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NZ Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Pattern Making) (Level 4)

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42 weeks

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This practical, entry-level programme teaches the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant in the clothing design and manufacturing sectors.

In this exceptional programme, the learners are taught the entire garment creation process from inception to construction. This includes writing garment specification sheets, developing and grading patterns, finally sewing their designs using industrial machines. Garments produced include streetwear, activewear and swimwear for men, women and children. Learners will demonstrate knowledge and skills to standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate and develop work habits and practices appropriate for further training, self-employment and employment.

Learners design and manufacture garments for their own real-life clients (meeting their individual specifications) and gain work experience. In addition, learners showcase their collections to industry via the NZSAF annual fashion show and/or other various industry events. Previous students have shown at Miromoda (NZFW), Pacific Fusion Fashion and Pacific Runway (Sydney).

Highlights of the course

  • Pattern block development
  • Pattern grading
  • Toile making (checking patterns for fitting)
  • Measuring the human form
  • Setting up your own business – business plans, marketing and setting up a budget
  • Textbooks, handouts, fabric, and basic pattern making tools included

Career Pathway

  • Designer (self employed) or Design Assistant
  • Patternmaking Assistant
  • Cutters Assistant
  • Fashion Retail

Education Pathways

  • Further study options at Sewtec: Advanced Design – Diploma Level 5
  • SIT – Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology)
  • AUT – Bachelor of Design

Entry criteria

The applicant must be at least the age of 16 years.

Ability to sew a garment from a pattern - at a Level 3 standard.

Student from a country with a visa decline rate of more than 20%:

  • NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance
  • Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

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