Certificate in Fashion Technology and Design Certificate in Fashion Technology and Design

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CertificateFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$6,150 - $6,700. per year







Course related costs




Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Cultivate your own style and gain the conceptual and construction skills needed to become a success in the fashion industry.

The certificate programme will help you develop your own style and give you the conceptual and construction skills needed for success. You'll make and create your own garments and gain knowledge to help you develop your own practice.

You'll learn about:

  • Flat pattern-making
  • Industrial garment construction
  • Drawing and design
  • Business practices

Coupled with this, you'll explore the intellectual and practical talents needed to gain an entry level position within the fashion industry.

The programme requires basic literacy, numeracy and computing skills, and has limited spaces.

Find out more about studying fashion

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 36 NCEA credits at Level 1 including 12 credits in English. and 12 credits in mathematics.
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • You are required to supply a 300 word statement expressing your interest in working within the Fashion Industry. You may be asked to meet with Fashion School staff if further clarification is deemed necessary.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Final selection will be made on your future aspirations within the fashion industry and how these fit with the aim of the programme.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form.
  • 300 word statement expressing interest in the fashion industry

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduates can secure jobs in the fashion industry as a patternmaker, or assistant machinist, cutter's assistant, retail assistant or production assistant.

The unique culture of the fashion industry encourages skill development and creates opportunities to further your career.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you will be in an ideal position to study our Bachelor of Design specialising in fashion.

Recommended school subjects

  • English literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Art
  • Design
  • Relevant industry experience