Diploma in Apparel + Fashion Technology Course Outline
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.
The Diploma pulls together the skills and knowledge of the two Certificate programmes and takes it to another level. You will use and refine advanced technical sills in pattern-making, fit, garment construction and production to create lingerie, swim-wear and tailored garments.
Use CAD and pattern aided design (PAD) to make, digitise and grade patterns, and learn to create digital drawings and storyboards. Extend your knowledge of textile technology and garment manufacturing.
What you will Learn
• Advanced techniques for pattern adaptation, grading, fit and garment construction
• Design research projects and portfolio production
• Textile, apparel and production technology
• Introduction to CAD/PAD and digital storyboards
• Successful completion of the Certificate in Pattern Design or equivalent industry skills and experience
• Demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate to the workplace
• Achievement of NZQA Unit 17915 or demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current Health and Safety practices
• Demonstrate a level of literacy and numeracy appropriate to the workplace
• Basic computer literacy
• Some medical conditions may preclude entry due to health and safety requirements
Where you can study
You can study for this programme at:
• Auckland: 67 Symonds Street
• Wellington: Level 4, Ranchhod Tower
Key Information for Students
Graduate Story: Jermone Taylor
A label at the top of our talent-to-follow list is Not For You. The up and coming star behind the menswear brand is Jerome Taylor, a 27 year-old Wellingtonian who started from humble beginnings. After graduating from NZ Fashion Tech he was selected to show capsule collections in 2016 & 2017 at New Zealand Fashion Week and also showcased his work in Project Fashion Wellington.
Earlier this year he was selected to show at Vancouver Fashion Week where he received international recognition. Vogue China has described his look as “stylish” “unique” and “full of attitude”, and celebrities such as Miss J Alexander have donned his pieces.
Next week he’ll be impressing the fashion industry with his very own show at NZ Fashion Week. With an estimated 300 people attending, it’s shaping up to be an epic show. We recently caught up Jerome to chat through his take of fashion, scroll down to read our full interview with the man himself.
When did your interest in fashion start?
My interest in fashion came from my love of art, in particular graffiti. If you asked me at high school what I wanted to be, never would I have said a fashion designer. Getting into fashion was a progression from my artwork.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love that I have found something that I am good at, that I can do everyday. I have this amazing platform in which I can share with the world but with this I can also empower others and hopefully push anyone to see that if you back yourself you can do anything.
How did you get into the fashion industry?
I studied with NZ Fashion Tech from 2013-2015 and from here I took advantage of every opportunity. My first show outside of studying was at New Zealand Fashion Week 2016, I was then a part of Project Fashion Wellington early 2017, New Zealand Fashion Week for the second time late 2017. Lastly, I showcased in my first international show in Vancouver. I have seized every opportunity and don’t intend to stop!
Why did you choose NZ Fashion Tech? What did you enjoy most about the courses?
I chose NZ Fashion Tech as it was the most hands on with the most practical skills on offer. I wanted to learn the design process from start to finish. I researched multiple courses however NZ Fashion Tech had everything I needed to become a successful designer where I can be a part of the whole process.
What was your favourite work experience at NZ Fashion Tech?
My favourite work experience was Hills Hats as I learnt so much about the whole process of hat making. I also thought it was really cool that the process has remained the same for the past 40+ years.
Tell us about your experience in the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion competition?
I enjoyed my experience with Resene. I liked the new challenge of working with silk and the new challenges I faced with the fine details of the garments we had to create.
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?
Pathway to further qualifications such as our Bachelor of Fine Arts programme (year 2).
Jobs related to this programme
• Fashion Design
• Fashion Buying
• Fashion Styling
• Production and Manufacture
• Fashion Retail
• Marketing + Sales in Fashion
Fashion + Sustainability
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