Creative Industries

MST40519 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

This qualification is particularly suitable for people seeking employment in niche fashion industry outlets and markets. The program extends the core skills in design, pattern making, sewing and technology developed at Certificate III level and covers the underpinning knowledge, skills and pre-requisites required for progression to Diploma qualification level.

The program allows students the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills in a simulated workplace environment and encourages them to work both independently and in teams.

There are 9 units that are credit transferred from the MST30816 Certificate III In Applied Fashion Design And Technology qualification. They are required prior to enrolling into the Certificate IV course.
The units are;

  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200  Work Safely
  • MSS402051  Apply quality standards
  • MSTGN2011  Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • MSTGN2014  Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
  • MSTCL3009  Develop patterns from a block using basic pattternmaking principles
  • MSTFD2005  Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
  • MSTFD3004  Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Employment in the clothing industry and/or allied industries
  • Dressmaker
  • Designer
  • Garment repair/alteration specialist

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Location, dates and times

Campbell Street

  • Next Intake:  Dates to be confirmed
  • Duration: Full Time

Information Session:

Campbell Street Monday, 25 November 2019, 6pm – 7pm
Room A2.57, 75 Campbell Street, Hobart
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Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   Dates to be confirmed
  • Duration:  Full time
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

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  • Duration:  Full time
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Learning Options

Practical units are delivered in the classroom environment simulating workplace practices, research and theory components will be on-line. Learning options can include:

  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do tasks.
  • Learning Resources – Books, videos that contain information to help with learning.
  • Digital – An on-line self-paced system accessed on and off campus

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Oral and written questions
  • Projects
  • Research assignments
  • Observation of tasks

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 have their own stationery, fabric and paper scissors, a sewing kit, tape measure and pattern making rulers,.

There may be extra costs for materials, where students choose to use their own fabrics and trims

Are there ‘other’ costs?

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

Essential Requirements

Entry into this qualification maybe either direct or via MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. For direct entry there are some units requiring prerequisites. Get in touch today to find out more.

Student Support

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.


MST40519 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a MST40519 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, twenty five (25) units must be completed comprising of 7 core units, and 18 electives units.


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