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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business)

  • National Course Code: MST50119
  • TAFE NSW code: MST50119-03V01-21LID-080

Location – Lidcombe


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

34 Hours per week


1 Year

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business) is the perfect course to advance your fashion career. This hands-on course provides you with the skills to plan, develop and execute ranges within the fashion and textiles industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work learn to:

  • Design and create garments
  • Apply quality standards
  • Operate computer technology
  • Identify and select fabrics
  • Network with fashion industry participants


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creative flair and drawing ability
  • Good colour and design sense
  • Computer skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good time management skills
  • The ability to work under pressure


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A pathway to a TAFE NSW Degree
  • High level skills to advance your career in the fashion industry

Career opportunities:

  • Assistant buyer
  • Assistant production manager
  • Design developer
  • Design assistant
  • Assistant marketing manager
  • Junior PR manager
  • Visual Merchandiser


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Bachelor of Business with TAFE NSW Degrees

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 now.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in the fashion industry including garment design and marketing
  • Motivation and dedication to complete the course
  • Competent computer skills
  • The ability to purchase equipment, fabric and consumable items to complete projects
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft and some knowledge of creative platforms such as the Adobe suite
  • Access to a computer outside of TAFE NSW

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full-time, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 21 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 13 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self-directed learning, research, testing fabrics, sourcing fabrics, market research, and sewing techniques.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have foundation understanding of the Fashion industry in marketing, textiles and garments and the creative industry. It is the perfect blend of creative and business and is designed for school leavers, industry upskilling and for people wanting a change of career that will lead you into a role within the Fashion industry such as a Buyer, Production assistant, Marketing and much more.

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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 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.

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:

  • Students will need to purchase; items on the Drawing and Design Materials List, Sewing Materials list and Patternmaking Materials list this will be given to you at the start of your course.

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

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
BSBMKG507 Interpret market trends and developments
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTFD4023 Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTFD5028 Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN5008 Identify opportunities in the TCF market
MSTGN5011 Work with international TCF supply chains
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBMKG510 Plan e-marketing communications
BSBMKG537 Develop a social media engagement plan
BSBMKG414 Undertake marketing activities
BSBMKG419 Analyse consumer behaviour
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4005 Communicate and sell design concepts
MSTFD4012 Develop product specifications for fashion design
MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTFD4022 Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5023 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTFD5024 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTFD5025 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
MSTFD5027 Cost production of fashion and textile designs
MSTFD5029 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTGN4004 Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
MSTGN5010 Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
MSTGN5012 Participate in production planning processes

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

73 East Street, Lidcombe
Phone 131 601

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