Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (2023)

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Launch into a career in fashion

When you complete the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising at Bentley, you’re ready to work as a fashion designer, product developer, production manager, CAD operator, CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) operator, distribution coordinator, fashion/ textile and colour forecaster, garment finisher, pattern grader/maker, production consultant, or specialised construction machinist.

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course is the final year of three years of fashion study. Culminating in a professional showcase of student collections at an industry-attended fashion show, this course covers every aspect of a fashion cycle. Students and staff work together to build a graduate portfolio and professional profile to prepare graduates for employment.

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The fees and duration of study on this website for this qualification are for the final advanced diploma year only, students enter this qualification after completing the Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area.

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  • specialised digital patternmaking
  • costing and pricing strategies
  • marketing and branding
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In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • ability to strictly follow workplace safety standards
  • an eye for detail and a creative flair
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good time management and the ability to work with tight deadlines
  • good communication skills

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Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalentCompletion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades)Certificate III

Requires completion of MST50119Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or equivalent.

New students who have not studied MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising must apply instead for the lower level qualification due to pre-requisite skills/knowledge requirements.

Students that have already completed MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising are eligible to apply for direct entry into the Advanced Diploma.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across three semesters.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basictechnical requirementsfor at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using ourlibrary computersduring library hours.

Work placement

75 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you. This will involve your attendance at a workplace/worksite 1-2 days per week during the program or in a block of weeks at the end of the program depending on the host employer and availability.

Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date, and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (a pen and notepad and wear enclosed footwear and equipment from orientation booklet lists).

Uniforms and workwear requirements: No uniform required, however wear closed in shoes and have hair tied back during construction classes.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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    Semester 1, 2023

    Bentley - Full time - On Campus

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    Duration2 Semesters
    When Semester 1, 2023
    Where Bentley
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    National IDUnit title
    MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    MSMWHS200Work safely
    MSS402051Apply quality standards
    MSTCL3001Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
    MSTFD4006Interact and network with fashion industry participants
    MSTFD4023Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
    MSTFD5010Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
    MSTFD5029Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
    MSTGN2013Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
    MSTGN2014Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
    MSTGN6001Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items


    National IDUnit title
    BSBMKG607Manage market research
    CUAPPR603Engage in the business of creative practice
    MSTCL3009Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
    MSTFD2005Identify design process for fashion designs
    MSTFD2006Use a sewing machine for fashion design
    MSTFD3004Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
    MSTFD4001Apply design studio process
    MSTFD4002Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
    MSTFD4003Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
    MSTFD4010Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    MSTFD4012Develop product specifications for fashion design
    MSTFD4013Grade 2-D patterns
    MSTFD4014Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
    MSTFD4015Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
    MSTFD4016Sew design prototypes
    MSTFD4020Use electronic fashion design tools
    MSTFD4022Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
    MSTFD5002Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
    MSTFD5005Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
    MSTFD5011Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
    MSTFD5015Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
    MSTFD5016Grade complex patterns
    MSTFD5017Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
    MSTFD5018Determine and specify advanced construction processes
    MSTFD5024Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
    MSTFD5025Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
    MSTFD6002Manage product development of fashion designs
    MSTFD6003Manage fashion design process
    MSTFD6004Manage advanced patternmaking processes
    MSTFD6006Develop a fashion range
    MSTFD6007Implement specialised patternmaking technologies
    MSTFD6008Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
    MSTFD6009Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development
    MSTTD6003Develop a textile product range

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    How many points are needed for a Diploma in fashion at DUT? ›

    A minimum of 20 or more points is required for entrance to the programme.

    What is the APS score for fashion design? ›

    Admission into Diploma in Fashion Design:

    Minimum APS score of 28.

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    Course overview

    The Graduate Diploma in Fashion is structured to support designers, equipping them to work in the international market. The course offers fashion graduates, or those from closely related disciplines, the opportunity to take a fresh look at their work.

    Can I get job after doing diploma in fashion designing? ›

    From Fashion Designer to Retail Manager, students can go for a variety of jobs related to fashion and other alike fields. Students can also go for internship first in famous designer houses to enhance designing skills and increase their creativity.

    Is diploma is enough to become fashion designer? ›

    If you want to pursue a career in this industry, you will have to work harder and develop several other skills. It is not only about getting a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design but also about Visual Arts, General Design and even Graphic Design knowledge. That is if you really want to be the best.

    Where can I study with 20 points? ›

    Universities That Accepts 20 Points Or Less
    • Durban University of Technology (DUT)
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    Can I study at DUT with 25 points? ›


    Applicants must score a minimum of 25 points, and must obtain a minimum symbol of E on the Higher Grade, or D on the Standard Grade, for both English and Accounting.

    What happens if you fail a module at DUT? ›

    You will be able to retake the module on one occasion only, and your module mark will be capped at the minimum pass mark. For more information please refer to regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Standard Assessment Regulations. You will be able to progress from one level to the next carrying up to 20 credits of failure.

    Do I need math for fashion design? ›

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    Is there math in fashion design? ›

    Math is a crucial component of fashion design. Fashion industry producers use math to produce their clothing on a daily basis. Some of these tasks include fitting model garments, maintaining size uniformity, and mapping a two-dimensional pattern to fit a three-dimensional body.

    What subjects are needed for fashion? ›

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    • Textile And Apparel Testing.
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    Is a fashion diploma worth it? ›

    Our analysis has shown that a fashion degree can lead to a lucrative career and can absolutely be worth the price, even when it's quite expensive. Even if you have to take out loans of $100,000 or more, it can still be worth it in the long run. The key is to make sure you choose the right fashion career.

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    Can I be a fashion designer without studying? ›

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    The national average fashion design salary is INR 3.6 lakhs per annum (based on salary data from all around India).

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    How much does a fashion designer earn? ›

    At an entry level fashion designers earn about INR 3.92 LPA and a designer with more than 10 years of experience can earn upto INR 30 L – 35 LPA. The highest salary of a fashion designer can go upto INR 60 LPA.

    What is the monthly income of fashion designer? ›

    Highest salary that a Fashion Designer can earn is ₹7.8 Lakhs per year (₹65.0k per month). How does Fashion Designer Salary in India change with experience? An Entry Level Fashion Designer with less than three years of experience earns an average salary of ₹3 Lakhs per year.

    What is the minimum qualification for fashion designer? ›

    Fashion Designing Eligibility Criteria

    Students seeking admission in Fashion Designing courses after 12th must have passed their Class XII with a minimum of 50 per cent from a recognised board in India. Students might have to appear for entrance exams like NID DAT, UCEED and NIFT.

    How many points is a Diploma? ›

    Last Updated : June 13, 2022. Your Matric Points for university entrance should be at least 23 Points (This is a Bachelor's Degree Pass) or at least 19 Points (This is a Diploma Pass).

    What course can I do with 22 APS score? ›

    22 APS Score Courses

    The minimum APS requirement for a Bachelor's pass is 21. So with an APS of 22, you can apply to study for a Bachelor's Degree at any university. Remember to check with the university you are applying to whether there are additional requirements for the course you would like to apply to.

    What is the lowest APS score? ›

    The lowest minimum APS is 18, and the highest minimum is 24 with Maths or 25 with Maths Literacy. To find out the minimum APS requirements for each specific course, you can look at the TUT Course Information page for more detailed information.

    How many points does DUT needs? ›

    A minimum of 30 points excluding Life Orientation.

    How many points they need in DUT? ›

    For Diploma:

    At least 60% in three compulsory vocational.

    How are DUT points calculated? ›

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    To calculate your APS, add your six best subjects excluding Life Orientation. The points you get for each course will depend on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The APS score is the total points you receive from each course.

    What percentage do you need to pass a module? ›

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    Some might argue that you do not need a degree to become a fashion designer, but you need to understand that it's not an easy feat to pull off. However, considering the passion for the subject, it will be worth it. There is no right or wrong way of doing it, neither a fixed formula for success.

    Can I be a fashion designer without knowing how do you draw? ›

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    Is fashion designer a stressful job? ›

    In reality, fashion workers are subjected to a very serious problem: stress. It's well known that some of the industry's top designers have struggled with mental health issues. Compared to all other sectors, due to its characteristics, the fashion industry is one of those in which workers suffer stress the most.

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    Is fashion design a good career? ›

    Fashion is a good career, it just depends on what path you choose. Whether you decide to have your own brand, work as an employee or become a freelancer, know that there are a lot of job opportunities beyond “design.” The speciality you choose can definitely define your career success.

    What is the salary of a beginner fashion designer? ›

    Average starting Salary for Fashion Designer in India is around ₹1.2 Lakhs per year (₹10.0k per month).

    Can you be a designer if you cant draw? ›

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    Can I be a fashion designer if I cant sew? ›

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    Which course is best for fashion industry? ›

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    What is the use of diploma in fashion designing? ›

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    Does fashion designing need maths? ›

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    What is the lowest salary for a fashion designer? ›

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    How much does a fashion designer earn monthly? ›

    Find out what the average Fashion Designer salary is

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