Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Fashion Design

Complete this Qualification for $50 with the Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding for eligible students!

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Full Time Course Dates:

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Interested in a career in fashion design? Learn how to develop your design ideas into a cohesive fashion collection and effectively communicate the design ideas through fashion design drawings and trade drawings. You will develop your design skills through learning essential design fundamentals of elements and principles of design, colour theory and knowledge of the fashion industry's key tool of the trade - textiles/fabrics.

Gain an understanding of the fashion industry and the design process - understanding the steps involved in getting from a design idea to finished collection ready to be sold. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of fashion designs and will be ready to apply for further study. On successful completion of this qualification you will receive direct entry into our Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology qualification and will receive credit for units covered in this course torwards the Advanced Diploma qualification.

This course is suitable for both mature age students and VET in Schools students completing year 11 or 12 of high school.

Topic Areas Covered:

  • Fashion Industry Knowledge
  • Fashion Drawing and Illustration
  • Trade Drawing (a.k.a spec/specification drawing, technical drawing)
  • Colour Theory
  • Design Fundamentals
  • The Design Process
  • Textiles Theory
  • Designing a cohesive collection
  • Developing a fashion portfolio

VET In Schools:

This course is suitable for high school students to complete as part of the 'VET in Schools' program. The course has been structured so that the finish date is in accordance with the VET reporting dates to the Qld Studies Authority to allow students in Year 12 to have this course contribute to their high school certificate.

Students who are going in to year 10, 11 or 12 and are interested in completing this course, should contact us to receive the course enrolment pack. We recommend that they then visit their school careers councilor or VET coordinator to discuss their interest in undertaking the course with them, prior to enrolling.

As this is a certificate III program, successful completion of this course will enable students to obtain 8 points towards their high school certificate.

Course Duration:

Part Time: The course is delivered one day a week over a year on Fridays from 9am-4:30pm (30 weeks plus holiday breaks).

Full Time: This course runs for 11 weeks, 3 days per week from 9am - 3.30pm.

Term Dates

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Required Equipment & Additional Costs:

  • A Laptop Computer with required software is required for this course - see detailed requirements below
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)

Learning resources and use of equipment will be supplied during the course.


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Anti Virus - Students will not be allowed to connect to our network without Anti Virus software installed and activated.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Adobe Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing available.

Course Fees

Upon enrolling in the course, the student (and guarantor/s) becomes liable to the institute for the full course fees.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Fashion Design):

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $3,300.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $300.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $3,000.00
Certificate 3 Guarantee

This course is eligible for funding under the QLD Certificate 3 Guarantee. If you meet the eligibility requirements the Queensland Government will fund the majority of your tuition fees and you will only be required to pay the nominal student co-contribution fee.

Student Co-Contribution Fee: $50

Enrolment Procedure:

To enrol in this course you must download the Enrolment Pack. If you are unable to download or open this file, please phone us on (07) 55 938 335 to have one posted to you.

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