Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

CRICOS Code: 094961F
National Code: MST60116


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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104 weeks
80 weeks
Fashion Designer Fashion Designer
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent .
  • Ability to operate machinery(sewing machines/overlockers/irons/fusing press etc)requires good mobility of arms and legs.


These course fees are for international students only.

Average cost per semester (6 months)
AUD $7200
Total course cost ( 104 weeks)
AUD $28800
Incidental Fees
AUD $0
Total Fees
AUD $28800

* Compulsory machining kit for industrial machines $35.00, pattern making ruler $15.00, scissors and basic sewing supplies, other art material approx. $150, Non-compulsory Pattern making for fashion design-Helen Armstrong, text book approx. $340.00. Various fabrics for own designs as required cost unknown.

Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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
  • 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 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 quality standards 30
    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 product specifications for fashion design 40
    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
    Modify patterns to create basic styles 50
    Perform contour draping 50
    Plan and style merchandise photo shoots 70
    Sew design prototypes 60
    Use a sewing machine for fashion design 80
    Use electronic fashion design tools 80
  • Pathways to University

    If your goal is to achieve a bachelor degree in your chosen field of study, TAFE SA offers two different types of pathway to university - a University Packaged Program or Credit Transfer.

    A University Packaged Program allows you to select the course and the university you wish to study at, before commencing your studies at TAFE SA.

    Credit Transfer gives you the opportunity to select your university course on completion of your TAFE SA studies.

    With additional Bachelor programs becoming available, international students can choose to stay at TAFE SA for qualifications such as the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.

  • 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
  • Packaged University Offer

    This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) or Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) at Flinders University or Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Adelaide.

    This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.

    The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:

    • Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
    • Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
    • Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
    • Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
    • Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills

    See relevant Credit Transfer details below.

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