Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

Location

Dunedin

Duration
6 months full-time; two years part-time
Credits
60
Level
4
Start
July
Apply
by 30 June
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 July 2019
    24 September 2018 - 5 October 2018

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to transform that enthusiasm into a career in the fashion industry? Look no further!

Embark on this hands-on qualification to acquire the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness necessary for further study in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain entry-level roles assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, and basic garment construction.

The fashion world is fast-paced, exciting and diverse, and with commitment and further study, you could consider career paths including fashion design, fashion journalism, buying, patternmaking, styling or costume design for film/theatre/television.

The School of Design is internationally-recognised as a great place to study fashion. You will be part of a vibrant fashion and design culture with access to modern design facilities and guidance and support from highly skilled lecturers. 

Student advisor: Pam Hodgkinson pam.hodgkinson@op.ac.nz

Programme leader: Tania Allan Ross Tania.Allan-Ross@op.ac.nz

Skills required
  • Creativity and vision.
  • The ability to see an idea through from concept to reality.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to develop practical abilities
  • The ability to communicate your ideas to others.
  • An interest in people and the world around you.
  • An enjoyment of working with others.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.

 

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

 

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

To be considered for selection in to this programme, you are required to supply the following:

  • Curriculum vitae - detailing your recent employment history, your interests and involvement in sport, cultural activities, clubs and community organisations, as well as your recent academic achievements.
  • Letter of introduction and motivation (around one page long) - highlighting your relevant creative interests, what has led you to apply and what you want to achieve by undertaking this qualification.
Additional costs

If you study full-time, you will be required to purchase $200-300 worth of fabrics, equipment and stationery supplies. A list of class requirements is available upon enrolment.

Further study options

This Certificate is designed to lead into the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) where you can build upon your skills and knowledge to further your career prospects.

Programme specific risks

You will be required to work with industrial machines, pressing equipment and chemical dyes and may also spend time working in industry.

Studying at the School of Design

Our Fashion school offers you the chance to learn in an innovative and collaborative environment and provides you with fantastic opportunities to showcase your creativity. With numerous other talks and smaller-scale exhibitions during the year, a highlight on the Polytechnic calendar is the 'Collections' exhibition which focuses on year three graduate collections and creations.

With international guest designers and judges, and annually increasing audience numbers, a highlight on the Dunedin City calendar is the internationally-acclaimed iD Dunedin Fashion Week. Dunedin is fast becoming the fashion capital of New Zealand and is gaining a reputation for having a truly unique and distinctive style - come and be part of it!

Your workload

A full-time programme of study (17 weeks) averages out at 18 hours per week in class and the equivalent number of self-directed learning hours out of class.

Alternatively, enjoy the flexibility of studying part-time, allowing you to complete the qualification over more than six months and fitting your study around other commitments.

You will study

A total of 60 credits are required to successfully complete this Certificate. 

 

Compulsory Courses (Complete All)

Credits

Fashion
Industry Practice 
 

Learn about the inner workings of the global and local fashion industry and consider some of the
challenges for the industry around sustainability and ethical practices. Learn about fashion
merchandising and consumer behaviour and apply this to a window or in-store display project
with an online promotion component. Map out your future in the fashion industry and create a
portfolio for application to further study or work in fashion retail or production.

15

Fashion Design
and Textile Concepts

 

 

An introduction to the fashion design process using drawing and writing to communicate ideas
through a fashion communication project. You will then go on to explore textile structure and techniques
and undertake a creative textile project.  

15

Fashion
Production

 

This course covers how to operate industrial sewing equipment and covers the basics of garment
construction and pattern making applied through two technical projects. You will undertake a
Fashion Design project in the last four weeks, bringing together the technical and creative skills
and techniques learnt throughout the programme.

 30

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Links to useful websites
  • Connect with School of Design students, graduates and staff on our very active Facebook page
  • iD Dunedin Fashion Week showcases the work of successful and emerging designers with a focus on unique and creative fashion
Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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