Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology Course Outline
The Level 3 NZ Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology is an entry-level programme that 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, packets, zips, facings, and more - to make a range of full garments including skirts, shorts, and trousers and learn New Zealand qualifications.
Students 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.
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.
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 and performance 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. It also covers setting up and using specialist industrial sewing machinery for constructing and finishing garments.
CFT 6: Workplace Practice
The application of accepted industry standards and procedures, and Whitecliffe Fashion Tech requirements 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
Debra DennyProgramme Leader - Fashion Tech
Growing up in a family of tailors and dressmakers, Debra was encouraged from a young age to create her own clothes with a varying degree of success.Continue reading
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
Christina has made wonderful and diverse career out of Fashion Design, focusing on lingerie design + women's outer-wear.Continue reading
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
Catherine Anderton has over 25 years’ experience in the fashion and costume industry. She has worked in film, television and theatre, contributing to the construction and maintenance of costumes on set.Continue reading
Pip StevensonAdmissions Advisor / Pastoral Care
Pip has been working in the Fashion Industry since completing her Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic in 2002.Continue reading
Serena’s pathway to fashion has been infused with a rich tapestry of music and travel.Continue reading
Since completing her studies, Raelene has worked in many areas of the fashion industry, with a specialisation in pattern-making. Continue reading
Heather has been involved in the Fashion Industry since she and her husband bought a fashion production company in 1980.Continue reading
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
Di has been involved in the fashion industry for many years, beginning with studying fashion at Wellington Polytech in 1984.Continue reading
Claire Palmer started her career in the fashion industry after graduating from Wellington Polytechnic.Continue reading
Rosalind BlackProgramme Delivery Coordinator - Fashion Tech
Roz has over 30 years’ experience in the apparel industry working in diverse areas starting in clothing production as a sewing machinist.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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