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MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Become a creative force in the global fashion industry, as you learn how to shape original imagery for brands, personalities and media channels.


Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

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

Fashion Designer

Course Structure


Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
8 subjects

Course outline

  • Garment Design and Construction 1
  • Fabric in Fashion
  • Fashion Design Processes
  • Fashion Studio Processes
  • Garment Design and Construction 2
  • Fashion Innovation and Practice
  • Fashion Production
  • Fashion Promotion

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer

Students may be eligible to obtain credits for individual modules as a result of experience gained in employment in the relevant business fields or from previous training or education. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status. Students may also be eligible for credit transfer for relevant units studied at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Please see College Policies for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer Policy.

Mode of Delivery

Student visa holders: Full-time study delivered face-to-face with up to one third (⅓) online. 

Domestic students (and other visas): Full-time/part-time study options delivered face-to-face, online and/or blended.


Fashion Design students will require the following equipment and software:

• Fashion specific equipment (e.g. sewing machine, dressmaker mannequin etc). Click here to see the full list required before you start your first term. 

A functioning and monitored email address

A modern computer (see specs below)

• Face-to-face students: Laptop

• Online students: Laptop or desktop

• Broadband internet access (300 kbps is a minimum requirement)

• A video capable device and/or a digital camera

• Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)

• Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment

• Adobe CC; Photoshop and Illustrator. Student price (Approx. $21.99 per month)

• Google Suite (Google Docs, Slides and Sheets included as part of your Student Email Account)

• Relevant software to upload and download PDFs & videos To operate Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Applications the computer requires;

• Internet connection required

• PC: Microsoft® Windows 7 or later, Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor, minimum 2.6 GB or more of available hard-disk space, OpenGL 2.0-capable system.

• Mac: Mac OS X v10.9 or later, Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended), 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation, OpenGL 2.0-capable system

Fashion Design students will also require a dress form, sewing machine, iron & ironing board, material, pattern making tools and paper. Students can also expect to supply themselves with limited materials such as sketch books, journals, coloured pens and pencils. (Face to Face students will have some equipment on campus but will still need to purchase their own materials, thread and accessories) 

Sample Timetable

08:30 - 12:30 Lecture Lecture
13:30 - 17:30 Studio workshop Studio workshop


  • All subjects have a compulsory online component of 2 hours per subject


All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent, or a Certificate IV level course.

English Level Required*

Successful completion of 8 weeks of General English at Intermediate level or equivalent (plus 80% attendance) at our sister school, English Unlimited or 10 weeks at other approved providers.

Check your English level here

Students utilising VSL - Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or a Certificate IV level course delivered in English, or competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the ACSF in both reading and numeracy using an approved English test.

APC Design School and APC Domestic Student Policies (Domestic students only)


Pathways - For Articulations To:

  • Torrens University Australia

    Torrens University Australia

    CRICOS Provider No: 03389E

    Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education, with courses providing graduates with a globally oriented skill-set that will make them a valuable contribution to any employer.

    Pathway Course Number of Credits Approximate Length Credit
    Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design 40 Credits Up to 6 months

Course Quick Facts

Course Length

Full-time: 4 terms (approx. 1 year)

Part-time*: 8 terms (approx. 2 years)

*Part-time option only available for
domestic students.

Start Dates

30 January
24 April
17 July
09 October

29 January
22 April
15 July
07 October

NOTE: Course and campus availability subject to demand. 
One term = 12 weeks (9 weeks study & 3 weeks course break. 
Please note the Christmas/New Year break is 7 weeks).

*Starting day moved to Tuesday as Monday is a public holiday


Tuition fees: 

$10,000 ($2,500 per term)
*Fees calculated per subject

Merit Scholarships available for international students

Application fee: $150 for international students

Domestic students
VET Student Loans
(APC Design School - RTO Code: 40530)

Non-tuition fees

Schedule of Administrative (Non-Tuition) Fees