5 month part-time course

Foundation in Fashion

a transformative 200-hour journey offering introductory knowledge to Fashion Design, Garment Technology, Textiles and Trend.

Your Course Journey



Unleash your creativity as you explore the essentials of fashion design, from concept to captivating collections.



A hands-on journey of pattern-making and garment construction. Bring your unique creation to life.



Your gateway to a essential understanding of the diverse elements shaping the dynamic world of fashion.


Foundation in Fashion

Course Description

Embark on a journey with our Foundation in Fashion Course—a part-time adventure spanning 5 months, from Monday to Thursday, 13:30 to 16:00. Immerse yourself in creativity, cultivating knowledge, skills, and an understanding of fashion that builds into a rich tapestry of diverse and impactful work.

Join us on this non-stop exploration of fashion—where each moment is a step towards your extraordinary future.

This course is non-credit bearing and is therefore not registered on the South African Qualifications Framework.

Course Outcomes

  • Craft a captivating visual diary and seamlessly transform it into a conceptual masterpiece.
  • Elevate your artistic expression through the creation of stunning fashion illustrations, mood boards, and captivating fashion storyboards.
  • Dive into the realm of garment technology, mastering basic techniques that will empower your designs to stand out.
  • Translate your vision into reality as you draft patterns and skillfully sew a fashion garment uniquely crafted by you.
  • Navigate the ever-evolving fashion landscape with insightful discussions and an in-depth understanding of trend forecasting.
  • Explore the fascinating world of fibers—both natural and man-made—using your newfound knowledge to craft an original textile product that defines innovation.

On Completion

Upon successful completion of this comprehensive course, you will not only receive a certificate of accomplishment but also walk away with a well-rounded understanding of the fashion landscape. Your portfolio will showcase a visual diary transformed into a conceptual vision, alongside fashion illustrations, mood boards, and storyboards. Practical skills in basic garment technology, pattern drafting, and garment construction will be evident in the fashion garment you craft.  This robust foundation positions you for success in the future and seamlessly transitions you into our full-time qualification should you choose to further your journey in fashion studies.

5 months part-time

Foundation in Fashion Course

  • Registration Fee
  • Course Fees

5 month payment plans are available.

INTAKE 2024:

  1. 29 January 2024
  2. 4 March 2024
  3. 13 May 2024
  4. 15 July 2024
  5. 19 August 2024
  6. 21 October 2024


To enroll in this course, candidates must meet the minimum age requirement of 17 years. No prior experience or specific educational background is necessary, making this course accessible to individuals with a passion for fashion and a desire to embark on a creative journey in the field.


160 Lesson Hours + 40 Homework Hours

Total 200 Hours


In the Fashion Design Course, you will develop core design skills through concept generation and fashion illustration so that you can create your own fashion mood boards and story boards.


The Garment Technology course will equip you with basic techniques of pattern cutting and garment construction so that you can make your own unique fashion product.


In the Fashion and Textiles Course, you will explore the fashion landscape and gain an understanding of fashion trends, fabrics and fibers and create your own original textile.

Fashion Illustration | Colour Theory | Research & Inspiration | Building Collections | Moodboards | Principles & Elements Resource | Fashion Ideation | Production Phase | Presentation

Pattern Making | Equipment |Tracing | Blocks | Garment Construction | Bodice | Pants | Skirt | Shirt | Pant | Final Assignment

Textiles & Fibres | Manufacturing | Craft | Sustainability | Upcycling | Dyeing & Fabric Manipulation | Macro & Micro Trends | Retail Lanscape | Presentation


available from 9:00 – 16:30

Monday – Friday

Address The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7926

Email info@daf-academy.co.za

Application Form

After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email. You’ll also be redirected to make your registration payment online. Please keep in mind that your spot in the course is only secured upon payment of the registration fee.


Any student who registers for the Foundation in Fashion  Course is liable for the entire course fee, irrespective of whether the student completes the course or not.

Any student whose financial obligations are not complied with, in terms of clause 1 above, will, at the sole discretion of the Trustees of the Board of Design Academy of Fashion (DAF), be suspended unless such payment is either brought up to date, together with interest accrued on all outstanding amounts at the prime rate from the date when the fees became due, or alternative payment arrangements in respect of both any future or past financial obligations have been agreed to in writing between the person responsible for the payment of fees and the Board.

Should DAF enforce payment of any outstanding fees and need to take legal action to recover these fees, the person responsible for the payment of fees will be liable to pay all legal costs incurred by DAF in this regard (including but not limited to attorney-client fees and collection commission) together with any tracing agent’s fees as may be incurred in the collection of the same.

The person responsible for the payment of fees shall be held liable to DAF for the cost of repairing any damage to its property caused by the student.

DAF shall not be responsible for any physical or mental harm which the student may suffer or for any loss or damage to the student’s property when on DAF’s premises, and during normal hours unless such harm or loss is caused as a result of some form of neglect or failure to maintain the same on behalf of DAF, or if the student was not given adequate instructions or warnings pertaining to any hazard arising from or associated with the use of any of the DAF’s property or equipment.

Provided students have complied with all their financial obligations in terms hereof and have met the attendance criteria required by the Trustees of the Board, they will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the Foundation Course in Fashion upon achieving the outcomes of the course. The Board of Trustees reserves expressly the right to withhold any aforementioned Certificate of Attendance pending compliance or substantial compliance, as the case may be and at the entire discretion of the Board, with such student’s financial and attendance obligations at DAF.

Students are required to be punctual for lectures, which begin at 13:30, and to attend the required amount of lectures in each module.

In the event of any student requiring emergency medical treatment, DAF will arrange for said treatment; however, the student/person responsible for the payment of fees will be liable for all costs relating to the treatment.

DAF reserves the right, after 3 written warnings, to terminate the attendance of any student whose behavior is proving disruptive to the students and staff.

DAF further reserves the right, notwithstanding the content of the Letter of Acceptance attached hereto and the payment of a registration fee, to reject the application of any applicant if, at any time prior to the commencement of the course such applicant is to commence his or her studies at DAF, the Board of Trustees of DAF is of the opinion, in its sole and absolute discretion, that the applicant is incapable of meeting DAF’s acceptance criteria of, inter alia, a financial nature. DAF undertakes to repay any registration fee in the event of such an eventuality.