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About This Course

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Course Overview

  • Make a visual statement with a Diploma of Fashion Design & Merchandise. This course will teach skills and knowledge relevant to assistant design and product development roles, and assistant roles associated with fashion product management in a fashion enterprise.

    Students will learn to work effectively and safely in the fashion industry, develop design concepts and estimate production costs, control product quality, and network within the industry.

    The course is designed to lead to career and further training opportunities in either product design and development or business and merchandising, and elective choices are categorised by these specialisations.

Course Units

  • Core Units

    • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • MSMWHS200 Work safely
    • MSS402051 Apply quality standards
    • MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
    • MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
    • MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
    • MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
    • MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
    • MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

    Elective Units

    • MSTFD5003 Analyse fit model
    • MSTFD5008 Conduct fashion design purchasing
    • MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
    • MSTFD5012 Perform contour draping
    • MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
    • MSTFD5004 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
    • MSTGN5003 Work with international TCF supply chains
    • MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic pattern making principles
    • MSTCL4002 Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments
    • MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
    • MSTFD5009 Cost production of fashion or textile designs
    • MSTFD5013 Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
    • MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create a new finishes
    • MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
    • MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processe to meet client brief
    • MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
    • MSTFD5006 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
    • MSTCL2010 Modify patterns to create basic styles
    • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
    • MSTFD2006 Use sewing machine for fashion design
    • MSTFD4007 Conduct quality assurance for pattern and garments
    • BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
    • BSBADM502 Manage meetings
    • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
    • BSBMKG502 Establish and adjust the marketing mix
    • BSBRSK501 Manage risk

Career Outcomes

  • Graduates of this course will be qualified to work in the fashion industry, and may find employment at any stage in the supply chain as Fashion Designers, Product Developers, Business Assistants, and Fashion Merchandisers.

University Pathways

This course articulates into the following pathway courses:
Name of UniversityDegreeCreditsCredit Type
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Arts8Official Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Psychological Science8Official Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Art and Design4Official Packaged

Where & When

    • Brisbane Intake: monthly
    • Hobart Intake: monthly
    • Delivery Mode: face to face and online

Entry Requirements

  • The training package does not have any entry requirement, but NIET’s specific course entry requirements are:

    • Education
    • 16 years old or above
    • Australian Year 11 high school certificate or equivalent; or
    • Pass NIET entry test
    • English
    • (International student only)
    • IELTS score of 5 or equivalent; or
    • Pass NIET entry test

Tuition Fees

    • Domestic Full Price: $8, I 900
    • Offshore International student: $10,000
    • Prices are indicative. Detailed pricing, terms and conditions will be provided in the Letter Of Offer when you apply.

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    Check the Requirements section to make sure you meet the criteria to enter the course. If you need to upgrade your English or your academic background, no problem, we can package these in.


    If you are eligible to join this course and you have your funding ready, applying is easy! Our simply online application form includes a Quick Guide section. Please read the guide first so you have everything correctly prepared before applying. After reading the guide, just contact us if you have any questions. Click the “Apply Now” button below to go to the application form and guide.

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