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Senior Fashion Designer

Senior Fashion Designers both design and manage fashion design teams in medium to large fashion houses.

Summary of Training

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Work safely
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Calculate cost estimates for fashion products
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Develop and implement a sales or marketing strategy for fashion or textile items
  • Evaluate international marketing opportunities
  • Evaluate international marketing programs
  • Manage market research
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Apply design studio process
  • Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Conduct quality assurance for patterns and garments
  • Create pattern to meet design specifications applying advanced patternmaking principles
  • Source materials and resources for production of fashion designs
  • Use electronic fashion design tools
  • Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
  • Conduct fashion design purchasing
  • Cost production of fashion or textile designs
  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
  • Implement specialised patternmaking technologies
  • Apply studio processes to create and produce designs for commercial production
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Coordinate quality assurance for textiles clothing and footwear products and services
  • Work with international textiles, clothing and footwear supply chains
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Manage quality system and procedures
  • Grade 2-D patterns
  • Research and evaluate processes and products
  • Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
  • Manage production processes
  • Map and establish textiles, clothing or footwear supply chain process
  • Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
  • Research commercial development of textiles
  • Apply electronic systems to textile design and production
  • Develop a textile product range
  • Construct complex blocks for fashion garments
  • Develop patterns for complex fashion garments
  • Determine and specify advanced construction processes
  • Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Creative & Artistic
Organising & Clerical

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Senior Fashion Designer - MST60116
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
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