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.

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 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 MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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