Fashion is an exciting area of study that combines art, design, technical skill and commerce. Turn your creative flair and passion for clothes into a career in the fashion industry. Teachers are all industry-current, with national and international experience.
This two-year qualification, designed as an entry-level qualification into fashion design, will enable you to establish your own design label or continue onto a university degree in the industry. Learn in a simulated industry design room with industrial machinery and the latest software to design and produce customised fashion garments for your professional portfolio of work. Our textile area is using new technology to address sustainable and environmental practices for jobs of the future.
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. You will have the opportunity to participate in a red-carpet fashion event presenting your designs to the public.
Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising | MST50119
2023 Semester 1 (February)
2024 Semester 1 (February)
2023: $7,450 per semester (Total qualification tuition fee $29,800)
Material fees: $1385 approx. for the 2 years
Sewing component kit: $110
Drawing component kit: $83
Printing costs: $5 approx. per week during each semester
*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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. Fees are subject to change.
- Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent)
- A portfolio of work that demonstrates your aptitude for design. A portfolio may be either:
- A collection of your own work from a range of activities and media types or
- A collection of design solutions that you have found while researching this area of design, showing you have an understanding and appreciation of design basics. Images should be accompanied by a paragraph explaining why you appreciate the image/design. These may include: drawing, photography, painting, printmaking or graphic design projects. You may also focus on an artist, architect or designer whose work you enjoy.
- You may be asked to attend an interview to demonstrate appropriate design aptitude and understanding with a portfolio in an art and design area.
- Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.
Students must meet one of the following English requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.5)
- TOEFL iBT - 60
- PTE Academic - 50 (minimum of 36 in each band)
- Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169
Course Subjects - Diploma
Likely Job Outcome
Fashion designer, junior designer, fashion design support, product developer, patternmaker, grader, fashion magazine assistant, stylist.
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
- University of Canberra - Bachelor of Design
- Australian National University - Bachelor of Design
Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.
We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.