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Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

  • National Course Code: MST20616
  • TAFE NSW code: MST20616-01V03-21LID-005

Location – Lidcombe


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20 Hours per week


18 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.

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Compulsory equipment; sewing machine, overlocker, iron.

Students will need to have their own basic materials including a range of pencils, coloured media such as paints, and coloured pencils.
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.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full-time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 14 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • 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.

This course is the perfect foundation course in Fashion Design, with a blend of creative design, sewing and a strong focus on sustainability in Fashion. You will be taught be industry professionals in a blended environment.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
Elective Units
Number Title
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL2019 Sew components, complex tasks
MSTCL2020 Lay up and mark uncomplicated fabrics and lays
MSTFD2001 Design and produce a simple garment
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
BSBDES202 Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

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.

Course Location

73 East Street, Lidcombe
Phone 131 601

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