Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Senior Fashion Designer

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

Summary of Training

Core Units - 10 required

  • 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

Elective Units – 35 required

  • 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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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Creative & Artistic
Organising & Clerical

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 18/19: 74

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 3/07/2020. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Senior Fashion Designer - MST60116
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 24/06/2020, rounded estimates for Jan 2019 to Dec 2019. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 232311

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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