Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology Course Outline
This entry-level programme teaches practical, hands-on, technical skills that are used to construct full garments.
Students become familiar with industrial machinery, techniques, and terminology necessary for fashion garment construction and are introduced to fabric technology and patternmaking.
Students learn to use industry-specific construction methods to make a range of full garments including skirts, tops, and trousers. Students will learn industrial machine handling skills and garment construction techniques to start their journey into the world of commercial fashion design.
Why choose Whitecliffe Fashion Tech?
- We offer programme delivery in the practical, hands-on, technical aspects of the fashion industry.
- Each year we have high numbers of successful employment placements within the fashion industry with graduates in skilled positions such as fashion design, merchandising, production, and manufacture, fashion buying/styling/retail, and other areas of production management and commercial fashion design.
- Students in all programmes are immersed in activities that are rich and real; their learning is personally meaningful and is an active processing experience.
- Classrooms are set up to replicate apparel and fashion workrooms, and practical, industry-based sessions replicate working in the industry.
- Our tutors and support staff bring extensive and valuable industry knowledge to the programmes, and in preparing students for a career in the fashion industry.
- Multiple teaching methods and delivery strategies are used to meet the needs of our target learner group and maximise opportunities for students to receive and retain information, promote active engagement with materials, and engage in their own learning and the learning of others.
- Work experience and internships are a valuable and integral part of all our programmes and enable students to put their learning into context.
Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology Programme Structure
- CFT 1: Production Technology 1 - Core Sewing Skills
Setting, adjusting, and using industrial lockstitch and overlock sewing machines, and progressively developing efficient machining and handling skills to produce quality sewn work consistently, safely, and at speed.
- CFT 2: Production Technology 2 - Maintaining Machinery
Maintaining industrial lockstitch, overlock, and specialist sewing machines, work aids, and ancillary equipment. Preventative maintenance includes cleaning and lubricating equipment as necessary. It also covers setting up and using specialist industrial sewing machinery for constructing and finishing garments.
- CFT 3: Production Technology 3 - Construction Techniques
Using a range of construction techniques and production methods to sew a variety of garment parts consistently, safely, and at speed, to meet operator efficiency requirements.
- CFT 4: Garment Technology
Recognising pattern pieces and using patterns to cut out, assemble, and sew complete garments to workplace requirements.
- CFT 5: Textile Technology
Identifying, describing, and selecting common fabrics and apparel componentry to match product end-use.
- CFT 6: Workplace Practice
The application of accepted industry standards and procedures that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, workplace practice, communication skills, and behavioural expectations in apparel and manufacturing organisations.
Graduates will be able to:
- Safely set up, use, and maintain industrial sewing equipment under limited supervision.
- Select appropriate fabric and pattern, cut our, and sew garment parts to recognised industry quality standards using prepared job breakdowns.
- Demonstrate behaviour and workplace communications appropriate for fashion apparel manufacturing.
- Meet the entry requirements for the Level 4 NZ Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking) programme.
Key Information for Students
Domestic Student Entry Requirements:
- Completed application form
- Minumum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
- Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement of NCEA Level 2
- Workplace communication skills
International Student Entry Requirements:
- Completed application form
- Passport copy
- Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
- IELTS Academic overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
- Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement to the equivalent of NCEA Level 2
- Workplace communication skills
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:
Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.
Recommended IT Specifications:
Minimum Hardware requirements
- Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
- MacBook Air with M1 Chip
- Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
- 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)
- 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum
- Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band
- Up-to-date antivirus software
Minimum Operating System
- Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
- Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later
- Internet and data plan.
- Windows X or Windows S OS
- Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)
Belinda WattHead of School, Fashion + Sustainability
Belinda joined Whitecliffe College in 1990 as Head of Department and established and developed the Fashion + Sustainability Programme.Continue reading
Liz FarrProgramme Leader, Bachelor of Sustainable Fashion Design
Liz is a graduate of the London College of Fashion and has been lecturing in the Fashion Design department at Whitecliffe College since 2005.Continue reading
Doula MatheosProgramme Leader, Fashion Technology Programmes (Wellington)
Doula graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Wellington Polytechnic, and achieved 2 awards in the DuPont Lycra Fashion Awards.Continue reading
Dr Faisal QureshiProgramme Leader, Jewellery Programmes
Dr Faisal Qureshi has been associated with various tertiary education institutions. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Trinity College University, along with MS in Fashion Merchandise Marketing, and a Masters in Business Administration.Continue reading
Pip StevensonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Pip has been working in the Fashion Industry since completing her Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic in 2002.Continue reading
Angela NewsonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Angela holds a Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Massey University, where on completion she was bestowed the Clothing Institute Award for Tailoring.Continue reading
Harita KapurLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Harita holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Design from Massey University, New Zealand.Continue reading
Giles PetersonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Giles lectures in contextual studies in New Zealand / Pacific art and design history; Contemporary art and design history, Fashion theory and more.Continue reading
Susan BarterLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
30 years as a designer, practitioner and maker in the Fashion industry was a gateway to the academic world where Susan completed a Masters of Art & Design at AUT.Continue reading
Heather HohenbergerLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Heather has been involved in the Fashion Industry since she and her husband bought a fashion production company in 1980.Continue reading
Christina DohertyLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Christina has made wonderful and diverse career out of Fashion Design, focusing on lingerie design + women's outer-wear.Continue reading
Rosalind BlackProgramme Delivery Coordinator, Fashion Technology Programmes
Roz has over 30 years’ experience in the apparel industry working in diverse areas starting in clothing production as a sewing machinist.Continue reading
SuJin LimLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
SuJin is an experienced jewellery CAD designer who has been serving the New Zealand industry since 2010Continue reading
Joanna CampbellLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Joanna Campbell is an award-winning jeweller and has been making jewellery since graduating with a Bachelor of Design, in 3-Dimensional (jewellery major) from Unitec in 2001. In 2002 she won the Dowse Thomas Foundation Gold Award, a major award for New Zealand contemporary jewellers.Continue reading
Tulukava MafileoLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Tulu had always had a passion for fashion while growing up and during her years of study, she has successfully worked with clients and has participated in fashion shows.Continue reading
Daisy JiangLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Daisy is a Level 4 lecturer based on our Manukau campus. Daisy holds a unique perspective of the New Zealand fashion industry, her work combines traditional craftsmanship and influences from both Eastern and Western cultures.Continue reading
Julia MarinLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Julia was trained at UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and SURJA (Sindicato Unificado de Relojeros y Joyeros de Argentina) in Argentina; Peter Minturn Jewellery School and MIT in New Zealand. She also works as a custom jeweller, does film and conceptual work.Continue reading
Where could this programme take you?
Most students who graduate from the Certificate in Fashion Technology go on to complete the Certificate in Pattern Design and Diploma in Fashion Technology programmes.
Jobs related to this programme
Entry-level Machine Operator
Cutting Room Assistant
Fashion + Sustainability
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