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Sewtec Fashion Academy


Sewtec Fashion Academy

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New Zealand Diploma in Apparel and Fashion Technology (NZQA Level 5)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
42 weeks
Start date: To be confirmed
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Course details


In this programme, the learner designs and constructs their own collections, and is introduced to a variety of textiles, pattern matching and industry techniques. This provides the student with practical knowledge and skills to enable them to set up their own design or manufacturing business. As a learner you will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create and grade patterns and create a lay plan suitable for production. Each semester the learner produces a collection for their own niche market (four collections in total). Each learner develops their own portfolio including sketches, label/brand, photo shoot, online presence and a ‘look book’. Features of this course include: utilising fabric technology to enhance the garment balance, advanced pattern engineering, fashion drawing, costuming, millinery and using boning and draping for evening wear.

Further study options:

  • This qualification builds on the:
    - New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 3) and
    - New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking) (Level 4)

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 4) OR demonstrate equivalent industry experience.


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