Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising - MST60119

TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 03020E

This qualification is intended for design and product development roles in the textile, clothing and footwear industry, as well as roles associated with fashion buying and managing fashion business as part of an enterprise. Work is undertaken autonomously. The role involves the application of broad skills and knowledge for highly skilled work applied at various stages across the design, production and supply chain continuum, according to workplace requirements. This qualification allows for a generalist qualification, or specialisation in the fields of \u2018Design and Product Development\u2019 and \u2018Fashion Business\u2019.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Prepare procedures and specifications for TCF operations
  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Manage advanced patternmaking processes
  • Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
  • Apply design studio process
  • Cut fabrics for prototype designs
  • Conduct fashion design purchasing
  • Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
  • Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
  • Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
  • Apply quality standards
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Develop organisational marketing objectives
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Develop product specifications for fashion design
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Research and evaluate processes and products
  • Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
  • Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
  • Design bras and swimwear
  • Develop and implement a business plan
  • Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
  • Manage market research
  • Manage product development of fashion designs
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Evaluate commercial viability of designs
  • Map and establish TCF supply chain process
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Implement visual merchandising concepts
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Determine and specify advanced construction processes
  • Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
  • Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Develop digital costing markers
  • Manage production processes
  • Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
  • Provide global operations support
  • Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
  • Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
  • Develop a textile product range
  • Interpret market trends and developments
  • Apply knowledge of import and export international conventions, laws and finance
  • Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • Grade complex patterns
  • Plan small business finances
  • Work safely
  • Achieve visual merchandising targets
  • Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Use electronic fashion design tools
  • Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • Cost production of fashion and textile designs
  • Coordinate waste disposal
  • Sew design prototypes
  • Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
  • Evaluate international marketing opportunities
  • Manage international marketing programs
  • Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
  • Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
  • Develop and test patterns for bras and swimwear
  • Produce and analyse spreadsheets
  • Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
  • Implement specialised patternmaking technologies
  • Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items
  • Manage installation and commissioning of equipment and systems
  • Apply an expanding range of mathematical calculations for work
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
  • Manage quality system and procedures
  • Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development
  • Perform contour draping
  • Work with international TCF supply chains
  • Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
  • Grade 2-D patterns
  • Analyse fit model
  • Apply TCF market supply systems
  • Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
  • Apply electronic systems to textile design and production
  • Develop visual merchandising creative concepts
  • Develop marketing plans for fashion products
  • Manage fashion design process
  • Research commercial development of textiles
  • Develop a fashion range
  • Drape structured over-garments

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Mooloolaba International: $31,000 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
Mount Gravatt International: $31,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Mount Gravatt.

The cost of this program may vary depending on the individual units nominated per semester.

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