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Fashion and Textile Design

 

 

 

Studying fashion and textile design at North Metropolitan TAFE offers students a unique experience; they are the only courses in Western Australia that integrate both textile and garment design.

Studios are exciting and creative spaces where skills are developed and practiced. Original design interpretations, lateral thinking and extensive research are encouraged.  You will learn an impressive skill set that will prepare you for work in the real world.

Our fashion program is built around the recognition of current and future trends in fashion, with an emphasis on good quality design and higher level skills.

During your studies, you will gain extensive knowledge in researching ideas, marketing, figure and design drawing, design pattern making, designing and printing textiles, and garment design and construction.

A career in fashion is rewarding and challenging and offers diverse employment opportunities, further study pathways and opportunities to start your own fashion labels.

 

 

 

 

Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising student video.

Keira - Joint Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2021.

Shine 2021

This is your chance to see the best of our talented final year fashion and textile students for 2021 from NMTAFE studies in art and design. Here are just a few examples.

Emma Daley
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Eloise Hebiton
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Dimitri Simic
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Follow these links for a comprehensive collection of student and staff work.

The Graduates 2021 Catalogue

The 2021 Fashion and Textile Design Graduates are an impressive cohort of students; their debut collections embody a new kind of optimism exploring diverse themes. 

As new designers, they feel invested in working with alternative ways of garment production; more sustainable, more collaborative and more local.

From form to fabric design, the collections of the 2021 Graduates represent the excitement of a rapidly changing design environment.

View the catalogue (3 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)  to discover the designers of tomorrow.

Course list

National ID: MST60119
State ID: BEP4
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Collaborate and create 

Get involved in the design, development and production of textiles and go on to develop a fashion range.

Learn to design in the creative and cultural heart of the city.

North Metropolitan 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 Advanced Diploma builds on the skills you've gained from the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.  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. 

Please note: the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising(opens in a new tab) contains pre-requisite units for this Advanced Diploma course, it is therefore strongly recommended that you have completed the Diploma of Applied Fashion and Merchandising (or equivalent) before applying for this course.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: MST50119
State ID: BEP9
Industry Creative Industries

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Design your own career in fashion.

Gain the necessary skills for a career in fashion design.

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 skills for a career in fashion design, such as sewing, 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. 

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Diploma
National ID: CUA30620
State ID: BGS9
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Arts and Cultural Administration

Working in or want to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors then gain the business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

From galleries to information desks, from museums to theatres, you'll gain the business skills you need to complement your knowledge of the arts or tourism.

If you are working in or would like to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors this course helps you gain business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

This broad based program covers aspects of administration to help you on your way to a career working in galleries, museums, studios, tourism bureaus, theatres or art and design retail outlets.

You could also be working in local council information bureaus or markets.

Our Certificate III in Arts Administration and Cultural Administration program is delivered as a one year employer-based traineeship, and North Metropolitan TAFE is the only TAFE from Albany to Geraldton to offer this qualification. You will receive training in the workplace, allowing you to you earn and learn at the same time. Completion of this course will open up pathways to further study or employment in the creative industries or tourism fields. 

Certificate III
National ID: CUA30720
State ID: AD03
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Fashion and Textile Design)

Your introduction to the world of fashion

Delivered in our state of the art Fashion and Textile facilities in the heart of Northbridge, we are the only training provider in WA offering a vocational course in textile design as well as exposing students to the full range of fashion design skills and a studio facility.

Your introduction to the world of fashion

This Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Fashion and Textile Design) course is your introduction to the world of Fashion and Textile Design. North Metropolitan TAFE's program is delivered in our state of the art Fashion and Textile facilities in the heart of Northbridge and the Cultural Centre of Perth offering great exposure to industry.

We are the only training provider in WA offering a vocational course in textile design as well as exposing students to the full range of fashion design skills  and a studio facility.

Successful completion of this course can lead directly into the MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Certificate III
State ID: EAC96
Industry Creative Industries

Develop and Implement Business Plans Skill Set

Give yourself the best chance at being a success story

Gain the skills to create a business plan for self-employment, or a small business, in the Creative Industries including photography, fashion, music jewellery and visual arts.

Give yourself the best chance at being a success story

If you are involved in the Creative Industries including photography, fashion, music jewellery and visual arts, are self-employed or involved in a small business, you need to create a business plan to give yourself the best chance at being a success story.

This skill set covers the essentials required to create a successful, profitable business and is designed for creative thinking people. From big picture thinking through to your daily tasks, your resulting business plan will be relevant, effective and practical - designed by you to meet your specific needs.

Skill set
State ID: EAC82
Industry Creative Industries

Fashion Graduate Extension Skill Set

Get ahead in your fashion career with this extension skill set

Get ahead in your fashion career with this extension skill set

If you are a graduate of North Metropolitan TAFE's Fashion and Textile Design course and  would like to establish yourself in the fashion industry, this fashion masterclass will help you on your way.
It is designed to extend and enhance current skills and knowledge; particularly in the areas of ready to wear garment and textile design, as well as broaden effective collaboration and communication skills. You'll gain skills to evaluate your own professional development in a specialised context.

You'll have access to current industry standard equipment for your work and will have opportunities for collaboration with others in order to achieve your goals.
Com along to be supported by lecturer knowledge as well as gain an industry appropriate skill mix to help secure employment.

Skill set
State ID: EAC81
Industry Creative Industries

Machine Knitting Techniques Skill Set

Get knitting!

Learn about the versatility of a knitting machine and its role in developing bespoke textile applications.

Discover the features and versatility of a knitting machine

You'll gain the skills needed to respond to the demand for diverse and bespoke textile applications in the local fashion industry and community of makers.
Machine knitting is a skill that is widely used in the international fashion industry. You'll be introduced to the functionality and features of knitting machines, learning how to set them up, and how to cast on and off. By the time you finish this course you'll have completed a range of knitted samples using techniques such as Fairisle, tuck and slip stitch, lace holes, ladders, colour changing and fringing.

This course is open to current Fashion and Textile Design students, fashion school graduates, textile designers and local community members.

Skill set
State ID: SC-PFT-V0672
Industry Creative Industries

Sewing 1

Learn the basics of sewing

This is a beginner course where you will learn some basic sewing machine techniques, how to thread a sewing machine and wind thread to a bobbin, as well as how to lay and cut your fabric.

Do you want to learn the basics of sewing?

This beginner course is open to anyone who wants to learn how to sew. You will learn some basic sewing machine techniques, how to thread a sewing machine and wind thread to a bobbin, as well as how to lay and cut your fabric. You will also learn how to sew a basic garment such as elastic waisted pants or shorts.

There are no prerequisites and the course runs for 6 sessions.

Dress requirements
You must wear enclosed shoes e.g. sneakers or leather type shoes.

What to Bring
Please do not purchase any items until your course has been confirmed. In the first session, the lecturer will advise you of the quantity and type of fabrics that you will need to purchase for week 2 (tote bag) and week 3 (your sewing project). From week two you will also need to bring along:

  • Tape measure (the soft flexible type)
  • Fabric marker
  • Quick unpick
  • Pins and pin cushion
  • Fabric scissors
  • General paper scissors
  • Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser and display book for notes
  • A box or container or bag to keep items in
Short course
State ID: SC-PFT-V1392
Industry Creative Industries

Sewing 2

Add to your existing sewing techniques

Learn new skills and build confidence with techniques such as flat felled seams, French seams, darts and zip closures.

Do you want to learn new sewing techniques?

If you have completed Sewing 1 or already have basic sewing and cutting skills then you can enrol in Beginner Sewing 2 where you will learn new skills and build confidence with different construction techniques.

During this course you will:

  • Construct a unisex pyjama shirt continuing on from the project covered in Sewing 1
  • Incorporate new techniques such as button holes, button stand, interfacing, patch pockets, sleeve and collar construction

Dress requirements
You must wear enclosed shoes e.g. sneakers or leather type shoes.

What to Bring
For your first lesson you will need:

  • 100% cotton fabric with no stretch - either 2.2 metres for short sleeve pyjama option or 2.6 metres for long sleeve option

From week two you will also need to bring along:

  • Tape measure (the soft flexible type)
  • Fabric marker
  • Quick unpick
  • Pins and pin cushion
  • Fabric scissors
  • General paper scissors
  • Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser and display book for notes
  • A box or container or bag to keep items in
Short course
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