• Fashion Design Studio

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  1. 2017 Enrolments


    Are you thinking of studying Fashion Design in 2017?  We have various levels of courses on offer, with enrolments due to open on December 16.

    In 2017 we move to deliver the new CUA training package and as such have adjusted our delivery pattern at our foundational level qualifications from a 1 year Cert IV, to a 1 semester Cert III followed by a 1 semester Cert IV.  The new course content aligns with the full year delivery mode but has been broken up into semester courses for both course areas of Fashion Design and Fabric Design & Print.

    Both the Cert III Design Fundamentals CUA30715 and the Cert IV Design CUA40715 are on the NSW Skills List and we offer subsidised places to eligible students.


    Starting with an introductory level Cert III Design Fundamentals, you’ll learn skills in Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion CAD, Fibre & Fabric Selection, Colour, Fashion Business and Technical Drawing.  This course runs for 1 semester full time or 2 semesters Part Time Evening.

    Following successful completion of the Cert III, you will then have the option to continue on to the Cert IV Design and extend on the skills learnt in semester 1. The Cert IV Design also runs for 1 semester. In this course you will develop more comprehensive skills in Fashion Design, Fashion CAD and Fashion illustration, whilst also being introduced to life drawing and basic sewing and patternmaking skills.  With an emphasis on identifying a design signature, you will participate in a Brand Proposal project supported in design, illustration and fashion business, where you will develop the concept for a new label and design the launching collection presenting it to a panel with all required supporting documentation.

    At the end of the 1 year of studying you will have developed skills and knowledge in fashion design and the capabilities to develop a portfolio of work for a submission into the Bachelor of Fashion Design.


    This course area also begins at the Cert III Design Fundamentals area, but with a strong focus on fabric print design. You will study introductory skills in colour and print design, digital print design and set up, and illustration. You will spend 5 hours per week in the screen printing studio where you will learn valuable skills in screen printing placement and yardage prints in single or multiple colours. This is an applied method of learning with studio based projects.

    Following the successful completion of the Cert III, you will have the option of continuing on to the Cert IV Design where you will build on your acquired skills and knowledge and extend your capabilities with more complex projects and designs.

    After the completion of both the Cert III and Cert IV you will be able to extend your skills further and develop your own range of printed textiles and products in the Diploma of Textile Design & Development. Please note that the Cert III and IV are both pre-requisites for entry into the Diploma.

    Should you have any further questions, please contact us on 02 9217 5534 or by emailing si.fashiondesignstudio@tafensw.edu.au

  2. Semester 2 Short Courses

    Semester 2 short courses are now open for enrolment and starting soon.

    DIGITAL FABRIC DESIGN – an introduction


    This course provides students with an ability to apply design based software Adobe CS6 to the design, preparation and creation of printed fabrics in a digital medium at an introductory level. Topics: – Operate both Photoshop and Illustrator at a basic level – Colour manage digital artwork – Put fabric and wallpaper designs into repeat – Colour separate Vector files – Tonal colour separate bitmap files – Design and print t-shirts using a direct digital garment printer Enrol HERE




    This 5 week workshop is for anyone wanting to print their own designs onto fabrics. You will learn quick and simple print design techniques, as well as the basic skills needed to screen print, including screen set up and coating, shooting a design onto the screen, preparing fabric for printing and screen printing. Running over 5 consecutive weeks, it allows you to work on your designs between classes and come in and print the next week. It is ideal for anyone studying the Digital Fabric Design commercial courses as you can use the prints designed in that class to print in this workshop in both repeats and placement prints. Enrol HERE



    Fashion CAD

    This course is designed to give you basic skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD), as it applies to Fashion. You will be using a variety of Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, to create moodboards, illustrations, production sketches and layouts for fashion related projects. This course is ideal for those already working in the fashion industry and looking to upgrade their skills in Fashion CAD to increase their viability in a competitive employment market. Enrol HERE



    Jennifer Cai_Illustration_Mixed Media

    This is a practical course where students learn the creative art of illustrating detailed drawings of figure and face for a fashion design context. Students will be taught a variety of illustration techniques through practical demonstration and will then undertake individual projects based around techniques learned each week. Enrol HERE

  3. FDS Masterclass with Akira

    Akira_frontAkira_backWe are excited to announce that we will be holding a masterclass with celebrated Australian designer and FDS alumni Akira Isogawa on Saturday 6th August.

    The class will be open to all members of the public providing you have some design experience and the ability to operate a sewing machine.

    Please contact customer service on 9217 5534 for further details and a masterclass outline.

  4. Textile Printing Workshop

    Textiles Printing

    Learn how to screen print fabrics with your own unique designs in our 5 week course. With practical workshops on Saturdays in our Screen Printing Studio, you’ll learn how to produce simple print designs, prepare screens and fabrics for printing and screen print your own designs.

    Our next course starts on 30 April 2016

    To enrol go to http://sydneytafe.edu.au/course-details/165-29305V01/tafe-statement-in-design-principles-for-textile-printing#results or call 9217 5200 for more information.

    Print design by Nicole Quinton

  5. 2016 Enrolment and Applications Closing Soon

    Entry into many of our courses is through application.  Please review this information and links below to select the right course for you.



    Cert III enrolments are open now with places filling fast.  The course is designed to deliver basic design principles with a fashion focus and is a great introduction for those who have no previous design training.

    Smart and Skilled subsidised places in the courses are available in two delivery modes and you can enrol immediately by clicking on either FULLTIME or PART TIME now.

    Second Round Applications are open until January 24. You must complete the online application first by clicking HERE.

    Download the Information Package below and submit your portfolio by January 24.

    Cert IV Design (Fashion Design) Information Package

    You will be assessed on a portfolio of work and your online application. If you are applying for the Degree, you can submit a copy of the same portfolio you are using for that application.

    Round 2 applications are open until January 29.  Apply online HERE and download the application form HERE.  Complete your portfolio and essay (details of what to include are on page 3) and submit by January 29 to be considered for 2016 enrolment.



    This is an introductory design course to train students in the skills required for Fabric print design and screen printing. You will learn basic skills required to design your own fabric prints and how to set up digital files and screens for manual printing.

    Smart and Skilled Subsidised places are available. Apply online HERE and download the below to find out what to include in your portfolio.

    CUV40311-04V01_Information Package

    Students who successfully complete the Cert IV have the opportunity to transition into the Diploma with 1 semester of RPL.

    This comprehensive course offers students the opportunity to gain skills in the design and printing of fabrics for multiple uses such as fashion, interiors and home-wares. This course also offers an internship as a fantastic opportunity to build strong connections to industry partners.

    Apply online here and download the Information Package below to find out what to include in your portfolio.

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    Submit the portfolio by January 24.

    Students who have successfully completed the Diploma of Textile Design and Development will have the opportunity to further their study in the Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development for 1 semester.



    As always, we are looking for creative flair and innovation when assessing applicants in all of our courses so ensure you include only your BEST work in your application.

    If you have any questions regarding the Bachelor of Fashion Design, please contact course co-ordinator Anne Normoyle on 9217 4614 and for all other courses contact our customer service on 9217 5534.

  6. Ontera Modular Carpets Design Competition

    Ontera Modular Carpets Pty Ltd is a design-focused leader of the Australian carpet industry. Our 2015 Diploma of Textile Design & Development Students participated in a project that gave students an insight into the processes and design skills required for designing in a commercial context.

    Students were required to design a site specific carpet for the entrance to the Ultimo College Library Level 1 Building D developing your own theme inspired by Sydney TAFE, with its rich history dating back to the 19th century.

    Accessing Sydney TAFE’s historical archives, students developed their concepts and produced final artwork for their concept submissions.  The competition was judged this week and we are proud to announce the winner Robyn Donoghue

    robyn donoghue ontera

    View all the entries below


    Gemma Threadgate



    Gillian Down

    gillian sml


    Karen Tam

    Karen Ontera thumbnail


    Eloise Teernstra



    Liz Bryant



    Maya Kerr

    Maya carpet M


    Chantelle Bubic

    Ontera Carpet Chantelle sml


    Tatiany Carrinho Ribeiro



    Veena Park


    For more details about Ontera, visit their website  http://www.ontera.com.au/











  7. Textile Design & Development – Elizabeth Bryan

    This week’s student to be showcased is Elizabeth Bryan.  Elizabeth is currently completing her final year in the diploma of Textile Design & Development and has been developing a strong signature in her work since 2014.

    Acquiring learning in fabric print design, both manual and digital print set up, screen printing and preparation, colour, illustration, marketing, business, exhibition curating and branding, Diploma students graduate with job ready skills to enable them to work as a textile print designer, and/or to run their own bespoke printing business.

    This is a sample of Elizabeth’s portfolio from 2014.  If you would like more information about the Diploma of Textile Design & Development, visit the Courses page.

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