The Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising provides a general grounding in basic fashion design, including identifying fibres and fabrics, fashion illustration, designing and creating patterns and blocks, making and manufacturing, and using electronic fashion design tools.
Career opportunities, include:
- assistant fashion designer
- merchandising assistant
- specialist production technician
- sewing machinist
Pathways to further study:
- Bachelor of Fashion Design
Studying the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising at Holmesglen
You will undertake simulated workplace activities which will prepare you for further studies in a variety of fashion design and textiles courses at diploma and degree level.
You will produce a folio of work that can be used when applying for further studies.
You will graduate from the course with a sound knowledge of the fashion design process and have skills to obtain entry level work in occupations such as assistant designers and pattern makers, who work with and support other fashion industry personnel.
To receive this qualification you must complete nine core units and 16 elective units.
Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.
If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Apply quality standards
||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
||Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
||Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
||Identify design process for fashion designs
||Use a sewing machine for fashion design
||Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
||Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
||Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
||Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
||Cut fabrics for prototype designs
||Sew design prototypes
||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
||Apply design studio process
||Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
||Communicate and sell design concepts
||Interact and network with fashion industry participants
||Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
||Develop product specifications for fashion design
||Grade 2-D patterns
||Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
||Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
||Use electronic fashion design tools
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards
| Code || Name |
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|MSS402051||Apply quality standards|
|MSTGN2009||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace|
|MSTGN2011||Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry|
|MSTCL3009||Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles|
|MSTFD2005||Identify design process for fashion designs|
|MSTFD2006||Use a sewing machine for fashion design|
|MSTFD3004||Draw a trade drawing for fashion design|
|MSTFD4002||Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development|
|MSTFD4003||Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts|
|MSTFD4008||Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications|
|MSTFD4011||Cut fabrics for prototype designs|
|MSTFD4016||Sew design prototypes|
|MSTCL3001||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements|
|MSTFD4001||Apply design studio process|
|MSTFD4004||Calculate cost estimates for fashion products|
|MSTFD4005||Communicate and sell design concepts|
|MSTFD4006||Interact and network with fashion industry participants|
|MSTFD4010||Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles|
|MSTFD4012||Develop product specifications for fashion design|
|MSTFD4013||Grade 2-D patterns|
|MSTFD4014||Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques|
|MSTFD4017||Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs|
|MSTFD4020||Use electronic fashion design tools|
VCE or equivalent; or mature age (at least 18 years of age and away from formal education for at least one year).
Interview and portfolio presentation
All applicants are required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of recent design work that demonstrates a range of creative and technical skills.
The interview/folio presentation is conducted by experienced staff members and held at the St Kilda Road Campus, taking generally no longer than 20 minutes. This provides an opportunity to evaluate the skill level, interest, creativity level and ability to apply the design process at undergraduate level.
Please contact 9564 1602 to arrange an interview time and date. If you cannot attend in person, please call to arrange a teleconference.
For detailed information on what to prepare, please download the folio information sheet (Word - 32kb).
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and to attend a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
After completing this course, you will receive the MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Apply through VTAC for the February intake for full-time study.
Apply directly to Holmesglen if you are a non year 12 applicant and only applying to Holmesglen.
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Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
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