I came from Rotorua every day and I really love the course. I look back over the year and I have learnt so much its astronomical! I now rarely get stuck. Before I started I thought the Diploma (now Apparel Creation) would be easier than what it is, I didn’t realise the extent of the learning from the History of Fashion to Fashion Illustration and even some printmaking, its not just learning to sew but a whole range of related subjects. I am excited to be carrying on to next year, if possible, as it opens options to a whole new world. I like the production side of fashion, making a pattern then making it up from nothing but your own ideas. I wholeheartedly recommend the Academy, there were times when I didn’t want to drive all the way up from Rotorua, but I still did it. I am so excited by what I have learnt, because pass or fail I have the knowledge for life.