Offering Info

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • National Course Code: MST50119
  • TAFE NSW code: MST50119-01V01-21WLB-071

Location – Wollongbar

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

19 Hours per week


36 Weeks

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

Course Details

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.

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

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.

It is assumed that you have literacy, numeracy and technical skills at Certificate IV level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability


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, you need to be able to provide the following evidence:

  • Completion of the Certificate III Applied Fashion Design and Technology in order to complete several units that are required for this course. Ifyou have not completed the Certificate III course, then they must have gained these units at another RTO or are able to provide evidence of professional experience sufficient to be given RPL for these units. Students who dont have an HSC but are applying for a VET Student loan, are also required to complete literacy and numeracy assessment to demonstrate performance at level 4 in RUReady before they qualify for a loan.

To be able to successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Certificate III experience in and knowledge of industry based equipment such as industrial sewing machines and over lockers. The training environment supports the development of proficiency in this equipment.

Work placement is a requirement of this course:

  • Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising students participate in industry work placement in the later part of the course to ensure a level of competency and professionalism. During their 24 hour placement each student has a supervisor from the organisation who is responsible for induction and task setting, this evidence is recorded in an issued diary, which is later submitted for marking.

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 19 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 13 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including directed projects, skills practice and completion of classwork.


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.


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
  • 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am 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:

  • A starter pack for $135.40 at the beginning of the Diploma Applied Fashion Design & Merchandising course. This contains specialist pattern making tools and equipment. If students have some or all of these tools, they may choose to purchase only part of the kit. However all the tools in the kit are required to complete our Fashion courses.

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.


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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

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Elective Units
Number Title
MSTFD5003 Analyse fit model
MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTFD4023 Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
MSTFD4008 Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTFD5023 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
MSTFD5025 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
MSTFD5014 Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
SITXEBS002 Develop, implement and monitor the use of social media in a business
MSTCL3007 Embellish garment by hand or machine
MSTFD5024 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTGN5012 Participate in production planning processes
MSTCL4001 Perform sample machining of advanced construction garments

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.

Course Location

Sneaths Road, Wollongbar
Phone 131 601

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