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  • Objectives
    The Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology incorporates the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and the Certificate III in Clothing Production. These courses will equip you with comprehensive skills, knowledge and design capabilities to work in the fashion industry. In the first year students will complete the Certificate III in Clothing Production and commence the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. Students will also develop individual skills forming a valuable foundation for further fashion studies. The course covers a variety of core disciplines based on the fashion industry. In the second year of study students will complete the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology. These courses will increase your awareness of the complementary and integrated roles of design, pattern making, construction and associated technologies. The course encourages you to develop, investigative and create skills related to the current and future directions of the fashion industry. The Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology forms the third year of study. This course offers participants a chance to enhance their skills in fashion design, marketing and global operations. Students will develop communication skills and knowledge to prepare them to liaise with all industry stake holders, from designers through to manufacturers and marketers. The fashion industry has strongly supported the development and delivery of the Advanced Diploma. As part of the program, students undertake an internship with a major fashion enterprise. Students will work in industry for two days a week for a period of six months or in a four day block for eight weeks. Fashion students are also offered the opportunity to participate in an international study tour. Fashion course graduates can look forward to an exciting and rewarding career in the fashion industry. Career pathways include pattern engineering, quality assurance management, product development and design, design development, production development management and merchandising. Graduates may also look forward to working as a garment technician.
  • Entry requirements
    Non-Year 12 and Year 12 applicants for the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology and the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology are expected to have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills to undertake the course. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 applicants. All applicants will be required to complete and submit a Supplementary Application Form, attend an information session and submit a resume and photographs of design work and garments.
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
     
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Certificate III in Clothing Production
    Follow defined OH&S policies and procedures     30
    Apply quality standards     30
    Work in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry     40
    Identify fibres and fabrics     50
    Sew components     50
    Use specialised machinery or processes to assist assembly production     30
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements     40
    Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles     50
    Modify patterns to create basic styles     50
    Identify design process for fashion designs     40
    Draw and interpret a basic sketch     30
    Prepare and produce sewn garment     60
    Sew woven and stretch knit garments     40
    Interpret patterns and apply pattern information     30
    Prepare and design concept for a simple garment     80
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design     40
    Use a sewing machine     40
    Operate computing technology in TCF Workplace     50

    TOTAL     780

    Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    Follow defined OH&S polices and procedures     30
    Identify fibres and fabrics     50
    Identify design process for fashion designs     40
    Draw and interpret a basic sketch     30
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements     40
    Apply design studio process     80
    Interact and network with fashion industry participants     80
    Operate computer technology in a TCF workplace     50
    Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles     50
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design     40
    Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts     80
    Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments     30
    Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced pattern making principles     80
    Cut fabrics for prototype     40
    Develop product specifications for fashion design     40
    Grade 2D patterns     80
    Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques     40
    Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications     50
    Sew design prototypes     60
    Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs     30
    Use electronic fashion design tools     80
    Drape fabrics to make patterns     60
    Analyse fit model     40
    Produce fashion illustrations     50

    TOTAL     1250

    Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    Follow defined OH&S polices and procedures     30
    Identify fibres and fabrics     50
    Identify fabric performance and handling requirements     40
    Draw a trade drawing for fashion design     40
    Interact and network with fashion industry participants     80
    Develop product specifications for fashion design     40
    Apply design studio process     80
    Draw and interpret a basic sketch     30
    Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles     50
    Identify design process for fashion designs     40
    Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts     80
    Calculate cost estimates for fashion products     30
    Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments     30
    Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced pattern making principles     80
    Cut fabrics for prototype designs     40
    Grade 2D patterns     80
    Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques     40
    Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications     50
    Sew design prototypes     60
    Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs     30
    Use electronic fashion design tools     80
    Drape fabrics to make patterns     60
    Analyse fit model     40
    Develop marketing plans for fashion products     50
    Manipulate fabrics to create new finishes     20
    Develop and present design concepts within specific guideline     50
    Produce fashion illustrations     50
    Develop merchandising plans for fashion products     40
    Develop patterns for complex fashion garments     100
    Grade shaped patterns     60
    Apply design studio processes to meet client brief     90
    Determine and specify advanced construction processes     100
    Operate computer technology in a TCF workplace     50
    Participate in production planning processes     70

    TOTAL     1860

    Advanced Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    Evaluate commercial viability of designs     50
    Manage product development for fashion designs     60
    Manage design processes     80
    Develop a fashion range     100
    Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production     100
    5 specialist units     TBA
     
    Duration
    The fashion courses form a full-time three-year course*. Students can expect approximately 26 hours of class attendance spanning four days a week. The student intake is generally in February of each year.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If there are more applicants than course vacancies then preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated creative, conceptual and technical abilities and knowledge of and interest in the fashion industry.

    Pathways
    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

        * Fashion designer
        * Patternmaker
        * Product developer
        * Retail buyer OR Visual merchandiser

            
    Bachelor of Applied Science - Fashion Technology OR
            
    Bachelor of Applied Science - Fashion and Textiles Merchandising
     
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
     
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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