The purpose of the BA Fashion Design programme is to develop fashion designers, problem finders and problem solvers that have the competence to work independently as entrepreneurial fashion designers. The objective of this degree is to:
- Apply integrated knowledge and advanced conceptual thinking skills to innovatively solve complex fashion design problems;
- Use a range of design methods, processes and techniques competently to create, present and argue for professional fashion designs;
- Enable students to demonstrate knowledge of design history and theory in broader context and fashion design history and theory in discipline specific context, and to conduct design criticism and research.
- The programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a design career in the fashion industry, including:
- Problem solving through design
- Fashion entrepreneur
- Fashion designer
- Pattern engineer
- Senior certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score
- Attendance of an entrance assessment and the submission of a portfolio once the application form has been processed
- Completion of the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) for Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL)
- Compulsory school subject: English
Recommended school subjects for Fashion Design include Art, Design Studies, Business Economics and Mathematics
Average Point Score (APS)
|Min APS||Languages||||Mathematics|| Other requirements
|Langua ge of teaching and learning*||Other recognised language**|
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
A minimum APS of 23 with Mathematics or 24 with Mathematical Literacy is required to apply for the programme.
*English, Home Language or English First Additional Language
** Home Languag e or English First Additional Language
This scoring system is used if the applicant completed school prior to 2008 or A/0 levels. A minimum M-score of 12 is required to apply for the programme.
Applicants are selected by means of the submission of a prescribed portfolio.
PROJECT 1: Make a detailed line drawing of a pair of shoes from 3 different angles using A4 paper.
The drawing should more or less fill up the page. Each drawing should be on a separate page.
PROJECT 2: Ladies Day Wear • Ladies Evening Wear • Ladies Active Wear • Mens Casual Wear • Mens Active Wear
Identify 3 garments (1 from any category given above) from any fashion designer/brand that you can find in a magazine. Re-draw the garments and colour using any type of medium that you prefer (i.e. pencils, paint) on A4 paper. Draw each garment on a separate sheet of paper and attach the photographic reference (picture) of each of the garments to the back of the illustration. Attach fabric samples that you think would suit the designs, one for each illustration.
PROJECT 3: Design and make a fabric shoulder bag by yourself using the following dimensions:
- BAG: Width: 25cm / Length: 30cm
- BAG SLING/HANDLE: Any length or width of your own choice, as long as it suits that bag that you are designing.
- DECORATION: Decorate the bag according to a stated theme of your choice.
- MATERIALS TO BE USED FOR THE BAG: You may make use of any of the materials that you feel are suitable. Please note that the bag needs to be sturdy and usable.
- MOTIVATION: Write a short motivation (120 to 150 words) explaining the theme you chose, the fabric you used and how you decorated the bag.
PROJECT 4: In a well-developed 500-word essay, describe your understanding of the fashion industry and explain why you have chosen fashion as a career.
Pay attention to the presentation of your portfolio as this is a part of the portfolio assessment criteria. You need to add a signed declaration (a signed affidavit from the police station or a commissioner of oath) that the above is your own work. Make sure that every project has your ID/passport number clearly visible.
Prospective candidates may be asked for an interview as part of the entrance assessment.