Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

National Code: MST30816
TAFE SA Code: TP01034


This course gives you a basic understanding of design skills, pattern making and garment construction for the fashion industry. Your future career path may include producing single garments or a small range of products for small business or local distribution such as markets.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time

Fashion Designer Fashion Designer
  • Duration
    Full Fee
    Total Fees for the 6 Months course

    Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 6 Month course
    Full Fee

    This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

  • Upfront Payment

    This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply quality standards 30
    Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry 80
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Work safely 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design and produce a simple garment 80
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design 40
    Draw and interpret a basic sketch 30
    Embellish garment by hand or machine 40
    Identify design process for fashion designs 40
    Interpret patterns and apply pattern information 30
    Modify patterns to create basic styles 50
    Perform minor maintenance 30
    Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications 60
    Prepare design concept for a simple garment 80
    Sew components, complex tasks 70
    Sew woven and stretch knit garments 40
    Use a sewing machine for fashion design 80
    Use steaming and pressing equipment in TCF production 20
    Work in the TCF industry 40
  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification aims to give students an introductory overview of fashion design and is particularly suitable for those who are self-employed undertaking low volume production of items for local distribution outlets, such as markets.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (MST30816)
    This qualification provides skills in OH&S, quality standards, TCF computing technology, designing, drawing and interpreting sketches, modifying patterns, fibres and fabrics, using a sewing machine, sewing components, designing and producing a simple garment. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 15 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
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