Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)
Part-time day(2 years)

Start Date(s): 3rd Feb 2020
13th July 2020
End Date(s): 1 year (full time)
2 years (part time)
Days and Time: Monday to Thursday

Course Overview

Do you have what it takes to achieve success in the fast paced world of fashion? 

If you are looking to build on your existing skills and take the next step towards a successful fashion career, we can help.

Our Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116) offers students the choice of two study streams:

Stream 1 - Design and Product Development
This stream has been designed to give you the skills required to work as an Independent Fashion Designer, as part of a design team or in the field of Design Management. The course can also be tailored to provide you with learning in the fields of advanced patternmaking, product development and the management of fashion design systems.

Stream 2 - Business and Merchandising
Combining fashion range design and strategic business planning, this stream will prepare you to take your career in fashion to the next level. A mix of theory and practical learning will expose you to real life business projects with industry clients where fashion business opportunities are appraised and addressed.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBMKG414Undertake Marketing Activities50
CUVPRP501ARealise A Body Of Creative Work80
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices30
MSTFD4002Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development30
MSTFD5001Design bras and swimwear30
MSTFD5002Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear50
MSTFD5006Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria30
MSTFD5012Perform contour draping50
MSTFD5013Develop merchandising plans for fashion products40
MSTFD5018Determine and specify advanced construction processes100
MSTFD5019Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations100
MSTFD5020Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices100
MSTFD5021Conduct digital patternmaking and grading150
MSTFD5022Develop digital costing markers130
MSTFD6001Evaluate commercial viability of designs50
MSTFD6002Manage product development of fashion designs60
MSTFD6003Manage fashion design process80
MSTFD6004Manage advanced patternmaking processes100
MSTFD6005Drape structured over-garments80
MSTFD6006Develop a fashion range100
MSTFD6007Implement specialised patternmaking technologies100
MSTFD6008Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production100
MSTFD6009Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development60
MSTGN2011Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry80
MSTGN5005Provide global operations support80
MSTGN6001Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items60
MSTGN6002Manage quality system and procedures80
MSTGN6005Manage production processes100
MSTTD4001Produce knitted textile samples80
MSTTD5001Design and produce knitted textile products120
MSTTD5004Design and produce experimental textiles120
MSTTD5007Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs100
MSTTD5010Produce computer-aided textile design folios100
MSTTD6001Research commercial development of textiles80
MSTTD6002Apply electronic systems to textile design and production80
MSTTD6003Develop a textile product range60
SIRXEBS002AManage Retail Brands Online50

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

Additional comments

Pre-selection interview - Non Year 12: Present a folio, 1-3 garments and resume and sit a language literacy and numeracy test, at an appointed time.

Applicants must have completed the Diploma Of Applied Fashion And Merchandising (MST50116) or its equivalent, the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology.

What will I study?

You will study advanced pattern construction techniques, marketing, merchandising, textiles, and product management at an advanced level.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1230 1230 $11.48 $2.30 $22.54

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

Applicants need to have successfully completed the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) or its equivalent and have high level literacy and numeracy skills.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at our Richmond campus.

Our campus offers a boutique experience delivered in a specialised studio environment in facilities dedicated to everything fashion. Our Centre of Fashion and Creative Industries space has grown to become one of the premier fashion centres for experience and education. It even has its very own catwalk and dedicated showcase areas.

Located within the one of Melbourne’s best shopping districts, it incorporates state-of-the-art textile and work rooms, a retail training centre, as well as a hair and beauty training salon.

What employment opportunities will I have?

Stream 1 - Design and Product Development
This stream may lead to employment as a Fashion Designer, Advanced Patternmaker, Grader, Production Manager, Quality Coordinator or Specification Writer.

Stream 2 - Business and Merchandising
This stream may lead to employment as a Buyer, Product and Brand Developer, Publicist, Stylist, Designer, Store Manager, Merchandise Manager or Account Manager.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain advanced skills in design, patternmaking, product development, fashion business management, buying,marketing, textile design and couture sewing techniques. You will also master computer-aided design and pattern making programs as well as aspects of fashion social media marketing. 

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Advanced Diploma Of Applied Fashion Design And Merchandising. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Graduates of this course can go on to further studies at Bachelor level.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an online application form by clicking the yellow 'Apply Here' button above.  

For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will need to arrange an interview time, please call Dianne Snibson on 3 9425 5764. The interview is conducted by a staff member and applicants are required to bring along a copy of their resume (to be submitted), a folio of work (preferred, but not essential) to be displayed and discussed.

Applicants will also be required to undertake a LLN assessment.