TAFE Queensland

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

TAFE Queensland

Course details

CRICOS course code: 094606C

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


Activate your career in the fashion industry with this diploma level qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge to flourish within the design, manufacturing, wholesale or retail areas of the fashion industry. The Australian fashion design industry has come of age in recent years and is well and truly hitting its stride on the global stage, mainly due to the emergence of e-commerce tools and the opportunity for fashion entrepreneurs to link directly with buyers through the internet.

This course gives you the advanced skills to work independently or collaboratively within a constantly evolving sector. You will also develop advanced understanding of design processes and product development, as well as technical production skills to support management and fashion businesses.

TAFE Queensland's fashion training centres are the ideal place for you to launch your fashion career. Equipped with numerous sewing machines, overlockers, computer labs and cutting rooms; everything you need is at your fingertips to bring your creations to life and ready to hit the runway. TAFE Queensland graduates have gone on to create or work for a host of successful labels including Billabong, Marc Jacobs, Easton Pearson and Black Milk Clothing.

Successful completion of this course will give you the necessary skills and attributes to seek employment as a fashion designer and stylist, dressmaker, machinist, tailor, fashion accessories designer and fashion retailer. Completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

Unit Introduction

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 26 elective units.


MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Job Prospects

  • Fashion Designer and Stylist
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Retailer
  • CAD Operator
  • Production Manager Fashion Accessories
  • Fashion Accessories Designer
  • Machinist
  • Dressmaker or Tailor

University Pathways

If you complete a TAFE Queensland diploma you can take advantage of our diploma-to-degree pathway options. Get in the fast lane and jump straight into the second year of a related bachelor’s degree at some of Australia’s top universities. You’ll graduate with two qualifications in the same time it would normally take to complete one, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 21,600 for the entire course
Start date: 12 July 2021
Duration: 1.5 years
Study mode: Full time

Mount Gravatt Campus

1030 Cavendish Road
Brisbane Queensland 4122

Entry criteria

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.

Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other; TOEFL: PBT score of 506; iBT score of 46 with 4 in Reading /Learning and 14 in writing /speaking; PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) overall score of 42 with Reading /Learning /writing /speaking score of 42; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) score of 162.


TAFE Queensland
South Bank Campus
66 Ernest Street Brisbane Queensland 4101