Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology Course Outline
This programme is aimed at students who have little or no previous industrial sewing experience, and is designed to give graduates a wide range of core production skills common to all sewn products industries.
It will lead to entry level employment, provide pathways into specific sections of the industry and is a firm foundation for entry into the Certificate in Pattern Design or other future career choices.
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 pattern-making.
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.
What you will Learn
• Care and use of industrial sewing machinery
• Hand cutting and laying up
• Industry construction techniques and full garment construction
• Introduction to pattern-making and fabric technology
• Workplace disciplines and communication skills
Most students who graduate from the NZ Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology go on to complete the NZ Certificate in Apparel Fashion (Patternmaking) and NZ Diploma in Apparel and Fashion Technology.
Key Information for Students
Belinda WattHead of Department - Fashion Design
Belinda joined Whitecliffe College in 1990 as Head of Department and established and developed the Fashion Design + Sustainability Programme.Continue reading
Debra DennyAcademic Leader
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
Susan BarterDiploma Tutor
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 DohertyCPD Tutor
Christina has made wonderful and diverse career out of Fashion Design, focusing on lingerie design + women's outer-wear.Continue reading
Angela NewsonCPD Tutor
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 AndertonCFT Tutor
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 StevensonCPD Tutor
Pip has been working in the Fashion Industry since completing her Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic in 2002.Continue reading
Serena IrelandCFT Tutor
Serena’s pathway to fashion has been infused with a rich tapestry of music and travel.Continue reading
Raelene Puru-PeriCFT Tutor
Since completing her studies, Raelene has worked in many areas of the fashion industry, with a specialisation in pattern-making. Continue reading
Heather HohenbergerCFT Tutor
Heather has been involved in the Fashion Industry since she and her husband bought a fashion production company in 1980.Continue reading
Doula MatheosDiploma Tutor
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 McCreanorCFT Tutor
Di has been involved in the fashion industry for many years, beginning with studying fashion at Wellington Polytech in 1984.Continue reading
Claire PalmerCFT Tutor
Claire Palmer started her career in the fashion industry after graduating from Wellington Polytechnic.Continue reading
Rosalind BlackProgramme Coordinator
Roz has over 30 years’ experience in the apparel industry working in diverse areas starting in clothing production as a sewing machinist.Continue reading
Victoria graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1999.Continue reading
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
Linz joined Whitecliffe College as a lecturer in the Fashion Department in 2013. Linz has over 25 years experience in the New Zealand fashion industry.Continue reading
Harita holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Design from Massey University, New Zealand.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
Talk to our team
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