Diploma in Fashion

a practical qualification that explores fashion holistically.  from fashion design to the business of fashion.


The Diploma in Fashion is a three-year program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry and prepare them for successful careers in this field. The program offers a unique blend of theoretical and practical learning, with a strong focus on hands-on training.

Throughout the program, students will gain valuable skills in fashion design, pattern-making, and garment construction through a range of projects and exercises. They will also have the opportunity to explore fashion across different eras and cultures, as well as learn about the latest trends and developments in the industry through trend forecasting.

In addition to technical skills, the program also emphasises the development of business acumen and professional skills. Students will be taught how to market their designs, manage finances, and understand the legal and ethical aspects of the fashion industry.

At Design Academy of Fashion, we believe in providing our students with a well-rounded education that goes beyond technical skills.

Our goal is to produce graduates who are not only skilled in their craft but are also innovative, entrepreneurial, and socially conscious.


Subjects are taught in four different clusters. Which includes a Design Cluster, Technical Cluster, Commercial Cluster and a Contextual Cluster.


The Design Cluster focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge to create compelling fashion designs. Students will learn to develop their creativity through a range of techniques, from sketching and rendering to computer-aided design. They will explore various design principles, such as colour, texture, and shape, and gain insight into how to apply them to fashion design.


The Technical Cluster provides students with a solid foundation in clothing technology. Through this cluster, students will gain in-depth knowledge of patternmaking and garment construction. They will learn how to produce well-fitting and high-quality garments through the use of industry-standard techniques and tools. The Technical Cluster will prepare students to create garments that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also technically sound and comfortable to wear.


In the Commercial Cluster, students will explore the business aspects of fashion, from marketing and sales to range planning and risk management. They will learn how to create marketing strategies that tell a compelling story and drive sales. Students will also develop skills in financial analysis and forecasting, enabling them to plan ranges that are both profitable and attractive to consumers.


The Contextual Cluster focuses on understanding the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which fashion operates. Students will explore why we wear what we wear and how trends emerge and evolve over time. They will also gain insight into the various subcultures and movements that have shaped fashion history. Through this cluster, students will gain a deeper appreciation of the meaning and significance of fashion and its impact on society.


The Diploma in Fashion is designed for applicants who are enthusiastic about the fashion industry and eager to delve into the world of design. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed for those who are passionate about the fashion industry and seek to gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills in fashion design, entrepreneurship, trend forecasting, and more.

Our programme allows learners to explore their own creativity and personal style while also gaining a holistic understanding of the fashion industry.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a professional looking to switch careers, this programme offers a hands-on approach to learning and is perfect for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the fashion industry.


To achieve a Diploma Pass, the learner would have to meet the following requirements:

A candidate must pass at least 6 out of 7 subjects and obtain:

• At least 40% for your Home Language

• At least 40% for three other subjects excluding Life Orientation

• At least 30% in the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) of the tertiary institution (Higher Education Institution)

Access to the qualification is allowed via Recognition of Prior Learning

Matric Certification (certified copy with the required level of completion)

Identity document / Passport (certified copy)


Confidently work across various aspects of the fashion industry.  The 3-year diploma offers students the opportunity to delve deep into theory subjects, and gain a solid grip on practical subjects, as you advance into a world that looks to creative thinkers with knowledge of technology, whilst understanding the importance of tangible, hands-on design.

Fashion entrepreneur, fashion designer, buyer, stylist, brand manager, visual merchandiser, fashion illustrator, trend forecaster, fashion marketer, fashion journalist, product developer, costume designer, textile designer, fashion sustainability specialist.