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A fashionable career choice

Learn how to manage the fashion design processes from design through to production and selling and gain advanced skills in clothing design, fashion accessories, garment production, and marketing. In your final semester will also have the opportunity to apply for overseas study tours to global fashion destinations including New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and New Delhi. Finish your studies with a comprehensive portfolio of work and exhibit your fashion range to industry representatives and potential employers at the graduate Fashion Parade Gala Event. Course details


Mt Gravatt

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Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Mt Gravatt Full Time Classroom 29/01/2018

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants under 18.


Mt Gravatt
1030 Cavendish Road
Mt. Gravatt QLD 4122

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Sewing Kit and Design Kit: Students will be required to purchase these kits at an additional cost, further details will be provided at Orientation.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm

Important Information

Graduating students have the opportunity to exhibit their garments in a professional fashion show, attend industry events and apply for self-funded overseas study tours.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 45 units:
Core Competencies: 10
Elective Competencies: 35

Stage 1 - MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace Core
MSS402051 Apply quality standards Core
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry Core
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MSMWHS200 Work safely Core
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements Core
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs Elective
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles Elective
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design Elective
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design Elective
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools Elective
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles Elective
MSTTD5004 Design and produce experimental textiles Elective
Stage 2 - MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants Core
MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products Core
MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts Elective
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation Elective
MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns Elective
MSTFD4013 Grade 2-D patterns Elective
MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles Elective
MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes Elective
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes Elective
MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques Elective
MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices Elective
Stage 3 - MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines Core
MSTFD5001 Design bras and swimwear Elective
MSTTD5007 Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs Elective
MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping Elective
MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading Elective
MSTFD5019 Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations Elective
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications Elective
MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes Elective
MSTFD5007 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs Elective
MSTFD5004 Develop marketing plans for fashion products Elective
MSTFD5009 Cost production of fashion or textile designs Elective
Stage 4 - MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
MSTGN6001 Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items Core
MSTFD6006 Develop a fashion range Elective
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work Elective
MSTGN6003 Research and evaluate processes and products Elective
MSTFD6009 Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development Elective
MSTFD6002 Manage product development of fashion designs Elective
MSTTD6002 Apply electronic systems to textile design and production Elective
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments Elective
MSTFD6005 Drape structured over-garments Elective
MSTFD6008 Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production Elective
MSTFD6001 Evaluate commercial viability of designs Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Mt Gravatt, Brisbane $30,000 2 Years

Additional costs

Approx. $500 required in first semester materials, sewing kit and design kit.


MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising 094559E

Job prospects

  • CAD Operator
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Dressmaker or Tailor
  • Retail Manager

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the DIBP website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the DIBP website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

Last updated on 23 August 2017

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