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Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • National Course Code: MST60119
  • TAFE NSW code: MST60119-01V01-22ULT-231

Location – Ultimo (Advanced Entry)


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

16 Hours per week


36 weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development) equips you with skills and knowledge to work at management level in the fashion industry. Further develop your expertise and specialise in design and product development.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An understanding of the commercial viability of fashion products
  • Good colour and design sense
  • Creative flair
  • Good time management skills
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Fashion technical drawing skills
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Computer skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at an 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 merchandiser
  • Visual merchandiser


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of Fashion Design 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:

  • Successfully completed the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • 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 have:

  • This is an advanced entry course offering. You are required to have completed MST50119 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.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To have knowledge and experience in using Adobe Creative Cloud and WGSN Fashion Forecasting.
  • This course requires all entrants to have an ACSF level 2 in language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN). This will enable sufficient LLN skills to read and interpret simple documents and prepare written reports.
  • This is particularly important as Work Health & Safety (WHS) room & equipment signage and class documentation must be thoroughly understood when working in all the Fashion Technology workrooms.
  • Entrants need to be prepared to complete a minimum of 8 to 10 hours a week working on assignments outside of class time. After class students can stay in a classroom if a teacher is present, to use the room facilities to complete homework.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full time, combination course. You must attend approximately 15 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 20 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 2 days a week fo 36 weeks.

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 Tuesday and Friday with day classes. 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.

The loan cap for this course is $16,221. This means the maximum amount you can borrow for each Unit of Study is $0,000, and you will need to directly pay the remaining $0,000 for each Unit of Study.

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

  • 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.

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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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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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
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTFD4023 Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTFD5029 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN6001 Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBMKG507 Interpret market trends and developments
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4005 Communicate and sell design concepts
MSTFD4008 Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
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
MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTFD4022 Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
MSTFD5003 Analyse fit model
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
MSTFD5016 Grade complex patterns
MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTFD5022 Develop digital costing markers
MSTFD5023 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTFD5024 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTFD5025 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
MSTFD5026 Conduct fashion design purchasing
MSTFD5027 Cost production of fashion and textile designs
MSTFD5028 Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
MSTGN4004 Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
MSTGN5008 Identify opportunities in the TCF market
MSTGN5010 Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
MSTGN5012 Participate in production planning processes
SIRRMER008 Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
BSBMGT617 Develop and implement a business plan
BSBMKG605 Evaluate international marketing opportunities
BSBMKG608 Develop organisational marketing objectives
MSTGN6003 Research and evaluate processes and products
MSTGN6006 Map and establish TCF supply chain process
MSTGN6008 Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
MSTFD6001 Evaluate commercial viability of designs
MSTFD6002 Manage product development of fashion designs
MSTFD6003 Manage fashion design process
MSTFD6004 Manage advanced patternmaking processes
MSTFD6006 Develop a fashion range
MSTFD6008 Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
MSTGN5011 Work with international TCF supply chains
MSTGN6007 Manage production processes

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

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Ultimo (Advanced Entry)
Phone 131 601

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