Otago Polytechnic

Fashion Design


Immerse yourself in the world of fashion!

Study at Otago Polytechnic's Fashion Design School – the only Fashion School in New Zealand with a Business of Fashion Top 50 ranking.


Collections Fashion Show

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





Employers love our fashion design graduates. They’re innovative, hard-working, solution-focused and prepared for the realities of the fashion world. 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 a role in buying, styling, fashion writing, fashion photography, pattern-making, fashion design, production management, CAD pattern-making, 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!



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 now

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.

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply by 30 June

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to transform that enthusiasm into a career in the fashion industry? Look no further! Embark on this hands-on qualification to acquire the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness necessary for further study in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain entry-level roles assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, and basic garment construction.

Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

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.

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now!

Achieve an applied qualification to complement your degree in a specialist area of design. Ideal if you are a professional designer or practitioner wishing to develop your applied skills and studio project experience.



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