Level 3
Certificate in Fashion Design

Are you ready to push your Fashion skills?

fashion design level 4

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



NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 3

60 NZQA Credits

18 Teaching weeks

2024 - $3264 - Zero Fees for those students eligible for Fees Free.

Eligible for StudyLink support.

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

Entry requirements
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 years or older; and who hold a Level 2 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.

No hidden costs
All equipment, materials and printing are supplied.

What’s in the course?

Students study a range of subjects including drawing, design thinking and critical thinking, textiles & fashion design, computer graphics and presentation skills for fashion design.


Students learn:

  • Creative processes and drawing skills to communicate design ideas using a variety of techniques and media including computer graphics.

  • Design skills and technologies and how to apply them in various design activities including; Formal Wear, Jacket Design, Textile Design, Conceptual Design, Fashion Branding, Design Presentation.

  • Use industrial sewing equipment to turn your ideas into reality.

  • How the fashion design industries have developed in New Zealand and Internationally and what are the future opportunities.

  • How to work and talk like a designer including how to manage creative processes, work to deadlines, present work and respect copyright laws and cultural and ethical boundaries.

What is achieved?
On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply design processes to conceptualise and clarify solutions to given briefs.

  • Apply the Elements and Principles of Design.

  • Write a design brief.

  • Communicate design concepts visually, orally and in written form.

  • Apply introductory textiles and sewing skills to realise fashion designs.

  • Demonstrate introductory work practices in fashion design.

  • Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical considerations in design (including Copyright Law, Cultural Appropriation; especially in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi).

  • Understand employment opportunities in the creative industries.

  • Understand history of design in New Zealand and Internationally.

  • Present and reflect upon own and others work.

Pathway to your design career

Student Gallery

Explore some of the work our talented students have created