Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

National Code: MST60116
TAFE SA Code: TP01037


This course is intended for design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as roles associated with managing fashion business as part of an enterprise.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time

Fashion Designer Fashion Designer
  • Duration
    Full Fee
    Average cost per semester
    $3,795 - $4,800
    $3,004 - $3,800
    $2,151 - $2,720
    Total Fees for the 24 Months course
    $15,180 - $19,200
    $12,018 - $15,200
    $8,602 - $10,880

    Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 24 Month course
    Full Fee
    $3,795 - $4,800
    $15,180 - $19,200
    $3,004 - $3,800
    $12,018 - $15,200
    $2,151 - $2,720
    $8,602 - $10,880

    Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $121.00 for Two textbooks: Technical Drawing for Fashion by Basia Szkutnicka and The Swatch Book (2nd Edition) by Clive Hallet.

    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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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices 100
    Calculate cost estimates for fashion products 30
    Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items 60
    Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines 50
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements 40
    Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry 80
    Interact and network with fashion industry participants 80
    Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace 50
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Work safely 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse fit model 40
    Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations 100
    Apply design studio process 80
    Apply design studio processes to meet client brief 90
    Apply electronic systems to textile design and production 80
    Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development 30
    Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production 100
    Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments 90
    Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts 80
    Communicate and sell design concepts 30
    Conduct digital patternmaking and grading 150
    Conduct fashion design purchasing 40
    Construct complex blocks for fashion garments 100
    Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications 40
    Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications 50
    Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles 80
    Cut fabrics for prototype designs 40
    Design and apply make-up for photography 30
    Determine and specify advanced construction processes 100
    Develop a fashion range 100
    Develop a textile product range 60
    Develop digital costing markers 130
    Develop event concepts 30
    Develop marketing plans for fashion products 50
    Develop merchandising plans for fashion products 40
    Develop organisational marketing objectives 60
    Develop patterns for complex fashion garments 100
    Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles 50
    Develop product specifications for fashion design 40
    Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs 100
    Drape fabrics to make patterns 60
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design 40
    Grade 2-D patterns 80
    Grade complex patterns 60
    Identify design process for fashion designs 40
    Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques 40
    Implement specialised patternmaking technologies 100
    Interpret market trends and developments 50
    Manage advanced patternmaking processes 100
    Manage fashion design process 80
    Manage market research 50
    Manage merchandise and store presentation 35
    Manage product development of fashion designs 60
    Manage production processes 100
    Manage quality system and procedures 80
    Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes 20
    Map and establish TCF supply chain process 80
    Modify patterns to create basic styles 50
    Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products 80
    Organise event infrastructure 40
    Participate in production planning processes 70
    Perform contour draping 50
    Plan social media engagement 50
    Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation 50
    Research commercial development of textiles 80
    Sew design prototypes 60
    Style merchandise for photography 45
    Use a sewing machine for fashion design 80
    Use electronic fashion design tools 80
  • Employment Outcomes

    Job role titles may include: Pattern Maker; Fashion Designer; Design Manager.

    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

    Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116)
    This qualification provides skills in design and product development, as well as technical production skills and business. Students can choose from a design and product development or a business and merchandising stream. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 35 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
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design - VET Entry Pathway)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion - VET Entry Pathway)
    Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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