Diploma in Fashion Technology

A full time - 38 week, level 5 programme designed to provide an opportunity for people with core skills and interest in the fashion industry to gain an advanced qualification that will increase their prospects of employment.

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This programme is designed to follow NZ Fashion Tech’s Certificate programmes.

The Diploma Programme provides an opportunity for people with core skills and interest in the fashion industry to gain an advanced qualification that will increase their prospects of employment.

It offers textile, apparel and production technology, specification sheet production, CAD/CAM, and advanced skills in pattern making and garment construction. The programme culminates in a runway presentation of student designed garments, The Diploma showcase.

The structure is designed to move the students during the year, from a tutor directed delivery mode, to one that is largely self directed, as the students gain the skills and knowledge to work independently – albeit with continuing supervision.


After completing this programme, you will receive the following qualification:

- New Zealand Diploma in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 5)

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What you will learn

Some of the skills you will learn on the Diploma in Fashion Technology are:

- Textile, apparel and production technology
- Specification sheet production
- Advanced skills in pattern making
- Advanced skills in garment construction

Career Options

Find out more about the programmes we offer and how you can kick-start your career in the fashion industry.

Fashion Career Opportunities

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Pattern Design or equivalent industry skills and experience
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate to the workplace
  • Achievement of NZQA Unit 17915 or demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current Health and Safety practices
  • Demonstrate a level of literacy and numeracy appropriate to the workplace
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Some medical conditions may preclude entry due to health and safety requirements

Where You Can Study

You can study for this programme at:

Auckland CBD
Wellington CBD

Campus Lcations

Dates and Times

PC Code: PC9701


Intakes In February.

The programme is 38 weeks long and the hours are:

Monday – Thursday 8.45am– 3.00pm. Friday 8.45am– 2.30pm


Diploma in Fashion Technology:
Fees on application.

International students should contact us for information on this programme.

Approx $400 – Fabrics and haberdashery

Student Loans and Allowances Available

Programme Outline Document

Download the Programme Outline Document, which covers the three programmes that we offer students together with some basic information about NZ Fashion Tech.

Programme Overview Document PDF

Key INFORMATION For Students

View the information for this qualification on https://info4learners.education.govt.nz using the link below:

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Apply Now

Please contact Ranee Richardson by phone on 0800 800 300 or by email



Check out our interview with graduate, Bridget Scanlan!

NZ Fashion Tech Blog


0800 800 300

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Contact info

Head Office:
Level 3, Spartik House, 6-8 Edward Wayte Place, Auckland 1023.


  • 0800 800 300
  • +64 (0)9 309 5020
  • Fax: +64 (0)9 309 5043