Creative Industries

MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is part of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package. It is for those wishing to learn and apply fundamental creative, practical skills and knowledge as a means of gaining employment at an introductory level in the fashion industry.

This qualification aims to reflect a vocational outcome for those who wish to produce fashion products where a basic understanding of design and pattern making skills are needed. Garment construction techniques and industrial sewing production methods also form a strong focus of the training.

This qualification is particularly suitable for those who are seeking employment in low volume production. The program is delivered holistically, through project based delivery, combining the fundamental knowledge and skills in design, pattern making and garment construction (sewing) to complete single or small ranges of products. Students are encouraged to work both independently and in teams throughout the project based delivery.

Training also covers an awareness of the textile, clothing and footwear industry and the underpinning knowledge, skills and pre-requisites required for progression to higher qualification levels.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete selected units only, may enrol in the entire MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. Full or part-time training that leads to a Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology or Certificate IV in Clothing Production,  employment in the clothing industry and/or allied industries. Further study opportunities relative to the clothing and textiles industry.

Location, dates and times

Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:   3 February 2020 to December 2020
  • Duration:  37 weeks
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   3 February 2020 to December 2020
  • Duration:  37 weeks
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:   3 February 2020 to December 2020
  • Duration:  37 weeks
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

Units from the Textiles Clothing and Footwear Training Package are delivered holistically in the classroom environment simulating workplace practices. Learning options can include:

  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do tasks.
  • Learner Guides – Books that contain information to help with learning.
  • DVDs and Videos – Resources that give extra support and information.
  • Computer Assisted Learning – A self-paced system that gives extra support and information.
  • Workroom learning for theory.

Assessment Process

Assessments are conducted at TasTAFE.  Assessment may be a combination of:

  • Recognition of current skills – this can be either the provision of evidence or completion of an assessment tasks
  • Oral / written questioning that confirm understanding of underpinning knowledge and skills
  • Assignments that cover research and theory components of the training
  • Practical tasks that demonstrate competence t the standard required
  • Products that meet a quality industry standard

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg documented verbal tests instead of short written tests).

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Students are required to purchase their own diary, note book, binders, pens, pencils, rulers (including pattern making/grading ruler), start-up sewing kit and scissors and the text book: The Fashion Design Manual by Pamela Stecker published by MacMillan Education Aust. Pty Ltd. There may be extra costs for materials; this will be discussed at an information session.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Yes, the following are required:

  • Statewide – $100 for materials used in class that the student retains.

Essential Requirements

Whilst there are no prerequisites for this Qualification, it is desirable for students to have:

  • the ability to meet the learning demands of the qualification.
  • interpersonal communication and personal presentation skills required to work effectively in the Clothing Industry.
  • a basic knowledge of, and interest in, the industry sector.
  • an understanding of the typical daily work roles for a career in the industry sector.
  • an understanding of the requirement to comply with the security/safety standards required by workroom regulations.
  • sufficient verbal and written language skills to understand, communicate and carryout basic instructions within the training environment.
  • basic computer skills.

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.
TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Qualification Requirements

To be awarded the MST30816 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology, competency must be achieved in nineteen (19)  units of competency:

  • four (4)  core units of competency
  • fifteen (15)  elective units of competency.

Choice of elective units may vary in each region.


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