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.

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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.

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