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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST50116


This program is designed as an entry level qualification into fashion design. You will gain skills in drawing, interpreting basic drawings, identifying fibres and fabrics, and patternmaking. You will also develop technical skills for commercial garment construction. A major part of your program will be the design and production of customised fashion garments and designing a range of garments to create a professional portfolio of work.

Commences semester 1 2017

Qualification: Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST50116
Program No: DP-BD26
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 3 semesters (approximately 30 hours per week) intensive full-time delivery including self-directed studio work and online components OR part-time equivalent
Likely Job Outcome: Fashion designer and fashion design support, product developer, patternmaker, grader, fashion magazine assistant
Application Type: Public

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

By enrolling, CIT assumes you have checked and met these entry requirements. CIT staff will confirm either before (for all VET FEE-HELP qualifications) or within the first few weeks of classes.

To be successful in this program you need to have an ACT Year 12 Certificate or be mature age with relevant work or other practical experience AND be able to demonstrate appropriate design aptitude and understanding with a portfolio in an art and design area in a conversation with us at interview.

If students are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and are using English as a second language (both oral and written), they must have English skills equivalent to IELTS 6.


You may be eligible for VET FEE-HELP to apply for a Commonwealth Government loan to pay your tuition fees. For more information visit our VET FEE-HELP page. If you are planning on accessing VET FEE-HELP you will need to have a Tax File Number before applying and you will also need to meet the Academic Suitability requirements.

Before you apply/enrol

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes new students and re-enrolling students.

If you don't have a USI that's ok, you can apply right now. It only takes two minutes, just go to

Already have one? Great! Verify it in our student administration system now so your enrolment or graduation isn't delayed. (New CIT students will not be able to do this until they have been given their CIT number which will be given to you when you apply to study most CIT courses).

  1. Login to CIT Self Service
  2. Click on the link for USI
  3. Verify your USI

It's important that your first name, surname and date of birth in our student system match the ID you use to create your USI (eg if you are Christopher in USI database and Chris at CIT your USI will not verify).

If you need assistance you can go to Unique Student Identifier (USI), drop in to any CIT Library or CITSA office or contact CIT Student Services on 6207 3188.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at

Subject Information

Due to technical reasons the subjects for this course are not currently available. For more information please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

Related Courses

Non-Accredited Training Visual Merchandising for Fashion
Non-Accredited Training Introduction to Fashion Event Management
Non-Accredited Training Fashion Modelling
Non-Accredited Training Fashion Styling

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email