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About This Course

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Course Overview

  • Make a visual statement with a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. 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
    • MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
    • MSTFD4023 Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
    • MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
    • MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
    • MSTGN2014 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace

    Elective Units

    • MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
    • MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
    • MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
    • MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
    • MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
    • MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
    • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
    • MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic pattern making principles
    • MSTFD2006 Use sewing machine for fashion design
    • MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    • MSTFD4011 Cut fabrics for prototype designs
    • MSTFD4013 Grade 2-D patterns
    • MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
    • MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
    • MSTFD4022 Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
    • MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create a new finishes
    • MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
    • MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
    • MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
    • MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
    • MSTFD5023 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
    • MSTFD5024 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
    • MSTFD5025 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
    • MSTFD5027 Cost production of fashion and textile designs
    • MSTFD5029 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
    • MSTGN5001 Participate in production planning processes

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.

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: $6,500
    • 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 course details to make sure this is the course for you. We recommend that you also consult with our student services team if you want to discuss the course in more detail.


    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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