Level 4
Certificate in Fashion Design

Are you ready to realise
your dreams?

fashion design level 4

This is where your Fashion career begins.
Create your first collection, develop your fashion brand and open the door to your future. 

This programme 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.



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

124 NZQA Credits

36 Teaching weeks 

2024 - $6514 - 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 degree level Design courses.

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.

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

What’s in the course?

Students study a range of subjects including visual communication, design thinking and critical thinking, fashion design processes, textiles and pattern tools and presentation skills for fashion design.


Students learn:

  • Creative processes and visual communication skills to communicate design ideas using a variety of techniques and media.

  • Design skills and technologies and how to apply them in various design activities including; Creating a 3 Piece Collection, Fashion House Branding and Conceptual Design.

  • Use industrial sewing equipment and the latest digital media tools from Adobe to realise your designs.

  • How the fashion design industry has developed and identify future opportunities.

  • 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.

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

  • Apply fundamental design processes to conceptualise and clarify solutions to fashion design briefs.

  • Apply the Elements and Principles of Design.

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

  • Write a design brief.

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

  • Demonstrate fundamental 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 fashion design industries.

  • Understand history of fashion design in New Zealand and Internationally.

  • Select, 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