Design & Arts College of New Zealand

For more than 30 years we have been providing arts and design qualifications that focus on practical, real-world skills so that our graduates leave D&A work-ready.  We’re the South Island’s only tertiary institute dedicated to design and arts education and are New Zealand government funded (TEC) and registered (NZQA).

Thousands of D&A graduates are now working as professionals in their field in New Zealand and around the world.

Why Choose Fashion Design?
Fashion Design is an exciting and creative industry that allows you to express your flair for design. As a career choice it involves the design, production and marketing of a range of clothing items and demands creativity and an eye for detail. In this competitive industry, a design qualification will give you the edge that you need to stand out from the crowd.

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion, Level 4

As one of only two schools approved to deliver this brand new qualification, our passionate and professional tutors will train you in a creative environment in a wide set of fashion skills and knowledge.

At the end of this 20 week course you’ll be able to work in areas such as design, styling, visual merchandising, pattern-making and basic garment construction, or you’ll be primed to start our New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5).

Career opportunities
– Photoshoot Assistant
– Junior Personal Stylist
– Junior Visual Merchandiser
– Entry-level Fashion Retail Stylist
– Entry-level Workroom Assistant

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

During this year long programme you will learn how to apply technical skills and processes within briefs and about conceptual and practical skills that reflect current fashion design and industry practice. You’ll also be able to tap in to D&A’s industry links and complete invaluable work experience projects out in the field. All of this will see you graduating with the ability to self-manage design projects all the way from inception to completion.

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

For more information visit

Head Office, Level 1, 150 Hereford Street, Central Christchurch, 8011
Phone: +64 03 365 1578 or 0800 50 88 50 within NZ
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