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MST50122 Diploma of Apparel Fashion and Textiles (Business)

National ID: MST50122 State ID: AE10
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Blend fashion style and business with our Fashion Business Management training.

Craft your brand: Fashion means business. Learn creative skills to manage, market, and promote fashion products with finesse.

Trend savvy: Forecast trends for an edge in the fashion world.

Fashion buying mastery: Learn the art of fashion buying. Discover how to curate collections that captivate customers and boost sales.

Style and display: Master fashion styling and visual merchandising for impactful presentation.

Digital dominance: In today's world, digital is everything. Dive into marketing, e-commerce, social media, and digital management to succeed in the online realm.

Design and develop: Product develop your own fashion product line with digital tools and product training.

Diverse pathways: Fashion Buyer, Visual Merchandiser, Content Creator, Stylist, Event Coordinator, Product Developer, or even Fashion Business Entrepreneur—choose your role!

To learn more about our award-winning students, fashion events and masterpieces, visit Fashion at SM TAFE on Facebook and Instagram

Study in specialised facilities

Fashion at Bentley campus has been Perth’s leading fashion design institution for over 50 years. Our facilities reflect cutting-edge industry equipment, machinery and technology to master the skills and equipment used in a fashion design, production and business environment. This includes:

  • Design and Fashion Forecasting Platforms
  • Simulated Retail and Visual Merchandising Environments
  • Photographic Studio
  • CLO 3D Virtual Prototyping Technology
  • Gerber CAD Technology including digitisers, plotters and printers
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems and training
  • Laser cutter
  • Embroidery machines
  • Digital Fabric Printer
  • 3D Printers
  • Over 80 specialised industrial sewing machines
  • Textile Testing Lab
  • Fashion Business Lab
  • Sustainability Hub
  • Resource Centre

See more on our award winning students and facilities on facebook and instagram.

This training reflects roles within a fashion business workplace, where participants require creative business skills with entrepreneurial fashion understanding.

The training has a focus on business and marketing skills, fashion forecasting and fashion buying, digital design and engagement, sustainable product development, creative promotion including photography, visual merchandising, styling, social media and ecommerce, and event management.

Be guided by our expert team of lecturers who are fashion industry specialists, with strong employment connections to the local and international fashion scene.


  • an eye for detail and creative flair.
  • an interest in business and fashion.
  • good time management.
  • good communication skills.
VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III
Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across two semesters.

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

Students complete a 30 hour industry placement, arranged by SM TAFE. Work placement attendance is 1-2 days per week during the program or in a block of weeks at the end of the program depending on the host employer and availability.

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 (pen, and exercise book) and wear enclosed footwear. Further information on equipment requirements will be given at Orientation.

Graduates holding this qualification may be self-employed, or hold job roles as Fashion Entrepreneur, Product Developer, Fashion Production Management, Sourcing and Spec Writer, Fashion Buyer, Fashion Event Management, Visual Merchandiser, Marketing Manager, Fashion Influencer, Publicist. 

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Become a specialist in your field with university study

SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Bentley
How On Campus
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Bentley
How On Campus

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