Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising


Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
CRICOS: 096620M | National ID: MST50116

Fashion Design

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Intake Semester 1 (February) 2018
Semester 1 (February) 2019

CIT Reid

Tuition Fees Diploma

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 fees subject to change.


Fashion is a fascinating area of study that combines art, design, technical skill and commerce. If you want to turn your creative flair and passion for clothes into a career, CIT offers a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising that is designed as an entry-level qualification into fashion design.

You will gain skills in drawing, interpreting basic drawings, identifying fibres and fabrics, and patternmaking. You will also develop technical skills in commercial garment construction. A major part of your program will be the design and production of customised fashion garments and designing a range of garments to create a professional portfolio of work.

Students will learn to make patterns, construct garments and use an array of design tools and techniques to create original pieces and fulfill client briefs.

The classrooms are set up to simulate real industry design rooms. They are fully equipped with up to date industrial machinery and the latest software used for patternmaking, drawing and the development of technical production specifications.

The teachers have a wealth of experience, working in the fashion industry in Australia and Europe, for a wide variety of labels. This gives CIT students a deeper understanding of the current needs of the fashion industry, and the essential employable skills to work within the area.

CIT has strong connections with local and national design labels; providing students with the opportunity to participate in unpaid work experience. This experience furthers their understanding of the fashion industry and maximises their chances of gaining employment after graduating.

FASHFEST, a Canberra based national fashion event is a strong supporter of our students and gives them an opportunity to participate in their annual event. Students are encouraged to design and produce fashion garments as part of a catwalk parade.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.5) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT - 527 | Cambridge English test - C1 Advanced and B2 First - 162 and above | Portfolio displaying work in an art and design area | An interview with the college may also be requested as part of the application process.

Extra Fees


Material Fees: $1,385

In addition to the above materials costs, students are also required to purchase two kits:
$110.00 for the sewing components
$82.50 for the drawing components

Printing costs: approx. $90 per semester

Throughout their studies students may be required to submit printed versions of their work for assessment. Printing costs are estimated at $5 per week during each semester.

Course Subjects

Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
CRICOS: 096620M | National ID: MST50116

National ID Subject Name
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants
MSTFD5010 Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

Electives - complete all subjects

National ID Subject Name
MSTFD5011 Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
MSTFD5017 Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
MSTFD5018 Determine and specify advanced construction processes
MSTFD5004 Develop marketing plans for fashion products
MSTFD5006 Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4001 Apply design studio process
MSTFD4003 Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
MSTFD4005 Communicate and sell design concepts
MSTFD4013 Grade 2D patterns
MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
MSTFD4020 Use electronic fashion design tools
MSTFD5020 Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
MSTFD5021 Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTFD5005 Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
MSTFD5015 Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
MSTFD5019 Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
MSTFD5007 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion design
MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD4011 Cut fabrics for prototype designs
Fashion design studio processes (This subject achieves competency MSTFD6006)

Job Opportunities

Fashion designers and fashion design support, product developer, patternmaker, grader, fashion magazine assistant

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • Industry simulated workplaces: To practice professional skills, the Fashion studio is equipped with industry relevant equipment, machinery and software. Class activities reflect a functioning design studio, with tasks completed as if working as a professional for a fashion company.
  • Industry professional lectures and live projects
  • Industry Exposure: Enriching opportunities for the students at CIT arise out of international study-tours, simulated work environments, industry guest lectures and industry relevant design briefs
  • Collaborative learning between the different units taught on the course
  • Participation in the national fashion parade - FASHFEST
  • On-line learning with resources and assessments available through E-learn
  • Excursions and field trips

Students will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Students participate in work based projects or assignments, replicating tasks completed within the industry
  • Assessment may be competency based or graded, or a combination of the two

Pathways to Further Study

Students who gain entry into the Australian National University (ANU) and successfully complete:

  • the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology may receive 48 credit points (6 year) towards the Bachelor of Visual Arts or the Bachelor of Design.

Students are advised to speak directly with ANU in relation to course choices and pathways. ANU credit is assessed on a case by case basis.

Pathway Fashion Design

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