Otago Polytechnic

Fashion design

Study at the only Fashion School in New Zealand with a Business of Fashion Top 50 ranking!

Develop advanced, industry-specific skills and realise innovative design and production through creative exploration, applied research and collective enterprise.

 

Collections Fashion Show

Our fledgling fashion designers showcase their latest collections in an exciting and inspirational display of talent and creativity. 

 

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CAREER OUTCOMES

Employers love our fashion design graduates because they’re innovative, hard-working, solution-focused and well-prepared for the realities of the fashion world. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for internationally-acclaimed designers such as NOM*D, or to create successful labels of their own such as Maaike and twenty-seven names. A qualification in Fashion Design could lead to you a role in buying, styling, fashion writing, fashion photography, patternmaking, fashion design, production management, CAD patternmaking, costume for film and theatre, accessories, teaching, fashion marketing,or merchandising.

 

Dunedin is a city that encourages innovation and creativity, and nurtures and supports business start-ups. Playing host to international fashion experiences such as iD Dunedin Fashion Week, the city is known for its unique and distinctive style – come and be part of it! 

PROGRAMMES

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester one in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

No matter what direction your creative career takes, you'll benefit from having the ability to learn and apply creative processes, methods and technologies in both art- and design-based studio projects. This programme is great preparation for further study in any creative programme. Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional with this internationally-recognised qualification. This leading fashion degree is recognised for its international opportunities, industry connections and the chance to truly develop your individual style and identity as a designer.

Master of Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply now!

This qualification of excellence allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent. Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of academic journal articles. Graduates will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management role.

Postgraduate Certificate in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. Extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and the professional design environment. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Design* or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for employment in a wide range of creative or design management roles.

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Ideal for graduates who want to extend and deepen their research skills and professional design practices through applied design research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry or community partners. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Master of Design* or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for a career in design or design management.

OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

 

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