Fashion Design: Advanced Diploma

LMT60307: Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:00AM - 3:30PM BRISBANE
  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:00AM - 3:30PM GOLD COAST

Kylie Landsborough winner of the 2009 Qld Brides Calico Brides Award

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology offers intensive training in fashion design processes including design and product development, pattern making, garment construction and computer aided design to give students the skills to work in their chosen area of the fashion industry.

During the first year of study, you will learn essential textiles, design, sewing and pattern-making skills and knowledge with classes over 4 days per week. Your week will generally be broken into one day per week of design and product development, one day per week of pattern-making, one and a half days per week of sewing and half a day per week of textiles and theory.

You will design and make a variety of garments including racewear, bridal, swimwear/lingerie and a mini collection preparing you with the essential skills to take a design idea from concept to creation. The course is very intensive and it is recommended that you keep one day per week spare for working on assessments and class work.

In the second year of study you will attend 3 days per week while you work on developing, designing and presenting a range of clothing, from concept to final production in order to learn the business skills of management, marketing and promoting fashion labels and scoping production options, both domestically and offshore.

On the completion of the Advanced Diploma, you will be in a better position to obtain work within the fashion industry as you will have experienced the process of designing and developing a complete fashion range, from the marketing to production stage. You will have a range of designs to show prospective employers your talent and skills, or be ready to start taking orders for your first wholesale fashion range for your own label.

Advanced Diploma Student Amit Ayalon with her 2010 CollectionDuring the course you will have the opportunity to enter into various fashion design competitions and show your work at various fashion parades and events. By participating in these competitions and events you will challenge your creative potential and receive invaluable experience.

After completing the Advanced Diploma, you can continue on to our Fashion Mentoring Program which guides you in launching your own fashion label. Alternatively, if you would like to continue on to further study you can enrol to complete the Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) with Think Education and receive 10 credits, or alternatively you could participate in an overseas internship in Italy, Spain, the UK or China.


Start Your Own Fashion Label

During the second year of the course, you will design and produce your first range for your own label* (see above for more information). On graduating from the course, you can join our fashion mentoring program to guide you through the start up phase of your fashion label and assist you with putting in place important business and marketing strategies for the best chance of success. This program has been established to provide our graduates with additional business skills which are not covered by the Nationally Recognised Qualification and to provide you with further support and guidance in launching a successful fashion label.

* It is your choice whether you launch your own fashion label as an actual business during the Advanced Diploma.

Career Opportunities:

On successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology you could have the opportunity to work in positions in the fashion industry such as:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Assistant Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Marketing Agent
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Pattern Maker
  • Costume Designer
  • Couturier
  • Fashion Public Relations
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Production Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Quality Controller
  • Sample Machinist
  • Magazine Editor
  • Business Owner
  • Product Developer
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Fashion Merchandiser

Topic Areas Covered:

The following are examples of some of the topic areas that are covered within the Advanced Diploma course:

  • Textiles Theory
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Garment Construction
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Product Design
  • Spec Drawing
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Production Planning
  • Digital Textile Design
  • Pattern Making & Grading
  • Computer Aided Fashion Design
  • Couture Garments
  • Draping & Pattern Drafting
  • Business Planning
  • Collection Development
  • Fashion Marketing & PR
  • On Shore & Off Shore Production
  • Fashion Show Production
  • Label Development Workshopping
  • Selling fashion ranges
  • Product Sourcing
  • Importing Product
  • Contract Development & Management
  • Production Coordination
  • Independent Studio Practise
  • Advanced Pattern Making

Qualification & Units of Competency:

sewingCourse Code: LMT60307 (Advanced Diploma)

CRICOS Code: 063388J (Diploma) & 063389G (Advanced Diploma)

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the ‘LMT60307: Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology’, which is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Applied Fashion Design & Technology course is the latest training package on offer, and is the most industry relevant qualification available.

On successful completion of the course students will receive competencies in the following units:

Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology (LMT60307)

BSBDES602A Research global design trends
LMTGN2001B Follow defined OH&S policies and procedures
LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics
LMTFD2005B Identify design process for fashion designs
LMTCL2011B Draw and interpret a basic sketch
LMTCL3001B Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
MSAENV272B  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
LMTFD4001B Apply design studio process
LMTGN2009B Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
LMTFD4006B Interact and network with fashion industry participants
LMTCL3009B Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
LMTFD3004B Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
LMTFD4002B Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
LMTFD4003B Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
LMTFD4004B Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
LMTFD4005B Communicate and sell design concepts
LMTFD4010B Create pattern to meet design specification applying advanced patternmaking principles
LMTFD4012B Develop product specifications for fashion design
LMTFD4013B Grade 2D patterns
LMTFD4014B Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques
LMTFD4015B Create pattern from a block to meet customer specifications
LMTFD4016B Sew design prototypes
LMTFD4020B Use electronic fashion design tools
LMTTD5007A Develop textile designs using computer based design programs
LMTFD4021B Drape fabrics to make patterns
LMTCL2004B Sew Components
LMTCL2010B Modify patterns to create basic styles
LMTFD5009B Cost design production
LMTFD5011B Produce fashion illustrations
LMTFD5015B Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
LMTFD5017B Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
LMTFD5016B Grade shaped patterns
LMTFD5010B Develop and present design concepts within specified guidelines
LMTFD5001B Design bras and swimwear
LMTFD5002B Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
LMTFD6001B Evaluate commercial viability of designs
LMTFD6002B Manage product development of fashion design
LMTFD6003B Manage fashion design process
LMTFD6006B Develop a fashion range
LMTFD6008B Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
LMTFD5003B Analyse fit model
LMTGN5003B Work with international TCF supply chains
LMTFD5004B Develop marketing plans for fashion products
LMTFD6004B Manage advanced patternmaking processes
LMTGN6004B Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products.

Examples of Students Work:

Fashion Awards:

During the Advanced Diploma course students will have the opportunity to enter into a number of fashion design competions. Student's entry into these competitions is optional, although the college recommends that students enter at least one competition during their study as it provides the student with invaluable experience, and pushes the student to achieve.

Some of the competitions that our students have recently entered are listed below:

  • Calico Brides Awards 2013 - Winner: Amelia Vivash, Runner Up: Anessa Catalano, Highly Commended: Felicia Austin
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2012 - Winner: Kerry-Ann Andersson, Highly Commended: Jaymi Spina
  • Fashion on James Competition 2012 - Winner: Kerry-Ann Andersson
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2011 - Highly Commended: Liezl Boshoff
  • The Avenue Designer Competition 2011 - Winner: Sara Hultman
  • Little Green Dress Awards 2011 Student Category - Winner: Angie Ashton, People's Choice Award: Alana Schlener, Finalists: Belinda Masterson and Grace Peters.
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2010 - Runner Up: Jane Andrewartha
  • Fashion Bash 2010 - Finalist: Sara Hultman
  • Electric Playground Club Couture 2010 - Winner: Julian Napier, Finalist: Masa Gracanic
  • Little Green Dress Award 2010 Student Category - Winner: Masa Gracanic, Finalists: Cynthia Coetzer, Grace Denniss
  • Little Green Dress Award 2010 Wearable Art Category - Winner: Nicole Walker
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2009 - Winner: Kylie Landsborough, Highly Commended: Aubrey Wright, Commendations: Han Ho and Stephanie Mowat
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2008 - Winner: Nicole Walker, Highly Commended: Jessica Benson and Sherrilyn Lillie
  • Australian Fashion Design Awards 2008 - Finalist: Begitta Stolk
  • Queensland Brides - Calico Brides Awards 2007 - Winner: Angela Dill
  • The Australian Wool Awards 2007 - Finalist - Bianca Latham
  • The Cotton Awards 2007 - Winner: Angela Dill, Highly Commended: Veronca Nikolov

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Past Students:

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Course Duration:

The Advanced Diploma runs over 56 weeks plus holiday breaks, which vary for each intake. During the first year of study you will attend 4 days per week from 9.00am - 3.30pm (with a half hour lunch break). In the second year of study you will attend 3 days per week from 9.00am - 4.30pm.

Term Dates:

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Course Fees - Domestic Students Only:

International Students Please Click Here for Course Fee Information


Payment Options

VET FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme which assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The loan allows students to study now and pay later by deferring loan repayments until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold (in 2015-2016 this is $54,126). Once you reach the repayment threshold repayments are made to the Australian Government through the tax system.

If you are eligible for VET FEE-HELP

Students may choose to pay for all or part of their tuition fees upfront for the entire course, academic year or unit of study and/or can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan for all or part of the tuition fees. Course fees are due no later than the census date for each unit of study.

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

If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP or choose not to apply for a VET FEE-HELP assistance:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $26,500.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $1,000.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit installments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $25,500.00

Students will be provided with learning resources and equipment during their course of study

Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: (optional) $25
  • Fabrics & Haberdashery for garments made during the course.
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Laptop (See Below).
  • Student's have the option to participate in fashion parades and competitions during the year - costs to participate vary for each event. We highly recommend students to participate in as many parades and competitions as possible during the year.

Required Course Equipment:

A detailed equipment list is provided on course application and is also available by request by contacting administration.

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • A sewing machine for home use (see below)
  • Fabrics and haberdashery for all class activities. *
  • A laptop computer is required - please see requirements below

* Costs cannot reasonably be estimated as this will vary depending on the student's choices for their designs, although students are able to purchase fabrics from us at discounted prices.

Student's are required to have a sewing machine at home (domestic or industrial). Please speak to us if you are looking to purchase a machine as we can recommend which machines are best. (Second hand domestic sewing machines are often better than brand new machines). Often throughout the year we find second hand domestic machines that we have available for students to purchase for between $50 - $150.


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer for study 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
  • 2.5Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Anti-Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard CS4 or better - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.*
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (Students require Word, Excel and Powerpoint).

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

Financial Assistance

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.

Applications - Domestic Students Only:

International Students Please Click Here

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Attend an interview at the college and complete an interview test - phone (07) 55 938 335 to arrange your interview. (If you live outside the South East Qld Region and are unable to attend an interview, contact us to have the application forms posted to you).
  2. Fill out and return the Application Form (this can be completed at the interview).
  3. Student's will recieve their acceptance/non-acceptance letter and enrolment pack in the mail - including enrolment form, payment plan forms and the student handbook.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, student's who wish to enrol must submit the enrolment form with the course deposit to secure their position in the course.

Next Course Start Dates

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:00AM - 3:30PM BRISBANE
  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:00AM - 3:30PM GOLD COAST


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