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MST50122 Diploma of Apparel Fashion and Textiles (Design and Product Development)

National ID: MST50122 State ID: AE11
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Ready to step into the vibrant world of fashion and apparel? Unlock your creative potential with our Fashion Design and Production training!

Skill meets creativity: Gain specialised technical skills and ignite your creative spark.

Stay ahead with trends: Dive into trend forecasting and textiles. Understand the pulse of fashion, and be at the forefront of emerging styles.

Concept to creation: Develop your fashion illustration and  design skills. Bring your designs to life through specification writing, costing, and sustainable product development.

Digital craftsmanship: Embrace cutting-edge technologies in pattern making, CAD grading, and virtual 3D skills. 

Fashioning a sustainable future: Blend style with a more conscious and responsible fashion landscape.

Enduring opportunities: Your Diploma qualification opens doors. Junior designer, Pattern maker, Garment Technologist, Virtual Technology Operator, or Fashion Business Entrepreneur - choose your career pathway.

Specialist 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
  • CLO 3D Virtual Prototyping Technology
  • Gerber CAD Technology including digitisers, plotters and printers
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems and training
  • Simulated Retail and Visual Merchandising Environments
  • Photographic Studio
  • 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

Our courses include guest industry lecturers, industry excursions, live work design projects, design exhibits and fashion runway shows.

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This training reflects roles within the fashion and apparel workplace, where participants require specialised technical and creative skills in fashion garment design and production. 

The training has a focus on trend forecasting, textile research and exploration, digital design skills, specification writing and costing, sustainable product development, garment construction, fashion illustration, manual and digital pattern making, CAD grading and virtual 3D skills and emerging technologies that reflect rapidly evolving industry trends in the fashion and apparel sector.


  • ability to strictly follow workplace safety standards
  • an eye for detail and a creative flair
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good time management and the ability to work with tight deadlines
  • 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 4 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.


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 Junior Designer, Pattern maker, Garment Technologist, Virtual Technology Operator, or Fashion Business Entrepreneur.

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