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MST40519 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

National ID: MST40519 State ID: BEP8
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Do you want to work in the creative and energetic world of fashion?

The Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course immerses students in the ever-dynamic fashion industry. 

Gain these skills:

  • Fashion design and colour principles
  • Fashion forecasting
  • Technical fashion drawing
  • Fibre and textile investigation and sourcing
  • Sustainability and ethical production
  • Digital technologies for fashion design
  • Patternmaking and grading
  • Specialist garment construction such as tailored shirts and a denim jacket

When you complete the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course at Bentley, some of the roles you'll be ready to take on include:

  • Design workroom assistant
  • Trade drawing technician
  • Junior CAD operator
  • Fabric and supply sourcer
  • Assistant patternmaker/grader
  • Garment finisher/presser
  • Alterations technician
  • Production machinist
  • Specification technician
  • Dispatcher
  • Quality controller

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This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across one semester. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

30 hours of off campus work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you. This will involve your attendance at a workplace/worksite during the program or in a block of weeks at the second semester of the program depending on the host employer and availability.

Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date, and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (a pen and notepad and wear enclosed footwear and equipment from orientation booklet lists).

Uniforms and workwear requirements: No uniform required, however wear closed in shoes and have hair tied back during construction classes.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Study options and next steps

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Semester 1

Duration 2 Semesters
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Where Bentley
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Semester 2

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2
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