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Where fashion careers begin



New Zealand Academy of Fashion Design

Was incorporated in April 2005 and has since experienced exceptional growth. The Academy currently hosts 20 classes per week, accommodating over 150 students. Small enough to know all our students by name we ensure you have the skills you need to create fashion. We specialise in part time courses, so you can study for your Diploma while you work or go to school. Our diploma provides a platform for a future career in fashion. We encourage working as an intern in the industry during term breaks so the student can experience how the industry operates first hand. Personalised attention to individual students in the small tutor to student ratio is vital to the philosophy of the Academy.

Our Mission Statement:

Where fashion careers begin.  We aim to produce graduates that have the skills and confidence to be successful in the fashion industry.

Where Fashion Careers Begin

Our mission, vision and goals are beautifully summed up in the phrase: where fashion careers begin. This phrase underpins the planning and development of the learning programme.  Appropriate resources and personalised attention to ensure successful delivery of our courses.  Through internal and external quality assurance, we are able to assess and review the institution’s mission and goals regularly.

The concept of continuous learning is an integral part of the mission statement. Our goal is to enable graduates to work in the ever changing local and international fashion industry through observation, discovery, continuous learning, self-evaluation and self-reflection.  By developing these skills, graduates will be able to conceptualise their own cutting-edge designs and deliver them to the industry and consumers.

The Academy strives to create a calibre of designer who is ready to enter the fashion industry with proficiency and confidence.  By providing learners with with an opportunity to develop practical, vocational, creative and commercial skills, our programme aims to produce graduates who are able to work effectively in the industry and excel as fashion designers of the future.

Purpose and Rational of the International Diploma

The qualification was developed to cover all aspects necessary to meet the increasingly sophisticated and technologically advanced needs of a Creative Practitioner within the fashion design industry.

The qualification engages the student in the practical, written and theoretical aspects of Design and Product development.

The programme is stimulates critical thinking and professional methodology, with contemporary practice and theory in fashion design.

The qualification is devised to offer a wide range of activities in a structured course that will stimulate creative, informed research and practice driven outcomes.

Although the teaching of key skills and sound technical ability are at the core of all module outcomes, the qualification aims to stimulate individuality.

The transferable skills of any good design practitioner such as professionalism, self-management, studio skills and creative expression are key components to all assessment and module outcomes.

UK Accreditation

The NZ Academy of Fashion Design in Albany has become the first Fashion Design Institute outside of the United Kingdom to receive the acclaimed PAAVQ-SET APD Level 3 in Advanced Technology (Garment Construction and Patternmaking) Diploma. This qualification enables students to work and study abroad.