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Diploma in Fashion (Design/Commercial)

Duration: 3 years full time
NQF Level: NQF level 6
Exit Credits: 360 Credits


This programme offers a wide range of subject choices relating to fashion from the creative design disciplines through to business learning programmes. Our learning programmes have been developed by leaders in fashion and retail with a view to giving you the most progressive and relevant education in the business.

A Diploma in Fashion from LISOF will give you access to a broad array of career opportunities in the Fashion Industry. At LISOF, we expose you to the industry at large and make sure that you engage in real-life job situations. We hold workshops, arrange internships and involve you in events where you can acquire valuable hands-on experience.

For the Diploma in Fashion (Design/Commercial) 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 Electives

Elective in Fashion Design


  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Creative Design 01
  • Historical Fashion Studies 01
  • Garment Construction 01
  • Pattern Design 01
  • Textiles & Fashion 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Technical Drawing 01
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation 01

Elective in Fashion Media


  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Fashion Writing & Analysis 01
  • Fashion Media 01
  • Historical Fashion Studies 01
  • Make-Up 01
  • Marketing & Brand Management 01
  • Styling 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Visual Merchandising 01

Programme Requirements

National Senior Certificate or equivalent with access to Diploma Studies. (Minimum achievement rating of ‘3’ [40 – 49%] in four or more NCS subjects + Life Orientation)

National Certificate Vocational (minimum achievement of 60% in three fundamental subjects i.e. Group A Fundamental Component [including the language of learning and teaching] + at least 70% in four compulsory vocational subjects i.e. Group B Vocational Component)

Mature age exemption: Admission granted to students older than 23 years with relevant work experience with a National Senior Certificate (via RPL)

Candidates can apply to the institution for admission via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have completed parts of a cognate learning programme at another registered and accredited institution and wish to be considered for credit transfer, a credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) application must be submitted

International student entry requirements: School leaving certificate must be graded through SAQA – we require a minimum of NQF level 4 with access to Diploma studies to enter this programme

I completed my Diploma at LISOF in 2013, have equipped myself with additional qualifications through UNISA, a certificate in retail buying and an advanced certificate in Sourcing and Supply Chain Management. I have worked for numerous retialers in the capacity of a Footwear Buyer including Skye distribution and Edcon. I currently work for Puma SA as a Key Accounts Junior Manager.

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