Bachelor of Arts Honours in Fashion

Duration: 1 year full time
NQF Level: NQF Level 8
Exit Credits: 122.8 Credits


The LISOF BA Honours in Fashion is a post-graduate learning programme that will provide you with an intensive specialisation in Fashion. The learning programme has been developed by leaders in fashion and retail with a view to giving you the most progressive and relevant education in the industry.

The focus of this programme is applied research (i.e. research in action) in order to solve real ‘problems’ that exist in the field (work integrated learning). If you are considering a strictly academic piece of research you will be allowed to pursue this avenue as well. Alongside building your research capacity, this programme deepens a theoretical and practical understanding of your specialisation choice in Fashion. Work integrated learning is of utmost importance to this learning programme, therefore, you will be exposed to industry partners with whom you will work for a period of 3 to 5 months.

For the Bachelor of Arts Honours in Fashion programme information and fees please contact:
Johannesburg Campus: / 0113261698
Pretoria: / 0124746400

LISOF and its full-time qualifications in fashion are accredited by the Council on Higher Education. LISOF’s full-time programmes are registered on the South African Qualifications Authority’s (SAQA) National Qualifications Framework (NQF). LISOF is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 2016 (Registration Certificate No. 2002/HE07/002).

Programme Requirements

Must have successfully completed a 360 credit (minimum) undergraduate Bachelor’s qualification, in a cognate field. (NQF level 7)

Qualification must be registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

The learner must have achieved an average grade of 65% or higher at the exit level of the undergraduate programme

The undergraduate qualification must have been awarded by a registered and accredited institution in South Africa

The LISOF Students brought a deep understanding of their craft onto the AFDA Honours Productions. They integrated into the Film Crews like a second skin and became part of a creative process that we should have delved into much earlier in the academic career. Both the AFDA and LISOF Students agreed that the lessons they learnt from each other for these projects will shape their thinking in future.


I have been in the fast-paced, busy life of merchandising since the start of my career and have had the amazing opportunities to create product for both apparel & home-ware. The most rewarding part of my job for is seeing the product that I have worked on from start to finish in stores or seeing people wearing it. The fundamentals of Merchandising is to develop a good quality product that is commercial and affordable.  Sourcing, trend forecasting, selling, travelling, negotiating, working daily with product & dealing with suppliers from around the globe is the essence of being a Merchandiser. You are constantly on the hunt looking for the next best thing to create! I will hit the 5 year mark at the end of this year when I graduated from LISOF and I sure have grown into the career woman I have always wanted to be. LISOF was a fantastic foundation for exposing me to the industry and giving me the tools to thrive within the fashion World.  I have the passion most importantly and will always have this drive no matter how challenging the current retail landscape is.


Reflecting back on my Honours, I see what a profound and amazing impact studying further had on anyone’s future career outlook. Through this BA Honours course I have certainly been moulded for my future career and now have many opportunities to explore. What amazed me was all the learning opportunities offered to me. I have been educated in making many constructive critiques on ideologies of fashion. I have grown to understand the business side of this field which is often overlooked elsewhere, but LISOF understand how important it is for developing and growing future businesses and meeting future needs. This course further grew me in through their teachings of how to analyse the underlying concepts of fashion history, which allowed me to grow in my comprehension of my field to better my future career outlooks. What is additionally rewarding was having the opportunity to be paid a stipend while I studied, allowing for flexibility in my life. I am prepared for my future career with in the field of fashion because of this course. I would recommend it to all who wish to fine-tune their understandings of fashion and open opportunities for themselves within their field.

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