MST50119 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

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.

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Course Duration

The course runs for 54 Weeks

Term Dates

Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Cores/ Electives

Core Units: 9

Elective Units: 26

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have 2 or more years industry relevant experience? Have your experience recognized and increase your employment prospects by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. RPL is 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.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised MST50119 – Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

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

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 into years 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 counselor or VET coordinator to discuss their interest in undertaking the course with them, prior to enrolling.

As this is a certificate II program, successful completion of this course will enable students to obtain 4 points towards their high school certificate.

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.


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.

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


  • 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 ($350)

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 (Preferably 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.


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

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).

Unit Listings

Core Units
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
Elective Units
MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
MSTCL2020 Lay up uncomplicated fabrics and lays
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTCL2005 Use specialised machinery to assist assembly production
MSTCL1001 Produce a simple garment
MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN2003 Work in the TCF industry
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour