VUT Fashion Design

VUT Fashion Design, information about the Fashion Design is stated below, it entails its prerequisites, curriculum and course structure and other salient information.


Faculty of Human Sciences
Department: Visual Arts and Design
Diploma: Fashion
B Tech: Fashion
M Tech: Fashion 
1. Admission Requirements NSCA

Compulsory subjectsAdditional Admission Requirement: Fashion Design qualification candidates will have to complete assessment test:-Personal interview-Submission of portfolio-Drawing ability
Mathematical Literacy4 or
Any other 4 subjects totaling (min. of 3 each subject)17
Recommended subjects: (Art, Design, History, and Computer Application Technology).
Total23 (with Maths Lit), 24 (with Maths)
  1. Requirements: SC

A minimum rating of E (40-49%) for HG and D (50-59%) for SG subjects. English and Mathematics are compulsory. A total of 24 on the Swedish scale is required.

  1. Requirements: N3-N6

A complete N6 related /appropriate qualification in the field of study. Exemption may be awarded for equivalent subjects scored (50-59%) with a 60% similarity in content.

1.3 Requirements: NASCA/NCV (4)

To register and complete the Extended programme in the specific discipline with VUT, subject to the admission requirements for the Extended programme for this specific discipline.

1.4 Requirements: International qualification

All international qualifications will be evaluated by the International Office based on the Swedish scale and SAQA

1.5 Requirements: Transfers

Applications from students to transfer from other institutions will be dealt with in terms of the Recognition of Prior Learning and Continuation of Studies policies of VUT.

Admission requirements for BTech:

A completed National Diploma in Fashion or an equivalent standard as determined by the Department Committee. A minimum of a 60% average for the three major subjects

Admission requirements for Advanced Diploma: 60% average for major subjects excluding WIL (level 1-3) subjects of a completed Diploma in Fashion.

2. 2. Curriculum and Course Structure Diploma in Fashion:

First year: Fashion Design 1, Fashion Illustration 1, Garment Construction and Pattern Engineering 1, Fashion Theory 1, Computer Aided Design 1,

Textiles 1, Applied Communication Skills 1 and EDL.

Second year: Fashion Design 11, Fashion Illustration 11, Garment Construction and Pattern Engineering 11, Fashion Theory 11, Computer Aided Design 11, Applied

Communication Skills 11, Business Studies 1, Fashion Accessories

and Design 1 and Applied Apparel Technology 1.

Third year: Fashion Design 111, Fashion Illustration 111, Garment Construction and Pattern Engineering 111, Fashion Theory 111, Computer Aided Design 111, Business Studies 11, Fashion Accessories and Design 11.

BTech in Fashion: Theory of Clothing IV (Technical Report) Design Studies IV (Exhibition) and Research Methodology.

What does a Fashion Designer do?

Not all fashion companies have designers and there is a growing demand for freelancers.  Freelance designers may work for very short and intense periods with companies. A fashion buyer may be the owner or employee of a single boutique or a member of a large store team where he / she specialise in a single field or market sector of product, such as ladies’ knitwear or eveningwear A fashion stylist works closely with fashion magazines and photographers. Fashion manufacturing companies require fashion oriented and fashion trained individuals to guide their production, market their merchandise and liaise between their customers and the manufacturing process. Good commercial fashion illustrators need to have a clear understanding of how clothes and the body work intimately together.  A Fashion designer can take the initiative to start a business with an entrepreneurial attitude.

4. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

The Head of Department:

Visual Art and Design

Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900

Tel (016) 950-9493,