Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)


Wintec’s Diploma in Fashion Design and Practice is a two-year, full-time level six course that will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the exciting industry and business of fashion design.

Programme manager, Julie Ashby, says no other school in New Zealand offers such a comprehensive course. “The basic aim of the diploma is to not just produce designers but enable students to understand the whole spectrum of fashion industry.”

The course, which starts in February at Wintec’s Hamilton city campus, offers a wide general programme of study. During the diploma, students will develop an understanding of the relationship between design, production and distribution within the industry, as well as fashion production, culture, history, industry, retailing, distribution materials and basic skills in fashion design technology. At the end of the year, students showcase their work in a professional runway event.


The course’s practical emphasis ensures students gain knowledge of business processes for entry preparation into the fashion design industry. It will also provide a thorough understanding of the current fashion climate.

The programme is designed to be flexible. Students learn all aspects of the fashion industry which they can then take to their employers. Part-time options are available, including opportunities for students to learn fashion design and drafting practices. Among the broad range of electives is textile design, photography, accounting and fashion graphics.


The point of difference about this course is that it aims to produce graduates equipped to work in all sectors of the fashion industry, not just fashion design. It also draws on the skills of industry specialists such the team from Nyne, current Fashion-Designers-in-Residence. Fashion industry-related tutors will enlighten students on current practices and industry norms.

Julie Ashby has a background in product design and textile design. She is a former three-times finalist of the Benson and Hedges fashion awards, with experience in both the fashion and interior design industries.

For more information visit www.wintec.ac.nz

City Campus, A Block, Gate 3, Tristram Street, Hamilton, Rotokauri Campus, Student Hub, 51 Akoranga Rd, Hamilton New Zealand
Phone: New Zealand 0800 2 WINTEC (0800 2 946 8320) International +64 7 838 6399

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