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Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology

This course is available


Level of Study



38 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024




This entry-level programme teaches practical, hands-on, technical skills that are used to construct full garments.

Students become familiar with industrial machinery, techniques, and terminology necessary for fashion garment construction and are introduced to fabric technology and patternmaking.

Students learn to use industry-specific construction methods to make a range of full garments including skirts, tops, and trousers. Students will learn industrial machine handling skills and garment construction techniques to start their journey into the world of commercial fashion design.

Career opportunities

  • Production Assistant
  • Cutting Room Assistant
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Trainee Machinist

Entry criteria

  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement to the equivalent of NCEA Level 2

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