The Certificate IV in Clothing Production prepares you for work in the expanding clothing and textiles production sector, and lays the foundation for further study in applied fashion design and technology.
Career opportunities, include:
- supervisory roles in a production environment
- pattern makers
- sample machinists
- design assistants.
Pathways to further study:
- MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
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Studying the Certificate IV in Clothing Production at Holmesglen
Whether you’re already employed in the industry or planning your own ‘niche’ clothing enterprise, this course equips you with a broad range of specialised technical skills and knowledge.
Upon completion of this qualification, you will have gained the skills and knowledge to operate specialised machinery to construct samples and garments, apply industry standard quality assurance criteria to your work, understand the design process, make patterns and use digital design technology as a design communication tool.
As a graduate of this course you may be employed in a variety of roles using your specialised technical skills and capability to work in the clothing production sector or to supervise others in a small business enterprise or production facility.
Attendance for this course is approximately 22.5 hours a week over two 17 week semesters. The qualification consists of 25 units.
Face to face classes are spread across 5 days, with each day having a different theme/focus: Design, Patternmaking, Clothing Production and Materials/Technology. This is a natural production flow that mimics the industry supply chain.
Design introduces you to the elements and principles of design, before expanding on those foundations to include fashion drawing and creative inquiry. Interpersonal/work readiness skills are integrated into the delivery as you utilise opportunities to present design concepts to others.
Patternmaking introduces learners to flat pattern drafting and style development, as well as grading patterns over three sizes. Manual, digital and 1/2 scale pattern development methods are explored as you apply skills to create patterns from your own designs.
Clothing Production incorporates knowledge of safety, quality and associated commercial standards as they relate to garment production. These sessions take place in Holmesglen's production studio, equipped with industrial and specialised sewing machinery. During face to face classes you will have practical demonstrations and the opportunity to practice production skills culminating in the construction of fully finished whole complex garments.
Materials/Technology focus on building knowledge about fibres and fabrics, environmental sustainability and the use of technology in the clothing industry. In these sessions you are introduced to basic word processing functions such as Word, Powerpoint and Excel before applying these skills to the creation of a fabric library and an environmental sustainability report. The Adobe suite of design software provides you with digital drawing skills that enhance your hand drawn efforts.
||Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
||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
||Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
||Apply quality standards
||Use a sewing machine for fashion design
||Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
||Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
||Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
||Apply design studio process
||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
||Use electronic fashion design tools
||Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
||Determine and perform garment maintenance or repair
||Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
||Cut fabrics for prototype designs
| Code || Name |
|MSTCL3013||Interpret patterns and apply pattern information|
|MSTGN2013||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|
|MSTFD4008||Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications|
|MSTGN2014||Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace|
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices|
|MSS402051||Apply quality standards|
|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|
|MSTCL3001||Identify fabric performance and handling requirements|
|MSTCL3002||Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications|
|MSTFD4001||Apply design studio process|
|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|
|MSTFD4020||Use electronic fashion design tools|
|MSTFD4022||Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs|
|MSTCL4004||Determine and perform garment maintenance or repair|
|MSTFD4007||Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments|
|MSTFD4011||Cut fabrics for prototype designs|
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.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training applicants are required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training review. These will assist with determining suitability to the course, verify the training plan and identify any learning support needs.Student Services and the Disability Support Unit are available by appointment to offer counselling and assistance to learners
Students may enter with no prior study OR having completed a clothing and textiles based qualification including:
MST20616/MST30819 Certificate II or III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology,
MST30119 Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production
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
MST40219 Certificate IV in Clothing Production
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
*Mandatory Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised/Concession fees.
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
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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 now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession