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MST50119 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business)

National ID: MST50119 State ID: AB80
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Fashion business skills in a global industry

Do you want to have a career in a fashion business environment? The Fashion Business and Merchandising pathway at Bentley immerses you in creative fashion business skills such as fashion forecasting and buying; visual merchandising and digital engagement; and marketing and social media.

You will learn the legal, financing and trade essentials for fashion enterprise and the import and export of product.

Gain these skills:

  • international fashion sourcing;
  • sustainable supply and manufacturing;
  • creation of accurate costings
  • tech packs for managing offshore production.

When you complete the Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Business and Merchandising Pathway) at Bentley, you’re ready to work as an Assistant Buyer, Assistant Visual Merchandiser; Social Media Creator; Assistant Product Developer; Fashion Influencer/Stylist; or Fashion Business Owner in retail or e-commerce.

This course includes an internship component in a fashion business environment.

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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.

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 3.5 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

Thirst semester of training off campus 30 hour industry placement if started mid year (July intake). Second semester of training off campus 30 hour industry placement if started Feb intake. Completing Certificate IV 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 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.

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 2

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2
Where Bentley
How On Campus

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