In an extremely fast-changing, dynamic industry, fashion graduates need to have the best possible advantage to really make their mark. 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. Here are some of the available fashion courses, degrees and diplomas.

Types of fashion courses

Undergraduate Short Courses

  • Beginners’ Garment Construction

This short course will equip students with the fundamental components of garment construction for theoretical and practical applications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Non-degree Courses

For those with an academic interest of fashion, without the need for a degree, there are also a range of non-degree programmes. 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.

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.

Diploma in Fashion

A Diploma in Fashion will give you a good understanding  of a wide variety of core principles in the fashion industry.  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. Career opportunities are more likely to be given to well-rounded fashion graduates.

Bachelor of Fashion Degree

If you really want to pursue a career in fashion then having a recognized degree in fashion from a accredited tertiary education institution is a must.  Just like a business analyst will have a Bachelor Degree in Business a Bachelor of Fashion Degree will go a long way to ensure you learn the vital elements to follow a successful career in fashion.  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. Ultimately the Fashion Degree will allow you to apply knowledge, business insights and skills in your fashion career.

Entry Requirements for fashion courses

Many fashion institutes will assess applicants on an individual basis to determine whether they are able to successfully complete the fashion courses. An authentic institute is not concerned with just taking the applicants’ money, but rather whether the individual is the correct fit for the course. They want happy, successful applicants fulfilling their dreams. There is often a formal assessment tool to evaluate each student for potential and fit.

Potential candidates mustn’t be put off by academic stipulations, however, as prior learning and experience can also work in the applicant’s favour. Assessments will have do be done to assure there are theoretical and practical competencies to allow enrolment. Quality institutes will also offer some form of student support to ensure everyone is able to succeed in their chosen fashion course.

  1. Bachelor of Fashion Degree

To enrol for this degree, candidates must have a National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 30 % in English. Many institutes will require averages of 50 to 59% in four other subjects. The National Senior Certificate will have to be presented to the institution.

  1. Diploma in Fashion

This is typically a three-year diploma, full-time, and entry requirements include a National Senior Certificate, or equivalent, with a minimum of 30% in English and 40 to 49% in four other NSC subjects.

  1. Short Course Requirements

These will differ from one fashion institute to another, but the general enrolment requirements are a Grade 7 completion – or equivalent. Specialised or advanced courses might require some skills’ proficiency or basic knowledge in certain areas such as garment construction.

There are many fashion institutions offering really exceptional courses, but it’s always worth checking the institute’s record of success and compliancy 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.