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Diploma in Apparel + Fashion Technology

This course is available


Level of Study



38 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Wellington Campus


In this programme, students further develop the skills and knowledge of the two certificate programmes to a more advanced level.

Students use and refine advanced skills in patternmaking, fit, garment construction, and production to create lingerie, swimwear, and tailored garments.

Students learn CAD and Pattern Aided Design (PAD) to make, digitise, and grade patterns, and learn to create digital drawings and storyboards, as well as extending their knowledge of textile technology and garment manufacturing. Commercial fashion design comes to life in exciting design projects, and students will design and make a graduate collection which is presented at the annual Whitecliffe Fashion Show.

Where could this programme take you?

Pathway to further qualifications such as our Bachelor of Fine Arts programme (year 2).

Entry criteria

Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe

IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent

Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement equivalent to the NCEA Level 2 qualification

Students must have completed the Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology - Patternmaking qualification or be able to demonstrate: Equivalent industry experience; Effective workplace communication skills; Knowledge and understanding of current Health and Safety practices; A competent level of literacy and numeracy; Basic computer literacy

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