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NZ Academy of Fashion

Our courses are aimed at the local student with an interest in fashion design. Our mission is Where Fashion Careers Begin and we enable our students either start their fashion career with a good foundation in practical skills, or add to any degree they may have which may not include these skills. We teach the creation of clothes, with other courses adding to the students mix where required.

Students enrolled in any of our courses are NOT eligible for a student loan. NZAF does have interest free instalment plans available.

Our courses are not full time and while international students are welcome to enrol in them if in New Zealand on valid visa, the courses do not create eligibility for a student visa to study in New Zealand.


I always wanted to learn how to make my own patterns and design beautiful clothes but I wasn’t able to quit my full time job. I found the Diploma course by searching the Internet and was so happy that I finally was able to study what I am so passionate about. I have learned so much and was able to do it from home. When I got stuck, with making patterns or making the garments, my tutor was so helpful and made it really easy to correct my mistakes, and put me on the right track. Before I st…
Melanie Donhauser


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Slow Fashion

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Blog, Diploma | 0 comments

I noticed that quite apart from advertising our courses on Facebook we were sharing about quality, an article from the BBC about Carin Mansfield a fashion designer who makes quality clothes, repurposing, taking...

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Distance Student Patterndrafts our last exam

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Blog, Diploma, Patternmaking | 0 comments

We just had to show you what our students are doing.  Chris sent in this little dress from an assignment we gave him, he has been working on the Diploma for 2 years now and when we sent him an image to make a...

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Advanced Class Graduation

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Diploma | 0 comments

Graduation day at the end of 2014 where our students received their Advanced...

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