Offering Info

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

  • National Course Code: MST20616
  • TAFE NSW code: MST20616-01V03-21KEM-145

Location – Kempsey


Self paced



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


46 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is a hands-on course for fashion design assistants and beginners in the evolving fashion industry. You will learn your craft in a simulated fashion studio environment and focus on mastering the basics of design, patternmaking and sewing.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn:

  • To use a sewing machine and overlocker
  • Basic patternmaking and pattern modification
  • To use a pattern to cut fabric
  • To create a mood board
  • To draw fashion sketches
  • Assembling basic garments/bag or cushion


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

  • Passion for the fashion industry including sustainability, garment design and production
  • An interest in fabrics and textiles
  • Desire to learn and follow instructions


Completing this course will give you:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
  • A strong foundation to continue your studies in fashion design


Go on to further study with TAFE NSW:

  • MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Career outcomes:

  • Indigenous Design Textile Printer
  • Fashion Design Assistant


Sewing is a skill for life and handmade is in. As more people look to reduce fashion waste, there is increased demand for people who can create handcrafted garments and complete alterations.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


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

  • Interest in the fashion industry
  • Motivation to complete the course
  • Willingness to learn how to use a sewing a machine

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need through school and life experience you will have capability in:

  • Reading and understanding a range of material
  • Writing in workbooks including taking notes and completing written assignments at Certificate II level;
  • Interacting with others;
  • Basic time management and organisational skills to take responsibility for following their timetable and managing your study schedule


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part time course. You will need to complete approximately 9 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 12 months.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including private study, research and assignment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Require an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry. It includes skills used in the design and production of garments and millinery.
  • Have an interest in the fashion industry and have a creative flair. During your studies you will receive an introductory overview of fashion design, develop practical skills and knowledge enabling you to design and make simple clothes based on design briefs. Learn skills in producing trade drawing, basic patternmaking and assembly of garments you have designed yourself.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources:

  • Compulsory equipment; Scissors, sewing thread, sewing machine, overlocker, iron, work desk and suitable chair. Access to a Computer, camera (most phone cameras are suitable) to take photographs of your work to upload to the online Moodle platform. Students will need to have their own basic materials including a range of pencils, coloured media such as paints, and coloured pencils. Sufficent drive space for storage of digital files. Depending on projects students will need to purchase supplementary items such as fabrics and accessories to create fashion garments. A detailed materials list will be provided with each assessment event.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective Units
Number Title
MSTFD2001 Design and produce a simple garment
MSTCL3007 Embellish garment by hand or machine
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL2019 Sew components, complex tasks
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTGN2018 Work in the TCF industry
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Fashion Design Assistant
Indigenous Design Textile Printer

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

58 Sea Street, West Kempsey
Phone 131 601

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