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.

Tuition Fees and Payment
The tuition fee for this course is $18,000 and there are a number of ways you may choose to pay for your study at Virtu – details are available here (http://virtudesigninstitute.com/fees-fee-help/). If you choose to use a VET Student Loans to pay for all or part of your tuition fees, additional entry requirements apply (see below) and you will be charged a Loan Fee of 20% by the Commonwealth Government.

Additional Entry requirements for VET Student Loans Students
For students to be eligible to access VET Students Loans they are required to be an Australian citizen; or hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.
Additionally you will be required to provide us with:

  • a certified copy of a certificate for a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 (or above) that was delivered in English, or
  • a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded by an agency or authority of an Australian State or Territory for your completion of year 12 of school, or
  • a certificate of competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy using an approved assessment tool arranged by Virtu.

Student Entry Procedure:
In order for Virtu to determine that a prospective student is academically suited to undertake a particular course, there are 6 steps to complete the application process; Step 1- Complete the online enquiry form and submit it to Virtu, Step 2 – Virtu Staff member will contact you for a face to face and/or Skype interview, Step 3 – Send to Virtu by email or upload to the Virtu website your academic and personal documents, Step 4 – Virtu will send you a formal acceptance of your application, Step 5 – Successful eligible applicants can elect to pay their own course/tuition fees, make an application for VET Student Loans and/or a Virtu Scholarship, Step 6 – Virtu confirms enrolment, provides information on course commencement date and induction.

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.

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