MST50116: Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Full Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work as assistant designers and specialist production technicians, such as patternmakers and sewing machinists, who support design and production within the clothing and fashion industry.

Have the opportunity to be introduced to key fashion & business creatives, listen to industry guest speakers, and participate in excursions relating to your study area

It includes business and design outcomes which build on technical production skills and knowledge, to provide a basis for career progression to design, construction and merchandising management roles. as well as targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer.

Career Opportunities

This 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.

Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development.

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.

On successful completion of the Diploma, students will have the opportunity to work in positions in the fashion industry such as:

  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Assistant Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Marketing Agent
  • Assisstant Fashion Buyer
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Production Assistant
  • Sales Assistant
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Fashion Magazine Editor
  • Pattern Maker/Grader
  • Garment Technician
  • Quality Assurance Assistant

Topic Areas Covered

The following topic areas are covered within the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • Design overview
  • Trade drawing
  • Colour theory
  • Fabric performance
  • Designing for clients and to specific briefs
  • Designing textile designs
  • Designing bras and swimwear
  • Fashion illustration
  • Communicating and selling design concepts
  • Costing – estimates and for production
  • Quality assurance
  • Using sewing machines
  • Patternmaking
  • Grading
  • Product specifications
  • Creating patterns for clients
  • Swimwear/bra patterns and components
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Working safely in the industry
  • Identifying fibres and fabrics
  • Operating computers, documents and spreadsheets
  • Interacting and networking with industry
  • Electronic CAD
  • Fashion Industry innovation

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: MST50116

Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

To check our accreditation details click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by enrolling in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. Get the recognition you deserve and enquire about RPL today.

RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available on application. Students will be charged $200 per unit of competency.

Why You Should Study With Us:

  • We have small class sizes, so you get hands on attention with your trainers.
  • We have a job placement company that will assist you in obtaining a job.
  • We run a free goal setting and motivational workshop for students.
  • We have an industry panel that reviews your work and you will receive a certificate graded by industry.
  • Industry contact us seeking students for work and work experience and we pass on these opportunities to students.
  • We have industry guest speakers and excursions throughout the course
  • We have a private course facebook group where you can share ideas/info and communicate with your trainers and other students.
  • We have a private student facebook group for collaborating with other students in other disciplines for example to organise photoshoots/events etc together.

Course Duration:

This course runs for 1 and a half years, 2 days on campus and 1 day off campus supervised study. This course is full time study and students will be required to work on assessment tasks in their own time and allow another day per week to complete set tasks outside of class time.

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

July INTAKE 2017

 
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Term 1
11th Jul 17
13th Sep 17
Term 2
3rd Oct 17
8th Dec 17
Term 3
30th Jan 18
28th Mar 18
Term 4
10th Apr 18
27th Jun 18
Term 5
17th Jul 18
19th Sep 18
Term 6
9th Oct 18
24th Oct 18

March INTAKE 2017

 
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Term 1
20th Mar 17
7th Apr 17
Term 2
18th Apr 17
23rd Jun 17
Term 3
3rd Jul 17
22nd Sep 17
Term 4
3rd Oct 17
15th Dec 17
Term 5
29th Jan 18
29th Mar 18
Term 6
9th Apr 18
8th Jun 18
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Brisbane

July INTAKE 2017

 
STARTS
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Term 1
11th Jul 17
13th Sep 17
Term 2
3rd Oct 17
8th Dec 17
Term 3
30th Jan 18
28th Mar 18
Term 4
10th Apr 18
27th Jun 18
Term 5
17th Jul 18
19th Sep 18
Term 6
9th Oct 18
24th Oct 18

March INTAKE 2017

 
STARTS
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Term 1
20th Mar 17
7th Apr 17
Term 2
18th Apr 17
23rd Jun 17
Term 3
3rd Jul 17
22nd Sep 17
Term 4
3rd Oct 17
15th Dec 17
Term 5
29th Jan 18
29th Mar 18
Term 6
9th Apr 18
8th Jun 18
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Student Entry Requirements:

Formal Education or Work/Life Experience:

To enrol into the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising the applicant should have completed their secondary schooling, have a good understanding of practical mathematics, be creative with some experience of sewing or making 3 dimensional pieces, have good computer skills, be able to use the internet for research, and use a range of office software such as spreadsheets, email, and presentation software such as PowerPoint and be able to answer yes to most of the points below:

  • Do you love fashion and imagine your own creations?
  • Do you love to draw and create?
  • Do you have a good eye for detail?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Do you have good time management skills?

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.

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View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans in 2017

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

Check out some other course financing options here.

If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $16,000.00

  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $15,000.00

 

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Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Fabrics and Haberdashery for production of garments during the course
  • Textile Print - Printing your own textile print.

Required Course Equipment:

A detailed equipment list is provided on course application and is also available by request.

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • Student's will reqiure a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.

LAPTOP / NOTEBOOK REQUIREMENT:

Students will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are recommended:

  • A Wireless Laptop (PC or MAC)
  • Minimum 8Gb RAM (Preferrably 16GB RAM)
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Anti Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • For Graphic work it is recommended you have a Mouse
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
    If using a Mac -> Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used, however prefer Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Student Version)* - Student Plans Available

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing may be available.

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

Looking for course financing options? Check out some of the options available here.

Applications

Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interivew or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will recieve your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.
  5. You will receive your first invoice notice no more than one calendar month before the start of study and at least two weeks before the first census date.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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