Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tanya Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Lecturer / Course Coordinator,
Fashion Design
Qualifications:
HND FDTech, BA Hons Fashion,
Central St Martins, London

Profile: Tanya Dove is well versed in all aspects of fashion design education and is equally as comfortable delivering a lecture as guiding learners in technical workshop classes. Ms Dove delivers her classes with a passion for the Industry, willing to share over and above knowledge to students within the subjects, using a multitude of delivery materials: – from presentations, demonstrations and 1-1 guidance.

Tanta Dove’s skills set range from advanced technical knowledge in the total construction of garments, to CAD and presentation skills. Her links with industry, as a creative director building a new lingerie brand based in China has enhanced her abilities to guide learners in industry requirements for when they leave education. Ms Dove motivates classes by adapting to the learners level of interest, always having an alternative method of delivery to keep their attention span high to achieve the best results from the class.

With over 6 years experience in education, from being Fashion Design Program Manager and Academic Director of various important schools she is active in evaluating, improving and moderating student works.

Tanya Dove’s interests lie in curriculum development, looking into different accredited degree programs for how their course structure is delivered, to analyze and evaluate how to improve and achieve the idealistic fashion design qualification.

Ms Dove is also active in researching and analyzing how the market place is changing for new designers and how these changes can be implemented within fashion design classes to enhance the learners experience while in education, and to prepare them with a wider diversity of skill set for entering the fashion industry.

Active in the marketing aspect of fashion education, Ms Dove has hosted seminars, delivered papers, judged ompetitions and set up numerous collaborations with Industry professionals ands recently authored two fashion books: A Technical Foundation, showing the processes of women’s wear pattern making, and Concept to Creation – The Design Process.

Rachel Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Academic Director / Lecturer
Qualifications: BDes, MCDArtDes, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Ms Rachel Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Graphics and Textiles from the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2006. A strong believer in continuing education, she then went on to study a Masters of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, completely online, graduating from College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2012. Rachel brings to Virtu this wealth of knowledge and experience in online study platforms and online collaboration. In 2012, Rachel also attained the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, adding LLN in 2013.

Ms Hawkins’ professional career began in the graphic design department of Sydney based fashion house, Jets Swimwear, from there she went on to work in commercial digital design and print in Vancouver, Canada.

On her return to Sydney, Ms Hawkins moved into senior design roles at entrepreneurial companies leading graphic design with a strong marketing focus; working with high profile brands such as: Sydney Water, AMP Capital, Centro Properties Group, GPT, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Lilydale Chickens and Bodytrim. Ms Hawkins is an experienced product and packaging designer with product ranges in Coles Supermarkets and Priceline stores.

During the last eleven years in the industry Ms Hawkins’ creative and conceptual capabilities have seen her undertake projects in product design, packaging design, corporate identity, advertising, marketing, signage and web based campaigns.

MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

This course/qualification MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising is designed for those working or wishing to work as a fashion designer or in a support role. It is intended for those who already hold a LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology or another similar qualification, or for those who are already working in the industry and have accumulated equivalent knowledge and skills in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing.
This course covers the development of complete garment design and manufacture fashion design schemes, working with either a self developed or client brief and within project parameters. It also includes specialist design areas such as textile design and patternmaking.
Our course reflects real industry needs and prepares our graduates to be:
• in-house assistant product manager or fashion stylist,
• in-house fashion designer 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.

Job Roles/Employment Outcomes
The LMT50307 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering simple garments and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of the garment 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.

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 junior, 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 entry academic entry requirements for this course and credit will be given towards this qualification to those who have completed the LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology or to those who have achieved equivalent industry experience through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Normally Virtu would consider two years full time working in fashion design or related field as being suitable experience, however applicants who consider that they have a suitable range of experiences can discuss this with the 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 provide evidence of their ability to:
• produce examples of fashion design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
• engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
• show examples of computer skills using design industry software, which may include 2D and 3D drafting and rendering programs
• apply knowledge of fashion design trends and technologies.
These skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study, and will need to communicated to us via a portfolio uploaded as part of your online enrolment application.

Pathways from the Qualification
Further training and education pathways from this qualification include the Virtu Design Institute MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Course Duration
Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies. Our Diplomas 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 academic year is divided into 4 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, April, July and October of each year.

Apply Now
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 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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VDIS10015 Visual Communication Skills
Credit Points 15
This subject investigates and researches meanings, messages and information that are imparted, both overtly and subliminally, in design work. Students are encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of how visual language is utilised to communicate with the targeted audiences, purchasers or users. By refining their drawing and other visual representation tools, students will present a body of their own creative work that matches with the professional standards.
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VDIS10040 Garment Design & Construction 1
Credit Points 15
Creating fashion designs comes from an understand¬ing of core principles, including a technical foundation, fabrics and their uses, and the ability to present your finished designs. In this subject students will identify the morphological components of the human form related to the female cut. They will develop the ability to draft master blocks for women’s wear and under¬stand the vocabulary used in relation to the cut of ladies garments. This subject guides learners through the construction of individual garments, creating the right silhouette, fitting to a model and using the right fabrics and finishing to achieve their designs.
Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10041 Fabric in Fashion
Credit Points 10
Fabric supports design. A well-chosen fabric can enhance the design in its appearance, hand feel and wear ability. Well-balanced collections have a selection of fabrics, from woven to jersey and knitwear. It is the blending of different fabrics together that can give diversity and strength to a collection. Choosing the right fabric for a design comes from an understanding of fibres and fabric construction. This subject will enable students to recognise different cloth suitable for their chosen designs, identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry.
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VDIS10042 Fashion Design History and Processes
Credit Points 15
Fashion Design History and Processes covers a selection of fundamental skills for fashion designers. From the ability to analyse colour and create textures through to sketching and drawing skills to illustrate their designs. Combined with history of fashion in the 20th Century students will develop an understanding of past fashions and how they influence us today.

The subject will cover an analysis of the most important economic, social, political and technological factors in the 20th century that have had an impact on fashion development and demand.

Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10044 Fashion Design Collection 1
Credit Points 20
Students will be guided through the design process to create a commercially viable collection. With research into fashion design trends they will formulate their own design concept and consumer.

The students will research and develop an original concept, experimenting with development techniques, textile manipulations and design development in a working sketchbook. Selecting a cohesive and versatile designer collection, they will produce all patterns and finished garments to industry standard. Evaluating, analysing and costing their garments, and verifying the garment sizing on models.

Student Study Term 3
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VDIS10043 Garment Design & Construction 2
Credit Points 15
The technical foundation of garment creation evolves from two different methods of creation. The first is pattern cutting, using formula to create basic blocks, which are then adapted into garments. The second method is using a dress form or model to create designs in a 3D capacity. This method is known as draping. Draping still involves making a paper pattern once the design is confirmed and is therefore seen predominantly in eveningwear due to the extra time it takes to complete the finished garment.
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VDIS10049 Fashion Production
Credit Points 15
Fashion Production will guide students through the processes of taking one sample garment design and compiling information and charts to enable that one design to be mass produced for commercial sales. By analyzing and developing a sizing chart for their own consumer profile students will cross-examine 5 retailers whose customer profile is of a similar age range to their own design philosophy and customer. Working with, and fitting model students will develop the skills to take measurements and compile their own measurement-sizing chart for production purposes.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10045 Fashion Promotion
Credit Points 15
In conjunction with Fashion Design Collection 1 students will evaluate a marketing strategy for their designer collection and confirm a consumer profile and sales plan. By understanding your customer enables you to select fabrics, colours and prints that work for them, while staying strong to your own design philosophy. Every customer has a choice of garments in their wardrobe and you need to analyse where your collection would fit into their lifestyle. The more you understand your customer the more appropriate your designs will be, and therefore the more you are likely to sell and make your collections successful.

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 LMT50307 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology or another similar equivalent qualification, or for those who are already working at a middle level in the industry and have accumulated significant equivalent knowledge and skills in Fashion Design and/or Fashion Marketing.
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 LMT50307 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology is embedded in this Advanced Diploma qualification and therefore credit will be given to those who have completed the LMT50307 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology 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 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 provide evidence of their ability to:
• produce examples of fashion design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
• engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
• show examples of computer skills using design industry software, which may include 2D and 3D drafting and rendering programs
• apply knowledge of fashion design trends and technologies.
These skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study, and will need to communicated to us via a portfolio uploaded as part of your online enrolment application.

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.

Apply Now
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 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 Projects
Credit Points 30
In the competitive field of fashion design some designers opt to be specialists in one
niche area, offering an enhanced and extended product. Fashion Design Projects will cover three different design led projects. Researching and investigating two niche markets, sustainable design and human factors and ergonomics. Completing the course with the students own choice of design led project.

Sustainable design will focus on organic materials and production processes used in fashion design. Where students will investigate sustainable methods and fabrics to design a range.

Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10047 Fashion Marketing
Credit Points 20
This subject will develop a marketing plan and sales strategy for one of the Fashion Design Projects the students have completed which best represents their own design philosophy and customer profile. They will investigate strategic directions, analyse their product, customer and sales methods. It requires the application of skills associated with communication to analyse goals and trends, gather and analyse data and present, report and document information. They will design and conduct primary research in a professional manner and develop analytical, and necessary descriptive and statistical skills to interpret the collected data.
Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10048 Fashion Design Collection 2 (over Terms 2 & 3)
Credit Points 50
Students will utilize all previous knowledge to develop their own commercially viable collection in totality and present the collection by organizing and hosting an event to showcase their label. 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. This subject covers the skills and knowledge required to co-ordinate all services required to plan, produce and deliver a live production event.
Student Study Term 3
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VDIS10048 Fashion Design Collection 2 (over Terms 2 & 3)
Credit Points 50
Students will utilize all previous knowledge to develop their own commercially viable collection in totality and present the collection by organizing and hosting an event to showcase their label. 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. This subject covers the skills and knowledge required to co-ordinate all services required to plan, produce and deliver a live production event.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10010 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.