Creative Industries

MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is part of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package.

This qualification designed to provide the skills for employment as an advanced pattern maker or an assistant designer, or to work in a small enterprise carrying out both occupations.

A pathway can also be packaged to cover employment outcomes as a designer/maker operating your own small business or in merchandising for those working in fashion related sales, marketing, retail buying and supply chain management.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Dressmaker
  • Fashion Designer
  • Garment repair/alteration specialist

Location, dates and times

Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020
  • Duration:  3 days per week
  • Venue: Level 2, Campbell Street Campus, 75 Campbell Street, Hobart
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020
  • Duration:  3 days per week
  • Venue:  A Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020
  • Duration:  1 year, 3 days per week
  • Venue:  Level 3, C Block, Mooreville Road, Burnie

Learning Options

Units are delivered in a project based format within a simulated workplace training environment (classroom/workshop).

Learning options can include:

  • Simulated workroom
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do tasks.
  • Self directed work based projects
  • Skill sessions as required
  • Information Sheets and visual aids

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/written questioning that confirms understanding of underpinning knowledge and skills
  • Assignments that cover research and theory components of the training
  • Practical tasks that demonstrate competence to the standard required
  • Products that meet a quality industry standard

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.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

Are there any ‘others costs?

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

Essential Requirements

Entry into MST50116 – Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is via MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.


The enrolment process aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice in regard to their course.
If you intend to enrol in this course we recommend that you attend an Information Session and an interview to determine if this is the right course for you.

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.


MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Qualification Requirements

The qualification consists of 35 units, 10 core units and 25 elective units.  After completing MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, you will need the following 11 units.


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