Otago Polytechnic

STAR Fashion Skills

Do you love fashion and design?

Come and join us at the School of Design for a two day hands-on workshop where you will create accessories through deconstructing and reconstructing upcycled materials. This includes patternmaking and construction techniques.

This course is offered in the mid-year school holidays so secondary students can take advantage of this opportunity.

Please note: This course has no credits or achievement standards attached but it could be subject to STAR funding. Please discuss this with your school careers advisor. 

Entry criteria

Secondary school students must be in Year 11, 12 or 13.

Course content

Learn basic patternmaking and construction techniques to create your own accessories from upcycled materials. Gain valuable skills that will support an application into the Certificate in Fashion Studies (Level 4) and Bachelor of Design (Fashion).

What to bring
  • Enthusiasm and an open mind
  • A4 drawing pad, pen, pencils, eraser
  • Basic sewing kit (including a measuring tape, pins, paper scissors and fabric scissors).

Otago Polytechnic, H Block (corner of Union and Forth Streets), Dunedin.

Please meet at the School of Design Office, Floor 5, H Block on the first day.

How to apply

Complete the online application form or visit our campus on Forth St, Dunedin.


Talk to your school's Career Advisor or apply to Otago Polytechnic directly.

Careers Advisors

Please email PamH@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 762 786 for more information and to arrange enrolment of the student. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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