Otago Polytechnic

Fashion Skills


Dunedin - please meet at the School of Design Office, Floor 5, H Block, Forth St campus on the first day (class held in H415 Construction Studio)

Two days, 10.00am-4.00pm
2021 (exact dates to be advised soon)
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 January 2021

Come and join us at the School of Design for a two-day, hands-on workshop where you will explore sustainable fashion making in a creative and fun environment, using up-cycled fabrics and leather to create your own bag.

This course will be focused on a bag making project using industrial/specialist machinery as part of the construction process. In our sustainable approach to fashion, we will use recycling, up-cycling and the use of apparel industry by-product materials to develop and make new products.

You will be introduced to a range of industry-relevant skills including industrial construction techniques. If you are a secondary school student, this could enable you to enhance your NCEA outcomes in Textile Technology, plus develop a portfolio for your application to our fashion programmes.

Materials will be provided for the first day but please bring any items/garments that you would like to re-use or up-cycle, and a sewing kit.

Please note: This course does not have any credits or achievement standards attached, however the content may enhance your design portfolio for application into the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4) or Bachelor of Design (Fashion) and improve your NCEA-related course outcomes.

Entry criteria

> All welcome - open to domestic students and international students (who are currently based in New Zealand).

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

Learn various introductory pattern making and industrial construction techniques to create your own fashion outcome/s. This is also an opportunity to engage with sustainable practice through up-cycling of materials.

Gain valuable skills that will support an application into the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4) and Bachelor of Design (Fashion).

The course can be STAR funded through your school, however it does not have any credits attached. The idea is to give secondary school participants a range of skills that will enable them to produce better NCEA outcomes in Textile Technology plus develop a Fashion/Design portfolio for application to our fashion programmes.

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.

Class held in H415 Construction Studio.

How to apply

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

Secondary School students

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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