Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tanya Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Lecturer / Course Coordinator,
Fashion Design
Qualifications:
HND FDTech, BA Hons Fashion,
Central St Martins, London

Profile: Tanya Dove is well versed in all aspects of fashion design education and is equally as comfortable delivering a lecture as guiding learners in technical workshop classes. Ms Dove delivers her classes with a passion for the Industry, willing to share over and above knowledge to students within the subjects, using a multitude of delivery materials: – from presentations, demonstrations and 1-1 guidance.

Tanta Dove’s skills set range from advanced technical knowledge in the total construction of garments, to CAD and presentation skills. Her links with industry, as a creative director building a new lingerie brand based in China has enhanced her abilities to guide learners in industry requirements for when they leave education. Ms Dove motivates classes by adapting to the learners level of interest, always having an alternative method of delivery to keep their attention span high to achieve the best results from the class.

With over 6 years experience in education, from being Fashion Design Program Manager and Academic Director of various important schools she is active in evaluating, improving and moderating student works.

Tanya Dove’s interests lie in curriculum development, looking into different accredited degree programs for how their course structure is delivered, to analyze and evaluate how to improve and achieve the idealistic fashion design qualification.

Ms Dove is also active in researching and analyzing how the market place is changing for new designers and how these changes can be implemented within fashion design classes to enhance the learners experience while in education, and to prepare them with a wider diversity of skill set for entering the fashion industry.

Active in the marketing aspect of fashion education, Ms Dove has hosted seminars, delivered papers, judged ompetitions and set up numerous collaborations with Industry professionals ands recently authored two fashion books: A Technical Foundation, showing the processes of women’s wear pattern making, and Concept to Creation – The Design Process.

Rachel Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Academic Director / Lecturer
Qualifications: BDes, MCDArtDes, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Ms Rachel Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Graphics and Textiles from the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2006. A strong believer in continuing education, she then went on to study a Masters of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, completely online, graduating from College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2012. Rachel brings to Virtu this wealth of knowledge and experience in online study platforms and online collaboration. In 2012, Rachel also attained the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, adding LLN in 2013.

Ms Hawkins’ professional career began in the graphic design department of Sydney based fashion house, Jets Swimwear, from there she went on to work in commercial digital design and print in Vancouver, Canada.

On her return to Sydney, Ms Hawkins moved into senior design roles at entrepreneurial companies leading graphic design with a strong marketing focus; working with high profile brands such as: Sydney Water, AMP Capital, Centro Properties Group, GPT, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Lilydale Chickens and Bodytrim. Ms Hawkins is an experienced product and packaging designer with product ranges in Coles Supermarkets and Priceline stores.

During the last eleven years in the industry Ms Hawkins’ creative and conceptual capabilities have seen her undertake projects in product design, packaging design, corporate identity, advertising, marketing, signage and web based campaigns.

MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

The qualification MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is designed for those working in or wishing to work as a fashion designer or in a support role. Credit may be given for those who already hold a MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or another similar qualification, or for those who are already working in the industry and have accumulated equivalent knowledge and skills in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Merchandising.

This course covers the development of complete garment design and manufacture fashion design schemes, working with either a self developed or client brief and within project parameters. It also includes specialist design areas such as textile design and patternmaking.
Our course reflects real industry needs and prepares our graduates to be:
• self employed as a fashion designer or fashion stylist,
• in-house fashion designer or fashion retailer.

This fashion designer’s work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, materials and techniques for yourself and others.

Job Roles/Employment Outcomes
This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering simple garments and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of the garment and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in fabrics and the application of historic fashion styles and their relationship to design periods and historic uses of fashion.

Fashion designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across the fashion manufacture and retail industries. The course will prepare you to working in a junior, support or generalist role and your work may include or have links to areas such as fashion stylist, brand manager, colour consultant or retail buyer and you may work as an in-house fashion designer or as a consultant in fashion departments of retail stores.

Pathways into the Qualification/Entry Requirements:
There are no specific entry requirements for this course and credit will be given towards this qualification to those who have completed the MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or another similar qualification, or to those who have achieved equivalent industry experience through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Normally Virtu would consider two years full time working in fashion design or related field as being suitable experience, however applicants who consider that they have a suitable range of experiences can discuss this with the Administration Manager and Registrar during their application interview.
To ensure that people entering this qualification have the necessary initial skills and knowledge to complete the course successfully they must be able to show evidence for:
• Be over the age of 18
• Have an appropriate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills to complete the course

This information will be gathered in the form of birth certificate or passport and Senior Secondary Certificate or LLN test as part of your enrolment process.

Pathways from the Qualification
Further training and education pathways from this qualification include the Virtu Design Institute MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Course Duration
Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies. Our Diplomas can be studied full-time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full-time; two years part-time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu’s academic year is divided into 8 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November of each year.

Student Study Term 1

VDIS10040 Garment Design & Construction 1
Credit Points 15
Creating fashion designs comes from an understand¬ing of core principles, including a technical foundation, fabrics and their uses, and the ability to present your finished designs. In this subject students will identify the morphological components of the human form related to the female cut. They will develop the ability to draft master blocks for women’s wear and under¬stand the vocabulary used in relation to the cut of ladies garments. This subject guides learners through the construction of individual garments, creating the right silhouette, fitting to a model and using the right fabrics and finishing to achieve their designs.

VDIS10041 Fabric in Fashion
Credit Points 10
Fabric supports design. A well-chosen fabric can enhance the design in its appearance, hand feel and wear ability. Well-balanced collections have a selection of fabrics, from woven to jersey and knitwear. It is the blending of different fabrics together that can give diversity and strength to a collection. Choosing the right fabric for a design comes from an understanding of fibres and fabric construction. This subject will enable students to recognise different cloth suitable for their chosen designs, identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry.
Student Study Term 2

VDIS10042 Fashion Design History and Processes
Credit Points 15
Fashion Design History and Processes covers a selection of fundamental skills for fashion designers. From the ability to analyse colour and create textures through to sketching and drawing skills to illustrate their designs. Combined with history of fashion in the 20th Century students will develop an understanding of past fashions and how they influence us today.

The subject will cover an 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.

VDIS10049 Fashion Production
Credit Points 15
Fashion Production, will guide students through the creation of two target market profiles, they will develop an understanding of how to measure a fitting model, two sizing systems measurements size charts and create a design brief for two sample garment designs, a basic T-shirt and denim Jean. In this subject, students will research and
design two sample garments, a basic T-shirt, and a denim Jean. They will develop technical flat drawings, mood boards as well as investigating quality and make standards, price points, fabrics / components, and trend research for both garments. Students will learn how to grade garments noting industry standards and evaluation criteria considering
costs of a sample garment versus bulk production.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10044 Fashion Studio Processes
Credit Points 20
Students will be guided through Design Studio processes to follow industry practice. Students will simulate a research trip overseas to design and create their collection of three design concepts which they will ‘manufacture’
and analyse costs as buying samples. Designed for their client target market profile, the client will guide the student through the design brief requirements, giving feedback to the students. Students will learn the importance of
industry standard time lines / critical paths and impliment these during this assessment task. Industry practices and codes of practice will be incorporated through the use of manufacturing specification sheets, supplier quotes / lead times, production requirements and costing sheets.
Student Study Term 3

VDIS10140 Fashion Innovation and Practice
Credit Points 15
Upon completion of this subject students will gain an understanding of fashion trend cycles, the adoption of fashion trends and how globalisation and technology have impacted the fashion industry and the fashion supply chain. Students will have the skill set required to analyse statistical data, use it to interpret market trends and developments and make recommendations for future marketing strategies.

VDIS10043 Garment Design & Construction 2
Credit Points 15
The technical foundation of garment creation evolves from two different methods of creation. The first is pattern drafting, using formula to create basic blocks, which are then adapted into garments. The second method is using a dress form or model to create designs in a 3D capacity. This method is known as draping.
This subject will guide students through the creation of more complex pattern cutting methods used in tailoring and draping. Students will design a three piece evening or wedding outfit including a tailored formal dress jacket, kimono or cape, and a complimentary two piece evening draped bodice and bias cut fully lined skirt for a specific customer profile.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10045 Fashion Promotion
Credit Points 15
Fashion Promotion sees students work on a number of interconnected projects to develop an understanding of target markets which enable a designer to select fabric, colours, prints and design with a particular customer in mind. A clear understanding of who that customer is, and how they shop allows a designer to create specifically for their needs and desires, and therefore make their collections a success.
Throughout, students must consider climate change and sustainability in the fashion industry, and particularly in their own working environment.

MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

The qualification MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is designed to be an advanced level qualification in technical, management and design skills within fashion enterprises. The course is designed for those working in or wishing to work as a fashion designer. It is intended for those who already hold a MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or another similar equivalent qualification, or for those who are already working in a middle level role in the industry and have accumulated significant equivalent knowledge and skills in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and/or Fashion Merchandising.
This Advanced Diploma course covers the development of complete garment design and manufacture fashion design schemes and ranges, working with either a self developed or client brief and within project parameters. It also includes specialist design areas such as textile design, advanced pattern development and management of fashion design systems.
This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering collections of garments and aesthetic presentations to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of the garment collection and encourages the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in fabrics and the application of historic fashion styles and their relationship to design periods and historic uses of fashion.

Job Roles/Employment Outcomes
Our course reflects real industry needs and prepares our graduates to be:
• self employed as a fashion designer or fashion stylist,
• in-house fashion designer, product manager or fashion retailer.
• Fashion Business Manager

This fashion designer’s work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, materials and techniques for yourself and others.

Fashion Designers and Fashion Business Managers work in many different. commercial and community contexts across the fashion manufacture and retail industries. The course will prepare you to working in a senior, support or generalist role and your work may include or have links to areas such as fashion stylist, brand manager, colour consultant or retail buyer and you may work as an in-house fashion designer or as a consultant in fashion departments of retail stores.

Pathways into the Qualification/Entry Requirements:
There are no specific academic entry requirements for this course however it should be noted that the MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is embedded in this Advanced Diploma qualification and therefore credit will be given to those who have completed the MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or to those who have achieved an equivalent qualification or who have equivalent industry experience. This will be done through Virtu’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Normally Virtu would consider two years full time working in fashion design or similar or related field as being suitable experience, however applicants who consider that they have a suitable range of experiences can discuss this with the Administration Manager and Registrar during their application interview.
To ensure that people entering this qualification have the necessary initial skills and knowledge to complete the course successfully they must be able to show evidence for:
• Be over the age of 18
• Have an appropriate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills to complete the course

This information will be gathered in the form of birth certificate or passport and Senior Secondary Certificate or LLN test as part of your enrolment process.

Pathways from the Qualification
Further education and training pathways from this qualification may include relevant similar discipline higher education programs, management qualifications or relevant manufacturing qualifications.

Course Duration
The Advanced Diploma course duration is twelve months (or until competencies are completed) extended to 24 months if the applicant does not hold a MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising or equivalent vocational experience, which is embedded in this course. Our Advanced Diplomas can be studied full time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full time; two years part time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu’s academic year is divided into 8 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November of each year.

Student Study Term 1

VDIS10046 Fashion Design Projects
Credit Points 30
In the competitive field of fashion design some designers opt to be specialists in complex or specialised garment types. In this modern world, cost implications are always in the forefront and in most cases the deciding factor of what garments continue from samples through to production. In this subject, students will design a 10 pieces fashion range based on client requirements, client profile and design brief.
Students will research current global industry trends and through simulated design team and client discussions they will further develop their range.
Students will learn how to develop an industry standard costing comparison for their fashion range an develop costing
sheets for their range.
Student Study Term 2

VDIS10047 Fashion Marketing
Credit Points 20
This subject will see students create a marketing plan and sales strategy for a small business or brand concept that the student would like to develop. Students will investigate international trading opportunities via electronic commerce means (e-commerce, specifically a website).
Students will identify and incorporate electronic marketing approaches, tools and strategies to reach their target market, and achieve objectives for implementing electronic marketing strategies.
This subject requires the application of skills associated with communication to analyse goals and trends, gather and analyse data and present, report and document information.
Student Study Term 2

VDIS10048 Fashion Design Collection (Studied over Terms 2 & 3)
Credit Points 50
Students will utilize all previous knowledge to develop their own commercially viable collection in totality. This subject requires extensive skill and knowledge in fashion design development, pattern making and construction techniques, for the purpose of achieving specific effects such as manipulating fabric to give a garment a more unique, individual appearance.
Planning techniques and tools are used to develop a production plan and schedule, which includes critical path, timeline and key outcomes. Students will have a specific focus on the commercial viability of their collection with a particular target market in mind.
Student Study Term 3

VDIS10048 Fashion Design Collection (Studied over Terms 2 & 3)
Credit Points 50
Students will utilize all previous knowledge to develop their own commercially viable collection in totality. This subject requires extensive skill and knowledge in fashion design development, patternmaking and construction techniques, for the purpose of achieving specific effects such as manipulating fabric to give a garment a more unique, individual appearance.
Planning techniques and tools are used to develop a production plan and schedule, which includes critical path, timeline and key outcomes. Students will have a specific focus on the commercial viability of their collection with a particular target market in mind.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10148 Fashion Internship
Credit Points 20
The purpose of this subject is to provide a framework for practical industry/professional experience assisting students to attain competencies while experiencing first hand the excitement, practicalities and challenges of design practice in the workplace. Students will begin to establish and utilise those all important workplace and design industry networks and the opportunities they bring.