This practical, entry level programme teaches the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant in the clothing design and manufacturing sectors.  Student loans and allowances are available, you may even be eligible for Fees-Free study in 2018 – Click here to see if you qualify.

In this exceptional programme the learners sew using industrial machines, write garment specification sheets and develop and grade pattens for unstructured garments.  Patterns produced include street wear, active wear and swimwear for men, women and children.  Learners will demonstrate knowledge and skills to standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate and develop work habits and practices appropriate for further training, self-employment and employment .

Learners design and manufacture garments for their own real-life clients (meeting their individual specifications) and gain work experience in a designer workroom.  In addition they showcase their collections to industry via the Sewtec annual fashion show and/or other various industry events.

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  • Pattern block development
  • Pattern grading
  • Toile making (checking patterns for fitting)
  • Measuring the human form
  • Setting up your own business – business plans and setting up a budget
  • The benefit of NZ industry experienced apparel tutors
  • Text books, handouts, fabric, french curve, tailors square and tracing wheel supplied at no cost

Qualifications Offered

  • New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 4)

Study Details

  • January and July intakes
  • 42 weeks (1 year) full time
  • Days Mon to Thurs (8:30am – 3:00pm)
  • Allow one day self-directed study per week

Career Opportunities

  • Designer (self employed) or Design Assistant
  • Patternmaking Assistant
  • Cutters Assistant
  • Fashion Retail