Design & Pattern Making  (Level 4)

This practical, entry-level programme teaches the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant in the clothing design and manufacturing sectors.

About the course

What will you learn

Highlights of the course

In this exceptional programme, the learners are taught the entire garment creation process from inception to construction. This includes writing garment specification sheets, developing and grading patterns, finally sewing their designs using industrial machines.  Garments produced include streetwear, activewear and swimwear for men, women and children.  Learners will demonstrate knowledge and skills to standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate and develop work habits and practices appropriate for further training, self-employment and employment.

Learners design and manufacture garments for their own real-life clients (meeting their individual specifications) and gain work experience.  In addition, learners showcase their collections to industry via the NZSAF annual fashion show and/or other various industry events.  Previous students have shown at Miromoda (NZFW), Pacific Fusion Fashion and Pacific Runway (Sydney).

Student loans and allowances are available.  You may be eligible for Fees-Free study, or if you are a first-time tertiary student or have studied less than 60 credits at level 3 (outside of school).

  • Pattern block development

  • Pattern grading

  • Toile making (checking patterns for fitting)

  • Measuring the human form

  • Setting up your own business – business plans, marketing and setting up a budget

  • Textbooks, handouts, fabric, and basic pattern making tools included

Qualifications you will gain

New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 4)

  • The applicant must be at least the age of 16 years.

  • Ability to sew a garment from a pattern - at a Level 3 standard.

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Entry Criteria

Career Pathway

  • Designer (self employed) or Design Assistant

  • Patternmaking Assistant

  • Cutters Assistant

  • Fashion Retail

Education Pathways

  • Further study options at Sewtec: Advanced Design – Diploma Level 5

  • SIT – Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology)

  • AUT – Bachelor of Design

This course is Level 4 and consists of 120 Credits.​

Programme Duration - 42 weeks

Fees - $ 7,400 (Domestic), $18,000 (International)

(This includes all resources required for the programme) (Fees-free, student loan and allowances are available for eligible applicants)


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