Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising - MST60116


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification is intended for design and product development roles in the fashion industry, as well as roles associated with managing fashion business as part of an enterprise. Skills include design and product development, as well as technical production skills and business. Skills may be applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace roles and enterprise requirements. Outcomes allow for specialisation in fashion design or business, as well as generalist roles.This qualification applies to management of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) operations that requires knowledge of fashion design and technical production processes, the use of emerging technologies and TCF merchandising techniques that may be applied at various stages of the supply chain. This qualification offers a generic MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management. The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification: Pathway 1: MST60516 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Design and Product Development)Pathway 2: MST60516 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Business and Merchandising)There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.


  • 45 units: 10 core
  • 35 elective


  • Prepare procedures and specifications for TCF operations
  • Manage advanced patternmaking processes
  • Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Apply design studio process
  • Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
  • Cut fabrics for prototype designs
  • Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
  • Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
  • Use a sewing machine for fashion design
  • Cost production of fashion or textile designs
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Develop organisational marketing objectives
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Develop product specifications for fashion design
  • Research and evaluate processes and products
  • Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
  • Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
  • Design bras and swimwear
  • Modify patterns to create basic styles
  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
  • Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
  • Manage market research
  • Manage product development of fashion designs
  • Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Evaluate commercial viability of designs
  • Map and establish TCF supply chain process
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Determine and specify advanced construction processes
  • Sew components
  • Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
  • Develop digital costing markers
  • Use a sewing machine
  • Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
  • Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
  • Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • Provide global operations support
  • Drape fabrics to make patterns
  • Identify design process for fashion designs
  • Work with international TCF supply chains
  • Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
  • Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
  • Develop a textile product range
  • Interpret market trends and developments
  • Manage production processes
  • Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • Grade complex patterns
  • Work safely
  • Develop marketing plans for fashion products
  • Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Conduct fashion design purchasing
  • Use electronic fashion design tools
  • Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • Coordinate waste disposal
  • Sew design prototypes
  • Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
  • Evaluate international marketing opportunities
  • Manage international marketing programs
  • Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
  • Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
  • Implement specialised patternmaking technologies
  • Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items
  • Manage installation and commissioning of equipment and systems
  • Manage merchandise and store presentation
  • Organise and plan own work in a home-based production environment
  • Manage quality system and procedures
  • Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development
  • Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
  • Perform contour draping
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
  • Grade 2-D patterns
  • Analyse fit model
  • Apply TCF market supply systems
  • Apply electronic systems to textile design and production
  • Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
  • Manage fashion design process
  • Research commercial development of textiles
  • Develop a fashion range
  • Drape structured over-garments

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Ultimo College, Main Campus No information available No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks

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