Fashion & Sustainability


Study Apparel and Fashion Technology, Pattern Design or Fashion Design in partnership with NZ Fashion Tech and Whitecliffe College of Fashion & Sustainability.

Whitecliffe Fashion Design graduates think creatively, take risks, and have a high level of industry standard technical skill. They are innovators with a personal vision who build careers as highly respected professionals within the fashion industry.

BFA - Fashion Design

Fashion Design is an influential and creative medium offering a dynamic means of personal expression. Fashion is fast to react to global socio-economic and cultural events and represents contemporary concerns of the designer and the wearer, as well as providing a dialogue between the past and the present.

The Whitecliffe Fashion Design major encourages students to challenge ideas, re-examine boundaries and foster creativity while experimenting and developing the strong technical skills required for a future in the fashion industry.

The Fashion Design major focuses on design development and research, pattern drafting and garment construction. Industry targeted workshops include fashion technology, pattern drafting, and garment construction, design and concept development, tailoring and fabric manipulation techniques. Studio practice is complemented by courses in fashion history, theory, illustration, and professional practices. Classes are small and provide a nurturing learning environment with a strong focus on individual students.


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NZ Diploma in Apparel & Fashion Technology (L5)

The Diploma programme pulls together the skills and knowledge of the two Certificate programmes and takes it to another level. You will use and refine advanced technical skills in patternmaking, fit, garment construction and production to create lingerie, swimwear and tailored garments. Use CAD and pattern aided design (PAD) to make, digitise and grade patterns, and learn to create digital drawings and storyboards. Gain New Zealand qualifications and extend your knowledge of textile technology and garment manufacturing. Commercial fashion design comes to life in exciting design projects, and you will design and make your own mini range for an end of year runway showcase.


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NZ Certificate in Apparel & Fashion Technology – Patternmaking (L4)

This NZQF Level 4 programme builds on skills learnt in the Certificate in Fashion Technology programme and offers a wide range of core pattern making, cutting and production skills. It can lead to entry level employment opportunities such as machinist or trainee sample machinist with entry level pattern making/cutting skills, junior pattern maker, assistant cutter, or production assistant, and provide pathways into specific sections of the industry

Study body measurement, create blocks for men, women and children, and learn to make, adapt, test fit and grade a range of patterns for outerwear garments.Broaden your understanding of the terminology and techniques used in fashion garment production and gain New Zealand qualifications. Extend your fabric knowledge and learn basic computer tasks for garment production, and continue your journey into the realm of commercial fashion design.

NZ Certificate in Apparel & Fashion Technology

This NZQF Level 3 programme gives graduating students a wide range of core production skills common to all sewn products industries.It can lead to entry level employment as a machine operator, production or cutting room assistant, provide pathways into specific sections of the industry and is a firm foundation for further career development.

This entry level programme teaches practical, hands-on, technical skills used to construct full garments. Become familiar with industrial machinery, techniques and terminology necessary for fashion garment construction, and be introduced to fabric technology and patternmaking. Learn to use industry specific construction methods – such as collars, pockets, plackets, zips, facings and more – to make a range of full garments including skirts, shirts and trousers. Gain New Zealand qualifications and start your journey into the world of commercial fashion design.


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