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Diploma of Fashion Design (Advanced)

Level 6

Why study at the Design & Arts College of New Zealand?

·  We have more than 30 years experience in providing quality relevant education that leads to employment in the creative industries

·  Our industry, community and institutional partnerships make the D&A learning experience dynamic and help students launch careers

·  Small class sizes allow for effective one-on-one tutor time and support

·  We bring students from all over the world together with industry professionals to create a community of people passionate about design and arts


Duration and Intakes

Diploma of Fashion Design - 2 Academic Years, Level 5,

26 January 2015 and 13 July 2015 

Diploma of Fashion Design (Advanced) - 3 Academic Years, Level 6, 

Career Opportunities

Designers,assistant designers, costuming, pattern makers, production managers, stylists,merchandising, fashion buying and retail.

Further Study Possibilities

Graduates have gone on to study: Central St Martins Fashion College, London; Massey University (Bachelor of Design); Auckland University of Technology (Bachelor of Design, Fashion).

Entry Requirements

Portfolio and interview. NCEA Level 2, preferably Level 3 (High School Year 12/13) or equivalent. English language entry requirements, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

Tuition fees

$19,656 per academic year

Course-related costs

$2,500 per academic year 

Individual Course Components

Pattern making,construction, drawing, textiles, history of fashion, design development, fabric printing, millinery, digital media, computer aided pattern making, business studies, designing a collection, internship.

Course Summary

First Academic Year

Academic year one establishes the foundations of garment structure through the fundamental subjects of pattern making, garment construction, drawing, design development and textiles.

History of costume looks at bygone shapes and structures as well as outlining the growth of the fashion industry, introducing the social and economic context of fashion and an introduction to the role of the costume designer.

Fashion at D&A embraces millinery and fabric printing as additional fashion design opportunities and when worked in conjunction with garment projects gives a thorough individual and styled look. Garment projects are worked separately and progress through the main garment range.

Second Academic Year

Academic year two broadens and extends to more complex garment types that require greater attention to fit on the body through tailoring, couture techniques and bodywear. Computer aided pattern making (PAD software) is introduced to advance pattern making skills to those needed in industry. Business studies introduces business practice and prepares the students for employment applications.

Design projects broaden to whole outfits and mini collections through to the creation of a mini collection for the annual Visual Show. Digital media is introduced to assist in the creation of collection designs and the professional presentation of student design work.

Third Academic Year

Academic year three is the finishing off year where students consolidate learning and prepare for entry into the fashion industry. Greater emphasis is put on the manufacturing process and the marketplace. A four week internship provides the students with an opportunity to observe and participate as an employee with a chosen industry mentor.

Each student produces a complete collection for the Visual Show which reflects their design and production achievements. Experimentation, innovation and creativity,independent work habits, and the professional presentation of design solutions to clients for personal promotion are maximized for final year study.