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New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5
Dates:

Intake1: 11 February 2019 to 08 November 2019

Duration:

One year full-time

or

Two years part time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Gradutes will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of operations within the fashion industry
  • Apply design and technical skills and processes in response to a fashion brief
  • Manage a fashion design project from concept to completion
  • Demonstrate safe and ethical practices in the fashion industry
  • Analyse own fashion design work and the work of others
  • Generate and communicate fashion design concepts to internal and external stakeholders

DF501 Fashion Design and Production One

As an introduction to fashion design and production, this paper presents students with the basic elements, principles and processes of design development and production in relation to the fashion industry.  Students will gain an understanding of the essential stages through the design development process and explore ways to develop and present their design ideas from concept through to visual presentation.  Students will become familiar with the machinery, techniques and terminology used in the construction area of the fashion industry and will produce basic quality garments constructed from their own patterns.  Students will develop skills in fundamental block drafting and garment construction techniques for a variety of garment types including tops, skirts and trousers.

DF502 Fashion Design and Production Two

Students will further develop their skills in fashion related practices as they design and produce a variety of garments from initial concept of design ideas to completion of garments.  Students will implement technical skills in block development and manipulation as they produce patterns for the garments designed.  Students will implement complex garment construction techniques as they construct a dress, a fully lined jacket, a corset and a garment made of stretch fabric.  Students will further develop their presentation techniques as they experiment with illustration media appropriate for portraying their design ideas.  

DF503 Fashion Design and Production Three

This paper will challenge students to explore their cultural identities then incorporate this knowledge into the fashion design and production process. The use of unconventional materials for producing garments will be explored as students develop skills in researching, sourcing and developing non-standard materials and/or self-developed fabrics for creating a feature garment. A strong emphasis will be placed on socio-cultural contexts as the students research and analyse their own socio-cultural background and values, and consider the influence these have on their design choices. 

DF504 Fashion Design and Production Four

Following on from previous design and production papers, this paper extends the students’ creative problem solving skills as they design and produce a mini collection of fashion garments for a competition based project. Emphasis is placed on developing design solutions for a specific competition brief while continuing to encourage a creative process by utilising an experimental, problem solving approach.  Students will develop skills in utilising the design development process including, inspiration, fabric sourcing, analysis of necessary elements, and design development through to working drawing presentation while meeting the competition category criteria. Students will develop a variety of new blocks then manipulate the blocks to develop patterns for a minimum of four different garment types to be produced with a variety of fabrics.  Students will further develop their presentation skills as they experiment with illustration techniques appropriate for portraying competition based design ideas.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs $2901

The direct material costs cover the fabric, tools and equipment students need to complete the requirements of the programme.

International Fees can be found here.

The aim of this qualification is for people wanting to gain technical skills and knowledge required to work in assistant roles in the fashion design industry.

The fashion industry and creative and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand will benefit by having people who can apply core technical skills and knowledge of fashion design and construction at an operational level.

Graduates will be capable of self-managing design projects to completion by applying technical skills and processes within briefs.  Graduates will have the conceptual and practical skills that reflect current fashion design industry practices.

Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4), or application by academic qualification. 

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, have completed a minimum of four years’ secondary education, and have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2.

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process. 

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry. 

Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Language Assessment, or 1 of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

NZ 2641 New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5):

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill.  OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement a) or b)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic score of 42)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42
  • Language Cert – B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS

An NZQA approved English Language proficiency test, where the student has achieved an outcome that is equivalent or better than those  scores listed for Internationally recognised English language  proficiency tests above in relation to the  level of intended programme of study, or

Completion of all primary education and at least three years’ secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or

Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.  

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  2. Have successfully completed a Bachelor‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  4. Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over two years

(Please Note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement).

Successful completion of this qualification provides a pathway for entry into the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology).

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