Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising - MST50119

South Metropolitan TAFE, TAFE WA

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00020G

This qualification reflects the role of assistant designers and product developers who work in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry, as well as assistant roles associated with fashion buying and managing fashion production as part of a fashion enterprise. The role involves the application of integrated technical and theoretical knowledge across a broad range of specialist areas, incorporating various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace requirements. This qualification allows for a generalist qualification, or specialisation in the fields of \u2018Design and Product Development\u2019 and \u2018Fashion Business\u2019.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Prepare procedures and specifications for TCF operations
  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
  • Conduct fashion design purchasing
  • Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
  • Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
  • Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
  • Apply quality standards
  • Research international markets
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Design bras and swimwear
  • Develop and implement a business plan
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Determine and specify advanced construction processes
  • Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
  • Plan for international trade
  • Develop digital costing markers
  • Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
  • Provide global operations support
  • Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
  • Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
  • Interpret market trends and developments
  • Grade complex patterns
  • Work safely
  • Maintain WHS management system
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Cost production of fashion and textile designs
  • Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
  • Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
  • Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
  • Produce and analyse spreadsheets
  • Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
  • Manage installation and commissioning of equipment and systems
  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
  • Perform contour draping
  • Work with international TCF supply chains
  • Analyse fit model
  • Develop marketing plans for fashion products
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Apply design studio process
  • Cut fabrics for prototype designs
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Perform sample machining of advanced construction garments
  • Develop product specifications for fashion design
  • Undertake marketing activities
  • Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
  • Promote products and services
  • Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • Set and produce digital embroidery
  • Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments
  • Implement visual merchandising concepts
  • Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
  • Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • Plan e-marketing communications
  • Create and edit digital embroidery designs
  • Apply knowledge of legislation relevant to international trade to complete work
  • Drape fabrics to make patterns
  • Develop a social media engagement plan
  • Apply knowledge of import and export international conventions, laws and finance
  • Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • Plan small business finances
  • Achieve visual merchandising targets
  • Use electronic fashion design tools
  • Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • Sew design prototypes
  • Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
  • Apply knowledge of the international trade environment to complete work
  • Apply an expanding range of mathematical calculations for work
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Use colourisation techniques on fabrics
  • Analyse consumer behaviour
  • Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
  • Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
  • Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
  • Grade 2-D patterns
  • Conduct market research
  • Apply TCF market supply systems
  • Develop visual merchandising creative concepts
  • Embellish garment by hand or machine

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  • Full-time : 1 year

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