MST50116: Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Brisbane: Monday the 2nd of March 2020: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

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.


Have the opportunity to be introduced to key fashion & business creatives, listen to industry guest speakers, and participate in excursions relating to your study area

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work as assistant designers and specialist production technicians, such as patternmakers and sewing machinists, who support design and production within the clothing and fashion industry.

It includes business and design outcomes which build on technical production skills and knowledge, to provide a basis for career progression to design, construction and merchandising management roles. as well as targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer.

Career Opportunities

This qualification is intended for assistant design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as assistant roles associated with managing fashion product as part of a fashion enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.

Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development.

Skills involve the use of both manual and digital design tools, and may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. Design outcomes build on technical production skills and provide a basis for career progression to design or business management roles.

On successful completion of the Diploma, students will have the opportunity to work in positions in the fashion industry such as:

  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Assistant Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Marketing Agent
  • Assisstant Fashion Buyer
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Production Assistant
  • Sales Assistant
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Fashion Magazine Editor
  • Pattern Maker/Grader
  • Garment Technician
  • Quality Assurance Assistant
  • Fashion Designer

Topic Areas Covered

The following topic areas are covered within the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • Design overview
  • Trade drawing
  • Colour theory
  • Fabric performance
  • Designing for clients and to specific briefs
  • Designing textile designs
  • Designing bras and swimwear
  • Fashion illustration
  • Communicating and selling design concepts
  • Costing – estimates and for production
  • Quality assurance
  • Using sewing machines
  • Patternmaking
  • Grading
  • Product specifications
  • Creating patterns for clients
  • Swimwear/bra patterns and components
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Working safely in the industry
  • Identifying fibres and fabrics
  • Operating computers, documents and spreadsheets
  • Interacting and networking with industry
  • Electronic CAD
  • Fashion Industry innovation

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: MST50116

Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have 2 or more years industry relevant experience? Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available upon application.

*Students will be charged an administration fee of $200 per unit of competency.


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Why You Should Study With Us:

The Australian Institute of creative Design offers intimate classes to cater on a personalised level for your learning experience.

Our trainers have industry current qualifications and experience, to prepare you for success in your future. We offer a range of additional short courses and workshops to support and develop your specialised skills and interests.

We offer Prepare for Success and Dress for Success workshops as well as arrange for guest speakers who are leaders in their industry. In addition to preparing our students with hands on experience within our courses; there are often events and opportunities for internships, work experience or volunteering within the creative industries which are given to us to pass on to our students.


Course Duration:

This course runs for 1 and a half years, students will be expected to study 3 days on campus. This course is full time study and students will be required to work on assessment tasks in their own time and allow another day per week to complete set tasks outside of class time.

Term Dates

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Student Entry Requirements:

Formal Education or Work/Life Experience:

To enrol into the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising the applicant should have a good understanding of practical mathematics, be creative with some experience of sewing or making 3 dimensional pieces, have good computer skills, be able to use the internet for research, and use a range of office software such as spreadsheets, email, and presentation software such as PowerPoint and be able to answer yes to most of the points below:

  • Do you love fashion and imagine your own creations?
  • Do you love to draw and create?
  • Do you have a good eye for detail?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Do you have good time management skills?


There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.

View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

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If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $18,000.00


Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Fabrics and Haberdashery for production of garments during the course
  • Textile Print - Printing your own textile print.
  • Equipment Kit ($290)

Required Course Equipment:

Student (kits/ course supplies) are available for purchase through the college

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • Student's will reqiure a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.


Students will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are recommended:

  • A Wireless Laptop (PC or MAC)
  • Minimum 8Gb RAM (Preferrably 16GB RAM)
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Anti Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • For editing work it is recommended you have a mouse
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
    If using a Mac -> Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used
  • It is suggested all students have a spare Hard Drive/USB to back up their work
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Student Version)* - Student Plans Available

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

Financial Assistance

We understand that studying can be a big financial commitment. With this in mind, we urge our students to investigate potential financial support they may need throughout the course. Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

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Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will receive your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).
  5. Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Brisbane: Monday the 2nd of March 2020: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

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.

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