Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business)

CRICOS Code: 0100765
National Code: MST60119


This qualification is intended for design, styling, merchandising, marketing and business-related roles in the fashion industry, as well as roles associated with potentially managing fashion business as part of an enterprise in the future. The Fashion Business stream DOES NOT contain pattern making or sewing instruction

Duration (incl. holidays)
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104 weeks
80 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)


These course fees are for international students only.

Average cost per semester (6 months)
AUD $7400
Total course cost ( 104 weeks)
AUD $29600
Incidental Fees*
AUD $0*
Total Fees
AUD $29600

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2022 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. 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 outcomes applicable to this qualification include but are not limited to:
    Fashion garment design assistant
    Fashion garment product development assistant
    Fashion garment production assistant
    Entry level fashion marketing and social media coordinator
    Fashion styling assistant
    Fashion visual merchandising assistant
    Fashion retail buying and planning opportunities

    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 (Fashion Business) (MST60119)
    This qualification is intended for design, styling, merchandising, marketing and business-related roles in the fashion industry, as well as roles associated with potentially managing fashion business as part of an enterprise in the future. Skills include design development, visual merchandising and product planning, marketing and social media strategising, supply chain and business management skills. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 11 core units and 34 elective units.

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

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

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

    Name Nominal Hours Subject Code National Code
    Advise on products and services 30 SAAXF SIRXPDK001
    Analyse Fit Model 40 MABPN MSTFD5003
    Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs 50 MACFN MSTFD5025
    Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development 30 MABNS MSTFD4002
    Apply quality standards 30 MABKN MSS402051
    Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices 100 MACDT MSTFD5029
    Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts 80 MABNT MSTFD4003
    Calculate cost estimates for TCF products 40 MACDS MSTFD4023
    Communicate and sell design concepts 30 MABPH MSTFD4005
    Conduct fashion design purchasing 40 MACER MSTFD5026
    Design and develop marketing communication plans 60 SABRL BSBMKG552
    Develop a fashion range 100 MABRB MSTFD6006
    Develop a social media engagement plan 50 MACFP BSBMKG546
    Develop a social media strategy 30 SABRK SIRXMKT006
    Develop and implement a business plan 60 FACFC BSBMGT617
    Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items 60 MABRE MSTGN6001
    Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines 50 MABNA MSTFD5010
    Develop marketing plans for fashion products 50 MACFM MSTFD5023
    Develop merchandising plans for Fashion 40 MACED MSTFD5028
    Develop organisational marketing objectives 80 FABXR BSBMKG608
    Develop visual merchandising creative concepts 80 MACBW SIRRMER004
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design 40 MABLT MSTFD3004
    Engage in the business of creative practice 70 DAANH CUAPPR603
    Identify design process for fashion designs 40 MABLE MSTFD2005
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements 40 MABMY MSTCL3001
    Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry 80 MACDX MSTGN2013
    Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques 40 MABPL MSTFD4014
    Implement visual merchandising concepts 80 MACEA SIRRMER005
    Interact and network with fashion industry participants 80 MABLX MSTFD4006
    Interpret market trends and developments 50 FABXG BSBMKG507
    Manage fashion design process 80 MABPZ MSTFD6003
    Manage market research 50 FABXP BSBMKG607
    Manage quality system and procedures 80 MABRF MSTGN6002
    Map and Establish TCF supply chain process 60 MABRK MSTGN6006
    Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products 80 MACFL MSTGN6008
    Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace 50 MACDW MSTGN2014
    Organise event infrastructure 40 SABGT SITEEVT009
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30 LAAGL MSMENV272
    Plan and style merchandise photo shoots 70 SABLK SIRRMER008
    Plan small business finances 50 FACAC BSBSMB402
    Produce and Analyse spreadsheets 40 MACDZ MSTGN4014
    Research and evaluate processes and products 80 MABTH MSTGN6003
    Use electronic fashion design tools 80 MABPB MSTFD4020
    Work safely 30 LAAGS MSMWHS200
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