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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Merchandising (MST50116)

Want to take your skills to the next level?  The diploma course builds upon the skills learnt in Certificate IV to further develop your abilities as a designer.

The Diploma in Fashion Design & Merchandising advances your skillsets and develops your practical abilities. During this course you will explore how a garment travels through the entire design process, including conceptualisation, illustration, computer aided pattern making, sewing, draping, embellishment and final finishing. You will also examine how contemporary design practices, marketing techniques and merchandising strategies help to position new products in the consumer marketplace.

You will graduate with a comprehensive portfolio, ready to present to potential employers. You will also take part in a graduate runway showcasing your work to the industry.

Industry Facing Skill Set

Enhance your skills and graduate with a greater knowledge of the fashion design process and with additional marketing and merchandising skills that widen your career outcomes and employability.

This course utilises a simulated workplace structure and will prepare you for further studies across the fashion and textiles industries or for direct entry into the workforce. Past students have gone on to take on roles as assistant designers, assistant merchandisers and buyers as well as other support roles in the industry.

Core Units Covered

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of the garment creation process, preparing them for a range of career pathways. Core units covered include:

  • Bespoke and Couture
  • Costings and marketing of collections
  • Industry analysis
  • Design theory, developing personal design abilities
  • Communication


Assistant Designer

Pattern Maker

Executive Assistant

Assistant Buyer

Retail Manager

Fashion Stylist

CAD Operator

Course Snapshot

Course Duration:
Full time: 1 Year
Part-Time: 2 Years
Fast track: 9 months

Next intake: July 2019

Location: Melbourne

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