Frequently Asked Questions
- What is vocational education?
- What are the advantages of studying at the Melbourne School of Fashion?
- Are the courses AUSTUDY / ABSTUDY / Youth Allowance approved?
- Can full time courses, i.e. the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, be studied part time? If so over what period of time?
- Are the courses and qualifications widely recognised by employers in the fashion industry?
- What jobs have MSF graduates obtained?
- Does the school offer short courses or part time courses?
- Could I enrol for Year 1 of the course only, to see if I really like it and then enrol for the rest of the Advanced Diploma after completing Year 1?
- I have completed a fashion course at another institution. Would MSF recognise this study and exempt me from having to repeat subject I have already studied?
- I have studied informally and on-the-job, but have no qualifications or a statement of results. Would my skills and knowledge be recognised by MSF?
- Does the school help students get work experience in the industry?
- Does the school assist graduates in finding employment?
- Do you need a portfolio to be accepted into a course?
- Do you accept overseas students for enrolment?
- Can I visit the school and discuss the courses with MSF staff?
- What is the MSF Code of Practice?
What is vocational education?
Vocational education relates to courses at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels that are designed to meet the skill needs of industry. In our case, the skills criteria is set by the fashion industry itself for a variety of occupations, and courses will only be accredited if they teach these skills and teach them to industry standards. Vocational courses are practical in nature, hands-on and industry-focused. Graduates of such courses are highly employable as a result.
What are the advantages of studying at the Melbourne School of Fashion?
Small class sizes. This enables lecturers to speak one-on-one with each student in every class and consequently a high calibre of work from each student is possible. The facilities are spacious and the equipment is extensive and equivalent to what is used in the industry. The School has a very strict policy of employing qualified lecturers with extensive professional experience in the industry relevant to the subject they are teaching, and in most cases, they are currently employed in the industry. This ensures students graduate with skills, knowledge and expertise in line with current industry standards and expectations (see lecturer’s biographies and course information). A wide variety of study options: day-time, evening, weekends, part time, full time and distance education.
Are the courses AUSTUDY / ABSTUDY / Youth Allowance approved?
Yes. The full time courses are Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance approved.
The full time courses are:
Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT41107)
Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT50307)
Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307)
Can full time courses, i.e. the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, by studied part time? If so over what period of time?
Yes. Students may study the full time courses over a longer period by taking a less than full time load. This may mean studying only one or two subjects at any one time.
Are the courses and qualifications widely recognised by employers in the fashion industry?
Yes. The courses are fully accredited and nationally and internationally recognised.
What jobs have graduates obtained?
Graduates have obtained employment as designers, production managers, quality controllers, pattern makers, machinists, illustrators, dressmakers, buyers, visual merchandisers, milliners, managers of retail businesses, in both large and small companies in Australia and the UK, or have started their own label or retail business.
Does the school offer short courses or part time courses?
Yes. Students can study single subjects from the full time courses. Melbourne School of Fashion also offers short intensive courses and master classes which are advertised on the website.
Could I enrol for Year 1 of the course only, to see if I really like it and then enrol for the rest of the Advanced Diploma after completing Year 1?
I have completed a fashion course at another institution. Would MSF recognise this study and exempt me from having to repeat subjects I have already studied?
Yes, where the previous study is relevant. The student would be required to provide an official statement of attainment from the institution where the study was undertaken, and if necessary, a folio of work. In many cases an assessment interview will be arranged.
I have studied informally and on-the-job, but have no qualifications or a statement of results. Would my skills and knowledge be recognised by MSF?
Yes. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. Subject exemptions are granted after the applicant submits a folio of work or sits a practical assessment test.
Does the school help students get work experience in the industry?
Yes. The School assists students to arrange work experience. All students are able to participate in work experience and a list of companies is compiled to facilitate this process. Students are encouraged to get involved with such events as Fashion Week, relevant industry events and parades, and to submit their work in local and national competitions, such as the Wool Awards, Fashion Awards Australia, NRA, International Arts of Fashion and Spirit of the Black Dress.
Does the school assist graduates in finding employment?
Yes. Job notices are placed on notice boards and students are encouraged to approach their teachers or staff for guidance in this regard. See also previous paragraph regarding work experience.
Do you need a portfolio to be accepted into a course?
No. You may enrol into the entry level courses without a portfolio. The only time a portfolio is required is when a student requests advanced standing into a course.
Do you accept overseas students for enrolment?
Yes. The School is approved to enrol students who require student visas to study in Australia. International students should consult the International Student Prospectus.
Can I visit the school and discuss courses with MSF staff?
Yes. We would be pleased to talk to you at any time. You can come and visit us at our Melbourne Campus or alternatively you may call and make an appointment on (+61) 03 9945 9511
What is the MSF Code of Practice?
The Melbourne School of Fashion is a registered training provider and meets the administrative, delivery, staffing, facility, marketing, financial, quality assurance and assessment standards agreed to by Federal, State and Territory Governments in Australia. The Victorian State Government registering authority, the Office of Training and Tertiary Education, monitors and subjects the School to regular external audits to verify adherence to these standards, known as the Australian Qualification Training Framework (AQTF standards). For further details on the AQTF standards, please contact the administration of Melbourne School of Fashion to request a copy.
The Bachelor of Fasion and Design gave me the perfect blend of technical fashion knowledge and business know-how to start my own design label.DavidBachelor of Fashion and Business, 2012
Being taught by professionals who work in the fashion industry is really interesting and gives you an insight into how the industry works in the real world.MajaStudied Fashion Design in 2012
My absolute favourite subject was Small Business Planning. There was a lot of work but the completed business plan was rewarding.DianaStudied Certificate in Fashion Business in 2008
The teachers made me thrive with their wealth of knowledge, experience and willingness to assist with any questions… and trust me I had plenty.KimberlyStudied Certificate in Fashion Business in 2008
The course content was really broad and enabled the students to work with a complete range of millinery materials and techniques.KelliStudied Certificate in Milinery, Construction & Design in 2010
I feel totally confident about finding a full time position in a retail company where I can use my skills learnt from the course to pursue a successful career in management.SophieStudied Certificate in Fashion Business in 2010
The course gave me so much confidence in my abilities as a designer and the teachers had such an in depth knowlege of the fashion design industry that I felt ready to hit the ground running.VanessaAdvanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, 2012
I don’t think the world is quite ready for the stuff I am about to show it, but they will be someday.AdamStudied Certificate in Fashion Business in 2011
My main objective for studying at the Melbourne School of Fashion was to gain an insight into the fashion industry and to really focus on pursuing my dreams to work as a Buyer.KatrinaStudied Certificate in Fashion Business in 2011
Throughout my 3 years, I was astounded at the broad selection of industry relevant subjects offered to students.StaceyStudied Fashion Design in 2012
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