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MST50119 | 0100779

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Activate your career in the fashion industry with this diploma-level qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to flourish within the design, manufacturing, wholesale or retail areas of the fashion industry.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Mt Gravatt Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 18 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$17,045
Subsidised
$18,410
Full Fee
$22,995
International
$24,000
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Course overview

Activate your career in the fashion industry with this diploma-level qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to flourish within the design, manufacturing, wholesale or retail areas of the fashion industry.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as fashion, industrial and jewellery designers has seen very strong growth in the past few years. Growth in the sector is expected to remain steady with around 4,000 job openings expected over the next five years.

This course gives you the advanced skills to work independently or collaboratively within a constantly evolving sector. You will also develop an advanced understanding of design processes and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.

TAFE Queensland's fashion training centres are the ideal place for you to launch your fashion career. Equipped with numerous sewing machines, overlockers, computer labs and cutting rooms; everything you need is at your fingertips to bring your creations to life and ready to hit the runway. TAFE Queensland graduates have gone on to create or work for a host of successful labels including Billabong, Marc Jacobs, Easton Pearson and Black Milk Clothing.

Successful completion of this course will give you the necessary skills and attributes to seek employment as a fashion designer and stylist, dressmaker, machinist, tailor, fashion accessories designer and fashion retailer. Completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

What can I do?

  • Fashion Designer and Stylist
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Retailer
  • CAD Operator
  • Production Manager Fashion Accessories
  • Fashion Accessories Designer
  • Machinist
  • Dressmaker or Tailor

Course outcome:

MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Industry-standard facilities

Students have access to a lab fitted out with various industrial specialty and sewing machines, industrial irons and cutting tables. Pattern making studios and lecture rooms feature both communal tables and individual cubicles where students will have access to the latest digital design software.

Pathways to University

With our diploma-to-degree pathways, you can get in the fast lane and jump straight into the second year of a related bachelor degree at some of Australia’s top universities. You’ll graduate with two qualifications in the same time it would normally take to complete one, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 26 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSMENV272
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMENV272
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with environmental regulations, identify environment issues and minimise the risks of negative impact on work and carry out improvements in own work area.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSMWHS200
    Work safely
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMWHS200
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others. The unit of competency covers identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing risk and following safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work safely

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSS402051
    Apply quality standards
    UNIT CODE :
    MSS402051
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply quality standards to work operations in an organisation. The unit is designed to complement competitive systems and practices units. This unit applies to an individual who is expected to take responsibility for the quality of their own work, and to take actions specified in the procedures and within the scope of their job and authority to ensure that quality standards are met.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply quality standards

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTCL3001
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTCL3001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements. The unit of competency applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists, as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Identification methods and tests covered by this unit are those where the procedure has already been determined and the range of outcomes established.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTFD4006
    Interact and network with fashion industry participants
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTFD4006
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to interact and network with fashion industry participants.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTFD4023
    Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTFD4023
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to calculate cost estimates for products developed for the textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry, including sample production and bulk production runs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Calculate cost estimates for TCF products

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTFD5010
    Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTFD5010
    Unit description :
    The unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop and present fashion design concepts to the client, in response to a brief. It applies to a garment or small range for adult or children’s market which includes some distinctive style and features. Work is conducted according to workplace practices and procedures as a member of a team or under supervision.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTGN2014
    Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTGN2014
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to use computing technology in a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) workplace. It involves identifying the types and sources of information required, and using computing technology to access, enter, manipulate and store that information. The equipment may include computers and other equipment based on computing technology and must be related to work role.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSTGN2013
    Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
    UNIT CODE :
    MSTGN2013
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify fibres, yarns, fabrics and textile materials and how they are used in the construction of garments and accessories and in textile production processes.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $17,045
  • Subsidised: $18,410
  • Full fee: $22,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $17,045
  • Subsidised: $18,410
  • Full fee: $22,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000
Mt Gravatt
10 Jul 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $17,045
  • Subsidised: $18,410
  • Full fee: $22,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $17,045
  • Subsidised: $18,410
  • Full fee: $22,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000
Mt Gravatt
10 Jul 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
18 months
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $24,000

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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50119)

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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

COURSE CODE: MST50119
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,788 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

International students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests 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. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. 

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be required to have access to and bring to class a Sewing Kit. Details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of this kit may incur additional costs of up to $175. In addition you are required to purchase fabric and material’s throughout the duration of the course. All costs will be at your own expense and will support your designs requirements.

Please note: all students must wear closed in shoes during classes, as all classes are held in simulated work environments.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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