Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Full-time(1 year, 6 months)
Part-time day(2 years, 6 months)

Start Date(s): 09 September 2019
February 2020
End Date(s): December 2020
May 2021
Days and Time: Full time - Four days a week

Course Overview

If you have a passion for all things fashion, we can help you create a career doing what you love.

Our Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) offers students the choice of two study streams:

Stream 1 - Design and Product Development

This stream is designed to be both an entry level qualification in fashion design and its related skills as well as a qualification providing skills for employment as an advanced patternmaker and garment technician. As part of this course students will be required to undertake work experience of two weeks.

(Students can either identify and gain work placement or work closely with our teachers to gain work placement with one of our numerous industry partners.)

Stream 2 - Business and Merchandising

This stream is designed for students interested in occupations such as marketing, supply chain and account management within the fashion and textiles industries, as well as positions involving the development and implementation of products, marketing and supply chain strategies. Work experience in the industry is a desirable component of this course.
Students work through industry based collaborative projects that are designed to develop their skill sets, market knowledge and business savvy that will enhance job prospects within the industry.

The Kangan Institute difference: 

- World-class teachers with extensive industry experience.
- Courses developed with industry input to ensure content is relevant and up-to-date.
- Supportive and nurturing learning environment.
- Gain practical experience with industry-based project work.
- Develop hands-on skills at our annual fashion parade.
- Learn in a purpose built modern campus located close to public transport.
- Government subsidised tuition fees for eligible students.

Graduates of this course can go on to study the Advanced Diploma Of Applied Fashion Design And Merchandising (MST60116).

Kangan Institute also offers the Certificate IV in Millinery (MST40416).


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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices30
MSMWHS200Work safely30
MSS402051Apply quality standards30
MSTCL3001Identify fabric performance and handling requirements40
MSTGN2011Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry80


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBINT409Plan For International Trade50
MSTCL3007Embellish garment by hand or machine40
MSTFD4002Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development30
MSTFD4003Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts80
MSTFD4010Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles80
MSTFD4014Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques40
MSTFD4018Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design20
MSTGN2009Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace50

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

Study areas covered consist of:

•    Textile fibre and fabric identification and analysis of their characteristics
•    Fabric manipulation to achieve creative effects
•    Identifying design influences
•    Sketching
•    Fashion illustration 
•    Applying design elements and principles to fashion concept development 
•    Developing product specifications 
•    Development of the fashion designs through patternmaking 
•    Pattern draping 
•    Grading and advanced construction techniques for complex garments 
•    Lingerie and swimwear design 
•    Block construction using sizing systems 
•    Analysing garment fit 
•    Calculating costs and communicating and selling design concepts 
•    Using computer technology and specialist fashion computer software for fashion industry applications


What will I study?

• Fashion and textile design
• Trend forecasting, fit and sizing
• Global operations
• Production planning and processes
• Fabric and fibre properties, quality, specifications, sourcing, production costing
• Supply chain logistics; relating to local and international markets 

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 2019 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#
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 such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 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 2019: $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
1520 1520 $6.70 $1.34 $11.40

^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 2019. 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 enquiries@kangan.edu.au 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 the Richmond campus: 85 Cremorne St, Richmond VIC 3121.

You will be studying your diploma at our Richmond campus, offering 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 course may lead to employment as a Fashion Designer, Patternmaker, Grader, Assistant Production Manager, Quality Controller or Garment Technician.

Steam 2 - Business and Merchandising
This course may lead to employment in marketing, supply chain strategies and management, account management as well as the development and implementation of products. Learn the intricacies of how the world of fashion functions and everything you need to know to establish or operate a fashion business.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in the fundamentals of professional drawing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques. You will master computer-aided design (CAD) and pattern making, and learn how to take a design from concept to finished garment. This course escorts you to become not only a designer/product developer/merchandiser with your own creative vision, but a professional prepared to take your place in this challenging industry.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the 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 study the Advanced Diploma Of Applied Fashion Design And Merchandising (MST60116).

How do I apply?

You can apply directly to Kangan Institute through the "Apply Here" option at the top of this page.

For further information, call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will need to undertake a LLN assessment and attend an information session.