Offering Info

Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

  • National Course Code: MST30819
  • TAFE NSW code: MST30819-01V02-21PMQ-060

Location – Port Macquarie

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

10 Feb 2021

Study Commitment

12.7 Hours per week


34 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is your opportunity to explore your fashion potential. Learn the design, patternmaking and creative skills you need to make and sell your own garments, as a machinist in an alteration business, or as a fashion design assistant.


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

  • Garment construction
  • Patternmaking
  • Laying and cutting
  • Fabric identification
  • Introductory CAD
  • ADOBE Creative suite
  • Introductory design


Develop the personal qualities that will help you get ahead:

  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Creativity and collaboration


Completing this course will give you:

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


  • Diploma in Applied Fashion Design
  • Bachelor of Fashion Design learn at the prestigious Fashion Design Studio in Ultimo

Career opportunities:

  • Embroidery machine operator
  • Fashion design assistant
  • Indigenous textiles designer


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. This is a niche industry where your creativity and eye for detail will be admired and in demand.

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 Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


There are no work placement requirements for this course.


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

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

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 III level;
  • Interacting with others;
  • Basic time management and organisational skills to take responsibility for following their timetable and managing your study schedule

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full time, day course. You will need to attend approximately 11 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 34 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation and research.

You will be required to complete some assessment task outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Have an interest in the fashion industry and have a creative flair. This course provides creative and conceptual electives where students can develop their own fashion designs and apply their pattern making skills to create garments.
  • Want to develop a range of skills in producing fashion products establishing a basic understanding of design and marketing as well as sewing skills for specialist machinists, support roles in patternmaking, production of digitally printed or embroidered fabrics or garments.

Items to be produced would include a single or small range of textile products. This qualification is particularly suitable for those who are self-employed undertaking low volume production of items for local distribution outlets, for example, markets.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships

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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday, from 9.00am to 3.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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 which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • To complete class tasks and assessment activities at home students will need to have their own basic art materials including a range of pencils, fine line pens, coloured media such as paints, and coloured pencils. Students will also need to source additional fabrics and finishes to create garments of their choice relevant to project briefs. To keep copies of assessment tasks a folder, flash drive or portable drive will be required.


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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

Applying 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. As you progress through the application and 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.

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Core Units
Number Title
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective Units
Number Title
MSTCL2007 Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays
MSTCL2019 Sew components, complex tasks
MSTCL3015 Perform garment repairs and alterations
MSTGN2005 Perform minor maintenance
MSTFD2001 Design and produce a simple garment
MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
MSTCL3007 Embellish garment by hand or machine
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
MSTFD3003 Prepare design concept for a simple garment
MSTCL3010 Sew woven and stretch knit garments
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTGN2018 Work in the TCF industry

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

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

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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