Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

National Course Code
Study Area(s)
Course Length
1.4 years
Course Fees

Course structure

This qualification enables students to meet the specialist skills in either:

  • Design and Product Development
  • Business and Merchandising

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.

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.

Course Modules

Module CodeModule Title
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200Work safely
MSS402051Apply quality standards
MSTCL3001Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSTGN2011Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
BSBINT409Plan For International Trade
MSTCL3007Embellish garment by hand or machine
MSTFD4002Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
MSTFD4003Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4010Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD4014Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD4018Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
MSTGN2009Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace

Major Study Areas

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Work safely
  • Apply quality standards
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Operate computing technology in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) workplace
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Books and Equipment (AUD$)

Approximately $1,120

  • Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency or higher
  • English language: Academic IELTS 5.5 no band less than 5.0 overall or recognised equivalency

February, May and September.

Term 1 4 Feb to 5 April
Holidays 6 April to 22 April
Term 2 23 April to 28 June
Holidays 29 June to 14 July
Term 3 15 July to 20 Sept
Holidays 21 Sept to 6 Oct
Term 4 7 Oct to 20 Dec

Study pathways

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (093798J)

Career pathways

Graduates may seek employment as a:

  • Assistant Fashion Designer
  • Assistant Patternmaker
  • Assistant Grader
  • Assistant Quality Controller
  • Junior Garment Technician


Apply now Or call +613 9279 2222 or email international@kangan.edu.au to apply.