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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design And Merchandising

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National ID: MST50116 | State ID: BDG9


Start on the runway to a successful career in the fashion industry

Learn to design in the creative and cultural heart of the city. North Metro TAFE’s well established fashion department offers a stimulating design space that combines creativity with the underpinning practical skills necessary for success in an exciting and challenging industry.

The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising begins with the necessary building blocks for a career in fashion design, such as beginner sewing, beginner pattern cutting, screen printing, digital design skills and fashion drawing. You will learn in simulated workplace design studios where original design interpretations, lateral thinking and extensive research are encouraged.

During this course you'll be given the opportunity to get involved in our creative community by participating in collaborations across various learning areas such as product design, jewellery design, graphic design and visual art; and gain real industry experience through our work placement programs.

On completion you’ll have an impressive skill set preparing you for further study or work in the real world. 

Gain these skills

  • Garment design and construction
  • Textile design and digital fabric printing
  • 2D and 3D pattern cutting
  • Digital design and website development
  • Fashion illustration

Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Creative flair and an eye for detail
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Good communication skills

 Core Units

Unit Title

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Use electronic fashion tools


Calculate cost estimates for fashion products


Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


Work safely


Interact and network with fashion industry participants


Identify performance and handling requirements


Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices


Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines


Operate computing technology in a TCF work place


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Elective Units

Unit Title

National ID

Create pattern to meet design specifications applying patternmaking principles MSTD4010
Refine digital art techniques CUADIG508
Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments MSTCL4002
Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs MSTTD5007
Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs MSTFD5007
Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation MSTFD5011
Determine and specify advanced construction processes MSTFD5018
Perform contour draping     MSTFD5012
Apply design studio processes to meet client brief     MSTFD5017
Sew Design Prototypes     MSTFD4016
Apply design studio process     MSTFD4001
Identify design process for fashion designers     MSTFD2005
Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development     MSTFD4002
Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles     MSTCL3009
Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications     MSTFD4008
Apply quality standards     MSS402051
Experiment with techniques to produce drawings     CUADRA401
Manipulate fabrics to create finishes     MSTFD5005
Use colourisation techniques on fabrics     MSTFD4019
Drape fabric to make patterns     MSTFD4021
Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and contruction techniques     MSTFD4014
Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts     MSTFD4003
Draw a trade drawing for fashion designs     MSTFD3004
Design produce experimental textiles     MSTTD5004
Research commercial development of textiles     MSTTD6001

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Job opportunities

Fashion production assistant, design assistant, pattern cutter, sample machinist, fashion event organiser, visual merchandiser, fashion illustrator.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

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Course Overview

WhereNorthbridge Building 6

Two years (4 semesters) full-time.
Classes will generally be run over 4 days per week.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Fees and charges

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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.

How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
Available Semester 2

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