Fashion Pathways (Pattern Making)

Programme details

Code BP3567
Level 3
Credits 20
Duration 13 weeks
Intakes information

Classes are delivered on Wednesdays, 4-9pm

Plus four Saturday classes throughout the semester.

Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)
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Programme aim

Learn industry-focused pattern making skills that could see you designing couture bridal wear or costumes for a movie!

This short course gives you a comprehensive base of the practical and technical skills involved in pattern making - from using a basic pattern and freeform draping on a mannequin, to a range of practices that allow you to draft more complex patterns and inspire your creativity.

Taught in a flexible learning environment, you’ll learn through self-directed practice along with tutor support and guidance. You'll use specialist equipment and machinery to help you complete independent projects during class hours.

At the end of this course you’ll have a portfolio highlighting the skills you’ve learned – ready for next steps in your career or to carry on to higher level study.

Content Details

During the course you’ll experiment, develop and learn to apply the principles of:

  • flat pattern drafting from blocks to achieve an extensive range of pattern manipulation techniques (skirts, bodices, trousers)
  • three dimensional free-form draping techniques as utilised in specialist areas of the fashion industry like Bridal and Couture
  • three dimensional pattern making techniques as utilised in the film industry for the production of costume

You’ll also learn to apply advanced principles and techniques of flat pattern drafting from blocks to achieve apparel that is correctly styled and fitted for men’s or women’s wear, and how to cut and construct samples in response to pattern manipulations and apparel.

If you’re interested in a career in the fashion industry, this course will teach you to produce accurate, economical and viable pattern lays to accompany patterns as well as how to accurately grade apparel patterns and apply quality control standards and critical evaluation of garments.

Career opportunities

assistant to a patternmaker or designer, warehouse employee, quality controller, cutting room assistant, finisher, self-employment

Award information

Students must successfully complete and pass all assessment activities in order to pass and receive credit for this course.

Entry criteria

  • English Language - a level 3 Certificate IELTS, or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5

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