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MST40516 - Certificate IV IN Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Course Overview


The MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course covers the skills and knowledge required to work as assistant designers, merchandising assistants and specialist production technicians, such as patternmakers and sewing machinists, who support design and production within the clothing and fashion industry.

This qualification offers a generic MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of fashion designer and fashion business management.

Possible career opportunities for graduates include design, construction and merchandising management roles.

Graduates of this course will receive an internationally recognised Australian Qualification issued through TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275).


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Course Delivery

Location: Fiji

Duration: Course duration is 22 weeks full time including one-week mid semester break. Classes will be scheduled 5 afternoons per week from 4pm to 9pm. Additional out-of-hours study time will be required.

Delivery Mode: Training will be delivered face-to-face in English and incorporates language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) support and the APTC work skills facilitation program.

Course Fees: The course fee is FJD2,800. The Australian Government subsidises the cost of the course including materials and consumables. Course fees are subject to change without prior notification. View current fees.

Resources: Students are provided with all required sewing and patternmaking supplies and fabrics, stationery, shoes and other PPE’s.


Entry Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country
  • Completed LMT31407 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Individuals are required to have a minimum equivalent of one year full-time garment production experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Applicants will be asked to complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Vocational Knowledge Assessment

Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning.

* Courses offered, course dates and fees may vary depending upon student and industry demand.


Course Content

MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising will cover the following units of competency:


Unit CodeUnit title
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 
MSMWHS200 Work safely 
MSTFD4006 Interact and network with fashion industry participants 
MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
MSTCL2019 Sew components, complex tasks
MSTGN4005 Plan and implement production within a work area
MSTFD4016 Sew design prototypes
MSTCL2009 Despatch work
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
MSTFD4001 Apply design studio process
MSTFD4012 Develop product specifications for fashion design 
MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
MSTFD4007 Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
MSTFD4015 Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
MSTFD4010 Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles 
MSTFD4013 Grade 2-D patterns
MSTFD4004 Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
MSS402051 Apply quality standards
MSTCL4003 Measure, lay up and cut custom-made garments
MSTCL4001 Perform sample machining of advanced construction garments
MSTCL3014 Interact and communicate with garment production personnel
MSTCL3011 Contribute to garment production process improvements
BSBLDR401 Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities

Bold Font indicates core units; Standard font indicates electives

* Please note: elective units of competency may vary depending on local industry needs.


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