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New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

Key information

Level of study:
Certificate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
19 weeks
Start date: 21-February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Deliver on your design aspirations and learn the conceptual and construction skills needed to meet fashion industry expectations.

This certificate is a great pathway to working in the fashion industry or to further study.

You will gain entry-level skills in pattern-making and garment construction. By working alongside our local industry we'll show you how the industry works and what goes on in a range of workplaces. We'll also introduce you to a range of textiles and the basic skills of fashion design.

At the end of the course you should be able to apply these skills in a garment production workshop, under the direction of a designer or production manager. You'll be ready to work in fashion retail, with an understanding of how garments are made and marketed, and you'll be able to make a range of basic garment types.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our programme will set you up for fashion industry jobs such as an assistant patternmaker, garment technician, assistant machinist, cutter's assistant, retail merchandising, assistant or production assistant. It's also an ideal stepping stone to further study in this dynamic industry.

STUDY PATHWAYS

As a graduate of this certificate you'll have great basic technical skills. If you want to progress further down the path to becoming a production manager, a stylist, a fashion retailer, or an independent fashion designer, you may wish to advance to our degree programme, the Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design). If you have good results in the certificate, you can apply by submitting a portfolio workbook and written statement along with your degree application. Staff will advise you on how to put together a strong application.

Entry criteria

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits.

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Additional requirements

You are required to supply a 300 word statement expressing your interest in working within the Fashion Industry. You may also be required to attend an interview.

English requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.0
LISTENING - 5.0

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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