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Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • National Course Code: MST60116
  • TAFE NSW code: MST60116-01V02-20ULT-120

Location – Ultimo Advance Entry (Design & Product Development)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

18 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising equips you with advanced skills you need to work at management level in the commercial fashion industry. You can choose to specialise in design and product development, or fashion business.


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

  • Develop a fashion range
  • Apply studio processes to create and produce designs
  • Research design influences and sales statistics
  • Evaluate the commercial viability of designs
  • Manage production processes and costs
  • Manage patternmaking processes
  • Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished products
  • Develop organisational marketing objectives
  • Work safely and participate in sustainable work practices


Stand out in the job market by developing a range of key soft skills, including:

  • Creative thinking and good colour and design sense
  • Time management
  • Fashion technical drawing skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Fashion designer
  • Leather goods designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Design room assistant
  • Graphic designer for fashion
  • Assistant production manager
  • Production or visual merchandiser


Take your career to the next level with a TAFE NSW fashion design pathway:

  • Bachelor of Fashion Design with TAFE Degrees


With designers like Billabong, Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Zimmerman and Ellery, Australia 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This course is superseded.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.


To be selected for a place in this course you will need to demonstrate that you have:

  • Completed the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Evidence required

  • Your certificate or the transcript of your Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Manufacturing


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

  • An interest in the fashion industry including garment design and production
  • Motivation and dedication to complete the course
  • Intermediate computer skills

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, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • This is an advanced entry course offering. You are required to have completed MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, or equivalent.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled.


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 14 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, revision of class content, research and preparation for assessments & assignment preparation.


This is an advanced entry course offering. You are required to have completed MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, or equivalent.

Units of competency studied in the Diploma course will be credited into the Advanced Diploma towards course completion.

This qualification is intended for roles such as assistant designer, product developer, assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser and garment technician in the fashion industry, as well as assistant roles associated with managing fashion product as part of a fashion enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.


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.

Group 41 Face to Face Timetable:

  • DESIGN STUDIO Tuesday 8.30am to 12:15pm.
  • PRODUCTION STUDIO Tuesday 12:45pm to 5:00pm.
  • MARKETING STUDIO Friday 9:00am to 11:00am.
  • PATTERN/GARMENT STUDIO Thursday 11:30am to 4:15pm.
  • Optional WORKSHOP for Range Development Wednesdays 9:00am to 4:00pm.


All enrolled Fashion Technology students will have an ADOBE Creative Cloud and a WGSN account to use at home. There are two Digital & Design simulated workrooms installed with Adobe Creative Cloud, Wacom tablets & stylus, Microsoft Office, Gerber Technology and Lectra Systems, which are fashion industry specific digital patternmaking & grading software programs. The Fashion Technology Department at Ultimo College provides fully equipped Patternmaking & Sewing industrial workrooms with industry standard machinery, equipment and resources.

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 from 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 4:15pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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.

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

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. 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.


You will be required to purchase fabrics for your major project, this cost will depend on types of materials chosen and the types of products that will make up your final collection. All other resources will be provided. There is a non compulsory student overseas study tour that will cost you approximately $2,500. Students will need to have access to a computer outside of class hours to complete the required homework. It would also be beneficial fo students to have access to a sewing machine to use outside of class hours.

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.


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Core Units
Number Title
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTGN6001 Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items
Elective Units
Number Title
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTFD4011 Cut fabrics for prototype designs
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
MSTFD6001 Evaluate commercial viability of designs
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4012 Develop product specifications for fashion design
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD4008 Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
MSTFD5003 Analyse fit model
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5006 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTFD5016 Grade complex patterns
MSTFD5022 Develop digital costing markers
MSTFD4013 Grade 2-D patterns
MSTFD5009 Cost production of fashion or textile designs
MSTGN6004 Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
BSBMKG605 Evaluate international marketing opportunities
MSTFD6002 Manage product development of fashion designs
MSTFD6003 Manage fashion design process
MSTFD6006 Develop a fashion range
MSTFD6008 Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
MSTGN6005 Manage production processes
MSTFD6004 Manage advanced patternmaking processes
BSBMKG608 Develop organisational marketing objectives

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

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Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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