Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

National Code: MST60119
TAFE SA Code: TP01155


Enter the fashion industry with essential skills under your belt. You’ll have the skills, knowledge and insights to apply to garment design, product development, technical production and management roles in the fashion industry. Students can choose from two streams: design and product development, or business and merchandising. The course can be taken concurrently with the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) or the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) at Flinders University.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time

Fashion Designer Fashion Designer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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Total Fees for the 24 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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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.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • Students will need to access industry specific machinery and major equipment while studying at TAFE SA Fashion Program.
    • Students are also required to provide their own equipment kit, consisting of basic sewing, patternmaking and design tools. An equipment kit list detailing the requirements and supplier information is provided to students by the TAFE SA Fashion Program.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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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 your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • 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 (MST60119)
    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 fashion business stream. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 11 core units and 34 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.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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
    Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices 100
    Calculate cost estimates for TCF products 40
    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 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 studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production 100
    Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts 80
    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
    Determine and specify advanced construction processes 100
    Develop a fashion range 100
    Develop a textile product range 60
    Develop patterns for complex fashion garments 100
    Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles 50
    Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs 100
    Drape fabrics to make patterns 60
    Drape structured over-garments 80
    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
    Manage advanced patternmaking processes 100
    Manage fashion design process 80
    Manage production processes 100
    Manage quality system and procedures 80
    Perform contour draping 50
    Plan and style merchandise photo shoots 70
    Produce and Analyse spreadsheets 40
    Research and evaluate processes and products 80
    Sew design prototypes 60
    Use electronic fashion design tools 80
  • 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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