Diploma in Fashion




  • Christchurch

    Jul 20, 2020 - Jul 09, 2021

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They say that clothes maketh the man. Fashion does more than that – it defines decades, marks time, opens doors and tells stories.

The New Zealand Diploma in Fashion arms you with the skills to become a history-maker. Learn about fashion drawing and design development techniques and get an introduction to the manufacturing process, visual merchandising and marketing within a fashion context.

You’ll enter this course armed with some experience and basic skills, and you’ll leave ready to take on the industry.

This year-long diploma is the natural next step for those who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4).

What you'll learn

Design Communication

Learn all about fashion drawing and design development techniques, and gain basic software and digital skills to create digital formats and hand-drawn illustrations for the fashion industry. You will be introduced to basic research skills and design development, from conception through to completion.

Fashion Communication

This module introduces students to expressing and communicating fashion. Learn about the fashion industry in New Zealand and internationally, and explore clothes, hair and makeup styling and photoshoots. Other topics include fashion styling, visual merchandising and marketing within a fashion context.

Garment Technology

Get an introduction to how garments are made from a designer’s workroom to a larger-scale manufacturing process, including an introduction to basic pattern-making, garment construction and textile knowledge across both women’s and menswear.

Fashion Practice and Application

Practise and self-manage design projects and engage with the fashion industry during a two-week unpaid work placement. Undertake a total of 60 hours' work experience as an introduction to a fashion-related work environment.

What you should know


Domestic students

$6,698.10 + $340 Student Services Levy + $350 Course Related Costs*

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by studylink's courses related cost loan.

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

$20,500 + $2,000 course fee

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18, have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4), and be able to demonstrate English language proficiency at IELTS General or Academic level 6.0, or have NCEA Level 3, or equivalent.

You should also be able to show evidence of basic pattern-making, garment construction and computer skills, and provide a portfolio of your creative work.

Want to know more?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.

Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is a Category 1 Provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change, pending enrolment numbers, availability and any unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and student are offered the best learning experience.

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.

Following the Government announcement, New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19. This means all our campuses will be shut to students from Tuesday 24 March 2020 for four weeks. We have invested in digital tools in order to stream the delivery of all of our programs and we foresee minimal disruption to our current and future students. Delivery of streamed online classes begins on the 6th April. Please go to our parent company, UP Education for further information