A one-year programme that offers a holistic overview of the clothing industry.

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The higher certificate in fashion is an exciting one year program that provides a holistic overview of the clothing industry as the student builds, develops and creates their brand vision. We go through each step of the process from business plan to in-store merchandising. This intensive course focuses on practical applications and knowledge with the exciting outcome of presenting your brand, your product and designs, in your own “mock” store environment.



Applications for 2021 are closed.  If you are interested in studying the Higher Certificate in Fashion, please contact us directly.


Higher Certificate students will cover 12 subjects which will be taught in four different clusters. Which includes a Design Cluster, Technical Cluster, Contextual Cluster and a Commercial Cluster.  

Design Cluster

Fashion Design
The subject of Fashion Design aims to nurture each learner’s unique design aesthetic through the development of individual fashion design signatures. Learners are taught how to communicate design through drawing and discover how to effectively create a mood board and storyboard presentations while learning to work with inspiration and conceptualization of clothing ranges.
Illustration & Colour Theory
This subject creates a foundation for Fashion Design, equipping the learner with the drawing skills and confidence to excel in their Fashion Illustrations. Learners are introduced to various techniques to assist them in rendering full-colour figures and garment illustrations.
Computer Illustration & Design
Learners are given a thorough orientation of the operating system. An introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop programs. Simple exercises and tutorials are provided to help learners get better acquainted with these programs. In line with industry standards, learners are taught how to create technical drawings, storyboards and moodboards using these programs.
Technical Drawing
Learners are taught how to draw technical representations of garments and become familiar with basic terminology. These techniques form a critical foundation which enables the learners to communicate their designs in a technical and precise manner in line with industry standards.

Technical Cluster

Pattern Making
Learners explore the foundational principles of patternmaking through experimentation of basic blocks. Patternmaking works in conjunction with Fashion Design and Garment Construction so that each student understands how to develop their design into a tangible product.
Garment Construction
An introduction to foundational sewing skills. Learners are exposed to different methods of Garment Construction through practical exploration. The subject relates closely to Patternmaking and Fashion Design in that students construct their designed garments.

Commercial Cluster

Marketing & Advertising
Learners are introduced to the marketing environment by looking at how the Fashion market is organised in terms of market segments, target market and the marketing mix. By exploring fashion marketing practices and basic marketing research, a picture of a retailer is developed.
Retail Buying & Planning
Learners are introduced to merchandising principles and practices for the fashion industry. An understanding is developed regarding the role of the buyer and merchandiser. The current best practice in fashion buying and merchandising is explored along with the principles of sourcing and supply chain management.

Contextual Cluster

Theory of Clothing
In Theory of Clothing, learners explore ancient civilizations, the medieval times and the 16th Century to analyze the fashion and place it into context. Learners are guided in the processes of elementary research and data gathering techniques, as well as an introduction to the various market segments (Couture; streetwear; ready-to-wear; tailoring and sportswear).
Fashion Forecasting
Learners are taught the foundation of how to identify global fashion trends. They research and identify existing trend indicators (colour, fabric, shape and market dynamics) that are generic to previous season’s collections. From this research, students are shown how to forecast future trends.
Textile Studies
This is a comprehensive and immersive subject which equips the learning with the applied knowledge and understanding of fibres, fabrics and finishing. The course is comprised of a series of lectures ranging from basic fibre identification, fabric weaves and finishes as well as testing of fabrics.
The course aims to introduce learners to visual, verbal and theoretical ways of communicating ideas and knowledge. The subject explores ways of researching, extrapolating and writing to assist learners with their theory subjects. Basic principles used in visual communication are explored with regards to layout, colour and professional practice. The development of verbal presentations is explored using Power Point.


This one-year intensive programme has been designed to give students a unique insight into the fashion industry. Through building your brand, learners will cover all the elements of the business of fashion, from business plan and concept to in-store merchandising and sales.


✔︎ Trends & Fashion Forecasting

✔︎ Theory of Fashion

✔︎ Brand Concept and Development

✔︎ Fashion Design & Illustration

✔︎ Garment Construction

✔︎ Marketing & Advertising

✔︎ Buying & Planning

✔︎ Styling & Merchandising


The higher certificate is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including school leavers, graduates hoping to work in fashion, and those seeking a new career path.

The Higher Certificate is well suited to entrepreneurs wanting to start a fashion brand.  Those looking for a holistic overview of the entire process from developing your brand to selling your product.


The admission criterion is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the English Language. Matric Certification (certified copy with the required level of completion)

Entrance portfolio comprising of an essay and a storyboard.  Click on the Portfolio Workshop link below for an indepth look at how to create your entrance portfolio.  Please note, Higher Certificate applicants do not need to include a moodboard in their portfolio.

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The Higher Certificate is aimed a fashion entrepreneurs looking to create their fashion business.  The skills you will learn will also make you employable across all areas of the fashion industry.

Fashion entrepreneur, junior fashion designer, buyers assistant, assistant fashion stylist, fashion retail, fashion blogger.



The three-year Diploma in Fashion is an accredited programme that provides the ultimate preparation needed to enter the fashion industry.


The short courses take place at campus on Saturday mornings.  Our courses offer specialised knowledge to specific functions of the fashion industry.  From beginners to the experienced.  


Beginners introduction to Photoshop and Illustrator for fashion design.
Aimed at designers looking to expand their technical knowledge.
Dive into the principles of design from concept to the final touches.

The DAF Difference

In order to contribute to the world, we need to understand ourselves first.

The DAF curriculum is designed to unleash your full potential as a unique creative.  Focusing on the heart and mind of the individual, we explore, engage and experience the world around us.  When we understand ourselves and connect to the world, we are able to design and create with relevance and empathy.