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Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST50116

Overview

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.

Qualification: Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising MST50116
Program No: DP-BD26
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 4 semesters (approximately 20 hours per week) 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
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Entry Requirements / How to Apply

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.

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Subject Information

Core - Complete all 9

  • MSMENV272  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ENVI143
      Cost: $95.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices.
      This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts.
      This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section.
      This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSMWHS200  Work safely
    • CIT Code: OHSS485
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others.
      The unit of competency covers identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing risk and following safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.
      Compliance with legislative requirements and duty of care are embedded in this unit through workplace instructions and procedures. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, instruction, training and appropriate supervision regarding the relevant state/territory WHS legislation, codes of practice, relevant industry standards, workplace procedures and work instructions.
      This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSS402051  Apply quality standards
    • CIT Code: MANU127
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply quality standards to work operations in an organisation. The unit is designed to complement competitive systems and practices units.
      This unit applies to an individual who is expected to take responsibility for the quality of their own work, and to take actions specified in the procedures and within the scope of their job and authority to ensure that quality standards are met.
      This unit requires the application of skills associated with interpreting and applying workplace standards and identifying and addressing problems that interfere with quality outcomes. The unit requires initiative, enterprise and self-management to ensure quality standards are achieved.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4004  Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
    • CIT Code: FASH409
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to calculate cost estimates for fashion products.
      The unit of competency applies to cost estimating for products developed for the fashion industry, including sample production.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4006  Interact and network with fashion industry participants
    • CIT Code: FASH233
      Cost: $220.00
      Description: This unit covers the skills and knowledge to communicate and network with others working along the fashion industry supply chain, to ensure design processes and outcomes meet requirements.
      The unit applies to implementing communication techniques and maintaining effective industry networks that are appropriate to the fashion design industry.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team-related activities.
      The application of this unit is according to OHS practices of the enterprise and workplace practices, which may include:
      - requirements prescribed by legislation, awards agreements and conditions of employment
      - standard operating procedures
      - work instructions
      - oral, written and visual communication
      - quality practices, including responsibility for maintenance of own work quality and contribution to quality improvement of team or section output
      - housekeeping
      - tasks related to environmental protection, waste disposal, pollution control, and recycling.
      This unit requires communication skills in order to interpret and convey information relating to fashion design work with a range of individuals in the fashion industry. Planning and organising and problem solving skills, with initiative and enterprise are applied to determine and meet the information needs of network and supply chain members. Self management and learning skills are used to gather and apply feedback about communication techniques.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5010  Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
    • CIT Code: FASH246
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: The unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop and present fashion design concepts to the client, in response to a brief. It applies to a garment or small range for adult or children’s market which includes some distinctive style and features. Work is conducted according to workplace practices and procedures as a member of a team or under supervision.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTGN2009  Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
    • CIT Code: FASH235
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use computing technology in a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) workplace.
      The unit of competency applies to identifying the types and sources of information required, and using computing technology to access, enter, manipulate and store information. The equipment may include computers and other equipment based on computing technology. Impact of technology use must be related to work role.
      This unit of competency is applicable to all sectors of the TCF industry.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTGN2011  Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
    • CIT Code: FASH426
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fibres, yarns, fabrics and textile materials and how they are used in the construction of garments and accessories and in textile production processes.
      The unit of competency applies to a range of natural and synthetic materials which may be used for knitted, woven, spun, tufted or non-woven products. While the unit relates to a comprehensive coverage of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) materials, evidence may be contextualised to a sector or workplace.
      The unit of competency applies to work conducted in all clothing design, production and merchandising, and textile production and finishing processes using fibres, yarns and textile materials.
      This unit of competency is applicable to all sectors of the TCF industry.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team related activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTCL3001  Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
    • CIT Code: FASH260
      Cost: $110.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements.
      The unit of competency applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists, as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Identification methods and tests covered by this unit are those where the procedure has already been determined and the range of outcomes established.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Electives - complete all 26

  • MSTFD5011  Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
    • CIT Code: FASH247
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to produce fashion illustrations that will visually communicate the fashion figure in a variety of poses and silhouettes.
      The unit of competency applies to producing fashion illustrations using stylised drawing and rendering techniques.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5017  Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
    • CIT Code: FASH413
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply design studio processes when working to a client brief to design and produce fashion garments.
      The unit of competency applies to integrating skills across the design and production process and focuses on experimentation and continuous improvement in order to achieve desired design effects and meet a client brief for individual garments or a small range.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5018  Determine and specify advanced construction processes
    • CIT Code: FASH293
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to determine and specify advanced construction processes to achieve desired design details.
      The unit of competency applies to design details which achieve specific effects in the production of garments to give a garment a more unique, individual appearance. It also applies to producing samples and developing construction specifications and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide the production of garments which incorporate design detail.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5004  Develop marketing plans for fashion products
    • CIT Code: FASH407
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to plan marketing and promotional activities to support the sales of fashion products.
      The unit of competency applies to local or international marketing activities typical to the promotion and sale of fashion products. Development of marketing plans may be central to the work role or completed as part of the overall sale of design concepts to clients. All proposed marketing activities must be appropriate to the price point of the fashion design and the overall objectives of the client.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5006  Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
    • CIT Code: FASH404
      Cost: $110.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to evaluate fashion designs against set criteria.
      The unit of competency applies to evaluation techniques applied to ensure a design meets specifications and client needs.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTCL3009  Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
    • CIT Code: FASH237
      Cost: $130.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles.
      The unit of competency applies to the development of a variety of pattern styles utilising the basic principles of patternmaking, including dart manipulation and square blocking.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Work is conducted according to defined procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD2005  Identify design process for fashion designs
    • CIT Code: FASH273
      Cost: $90.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify design process for fashion designs.
      The unit of competency applies to identifying the criteria for a fashion design brief, and how they impact on the process of producing fashion items. It includes the impact of colour on the design process in a production environment.
      Work is conducted according to defined procedures, in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD3004  Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
    • CIT Code: FASH231
      Cost: $90.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to draw an accurate trade or technical drawing based on specifications and a design.
      The unit of competency applies to the patternmaking or design room, where accurate trade or technical drawings are required to interpret and clarify a garment design.
      Work is supervised and may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises. Work may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4001  Apply design studio process
    • CIT Code: FASH232
      Cost: $210.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply design studio processes when interpreting and responding to a specified brief to produce a fashion design product.
      The unit of competency applies to the integration of skills across the design process and focuses on experimentation of design studio processes to result in the production of a fashion design product. The design brief may be contextualised to a particular context within the fashion industry and includes clear specifications for the product design.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4003  Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
    • CIT Code: FASH238
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to assist in the preparation of preliminary design concepts.
      The unit of competency applies to preparing preliminary design concepts for garments, for self or others, using generally basic stable fabrics.
      It applies to original creation or adaptation of designs or interpretation of sketches for single or multiple production styles and ranges, made-to-measure and theatre costuming.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4005  Communicate and sell design concepts
    • CIT Code: FASH239
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to communicate and sell design concepts.
      The unit of competency applies to the use of design tools, such as storyboards and inspiration boards, to communicate and sell design concepts to other fashion industry professionals.
      The unit of competency applies to work in a production environment where design decisions impact on the work and where design concepts must be communicated to other fashion industry professionals in order to gain agreement for further development.
      The unit of competency includes the application of the elements and principles of design, and how they impact on the process of producing fashion items. It includes impact of colour on the design process.
      Work is supervised and may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4013  Grade 2D patterns
    • CIT Code: FASH242
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to grade flat or 2-D patterns used for garment production.
      The unit of competency applies to production of a basic style garment where discretion and judgement may be required in planning and selecting processes, procedures or outcomes.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4014  Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
    • CIT Code: FASH389
      Cost: $130.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to identify influences of the 20th Century on fashion design and construction techniques.
      The unit of competency applies to the analysis of the most important economic, social, political and technological factors in the 20th Century that have had an impact on fashion development and demand.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD4020  Use electronic fashion design tools
    • CIT Code: FASH286
      Cost: $220.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use a range of electronic design programs and equipment, such as software programs and computing technology.
      The unit of competency applies to the creation of designs, patterns or production specifications using electronic programs and equipment, such as graphic and design software, computers and peripherals, and specialised equipment.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5020  Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
    • CIT Code: FASH427
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct research to determine current industry practices and assess the impact of these on own practice.
      Work may be conducted in small to large-scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5021  Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
    • CIT Code: FASH428
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use digital technologies to produce patterns and conduct grading for fashion designs.
      The unit of competency applies to the use of specialised electronic programs and computing equipment to digitise patterns and access existing pattern block libraries to create and grade pattern styles for a set size range.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD2006  Use a sewing machine for fashion design
    • CIT Code: FASH429
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use a sewing machine to align and sew pattern pieces and sew components.
      The unit of competency applies to aligning and sewing straight seams, joining flat pieces of stable fabric together, sewing components and stitching hems, using basic stitching.
      Work is conducted according to defined procedures and would not be applied in a large scale production environment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSTFD5005  Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
    • CIT Code: FASH414
      Cost: $70.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use manipulation techniques to create decoration for fabric design effects.
      The unit of competency applies to manipulating a range of textiles that are used in the production of garments and accessories.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH260 MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
      FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • MSTFD5015  Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
    • CIT Code: FASH291
      Cost: $230.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop patterns for the production of complex fashion garments with advanced styling requirements.
      The unit of competency applies to the development of patterns using an existing block and applying advanced patternmaking principles.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
      FASH282 MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • MSTFD5019  Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
    • CIT Code: FASH294
      Cost: $240.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to analyse the fit of a garment or toile on the individual body, make necessary adjustments and alter the pattern.
      The unit of competency applies to fitting a garment or toile, making size and fit alterations on the garment or toile, then transferring these alterations to the pattern.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD5007  Analyse influences on contemporary fashion design
    • CIT Code: FASH245
      Cost: $150.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse significant influences that determine current individual preferences and future fashion trends.
      The unit of competency applies to the analysis of the fashion theories on adoption and dissemination of new trends, as well as investigating fashion cycles. The skills covered in this unit will be applied in the development of designs to meet specific design briefs and current market demands.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH389 MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • MSTCL3002  Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
    • CIT Code: FASH261
      Cost: $170.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, align and sew a complex whole garment.
      The unit of competency applies to sample machining involving all operations in the assembly of a garment from written specifications.
      Work may be self-directed and unsupervised, and may include carrying out a work plan to specifications.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
      FASH429 MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
  • MSTFD4010  Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    • CIT Code: FASH240
      Cost: $190.00
      Description: The unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to create a pattern from an existing block, using advanced patternmaking principles, including contouring, square blocking and pivoting.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD4015  Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
    • CIT Code: FASH282
      Cost: $130.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to create a pattern from an existing block for an individual size, and to meet the styling requirements of the customer.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD4011  Cut fabrics for prototype designs
    • CIT Code: FASH241
      Cost: $130.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to lay up, make marker and cut work for sample designs where only a couple of garments would be cut out at a time, as required by the designer to test design or pattern.
      The unit of competency applies to situations where single garments or only a couple of layers of fabric may be cut. The marker may be developed directly on the fabric lay or planned separately and applied. Cutting tools and equipment would include dress maker's shears, electric cutting tools and rotary cutters.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  •  Fashion design studio processes
    • CIT Code: FASH417
      Cost: $300.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop and present a fashion range of at least ten items to the client.
      This unit of competency applies to design development and presentation of a fashion range based on an occasion, theme or storyline. Design concept development processes will be conducted according to workplace practices and procedures.
      The fashion range developed must consist of at least ten garments.
      Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      This subject achieves Unit of Competency MSTFD6006 Develop a fashion range.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate III Applied Fashion Design and Technology MST30816
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

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