Fashion Business: Advanced Diploma

LMT60507: Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:15AM - 4:45PM BRISBANE

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.

The AIFD 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.

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. AICD 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

LMT60507: Advanced Diploma of Fashion & Textiles Merchandising

LMTFD3004B Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences
LMTFD4006B Interact and network with fashion industry participants
LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics
LMTTX2001B Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production
LMTGN2009B Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
BSBMKG402B Analyse consumer behaviour for specific markets
MSAENV272B  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
LMTGN4019A Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing systems
LMTCL3009B Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
LMTFD4018B Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
LMTGN5001B Participate in production planning processes
LMTFD4003B Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
LMTFD4020B Use electronic fashion design tools
LMTFD4012B Develop product specifications for fashion design (P)
LMTFD5004B Develop marketing plans for fashion products
LMTFD5013B Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
LMTFD5008B Conduct fashion design purchasing
LMTGN4018A Apply TCF market supply systems (P)
LMTFD4017B Source materials and resources for production of fashion design
LMTTD4006A Source textile materials and resources
LMTTD5007A Develop textile designs using computer based design programs
LMTFD4004B Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
LMTFD4014B Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques
LMTTD4008A Present and promote textile design concepts
LMTFD4016B Sew design prototypes
LMTGN5002B Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services
LMTFD5009B Cost design production (P)
LMTGN5003B Work with international TCF supply chains
BSBMKG415A Research international markets
BSBMKG416A Market goods and services internationally
LMTGN5008A Identify opportunities in the TCF market (P)
LMTFD5010B Develop and present concepts within specified guidelines
LMTFD4005B Communicate and sell design concepts
LMTFD5007B Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
BSBMKG510B Plan e-marketing communications
LMTGN6001B Develop and implement a sales or marketing plan
LMTGN6003B Research and evaluate processes and products
LMTGN6006A Map and establish TCF supply chain process
LMTGN6002B Manage quality system and procedures
LMTGN6004B Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
LMTTD6003A Develop a textile product range
LMTFD6006B Develop a fashion range
BSBDES602A Research global design trends
LMTFD5006B Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria

(Please note: TCF is an abbreviation for Textiles, Clothing and Footwear)

Course Duration:

The Advanced Diploma takes a year and a half to complete full-time (6 terms). Embedded within the Advanced Diploma course is the Diploma, which is completed within the first year of study (4 terms). The course runs for 3 days per week from 9.15am - 4.45pm (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.

fashion parade events

Course Fees - Domestic Students Only


Payment Options

VET FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme which assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The loan allows students to study now and pay later by deferring loan repayments until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold (in 2010-2011 this was $44,911). Once you reach the repayment threshold repayments are made to the Australian Government through the tax system.

If you are eligible for VET FEE-HELP

Students may choose to pay for all or part of their tuition fees upfront for the entire course, academic year or unit of study and/or can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan for all or part of the tuition fees. Course fees are due no later than the census date for each unit of study.

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on census dates and units of study.

If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP or choose not to apply for a VET FEE-HELP assistance:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $25,300.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $1,000.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit installments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $24,300.00

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.

Required Course Equipment:

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

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Design and Pattern making Equipment (approx: $300)
  • 2 Textbooks (approximately $250)
  • Basic stationary: i.e. display folders, notepad, pens, pencil, rubber. (approx: $50)
  • 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 accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Norton Anti Virus - Students will not be allowed to connect to our network without Norton Anti Virus installed.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard CS4 or better - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.*

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

If you need to purchase a laptop for this course AICD can organise this for you, speak to administration for more information.

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.


Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Attend an interview at the college and complete an interview test - phone (07) 55 938 335 to arrange your interview. (If you live outside the South East Qld Region and are unable to attend an interview, contact us to have the application forms posted to you).
  2. Fill out and return the Application Form (this can be completed at the interview).
  3. Student's will recieve their acceptance/non-acceptance letter and enrolment pack in the mail - including enrolment form, payment plan forms and the student handbook.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, student's who wish to enrol must submit the enrolment form with the course deposit to secure their position in the course.

Next Course Start Dates

  • Next Start Date: Monday the 22nd of February 2016: 9:15AM - 4:45PM BRISBANE

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