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NZ Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology

(Pattern Making) (Level 4)

$7,400 NZD - Domestic (Fees-Free, student loans & allowances available to eligible students)

$18,000 NZD - International


(Limited seats) &

New Lynn 

(Seats full)

42 Weeks



Grow your expertise and develop the professional details. This programme teaches all the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant for clothing design and manufacturing sectors.

Career Pathways :

  • Designer (self employed) or Design Assistant

  • Patternmaking Assistant

  • Cutters Assistant

  • Fashion Retail

What you will learn :

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/Wellington).

Intake now - course starts 13th September 2021

Entry Criteria

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

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

For International enquiries, please contact us on:

0800 739 832 (within NZ)

+64 9 520 4653 (outside NZ)



  • 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

Education Pathways :

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

  • SIT – Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology)

  • AUT – Bachelor of Design