New Zealand Diploma in Fashion

Level 5

The New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) will prepare you to work in this exciting and dynamic industry. This year long Diploma is the natural progression for those who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4).

It’s also ideal for those with some experience in the area, who have the basic skills to go straight to the Diploma level.

Course Content 

Design Communication: in this module you will learn all about fashion drawing and design development techniques and will gain basic software and digital skills to create digital formats and hand drawn illustrations for the fashion industry. You will be introduced to basic research skills and design development from conception through to completion.

Fashion Communication: this module introduces you to expressing and communicating fashion. You will learn about the fashion industry both in New Zealand and internationally and explore clothes, hair and makeup styling, and photoshoots. Other topics include fashion styling, visual merchandising and marketing within a fashion context.

Garment Technology: you will be introduced to how garments are made, ranging from a designer’s workroom to a larger scale manufacturing process. This includes an introduction to basic patternmaking, garment construction and textile knowledge across both women’s and menswear. 

Fashion Practice and Application: this module allows you to practice and self-manage design projects and engage with the fashion industry during a two-week, unpaid work placement. You will undertake a total of 60 hours of work experience which will introduce you to a fashion related work environment.

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $6,438.00**
  • Course related costs: $1,500.00

*2018 fees are indicative costs and are subject to change. 

Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

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Career Opportunities

  • Fashion Design Assistant
  • Design Room Assistant
  • Product Development Assistant
  • Junior Garment Technician
  • Specification Technician
  • Junior Merchandising Assistant
  • Junior Production Assistant
  • Planning Assistant
  • Buyers Assistant   

2018 Intake Dates 

23 July


42 weeks including 6 weeks of holiday.

Entry Requirements

You must


  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Hold NCEA Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Be able to show evidence of basic pattern-making, garment construction and computer skills
  • Attend an interview and provide a portfolio or your creative work.  

Qualifications Awarded

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) [Ref. 2641]. 

Key Information For Students

New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5)

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements
Detailed requirements


1 Year

Tuition Fees - Total Qualification

Student fees: $6,438
Government tuition subsidy: $5,107
Total: $11,545

Compulsory Student Services Fee

Student loan information: StudyLink

Student Success

Successful course completions: N/A

National Graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)

Median earnings : $35,776
Earnings range: $26,007 - $43,735
In employment: 65%
In further study: 25%

Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

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