Offering Info

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • National Course Code: MST50116
  • TAFE NSW code: MST50116-01V02-20NEW-294

Location – Newcastle

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

21 Jul 2020

Study Commitment

21 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising gives you the skills you need to be in fashion. With a focus on design drawing, pattern making and sewing skills, you will be ready to find your fit in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Calculate cost estimates for textile, clothing and footwear industry products
  • Develop and present design concepts
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable practices

Electives may include:

  • Fashion sketching and concept development
  • Adobe Suite and CAD programs
  • Design development; patternmaking, pattern grading and advanced garment construction


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Creative flair and drawing ability
  • Colour and design sense
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Time management


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level

Career opportunities:

  • Textiles and fashion merchandiser
  • Clothing patternmaker
  • Pattern cutter and grader


Tailor your fashion career with these further study options:

  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Fashion Design with TAFE NSW Degrees


With designers like Billabong, Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Zimmerman and Ellery, Australian has long been a fashion powerhouse. It is worth $21 billion and this qualification speaks to industry demand and trends such as innovative technologies, sustainable design principles and e-commerce.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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:

  • An interest in the fashion industry including garment design and production
  • Motivation and dedication to complete the course
  • Basic computer skills
  • Are able to purchase equipment, fabric and consumable items to complete projects and create your garments

If you need help preparing 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 be enrolled in this course, it is preferred you have:

  • the Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design, or be able to show equivalent work experience at this level


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


This is a full time day course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, work experience, research, and assignment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have a passion for fashion design, and would be seeking to gain employment within the fashion industry


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


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
  • Multicultural Support

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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9.00am to 3.30pm. 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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • fabrics and notions for some projects: as priced
  • visual diary, pens and stationery: $20.00 approx.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20NEW01163 UOS1 - MST50116 21 Jul 2020 25 Sep 2020 07 Sep 2020 $1,438.00
20NEW01166 UOS2 - MST50116 12 Oct 2020 04 Dec 2020 02 Nov 2020 $1,438.00
21NEW00244 UOS3 - MST50116 01 Feb 2021 02 Apr 2021 01 Mar 2021 $1,438.00
21NEW00247 UOS4 - MST50116 19 Apr 2021 10 Jun 2021 03 May 2021 $1,436.00

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.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
Elective Units
Number Title
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
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
MSTFD4007 Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
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
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
MSTFD4017 Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5022 Develop digital costing markers
MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTFD5019 Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
MSTFD5016 Grade complex patterns
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications

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

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266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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