Fashion Course Graduates need something to set them apart from competitors through intensive fashion courses which pay attention to detail and take international trends and standards into consideration. This industry is extremely competitive and you need to have the best background possible. Alternatively if you just have a passion and interest for fashion and sewing then a course in dress making may be the right thing for you. Here are some of the available fashion short courses, degrees and diplomas.

Types of fashion and dress making courses

Non-degree short courses in fashion and dressmaking

For those with an academic interest in fashion, without the need for a degree, there are a range of non-degree programmes available. These provide an educational experience for anyone needing resume-enhancing skills or just personal enrichment. On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a certification of attendance.


There are a few available as outlined below:


Beginners’ Garment Construction

This short course will equip students with the fundamental components of garment construction for theoretical and practical applications. These are the fundamentals of dress making.


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Beginners’ Pattern Engineering

Pattern engineering provides students with vital skills to transform designs from sketch to reality. All the fundamentals related to pattern engineering will be covered so that students will comprehend how to convert an illustration into a finished garment.


More formal fashion studies


Advanced Garment Construction

Taking pattern engineering a step further, students will be able to construct unique garments using specialised skills learnt here.


Advanced Pattern Engineering

After successful completion of the beginners’ course, students will get to apply the knowledge gained by creating advanced garments, moulded to fit and tailored to perfection.


Fashion Design

The core principles of fashion design are outlined in this instructive fashion course which empowers students with the tools to become a successful fashion designer.


International Short Courses

Select South African fashion institutes will offer international programmes which give local students the opportunity to experience design at international level, opening them op to global perspectives. This is excellent if you’re looking to gain global exposure.


A diploma or degree in fashion will only serve to enhance an already passionate student’s skills. Below we outline what the difference is between the two so that you can decide which one is best for you.


Diploma in Fashion

Some of the knowledge gained from a fashion diploma will include the design process, business management and garment engineering all aligned with the market and consumer needs. A Diploma in Fashion will give you a good understanding of a wide variety of core principles in the fashion industry.  Career opportunities are more likely to be given to well-rounded fashion diploma graduates.


Bachelor of Fashion Degree

A good Fashion Degree will introduces the student to the world of fashion and its many intricate facets and give you an understanding a wide variety of core principles. If you really want to pursue a career in fashion then having a recognized degree in fashion from an accredited tertiary education institution is a must.  A Bachelor of Fashion Degree will go a long way to ensure you learn the vital elements to follow a successful career in fashion.  Ultimately the Fashion Degree will allow you to apply knowledge, business insights and skills in your fashion career.


There are many fashion institutions with excellent fashion and dress making courses and degrees available but it’s always a good idea to check the institute’s record of success and reputation in the industry to ensure the institute is reputable.


Villioti Fashion Institute is an accredited tertiary fashion institution that takes pride in making the ordinary extraordinary. Led by Spero Villioti, who has run a successful fashion brand for more than 30 years, Villioti Fashion Institute prides itself on being “extraordinary in the details”, which is what sets their students apart from others and secures them a future in fashion.