Course Description

Developed by the innovative College of Fashion Design under the LMT07 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package, the course delivers valuable foundation skills in sketching and pattern block construction to individual measurements. You will also learn to interact and network within the fashion industry, and to communicate and sell your design concepts. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to independently create and draw original designs, draft patterns and construct garments to individual measurements. The course includes bespoke course material and workbooks authored by international fashion designers and pattern makers.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of College of Fashion Design.

Developed by the innovative College of Fashion Design under the LMT07 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package, the course delivers valuable foundation skills in sketching and pattern block construction to individual measurements. You will also learn to interact and network within the fashion industry, and to communicate and sell your design concepts. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to independently create and draw original designs, draft patterns and construct garments to individual measurements. The course includes bespoke course material and workbooks authored by international fashion designers and pattern makers.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of College of Fashion Design.

Potential career outcomes

  • Apparel Production Assistant
  • Assistant Patternmaker
  • Fashion Design Assistant
  • Product Development Assistant
Course number E0075
Qualification name LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio of Evidence, Presentations, Products, Questions
Fee for service option awarded by
  • College of Fashion Design (Provider number: 3798)

Developed by the innovative College of Fashion Design under the LMT07 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package, the course delivers valuable foundation skills in sketching and pattern block construction to individual measurements. You will also learn to interact and network within the fashion industry, and to communicate and sell your design concepts. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to independently create and draw original designs, draft patterns and construct garments to individual measurements. The course includes bespoke course material and workbooks authored by international fashion designers and pattern makers.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of College of Fashion Design.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1

  • Identify and follow workplace practices for hazard identification and risk control
  • Apply OHS practices to own work
  • Contribute to participative arrangements for management of OHS
  • Identify current resource use and environmental issues
  • Comply with environmental regulations
  • Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Module 2

  • Identify fibres and fabrics
  • Describe fabric construction processes
  • Describe qualities of fabrics
  • Determine uses of fabrics
  • Identify fibres and fabrics
  • Identify fabric performance characteristics
  • Identify fabric handling requirements
  • Identify cleaning and labelling requirements
  • Identify pattern components
  • Prepare to modify patterns
  • Modify and finalise pattern

Module 3

  • Describe sizing system
  • Analyse sizing requirements
  • Verify design sizing
  • Interpret size and fit
  • Construct block
  • Construct and assess toiles
  • Develop and complete final block
  • Maintain records
  • Prepare workstation
  • Select blocks to be used
  • Apply basic patternmaking principles to develop patterns
  • Test patterns
  • Complete work
  • Prepare workstation
  • Lay up fabric
  • Draft lay marker
  • Copy marker
  • Position marker
  • Cut work
  • Complete work

Module 4

  • Prepare workstation
  • Interpret the design
  • Select block
  • Create pattern
  • Test and finalise pattern
  • Prepare pattern documentation for production
  • Prepare draping tools and equipment
  • Prepare model form for draping
  • Prepare fabric for draping
  • Plan drape
  • Perform draping
  • Transfer drape to paper
  • Produce final pattern
  • Describe quality process
  • Measure garment
  • Verify garment sizing
  • Identify quality deviations
  • Despatch work

Module 5

  • Prepare workstation
  • Interpret the design
  • Select block
  • Create pattern
  • Test and finalise pattern
  • Complete work
  • Prepare pattern workstation
  • Analyse garment range
  • Analyse fabrics for garment range
  • Select and assess block portfolio
  • Create pattern
  • Prepare sample pattern
  • Develop pattern portfolio
  • Maintain records
  • Identify materials and resources required for production
  • Identify materials and resources available in Australia
  • Identify materials and resources available overseas
  • Identify lead times and payment requirements
  • Identify costs of purchasing materials and resources
  • Shipping options are determined
  • Select and source materials and resources
  • Follow quality processes

Module 6

  • Prepare drawing tools, equipment and workstation
  • Identify basic design styles
  • Use template to draw sketches
  • Interpret sketch
  • Complete work
  • Identify design process
  • Identify elements and principles of design
  • Prepare workstation
  • Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart

Module 7

  • Prepare drawing tools and equipment
  • Prepare workstation
  • Interpret design brief or specifications
  • Use template to produce trade drawing
  • Complete work
  • Identify the function of clothing
  • Identify 20th century influences on role of designers
  • Identify influences on fashion design from 20th century
  • Identify construction techniques used through 20th century
  • Analyse fashion influences on current practice
  • Identify colour as an element of design
  • Identify visual effects of colour
  • Investigate colour combinations for use in design
  • Consider use of colour in fashion design

Module 8

  • Describe features of fashion industry communication
  • Communicate design concepts and production requirements
  • Develop and maintain effective industry networks
  • Interpret design brief within specified guidelines
  • Research relevant information within specified guidelines
  • Contribute to design concepts
  • Contribute to presentation of the design
  • Identify factors to be considered when costing fashion products
  • Identify costs involved in producing fashion products
  • Identify and calculate labour costs involved in fashion product production
  • Develop costing sheets to industry standards
  • Interpret design brief
  • Research relevant information
  • Develop and refine design concept
  • Present design for feedback
  • Prepare for production
  • Develop design pattern
  • Produce fashion product
  • Interpret design brief
  • Develop inspiration board
  • Develop story board to meet design brief
  • Present design tools
  • Sell design concepts

Education

You will need to have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 Years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Additional equipment

You will need a range of materials and equipment to complete this course, in addition to the fashion kit that will be supplied to you once you enrol. Some of these things you might have at home already while some you may need to gain access to:

  • A domestic sewing machine
  • A domestic overlocker machine
  • Pattern paper
  • Pattern cardboard
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Adjustable Dressmaker Mannequin
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • General Stationary (including HB pencil, Black, Red, Green and Blue felt tip pens)
  • Sketching and fashion design rendering supplies e.g. poster paint, watercolours pencils and lead pencils
  • Fabric and Pattern board scissors
  • Sewing Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Un-picker
  • Calico for each project
  • Pressing cloth
  • Thread clippers
  • Pattern weights (optional)
  • Fabrics for garments, including various weights, natural and synthetic single yarn fabrics and blends and other characteristics for most projects e.g. knitted, woven, poplin, twill, satin, dobby, jacquard and pile
  • Components to complete garments, such as zips, buttons, thread, linings, various weights of interfacing and other appropriate trims
  • Many of these items can be purchased from our preferred industry supplier, M.Recht. Open Colleges students receive a 10% discount from their online store. 

Additional

As part of this course you will need to carry out measuring, fitting and photographing of yourself (no head-shots). You’ll also need access to ‘clients or friends’ to measure, construct and fit toile/prototype and garments for customer and workplace fit requirements.

You'll also need a range of materials and equipment to complete this course, in addition to the fashion kit that will be supplied to you once you enrol. Some of these things you might have at home already, while some you may need to gain access to:

  • A domestic sewing machine
  • A domestic overlocker machine
  • Pattern paper
  • Pattern cardboard
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Adjustable Dressmaker Mannequin
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • General Stationary (including HB pencil, Black, Red, Green and Blue felt tip pens)
  • Sketching and fashion design rendering supplies e.g. poster paint, watercolours pencils and lead pencils
  • Fabric and Pattern board scissors
  • Sewing Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Un-picker
  • Calico for each project
  • Pressing cloth
  • Thread clippers
  • Pattern weights (optional)
  • Fabrics for garments, including various weights, natural and synthetic single yarn fabrics and blends and other characteristics for most projects e.g. knitted, woven, poplin, twill, satin, dobby, jacquard and pile
  • Components to complete garments, such as zips, buttons, thread, linings, various weights of interfacing and other appropriate trims

Many of these items can be purchased from our preferred industry supplier, M.Recht. Open Colleges students receive a 10% discount from their online store. Contact us for more details.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

After enrolling in this course you will receive a fashion equipment kit to help you throughout your studies. This kit is worth up to $200 and is supplied by M.Recht, a specialist fashion industry supplier. All enrolled Open Colleges students will also receive a 10% student discount at their online store. Contact us for more information.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with College of Fashion Design (Provider number: 3798). The testamur will be issued by College of Fashion Design.

Christine O'Toole

Christine holds an Associate Diploma of Arts and Fashion from MSIT, Brisbane and has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. She thrives on sharing her skills and knowledge with students that want to work in exciting field of fashion. Her passion for education has allowed Christine to sustain a successful business as a freelance patternmaker and grader. She has worked with consulting designers, including industry-leading, “start-up” and small businesses designers. Christine’s skills allow her to work with her clients from the conceptualisation stage right through to manufacturing both locally and offshore. 

Jannette Elliott

Jannette has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years, initially specialising in the evening and bridal couture industry as a pattern maker, cutter and fitter in the iconic Centrepoint Tower in Sydney. She then went on to teach courses in fashion and soft furnishings at TAFE NSW. Jannette has completed a workplace training and assessment qualification as well a Certificate in Fashion from East Sydney Technical College. She is now enthusiastic about sharing her passion for creating clothing with her Open Colleges students.

Kerrie Rosenthal

Kerrie’s early years were spent learning all the aspects of her trade while working on the factory floor of numerous fashion houses. She worked her way up to becoming a head designer and design room manager for a fashion manufacturer that had 12 retail outlets. She has taught in the fashion departments of leading training organisations and had her own children’s wear label and a retail outlet. She has spent the last 15 working as a freelance designer patternmaker. During this time she has covered all types of apparel including men’s wear, swimwear, children’s wear, leather and both high and budget fashion. Kerrie has also worked on designs for Fashion Week Australia, as well as gowns for Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Jennifer Hawkins and Natarsha Belling. 

Mimma Gatto

With experience spanning 24 years in the fashion Industry, Mimma Gatto is recognised as an established, award winning designer. Her personal business specialises in custom, made-to-measure bridal couture gowns. Mimma runs specialty workshops in handmade millinery and hand-beading. In addition, she has directed and taught students in Applied Fashion Design & Technology at TAFE NSW. With her extensive experience, knowledge and determination, Mimma is looking forward to working with all students wanting to study, refine their skills and graduate in fashion design.

Yvonne El-Alam

With over 20 years of experience in the fashion Industry, Yvonne utilises her skills and knowledge to be an effective trainer and assessor. She excels at patternmaking, grading and garment construction. Yvonne has extensive experience in consulting to industry professionals, and taking a design from sketch to production. She works as a Freelance Patternmaker/Grader for many clients including major corporate wear labels, and small start up designer labels in Australia.

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