Fashion Design

Fashion designers drive international trends!
from all types of clothing to fashion accessories, fashion design covers a huge range of work.
And the opportunities are growing every year.

At The Design School you will Learn how to

  • Develop your Creative processes and drawing skills to communicate your design ideas.
  • Learn Design process skills and technologies and how to apply them to a range of projects.
  • Use industrial sewing equipment and the latest digital media tools from Adobe and others to create your designs.
  • Understand how the fashion industry has developed and identify future opportunities.
  • Learn how to work and talk like a professional designer including how to manage creative processes, work to deadlines, present and critique design work and respect copyright laws and cultural and ethical boundaries.
Courses can be started at any-time during the year.

Certificate in Fashion Design Level 4

This is where your fashion career begins

Palmerston North | Whangarei

Build your design skills and realise your dreams.
At level 4, students create their first collection and develop a fashion brand to open the door to a fashion career.

This course includes two qualifications to make sure you get the fashion design and textiles skills needed to open the door to the premier design degree courses in New Zealand and around the world or be.

Learn how to create and manipulate patterns, operate industrial sewing equipment and use the latest digital media tools to build a professional portfolio.

Learn garment construction techniques for a range of garments and create a three piece collection to showcase your design style and technical skills.

Full-Time

Qualifications: NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 4
NZ Certificate in Fashion Design Level 4

Credits:  124

Duration:  39 Weeks

Fees 2022:  $6198 | Fees 2023:  $6350 | Eligible for Fees Free and StudyLink support.
No hidden costs –  All equipment, materials, printing etc are included in the course fees.

Location:  Palmerston North | Whangarei

Entry requirements:
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 years or older; and who hold a Level 3 qualification in Arts and Design, or NCEA (Level 3). Prospective students without a qualification can contact the school to discuss other options to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

Applicants will be required to submit multiple examples of design or creative work in any medium, along with a written statement (300 words) outlining who you are and your interests and goals for your chosen course.
This is not required for students enrolled at The Design School previously.

Where does it lead: This course gives students the qualifications and portfolio for entry to design courses at degree or diploma level or entry level employment.

3 piece collection by level 4 student Jada Huisman-Waara
3 piece collection by level 4 student
Jada Huisman-Waara

Certificate in Fashion Design Level 3

bring your Fashion Design career to life

Palmerston North | Whangarei

Push both your fashion design and garment construction skills to set you on the road to becoming a Fashion Designer.

Step on to the Fashion Design pathway or extend yourself beyond NCEA.
This course will build your design and technical skills in an industry styled environment and put you on the fast track to achieving your career goals.

Work on a range of projects including Formal Wear, Jacket Design, Textile Design, Conceptual Design and Fashion Branding.

Whatever level you are at now, this course will give you the skills and portfolio to help launch your fashion design career.

Full-Time

Qualifications: NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 3

Credits:  60

Duration:  20 Weeks

Fees 2022:  $3110 | Fees 2023:  $3185 | Eligible for Fees Free and StudyLink support.
No hidden costs –  All equipment, materials, printing etc are included in the course fees.

Location:  Palmerston North | Whangarei

Entry requirements:
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 years or older and who hold a Level 3 qualification in Arts and Design, or NCEA (Level 2). Prospective students without a qualification can contact the school to discuss other options to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

Applicants will be required to submit examples of design or creative work in any medium, along with a written statement (300 words) outlining who you are and your interests and goals for your chosen course.
For applicants without any design or creative work, a taster project can be completed to make sure the course is the right pathway.
This is not required for students enrolled at The Design School previously.

Where does it lead: This course gives students the qualification and portfolio for entry to level 4 Design courses.

Knitwear design by level 3 student Melissa Palmer
Knitwear design by level 3 student
Melissa Palmer

NCEA Level 2 - Creative Industries Vocational pathway

Begin turning your fashion dreams in to reality

Whangarei

It doesn’t matter if you are a mature student wanting to begin your creative career or if you are looking for an alternative to school to get NCEA focussed on fashion design,
we will help you start the journey to use your talent as a career.

Work on a range of projects including Hoodie Design, Re-Cycled Fashion Design, Conceptual Design and Fashion Branding. The course also includes the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA achieved in a design context.

Regardless of previous achievement in education, this course will give you the skills and portfolio to get on the pathway to a fashion design career.

Full-Time

Qualifications: NCEA Level 2

Credits:  80

Duration:  26 Weeks

Fees 2022 | 2023:  Zero Fees | Eligible for StudyLink support (does not use your Fees Free allocation).
No hidden costs –  All equipment, materials, printing etc are supplied.

Location:  Whangarei

Entry requirements:
The programme is available for domestic students aged over 16 years old without a level 2 qualification. 15 year old students may be eligible with support from the Ministry of Education. Those with an existing level 2 qualification in a different field of study or from more than 5 years ago may still be eligible for this course.

Applicants will be required to submit a small sample of design or creative work along with a written statement (300 words) outlining who you are and your interests and goals for your chosen course. For applicants without any design or creative work, a taster project can be completed to make sure the course is the right pathway.

Where does it lead: This course gives students the qualification and portfolio for entry to level 3 Design courses.

Bernina-2019 Jade Mailns photo by Sarah Marshall Photography
Bernina Fashion Awards Winner Student Section by level 2 student
Jade Malins
Photo by Sarah Marshall Photography

Foundation Skills in Fashion Design Level 2

The creative alternative to School

Palmerston North

If you are looking for an alternative to school or you know design is your pathway, achieve NCEA and more focused on fashion design and textiles.
This programme includes two qualifications to make sure you get the right start towards a Fashion Design career.

Work on a range of projects including Hoodie Design, Re-Cycled Fashion Design, Conceptual Design and Fashion Branding. The course also includes the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA achieved in a design context.

Regardless of previous achievement in education, this course will give you the skills and portfolio to get on the pathway to a fashion design career.

Full-Time

Qualifications: NCEA Level 2 Creative Industries Vocational Pathway
NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 2

Credits:  120

Duration:  39 Weeks

Fees 2022 | 2023:  Zero Fees | Eligible for StudyLink support (does not use your Fees Free allocation).
No hidden costs –  All equipment, materials, printing etc are supplied.

Location:  Palmerston North

Entry requirements:
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 to 19 years old without a level 2 qualification. 15 year old students may be eligible with support from the Ministry of Education. Those with an existing level 2 qualification in a different field of study may still be eligible for this course. 

Applicants will be required to submit a small sample of design or artwork along with a written statement (300 words) outlining who you are and your interests and goals for your chosen course. For applicants without any design or artwork, a taster project can be completed to make sure the course is the right pathway.

Where does it lead: This course gives students the qualification and portfolio for entry to level 3 Design courses.

Hoodie Design and Brand Aor Rawas
Hoodie Design and Brand by level 2 student
Aor Rawas

Part Time study for Secondary School students

Extend your creative skills and earn extra credits towards NCEA

Palmerston North | Whangarei

Are you committed to a creative industries pathway but not yet ready to leave school?
Study part-time and gain more design credits towards NCEA plus extend your portfolio.

Part-time courses at The Design School let you study design in a commercial style studio with industry level equipment but continue with the other school subjects you love.

Course options are available at levels 1, 2 & 3. Attend One or two days per week or one day per week plus a one week block in each term holiday.

Course options and credits can be custom made for each student and school.

Work on a range of projects including hoodie design, jacket design, formal wear, core sewing skills with industrial sewing equipment and digital media.

Part-Time

Qualifications: This course gives students credits towards NCEA levels 1, 2 or 3 and can be Achievement or Unit Standards.
Most level 3 credits are aligned to University Entrance requirements however UE subject endorsement may require additional assessments at the secondary school.
Design projects improve students portfolios needed for entry to full-time tertiary level design courses. 

Credits:  18-20 One day per week | 36-40 Two days per week.

Duration:  Normally 30 Weeks (3 terms) but can be altered to suit student and school needs.

Fees 2022 | 2023:  No cost to students. All equipment, materials, printing etc are supplied.
Trades Academy options are delivered in partnership with UCOL USKILLS in Palmerston North or Te Kura Huarahi in Palmerston North and Whangarei.
STAR funded options also available in collaboration with all schools.

Location:  Palmerston North | Whangarei

Entry requirements:
The programmes are available for students aged 16 to 19 years currently enrolled at a Secondary School (including Te Kura The Correspondence School)

Where does it lead:  Higher level study in creative industries.

Style Pasifika finalist by level 2 studentAlaisa Peterson
Style Pasifika finalist by level 2 student
Alaisa Peterson

F.A.Q.

Frequently asked questions

8am-4pm – Monday – Thursday (Friday optional)

In all our courses we teach you the fundamentals of drawing and help you develop strong visual communication skills.

That is absolutely fine. We teach you the fundamentals so you can operate an industrial sewing machine with confidence.

We will teach you basic to advanced sewing skills.

We teach all our students from basic to advanced computer skills, so you are confident to navigate through our industry software.