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Fashion Business: Advanced Diploma

LMT60507: Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising


Full Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

The fashion industry consists of many more career opportunities than just fashion design, pattern-making and garment construction. Numerous roles exist in the business side of the industry in areas such as fashion marketing and PR, merchandising, production management, sales, buying, trend forecasting and many more. To be successful in the fashion industry, students must develop a sense of what the consumers want, what works, what sells and how to effectively market it.

Our Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising course offers students intensive training in fashion business processes including product development, fashion business management, buying, marketing, textile design, computer aided design to give students the skills to work in their chosen area of the fashion industry.

Have the opportunity to be introduced to key fashion & business creatives, listen to industry guest speakers, and participate in excursions relating to your study area

Within the first semester of study, students are introduced to core industry knowledge including product development, fashion design and fashion business. This includes the knowledge of textiles and design, pattern making, sizing, trade drawings, computer aided design, core marketing strategy and fashion merchandising.

Within the second semester of study, students obtain a thorough understanding of how to research and trend forecast, develop product and fashion ranges, importing and exporting for clients, producing marketing plans for domestic and international markets, planning electronic marketing communications, managing quality systems and negotiating contracts to produce finished design products.

During the final semester of the course, students will experience the key process of designing and developing a fashion range and the logistics of how to bring these successfully to final sale, allowing them to either develop and pursue their own entrepreneurial objectives or work for their desired employer.

Students will be introduced to key and successful Queensland fashion and business creatives, have the opportunity to listen to industry guest speakers and participate in class excursions relating to their area of study.

The course is taught by trainers who have had vast experience (the majority with over 20 years experience) working within the fashion industry and most of whom still currently work within the industry. This gives our students the ability to gain valuable insights from trainers with real industry experience and benefit from their experiences, knowledge and industry contacts.

What is the difference between the Applied Fashion Design & Technology course and the Fashion & Textiles Merchandising Course?

The Fashon & Textiles Merchandising course teaches students design, marketing, merchandising and business skills. Students who take the Applied Fashion Design & Technology course will learn design, sewing, pattern making - in other words, in the Applied Fashion Design & Technology course students learn to make their own designs, whereas in the Fashion & Textiles Merchandising course, students will learn how to design and then market and sell their own designs, but will not make them themselves.

fashion range presentation
Designs by Jamie Allen


"After attending two months at a university level, I soon realised I needed a more hands on, creative and practical approach to developing my skills, knowledge and understanding of different career avenues in the fashion industry. Australian Institute of Creative Design has offered me invaluable industry knowledge and a real world experience.

The first six months of my course I learnt the core fundamentals and theories to the business side of the Fashion Industry including marketing, designing, production documentation, trend forecasting, buying, visual merchandising and many more. Although I am more critically business minded, I also got the opportunity to undertake basic sewing and pattern making, which I understand now is a necessary skill to have knowledge of to conduct successful fashion business transactions and decisions.

The second six months I have been able to develop my own personal identity and footprint in the industry through creative direction from teachers and developing my portfolio. Throughout my studies, I have had the opportunity to meet industry professionals, buyers and wholesalers which has helped me build contacts and networks in the industry.

I also got the opportunity to compete in a visual merchandising industry competition and through the college obtained a visual merchandising internship with Megan Park, which was invaluable. Through this internship and work experience, I was lucky enough to receive a full time job offer from Forever New as their visual merchandising and stock assistant starting next year.

My teachers were very supporting, easily approachable and knowledgeable. I have had the opportunity to meet some talented individuals, whom I hope to remain in touch with on a personal, and industry level. "

- Jade Fook, 2013 Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising Student.

Additional Study Options

Fashion Business & Fashion Styling

Students undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising are also able to complete the part time Diploma of Styling (Fashion, Image & Media) at the same time (Timetables allowing). This option is perfect for students who are looking to get into fashion buying, merchandising, styling, PR and fashion journalism. Click here to find out more about this option.

communicate and sell design concepts
Designs by Amy Chong

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising students will have the opportunity to work in positions in the fashion industry such as:

  • Fashion Business Manager
  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Assistant Designer
  • Fashion Business Owner
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Marketing Agent
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Production Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Public Relations
  • Fashion Graphic Illustrator
  • Production Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Importer / Exporter
  • Fashion Magazine Editor
  • Event Management

Students with a particular interest in a career as a fashion editor for a magazine or fashion stylist, can also undertake the Diploma of Styling - Fashion, Image & Media in conjunction with the Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising.

Topic Areas Covered

The following topic areas are covered within the Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising course:

  • Developing a business plan
  • Product Design
  • Spec Drawing
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Production Planning
  • Computer-aided design
  • Digital Textiles Design & Development
  • Importing & Exporting
  • Production Management
  • Sales Management
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Marketing & PR
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Contracts
  • Costing Design Production
  • Fashion Event Management
  • On Shore & Off Shore Production
  • Fashion Show Production
  • Label Development Workshopping
  • Managing Global Operations
  • Starting your own fashion business

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: LMT60507

Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507) qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

To check our accreditation details click here.


(* TCF is an abbreviation of Textiles, Clothing & Footwear)

Course Duration:

The Advanced Diploma takes a year and a half to complete full-time (6 terms). The course runs for 3 days per week from 9.00am - 4.30pm (with a half hour lunch break)...

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.


February INTAKE 2016

Term 1
22nd Feb 16
24th Mar 16
Term 2
4th Apr 16
24th Jun 16
Term 3
11th Jul 16
16th Sep 16
Term 4
4th Oct 16
9th Dec 16
Term 5
30th Jan 17
31st Mar 17
Term 6
10th Apr 17
16th Jun 17

March INTAKE 2015

Term 1
2nd Mar 15
8th May 15
Term 2
18th May 15
17th Jul 15
Term 3
3rd Aug 15
2nd Oct 15
Term 4
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
Term 5
1st Feb 16
1st Apr 16
Term 6
18th Apr 16
17th Jun 16

February INTAKE 2014

Term 1
24th Feb 14
2nd May 14
Term 2
12th May 14
11th Jul 14
Term 3
28th Jul 14
26th Sep 14
Term 4
13th Oct 14
12th Dec 14
Term 5
2nd Feb 15
2nd Apr 15
Term 6
20th Apr 15
19th Jun 15

February INTAKE 2013

Term 1
26th Feb 13
2nd May 13
Term 2
14th May 13
11th Jul 13
Term 3
30th Jul 13
26th Sep 13
Term 4
15th Oct 13
12th Dec 13
Term 5
3rd Feb 14
2nd Apr 14
Term 6
2nd Apr 14
20th Jun 14
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fashion parade events

Course Fees - Domestic Students Only

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.

Expressions of interest will be taken for students applying for courses with a Vet Student Loan

View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

Check out some other course financing options here.

If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $26,500.00

  • Payment plans and finance options are available.

Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Fabrics and Haberdashery for production of garments during the course
  • Garment/product sampling costs - i.e. during the course students will source a t-shirt from a supplier and have the t-shirt made to their design.

Students will be provided with learning resources and equipment during their course of study

Required Course Equipment:

Students will be supplied with learning resources and equipment required to their course of study

A detailed equipment list is provided on course application and is also available by request.

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • Student's will reqiure a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.


Students will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are recommended:

  • A Wireless Laptop (PC or MAC)
  • Minimum 8Gb RAM (Preferrably 16GB RAM)
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Anti Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • For editing work it is recommended you have a mouse
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
    If using a Mac -> Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used
  • It is suggested all students have a spare Hard Drive/USB to back up their work
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Student Version)* - Student Plans Available

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing may be available.

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

Looking for course financing options? Check out some of the options available here.


Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will receive your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).
  5. Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.


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