ADMISSIONS

Here you will find how to apply to a DAF course, the procedures and the admission requirements, the most important dates and bursaries available.

REQUIREMENTS

To enrol into the Diploma of Fashion course, the criterion is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the English Language.  Matric Certification certified with the required level of completion.

To enrol into the Higher Certificate of Fashion course, the criterion is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the English Language.  Matric Certification certified with the required level of completion.

To enroll in a Short course, no qualifications are required.

 

BURSARIES

Design Academy of Fashion is committed to enriching and transforming the future of its students and works closely with NPO’s and companies that awards a range of bursaries and support.  These bursaries are given annually to encourage academic excellence and increase the diversity of our student population.

Please contact us for more information.

 

The Noni Gasa Bursary offers the unique opportunity to get more than just your academy fees paid. With sponsorships from Woolworths, Rain, Elna and Deckle Edge, we will ensure that your living expenses are covered, too.

 

 

ADMISSION PROCESS

To enrol in a Design Academy of Fashion course you need to follow these steps:

Fill out the application
Once you have chosen the course that suits you, you will have the option of submitting an online application or downloading the Application PDF file to fill in and send in to the academy.

Write an essay of your understanding and experience of fashion. The information in your essay is reflective of your character and writing style. Include your background, passions and future goals. Please do not exceed 2 typed pages or 4 hand-written ones.

A3 size storyboard consisting of three designs that form a range. Please note as there are no specific requirements for your storyboard, additions such as fabric swatches and a mood board will add to the overall presentation.

Include any other work which will add to the overall standard of your portfolio.

Look out for our Free Storyboard Workshop where we can guide and assist you to create your own portfolio.

Portfolios are reviewed on a regular basis and enrolments are taken until each course is full. There is no strict deadline for applications but we do recommend that students apply as early as possible.

For Diploma & Higher Certificate programs
1. Complete the online enrolment questionnaire;
2. Upload your essay and storyboard.  
3. Wait to hear back from DAF, and if admitted, proceed with payment.

For Short Courses
Complete the application process by downloading the PDF file.  Send your details to [email protected] 

 

FEES

Registration must be paid annually, on acceptance of the portfolio for the 1st year learner applicants and on a pre-determined registration date for the 2nd and 3rd year learners.

Student fee payment options include full payment on or before the 31st January of the academic year (less 5% discount); or alternatively on a half yearly basis (payments to be made by the 31st January and 31st July); or on a quarterly basis (payments to be made on or before the commencement of the new / next term).

Those electing to pay the full fees, i.e. the balance of the annual school fees excluding the registration payment, should note that this must be paid by the 31st of January each year in order to qualify for the single payment concession.

In the event of no proof of payment being received by the institution or payment made later that the due date and proof of payment has not been submitted, the payee shall have 5 days to remedy the situation.

In the event that payment or proof of payment is not received within 5 days, a letter of suspension will be issued to the learner which will have the effect of barring the learner from further attendance at the institution and progress reports and or diplomas will not be awarded until such time as the situation is remedied.

Registered students may cancel their registration before the 1st of January of the year for which they are registered. Cancellation must be made in writing to the Administrative Director. In the event that a learner registers after the 1st of January they will have until the 31st of January to cancel their enrolment at DAF after which they will be liable for the full year’s fees for which they are registered. In all cases applicants will forfeit the registration fee.

 

DIPLOMA FEE STRUCTURE

The BALANCE OF THE TUITION FEES may be paid as follows:

Option 1- Full settlement of tuition fees on or before 31 January

-SA Applicants: R69 825 (5% discount)

-International applicants: R73 500

Option 2 (SA Applicants Only) – Bi-annual Payments

1ST February: R36 750

1ST July: R36 750

Option 3 (SA Applicants Only) – Quarterly Payments

Due on the first day of each term:

4 x Payments: R18 375

Option 4 (SA Applicants Only) – 10 x Monthly Payments

*Please note that this payment option includes an admin fee:

1st of the month payment of R7 450 from February to November.

Additional Expenses:

Tuition Fees includes the required textbooks but not the art kit, sewing kit, sewing machines, computer software and all fabrics necessary to complete the course. We are currently in negotiations with our suppliers to bring you the best possible prices – a detailed list and the prices will be sent out as soon as they are available.

DOWNLOAD DIPLOMA FEES PDF

 

HIGHER CERTIFICATE FEE STRUCTURE

The balance of the tuition fees may be paid as follows:

Option 1- Full settlement of Tuition Fees by 31 January

-SA Applicants: R71 725 (5% discount)

-International applicants: R75 500

Option 2 (SA Applicants Only) – Bi-annual Payments

1ST February: R37 750

1ST July: R37 750

Option 3 (SA Applicants Only) – Quarterly Payments

Due on the first day of each term:

4 x Payments: R18 875

Option 4 (SA Applicants Only) – 10 x Monthly Payments

*Please note that this payment option includes an admin fee:

1st of the month payment of R7 650 from February until November.

Additional Expenses:

Tuition Fees includes the required textbooks but not the art kit, sewing kit, sewing machines, computer software and all fabrics necessary to complete the course. We are currently in negotiations with our suppliers to bring you the best possible prices – a detailed list and the prices will be sent out as soon as they are available.

DOWNLOAD HC FEES STRUCTURE

 

FOREIGN STUDENTS

Applicants that do not live in the Republic of South Africa should read through the following steps carefully. This will give an indication of the time frame which should be taken into account when applying. It is suggested that the process commence as early as possible.

 

  1. Applicants are required to have a Matric Certificate with the relevant endorsement or equivalent thereof. A foreign qualification can be certified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) . You can also go here directly to download the form. Please note that the process can take anything from 10 to 30 working days. Please check the form for applicable fees.
  2. You may apply at the Design Academy of Fashion in the meantime, however, acceptance will be based on the outcome from SAQA for foreign students.
  3. Simply complete the Application form and submit along with your essay, storyboard, copy of your Passport and a copy of your latest learner record. Proof of payment of the R2200,00 application fee for non South African citizens must also accompany the application. If you have already received your certificate from SAQA please submit this as well. All copies need to be certified as true copies of the original. You can post the portfolio, taking into account that the postal service may also take up to 4 weeks, OR you may courier it, OR scan everything and email it to us. Please ensure that all copies, once scanned are readable.
  4. DAF will send you an acceptance letter once your portfolio is approved, stating the duration of the course you applied for.
  5. You will then need to go to the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate in order to apply for a Study Visa, using the acceptance letter. The Embassy will advise of any further requirements as well as fees payable before acceptance. The visa may take up to 8 weeks . Once you have received your visa, you can book your trip to the RSA.
  6. On arrival at DAF a copy of the study visa will be required for your file. The study visa must state specifically that the student will be studying at the Design Academy of Fashion.
  7. DAF does not offer accommodation, We are, however, happy to assist students, where possible, in finding suitable accommodation