What will I learn?

Whitecliffe Fashion Design graduates think creatively, take risks, and have a high level of industry standard technical skill.

They are innovators with a personal vision who build careers as highly respected professionals within the Fashion industry. The Whitecliffe Fashion Design major encourages students to challenge the traditional boundaries of fashion and to foster their creativity while developing high levels of experimentation and technical skills.

The Whitecliffe Fashion Design department has a strong focus on sustainability and students are encouraged to embrace innovative and sustainable fashion practices throughout their studies. Sustainability is part of an expanding branch within the fashion industry that focuses on social responsibility and environmental impact, the use of sustainable and organic materials, disuse of harmful chemicals and dyes and a reduction of textile waste. Whitecliffe students are given the opportunity to employ sustainable practices to address contemporary concerns within the industry and enhance their own design practice and become innovators within their field.

Students and graduates win national and international awards of note and are supported and encouraged to enter competitions.

We foster original thinking and individual design aesthetics. The educators at Whitecliffe are all practising artists and designers who provide an inspirational and professional learning environment.

Students learn design research, concept development, fashion history, theory and illustration, and contemporary fashion design creating innovative collections that reflect individual design identity.

High professional standards of industry methodology are taught including tailoring skills in patternmaking and garment construction, and fabric manipulation the art of folding, tucking, darting and cording to create three-dimensional shapes for innovative design.

Where could this programme take you?

A career in the fashion industry can take you from the initial stages of concept development and design through to production and merchandising or buying for high fashion chain stores. Fashion Design graduates may choose to work in designer workrooms, production, visual merchandising for product display or in fashion styling for magazines and photoshoots. Costume design for theatre and film and teaching at secondary and tertiary levels are other excellent career opportunities.

Jobs related to this programme

• Designer

• Design Assistant

• Workroom Assistant

• Patternmaker

• Sample Machinist

• Production

• Buyer

• Merchandiser

• Fashion Stylist

• Wardrobe Assistant

• Visual Merchandiser

• Fashion Retail

• Fashion Public Relations

• Fashion Marketing

• Fabric Range Designer

• Fashion Journalism

• Design Educator

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$27,000.00 (US$ 17,901) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2021

Venue

Whitecliffe

Auckland Campus,

67 Symonds Street,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission Requirements: NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age. IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5.

For international students

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age.

IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

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About this uni

Whitecliffe College is an independent school based in New Zealand covering the areas of art, fashion, design, and technology.

  • Based out of five campuses in New Zealand
  • Enjoys beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery
  • Faculty with extensive experience in industry
  • Peaceful and safe study environment