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School of Fashion

Design Studio

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

12 Weeks (Monday to Friday – Full day)

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Completion

NQF Level:

Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration


Contact Learning


Randburg (Johannesburg) & Hatfield (Pretoria)




The Design Studio combines three core practices for entry into the Fashion industry.

The Design Studio will equip the student with the foundational Pattern Design, Garment Construction and Creative Design skills that are required for working within a Fashion Design Studio. Your journey into the Fashion Industry starts with the DESIGN STUDIO, where you can choose to complete this programme, or build on to your skillset through completing our Online Fashion Entrepreneurship Short Learning Programme that will guide you in starting your own fashion brand!

The programme is designed to develop the practical skills (i.e. principles and their application) and basic theoretical competency (i.e.) theories and methodologies, including principles) to operate as a craft-based fashion practitioner at entry- level fashion contexts in the world-of-fashion-work. Graduates will be able to produce and communicate specific creative and technical information relevant to the fields of fashion design, pattern making and garment manufacturing.

Students will be supported through teaching and assessments to use basic tools and techniques for job completion and to acquire the practical skill sets that align with the fashion design field.

This 12 week course provides students with a immersive learning experience and is delivered on campus by a dedicated facilitator.



The module introduces students to the theoretical principles of design, display elementary drawing (incl technical drawing) and observation skills.

Students will be able to use proportions for the process of design and apply fundamental design processes and elements of design to fashion context.

Students will be able to find inspiration from external sources to create visual storyboards to use for presentation techniques.

A full module breakdown can be seen in the Elements of Creative Design Information Pack.



In this module students will develop the ability to use basic garment construction equipment effectively and efficiently.

The module will support the unpacking of the order of construction that will allow students to be able to sew garments at a foundation level.

Students will be able to translate basic patterns (2D) into 3D garments.

A full module breakdown can be seen in the Fundamentals of Garment Construction Info Pack.


The primary focus of this module in to develop students’ ability to apply elementary measuring and drafting methods.

The module will assist students in understanding and applying proportion, constructing mock-ups, and creating basic patterns in line with entry-level pattern

making positions in the fashion industry.

A full module breakdown can be seen in the An Introduction to Pattern Design.




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