Fashion

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.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

    CRICOS: 096620M National ID: MST50116

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years

    Diploma: 2 years

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2018

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 Semester 2 - $6,850

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    Extra Fees:

    Diploma

    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.

  • *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 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • 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) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) – 162 | Portfolio displaying work in an art and design area | An interview with the college may also be requested as part of the application process.

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
    CRICOS: 096620M | National ID: MST50116
    Complete 35 subjects (9 Core and 26 Electives)


    Core - Complete all 9

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • MSMENV272
      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
      CIT Code: ENVI143
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts. This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section. This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSMWHS200
      Work safely
      CIT Code: OHSS485
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others. The unit of competency covers identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing risk and following safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision. Compliance with legislative requirements and duty of care are embedded in this unit through workplace instructions and procedures. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, instruction, training and appropriate supervision regarding the relevant state/territory WHS legislation, codes of practice, relevant industry standards, workplace procedures and work instructions. This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSS402051
      Apply quality standards
      CIT Code: MANU127
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply quality standards to work operations in an organisation. The unit is designed to complement competitive systems and practices units. This unit applies to an individual who is expected to take responsibility for the quality of their own work, and to take actions specified in the procedures and within the scope of their job and authority to ensure that quality standards are met. This unit requires the application of skills associated with interpreting and applying workplace standards and identifying and addressing problems that interfere with quality outcomes. The unit requires initiative, enterprise and self-management to ensure quality standards are achieved.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4004
      Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
      CIT Code: FASH409
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to calculate cost estimates for fashion products. The unit of competency applies to cost estimating for products developed for the fashion industry, including sample production. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4006
      Interact and network with fashion industry participants
      CIT Code: FASH233
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to interact and network with fashion industry participants.This unit of competency applies to communication and networking with people who work along the fashion industry supply chain. The unit of competency applies to industry appropriate communication and relationship building techniques to maintain effective industry networks, and to ensure design and production processes meet requirements. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5010
      Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
      CIT Code: FASH246
      Description: The unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop and present fashion design concepts to the client, in response to a brief. It applies to a garment or small range for adult or children’s market which includes some distinctive style and features. Work is conducted according to workplace practices and procedures as a member of a team or under supervision. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTGN2009
      Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
      CIT Code: FASH235
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use computing technology in a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) workplace. The unit of competency applies to identifying the types and sources of information required, and using computing technology to access, enter, manipulate and store information. The equipment may include computers and other equipment based on computing technology. Impact of technology use must be related to work role. This unit of competency is applicable to all sectors of the TCF industry. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTGN2011
      Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
      CIT Code: FASH426
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fibres, yarns, fabrics and textile materials and how they are used in the construction of garments and accessories and in textile production processes. The unit of competency applies to a range of natural and synthetic materials which may be used for knitted, woven, spun, tufted or non-woven products. While the unit relates to a comprehensive coverage of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) materials, evidence may be contextualised to a sector or workplace. T he unit of competency applies to work conducted in all clothing design, production and merchandising, and textile production and finishing processes using fibres, yarns and textile materials. This unit of competency is applicable to all sectors of the TCF industry. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team related activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTCL3001
      Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
      CIT Code: FASH260
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements. The unit of competency applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists, as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Identification methods and tests covered by this unit are those where the procedure has already been determined and the range of outcomes established. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


    Electives - complete 26

    • MSTFD5011
      Produce fashion illustrations to assist product visualisation
      CIT Code: FASH247
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to produce fashion illustrations that will visually communicate the fashion figure in a variety of poses and silhouettes. The unit of competency applies to producing fashion illustrations using stylised drawing and rendering techniques. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5017
      Apply design studio processes to meet client brief
      CIT Code: FASH413
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply design studio processes when working to a client brief to design and produce fashion garments. The unit of competency applies to integrating skills across the design and production process and focuses on experimentation and continuous improvement in order to achieve desired design effects and meet a client brief for individual garments or a small range. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5018
      Determine and specify advanced construction processes
      CIT Code: FASH293
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to determine and specify advanced construction processes to achieve desired design details. The unit of competency applies to design details which achieve specific effects in the production of garments to give a garment a more unique, individual appearance. It also applies to producing samples and developing construction specifications and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide the production of garments which incorporate design detail. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5004
      Develop marketing plans for fashion products
      CIT Code: FASH407
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to plan marketing and promotional activities to support the sales of fashion products. The unit of competency applies to local or international marketing activities typical to the promotion and sale of fashion products. Development of marketing plans may be central to the work role or completed as part of the overall sale of design concepts to clients. All proposed marketing activities must be appropriate to the price point of the fashion design and the overall objectives of the client. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5006
      Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
      CIT Code: FASH404
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to evaluate fashion designs against set criteria. The unit of competency applies to evaluation techniques applied to ensure a design meets specifications and client needs. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTCL3009
      Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      CIT Code: FASH237
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles. The unit of competency applies to the development of a variety of pattern styles utilising the basic principles of patternmaking, including dart manipulation and square blocking. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities. Work is conducted according to defined procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD2005
      Identify design process for fashion designs
      CIT Code: FASH273
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to identify design process for fashion designs. The unit of competency applies to identifying the criteria for a fashion design brief, and how they impact on the process of producing fashion items. It includes the impact of colour on the design process in a production environment. Work is conducted according to defined procedures, in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD3004
      Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
      CIT Code: FASH231
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to draw an accurate trade or technical drawing based on specifications and a design. The unit of competency applies to the patternmaking or design room, where accurate trade or technical drawings are required to interpret and clarify a garment design. Work is supervised and may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises. Work may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4001
      Apply design studio process
      CIT Code: FASH232
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply design studio processes when interpreting and responding to a specified brief to produce a fashion design product. The unit of competency applies to the integration of skills across the design process and focuses on experimentation of design studio processes to result in the production of a fashion design product. The design brief may be contextualised to a particular context within the fashion industry and includes clear specifications for the product design. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4003
      Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
      CIT Code: FASH238
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to assist in the preparation of preliminary design concepts.The unit of competency applies to preparing preliminary design concepts for garments, for self or others, using generally basic stable fabrics. It applies to original creation or adaptation of designs or interpretation of sketches for single or multiple production styles and ranges, made-to-measure and theatre costuming. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4005
      Communicate and sell design concepts
      CIT Code: FASH239
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to communicate and sell design concepts. The unit of competency applies to the use of design tools, such as storyboards and inspiration boards, to communicate and sell design concepts to other fashion industry professionals. The unit of competency applies to work in a production environment where design decisions impact on the work and where design concepts must be communicated to other fashion industry professionals in order to gain agreement for further development. The unit of competency includes the application of the elements and principles of design, and how they impact on the process of producing fashion items. It includes impact of colour on the design process. Work is supervised and may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4013
      Grade 2-D patterns
      CIT Code: FASH242
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to grade flat or 2-D patterns used for garment production. The unit of competency applies to production of a basic style garment where discretion and judgement may be required in planning and selecting processes, procedures or outcomes. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4014
      Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
      CIT Code: FASH389
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to identify influences of the 20th Century on fashion design and construction techniques. The unit of competency applies to the analysis of the most important economic, social, political and technological factors in the 20th Century that have had an impact on fashion development and demand. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD4020
      Use electronic fashion design tools
      CIT Code: FASH286
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use a range of electronic design programs and equipment, such as software programs and computing technology. The unit of competency applies to the creation of designs, patterns or production specifications using electronic programs and equipment, such as graphic and design software, computers and peripherals, and specialised equipment. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5020
      Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
      CIT Code: FASH427
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct research to determine current industry practices and assess the impact of these on own practice. Work may be conducted in small to large-scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5021
      Conduct digital patternmaking and grading
      CIT Code: FASH428
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use digital technologies to produce patterns and conduct grading for fashion designs. The unit of competency applies to the use of specialised electronic programs and computing equipment to digitise patterns and access existing pattern block libraries to create and grade pattern styles for a set size range. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD2006
      Use a sewing machine for fashion design
      CIT Code: FASH429
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use a sewing machine to align and sew pattern pieces and sew components. The unit of competency applies to aligning and sewing straight seams, joining flat pieces of stable fabric together, sewing components and stitching hems, using basic stitching. Work is conducted according to defined procedures and would not be applied in a large scale production environment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSTFD5005
      Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes
      CIT Code: FASH414
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to use manipulation techniques to create decoration for fabric design effects. The unit of competency applies to manipulating a range of textiles that are used in the production of garments and accessories. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH260 MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
      FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
    • MSTFD5015
      Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
      CIT Code: FASH291
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop patterns for the production of complex fashion garments with advanced styling requirements. The unit of competency applies to the development of patterns using an existing block and applying advanced patternmaking principles. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
      FASH282 MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
    • MSTFD5019
      Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations
      CIT Code: FASH294
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to analyse the fit of a garment or toile on the individual body, make necessary adjustments and alter the pattern. The unit of competency applies to fitting a garment or toile, making size and fit alterations on the garment or toile, then transferring these alterations to the pattern.Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    • MSTFD5007
      Analyse influences on contemporary fashion design
      CIT Code: FASH245
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse significant influences that determine current individual preferences and future fashion trends. The unit of competency applies to the analysis of the fashion theories on adoption and dissemination of new trends, as well as investigating fashion cycles. The skills covered in this unit will be applied in the development of designs to meet specific design briefs and current market demands. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH389 MSTFD4014 Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
    • MSTCL3002
      Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
      CIT Code: FASH261
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, align and sew a complex whole garment. The unit of competency applies to sample machining involving all operations in the assembly of a garment from written specifications. Work may be self-directed and unsupervised, and may include carrying out a work plan to specifications. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH426 MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
      FASH429 MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
    • MSTFD4010
      Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
      CIT Code: FASH240
      Description: The unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to create a pattern from an existing block, using advanced patternmaking principles, including contouring, square blocking and pivoting.Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
    • MSTFD4015
      Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
      CIT Code: FASH282
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to create a pattern from an existing block for an individual size, and to meet the styling requirements of the customer. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: FASH237 MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
      FASH240 MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
    • MSTFD4011
      Cut fabrics for prototype designs
      CIT Code: FASH241
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge to lay up, make marker and cut work for sample designs where only a couple of garments would be cut out at a time, as required by the designer to test design or pattern. The unit of competency applies to situations where single garments or only a couple of layers of fabric may be cut. The marker may be developed directly on the fabric lay or planned separately and applied. Cutting tools and equipment would include dress maker's shears, electric cutting tools and rotary cutters. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Fashion design studio processes
      CIT Code: FASH417
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop and present a fashion range of at least ten items to the client. This unit of competency applies to design development and presentation of a fashion range based on an occasion, theme or storyline. Design concept development processes will be conducted according to workplace practices and procedures. The fashion range developed must consist of at least ten garments. Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities. This subject achieves Unit of Competency MSTFD6006 Develop a fashion range.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    Fashion designers and fashion design support, product developer, pattern-maker, 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.

    Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (2 years)
    = 2 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available