers.


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.

  • Prerequisite: Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design & Technology (MST30816)
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or TAFE NSW General English Program

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


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    To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

    Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.

    • Packaging Rules:

      To be awarded the MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, competency must be achieved in thirty-five (35 ) units of competency:

      9 core units of competency
    • 26 elective units of competency
    • Note : Where prerequisite units are identified they must be counted in the total number of units required for achievement of the qualification.

      Packaging for an industry specialisation

      Elective units of competency may be chosen to meet the specialist skill needs of the following areas of application:

        Design and Product Development
      • Business and Merchandising
      • Core Units:

        MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
      • MSMWHS200 Work safely
      • MSS402051 Apply quality standards
      • MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
      • MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
      • MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
      • MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
      • MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF Industry
    • MSTFD5001 Design bras and swimwear
    • MSTFD5002 Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
    • MSTFD5003 Analyse fit model
    • MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
    • MSTFD5008 Conduct fashion design purchasing
    • MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
    • MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
    • MSTFD5014 Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
    • MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
    • MSTFD5016 Grade complex patterns
    • MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
    • MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
    • MSTFD5019 Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
    • MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
    • MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
    • MSTFD5022 Develop digital costing markers
    • BSBMKG507 Interpret market trends and development
    • MSTFD5004 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
    • MSTFD5006 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
    • MSTFD5007 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
    • MSTFD5009 Cost production of fashion or textile designs
    • MSTFD5013 Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
    • MSTGN5001 Participate in production planning processes
    • MSTGN5002 Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
    • MSTGN5003 Work with international TCF supply chains
    • MSTGN5004 Manage installation and commissioning of equipment and systems
    • MSTGN5005 Provide global operations support
    • MSTGN5007 Prepare procedures and specifications for TCF operations
    • MSTGN5008 Identify opportunities in the TCF market
    • BSBINT301 Apply knowledge of the international trade environment to complete work
    • BSBINT302 Apply knowledge of legislation relevant to international trade to complete work
    • BSBINT405 Apply knowledge of import and export international conventions, laws and finance
    • BSBINT409 Plan for international trade
    • BSBMKG419 Analyse consumer behaviour
    • BSBMKG408 Conduct market research
    • BSBMKG413 Promote products and services
    • BSBMKG414 Undertake marketing activities
    • BSBMKG415 Research international markets
    • CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
    • MSMWHS503 Maintain the workplace WHS management system
    • MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
    • MSTCL2012 Organise and plan own work in a home-based production environment
    • MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce sewn garment
    • MSTCL3007 Embellish garment by hand or machine
    • MSTCL3008 Set and produce digital embroidery
    • MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic pattern making principles
    • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
    • MSTCL4001 Perform sample machining of bespoke garments
    • MSTCL4002 Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments
    • MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
    • MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
    • MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
    • MSTFD4001 Apply design studio process
    • MSTFD4002 Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
    • MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
    • MSTFD4005 Communicate and sell design concepts
    • MSTFD4007 Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
    • MSTFD4008 Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
    • MSTFD4009 Create and edit digital embroidery designs
    • MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    • MSTFD4011 Cut fabrics for prototype designs
    • MSTFD4012 Develop product specifications for fashion design
    • MSTFD4013 Grade 2-D patterns
    • MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
    • MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
    • MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
    • MSTFD4017 Source materials and resources for production of fashion design
    • MSTFD4018 Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
    • MSTFD4019 Use colourisation techniques on fabrics
    • MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
    • MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
    • MSTGN4004 Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
    • MSTGN4006 Apply TCF market supply systems
    • MSTTX2008 Operate machines for complex production operations
    • PMBWASTE302 Coordinate waste disposal
    • SIRXMER004A Manage merchandise and store presentation


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