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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Career Area:Creative Industries, Fashion & Media National Code:MST50116
Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and MerchandisingThis qualification is intended for assistant design and product development roles 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.

Skills may be applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace roles and enterprise requirements. Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development or business merchandising, as well as generalist roles.

Skills involve the use of both manual and digital design tools, and may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. Design outcomes build on technical production skills and provide a basis for career progression to design or business management roles.

This qualification offers a generic MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management.

The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification:
Pathway 1: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
(Design and Product Development)

Pathway 2: MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
(Business and Merchandising)

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Career Pathways

Fashion Designer
Fashion Merchandiser

Prior Learning

For further information please refer to the Recognition area of the Hunter TAFE website.

Students with Disabilities

If you are considering studying with Hunter TAFE and are unsure what impact your disability may have on your study, please feel free to contact Disability Services to find out!

Delivery Locations, Important Dates, Study Options and Timetables

Newcastle Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
17-07-2017 Full Time
18hrs/Week for 48 weeks
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend an enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time: 11:30am
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building DD, Second Floor, Room DD2.11

If you cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

To confirm your eligibility for subsidised training you will need to provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI). Create your USI . You are also required to provide evidence of your living location or confirmation of employment in NSW and proof of citizenship. Please bring either:
Australian green Medicare Card
An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
Australian or New Zealand Passport
Naturalisation Certificate

For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is accepted.
TAFE NSW has strong links to industry and provides a supported environment. We provide comprehensive libraries and support for learners with individual needs.

Course trainers are skilled experts who have up-to-date industry knowledge.

If you would like more information on this course, please click Enquire Now and we will be in contact shortly.

Alternatively call us on 131 225.

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Classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

You may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Click here for more information.

The 2017 Smart and Skilled prices for this qualification are:

First Qualification Fee is $5,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $5,750.00

You may also be eligible for a fee exemption. Your eligibility for exemption will be confirmed at enrolment.

The fees indicated above are based on students who have been approved for training subsidised by the NSW Government. If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

A VET Student Loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of the courses fees. More information will be provided to you at the Enrolment Session. Please note it is a requirement to read the 2017 VET Student Loan Information booklet before applying for this loan. To download the VET Student Loan 2017 Information booklet please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/vet_student_loan_student_infomation_booklet_2017_0.pdf

The fees for this course are spread across the course duration, and each fee period has at least one “census day”. Students have the option to pay for their fees in full upfront, pay in line with the census day/s or to request a VET Student Loan to cover some or all of the course fees.

To access further information regarding the conditions of enrolment, including refunds, remittance and all the forms you need, go to the www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans.

If your employer is covering the cost of your student fees, a letter or purchase order from your employer is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation will be at the student’s own expense.

Some programs attract additional costs and include essential equipment that is retained by you on completion of study.
CodeNameStart DateEnd DateCensus DateAmount
17NEW-001UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising17 July 201724 September 201704 September 2017$1,438.00
17NEW-002UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising09 October 201703 December 201706 November 2017$1,438.00
18NEW-001UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising29 January 201815 April 201805 March 2018$1,438.00
18NEW-002UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising30 April 201815 June 201804 June 2018$1,436.00

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • BSBCMM401 - Make a presentation
  • MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 - Work safely
  • MSS402051 - Apply quality standards
  • MSTCL3001 - Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • MSTCL3009 - Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD2005 - Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD3004 - Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTFD4001 - Apply design studio process
  • MSTFD4004 - Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
  • MSTFD4006 - Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • MSTFD4007 - Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • 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
  • MSTFD4015 - Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • MSTFD4016 - Sew design prototypes
  • MSTFD4017 - Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
  • MSTFD4018 - Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
  • MSTFD4021 - Drape fabrics to make patterns
  • MSTFD5005 - Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
  • MSTFD5010 - Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • 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
  • MSTFD5019 - Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
  • MSTFD5020 - Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • MSTFD5021 - Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
  • MSTFD5022 - Develop digital costing markers
  • MSTGN2009 - Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • MSTGN2011 - Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
Other Information

As part of the enrolment session and entry into Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising students will be assessed on their suitability to enrol in the course. Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology or equivilant is preferred.

Enquire Now
Newcastle Campus campus
Semester: Semester 17-07-2017,
Study Options: Full Time, 18hrs/Week, weeks
How to Enrol: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend an enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time: 11:30am
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building DD, Second Floor, Room DD2.11

If you cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

To confirm your eligibility for subsidised training you will need to provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI). Create your USI . You are also required to provide evidence of your living location or confirmation of employment in NSW and proof of citizenship. Please bring either:
Australian green Medicare Card
An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
Australian or New Zealand Passport
Naturalisation Certificate

For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is accepted.
TAFE NSW has strong links to industry and provides a supported environment. We provide comprehensive libraries and support for learners with individual needs.

Course trainers are skilled experts who have up-to-date industry knowledge.

If you would like more information on this course, please click Enquire Now and we will be in contact shortly.

Alternatively call us on 131 225.
Proposed Timetable: Classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Information Session:
Fees & Charges:

You may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Click here for more information.

The 2017 Smart and Skilled prices for this qualification are:

First Qualification Fee is $5,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $5,750.00

You may also be eligible for a fee exemption. Your eligibility for exemption will be confirmed at enrolment.

The fees indicated above are based on students who have been approved for training subsidised by the NSW Government. If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

A VET Student Loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of the courses fees. More information will be provided to you at the Enrolment Session. Please note it is a requirement to read the 2017 VET Student Loan Information booklet before applying for this loan. To download the VET Student Loan 2017 Information booklet please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/vet_student_loan_student_infomation_booklet_2017_0.pdf

The fees for this course are spread across the course duration, and each fee period has at least one “census day”. Students have the option to pay for their fees in full upfront, pay in line with the census day/s or to request a VET Student Loan to cover some or all of the course fees.

To access further information regarding the conditions of enrolment, including refunds, remittance and all the forms you need, go to the www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans.

If your employer is covering the cost of your student fees, a letter or purchase order from your employer is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation will be at the student’s own expense.

Some programs attract additional costs and include essential equipment that is retained by you on completion of study.
CodeNameStart DateEnd DateCensus DateAmount
17NEW-001UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising17 July 201724 September 201704 September 2017$1,438.00
17NEW-002UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising09 October 201703 December 201706 November 2017$1,438.00
18NEW-001UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising29 January 201815 April 201805 March 2018$1,438.00
18NEW-002UOS VSL-Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising30 April 201815 June 201804 June 2018$1,436.00
Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • BSBCMM401 - Make a presentation
  • MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 - Work safely
  • MSS402051 - Apply quality standards
  • MSTCL3001 - Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • MSTCL3009 - Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD2005 - Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD3004 - Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTFD4001 - Apply design studio process
  • MSTFD4004 - Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
  • MSTFD4006 - Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • MSTFD4007 - Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • 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
  • MSTFD4015 - Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • MSTFD4016 - Sew design prototypes
  • MSTFD4017 - Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
  • MSTFD4018 - Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
  • MSTFD4021 - Drape fabrics to make patterns
  • MSTFD5005 - Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
  • MSTFD5010 - Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • 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
  • MSTFD5019 - Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
  • MSTFD5020 - Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • MSTFD5021 - Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
  • MSTFD5022 - Develop digital costing markers
  • MSTGN2009 - Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • MSTGN2011 - Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
Important Information: Other Information

As part of the enrolment session and entry into Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising students will be assessed on their suitability to enrol in the course. Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology or equivilant is preferred.

Disclaimer

Courses will run subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability is subject to review and change.