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Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    6–18 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

The Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT41007) offered through Open Colleges is designed for everyone with a love of fashion and a desire to make clothes. This online fashion course is ideal for anyone wishing to break into the fashion industry, as well as dressmaking enthusiasts who love making their own clothes and want to gain extra skills.

This online fashion design course has been designed by the College of Fashion Design and will give you essential skills in sketching and pattern modification and development. You will also learn about the business side of fashion, including how to interact and network in the fashion industry, as well as how to communicate and sell your designs.


Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Have a Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a relevant qualification; OR
  • Have relevant vocational experience.

Areas of study

In this Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology program, the subjects you'll study include:

  • Follow defined OHS policies and procedures
  • Use and apply sizing systems appropriate for fashion design
  • Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • Identify fibres and fabrics
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Modify patterns to create basic styles
  • Construct stock size block for garment to meet size and fit specifications
  • Create pattern from block to meet customer specifications
  • Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
  • Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
  • Source materials and resources for production of fashion design
  • Cut fabrics for prototype designs
  • Sew design prototypes
  • Draw and interpret a basic sketch
  • Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
  • Identify design process for fashion designs
  • Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Apply design studio process
  • Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
RTO 90796
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT41007) from Open Colleges.

This online course in fashion design and technology will give you the training to turn your hobby into an exciting career. You will have the skills and education to pursue a career as an assistant designer or patternmaker, or independent custom clothing business owner or manager.

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Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Pay in weekly instalmentsPay in full
Pay just 48 weekly instalments of $89.69 with a $100 depositPay $4,380 upfront and save 25%

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