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
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Studying the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising at Holmesglen
The course incorporates simulated workplace activities and 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.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 4pm
To receive this qualification you must complete nine core units and 16 elective units
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
||Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
||Identify design process for fashion designs
||Use a sewing machine 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
||Interact and network with fashion industry participants
||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
||Apply design studio process
||Communicate and sell design concepts
||Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
||Grade 2-D patterns
||Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
||Sew design prototypes
||Use electronic fashion design tools
||Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
||Apply quality standards
||Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
||Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
||Cut fabrics for prototype designs
||Develop product specifications for fashion design
| Code || Name |
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|MSTGN2013||Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry|
|MSTGN2014||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace|
|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|
|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|
|MSTFD4006||Interact and network with fashion industry participants|
|MSTCL3001||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements|
|MSTFD4001||Apply design studio process|
|MSTFD4005||Communicate and sell design concepts|
|MSTFD4010||Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles|
|MSTFD4013||Grade 2-D patterns|
|MSTFD4014||Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques|
|MSTFD4016||Sew design prototypes|
|MSTFD4020||Use electronic fashion design tools|
|MSTFD4022||Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs|
|MSS402051||Apply quality standards|
|MSTFD3004||Draw a trade drawing for fashion design|
|MSTFD4023||Calculate cost estimates for TCF products|
|MSTFD4011||Cut fabrics for prototype designs|
|MSTFD4012||Develop product specifications for fashion design|
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.
There are no formal entry requirements into this qualification.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and 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 MST40519 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Other fees* (GST inc)
*Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised/Concession fees.
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.