Advanced Diploma Of Applied Fashion Design And Merchandising

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

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

Start Date(s): April 2022
End Date(s): 34 weeks from commencement
Days and Time: 4 days per week
days and times can vary between Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 6:30pm

Course Overview

Your ideal career and dream team await you! If you aspire to a career as a Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Product Developer, Production Manager, Couturier, Fashion Business owner, then this course is for you.

The Advanced Diploma of applied fashion design and merchandising 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.

Our Fashion students have been selected to partake in Melbourne Fashion Week! Find out more about it here.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (MSMENV272)30
MSMWHS200Work safely (MSMWHS200)30
MSS402051Apply quality standards (MSS402051)30
MSTCL3001Identify fabric performance and handling requirements (MSTCL3001)40
MSTFD4006Interact and network with fashion industry participants (MSTFD4006)80
MSTFD4023Calculate cost estimates for TCF products (MSTFD4023)30
MSTFD5010Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines (MSTFD5010)50
MSTFD5029Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices (MSTFD5029)100
MSTGN2013Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry (MSTGN2013)80
MSTGN2014Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace (MSTGN2014)50
MSTGN6001Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items (MSTGN6001)60


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSTGN5012Participate in production planning processes (MSTGN5012)70
BSBMGT617Develop And Implement A Business Plan (BSBMGT617)60
BSBMKG510Plan E-marketing Communications (BSBMKG510)20
CUAPPR603Engage in the business of creative practice (CUAPPR603)70
MSTFD4003Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts (MSTFD4003)80
MSTFD4010Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles (MSTFD4010)80
MSTFD4012Develop product specifications for fashion design (MSTFD4012)40
MSTFD4013Grade 2-D patterns (MSTFD4013)80
MSTFD4014Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques (MSTFD4014)40
MSTFD4015Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications (MSTFD4015)50
MSTFD4018Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design (MSTFD4018)20
MSTFD4020Use electronic fashion design tools (MSTFD4020)80
MSTFD5003Analyse fit model (MSTFD5003)40
MSTFD5005Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes (MSTFD5005)20
MSTFD5011Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation (MSTFD5011)50
MSTFD5015Develop patterns for complex fashion garments (MSTFD5015)100
MSTFD5016Grade complex patterns (MSTFD5016)60
MSTFD5017Apply design studio processes to meet client brief (MSTFD5017)90
MSTFD5018Determine and specify advanced construction processes (MSTFD5018)100
MSTFD5021Conduct digital patternmaking and grading (MSTFD5021)150
MSTFD5022Develop digital costing markers (MSTFD5022)130
MSTFD5024Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria (MSTFD5024)30
MSTFD5025Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs (MSTFD5025)50
MSTFD5027Cost production of fashion and textile designs (MSTFD5027)40
MSTFD6001Evaluate commercial viability of designs (MSTFD6001)50
MSTFD6002Manage product development of fashion designs (MSTFD6002)60
MSTFD6003Manage fashion design process (MSTFD6003)80
MSTFD6004Manage advanced patternmaking processes (MSTFD6004)100
MSTFD6006Develop a fashion range (MSTFD6006)100
MSTFD6008Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production (MSTFD6008)100
MSTFD6009Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development (MSTFD6009)60
MSTGN5011Work with international TCF supply chains (MSTGN5011)60
MSTTD4012Analyse use of colour in textiles (MSTTD4012)30
MSTTD5007Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs (MSTTD5007)100
MSTTD5010Produce computer-aided textile design folios (MSTTD5010)100

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.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of areas withing the Fashion Industry framework that will assist you so that you are successful and job ready for the fashion industry. You will learn how to design a complete capsule 'Signature Collection' and have the opportunity to be selected to showcase in Melbourne Fashion Week. Advanced Pattern making including digital pattern making -Stylecad, CAD (Computer Aided Design), textiles, advanced construction techniques and all aspects of fashion business; including commercial design, business strategy, business planning, sustainable fashion and working with supply chains are part of the curriculum. You will gain the knowledge and skills to develop and manage a career in the fashion industry, both established and emerging. We offer students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Students will have opportunities to apply their studies by partaking in sought-after internships around Melbourne.

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

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 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).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
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. 

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

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1350 1350 $11.63 $2.33 $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 2022. 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.

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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?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

You will study at Kangan Institute's Cremorne campus. Our campus offers a boutique experience delivered in a specialised studio environment in facilities dedicated to everything fashion. Our 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 and access to the Textile and Fashion Hub where students have the privilege to access the state of the art digital technologies such as the laser cutter, embroidery machines, placement printer and commercial knitwear technologies. Find out more here.

Located within the one of Melbourne's prime fashion industry districts, it incorporates cutting edge textile and studio spaces, and a hair and beauty training salon.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a Fashion Designer, Advanced Patternmaker, Grader, Production Manager, Quality Coordinator Technical Designer, Garment Technician , small business operator, Fashion buyer, Fashion Journalist , Coutourier, Ready to wear designer, Product Developer , Marketing and Merchandising, Illustrator, Supply Chain and Sustainable Fashion.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain 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 and sustainable fashion.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60119). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

This course will lead to higher level studies at Bachelor level.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will need to arrange an interview time, please call on 03 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.