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Level 5

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Start your career in the fashion industry

The fashion industry and creative and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand is looking for people who can apply core technical skills and knowledge of fashion design and construction at an operational level.

This programme will introduce you to the bigger picture of the fashion industry and how it operates both locally and globally. The programme will have ‘real life’ opportunities with projects from the community and fashion industry.

With your diploma completed successfully you can continue on to the second year of the Bachelor of Creative Practice.

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The NZ Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) is a one year (34 week) project-based programme designed for people wanting a career in fashion and to gain technical skills and knowledge required to work in the fashion design industry.

During the course you will:

  • Produce digital documentation of your research and progress.
  • Develop skills in fashion concept design and fashion illustration.
  • Develop skills to produce and manipulate pattern blocks and toiles.
  • Create fashion products to industry standards, after having prepared the specifications and planned the construction.
  • Develop professional ethics and values in relation to your own creative practice.
  • Produce a mini collection of clothing from concept to completion and present in a catwalk show.
  • Prepare a self-development plan to determine employment options.

As a graduate you will be capable of self-managing design projects to completion by applying technical skills and processes within briefs. You will have the conceptual and practical skills that reflect current fashion design industry practices.

Industry-based training

A portion of the programme involves yourself organising, planning and presenting a mini fashion collection in a Fashion Showcase.

You will attend a field trip visiting the local fashion industry.

Your future career and study opportunities

You will gain a broad introduction and understanding of the different aspects of the apparel industry which will prepare you for employment or to go on to further study. The programme offers a pathway to Level 6 of the Bachelor of Creative Practice at IDEAschool.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Pattern making for a major fashion company
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Independent clothing designer and manufacturer
  • Machinist for clothing manufacturer
  • Fashion retail assistant
  • Assistant to fashion designers
  • Fashion workroom assistant
  • Product manager for a fashion clothing company

Continue your study pathway with the Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by an Honours or Masters degree.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

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