Higher Certificate in Fashion

Duration: 1 Year Full Time
NQF Level: NQF Level 5
Exit Credits: 120 Credits


A Higher Certificate in Fashion from LISOF is a one-year full-time learning programme that will give you access to a broad array of career opportunities in fashion design and fashion retail. This programme offers you an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design, practice and retail. The Higher Certificate programme comprises a fixed curriculum of nine subjects providing you with a solid balanced foundation in all areas of the fashion industry – commerce/retail, creative, technical and contextual.

For the Higher Certificate in Fashion programme information and fees please contact:
Johannesburg Campus: tania@lisof.co.za / 0113261698
Pretoria: cindy@lisof.co.za / 0124746400

The Higher Certificate in Fashion will also provide seamless access for successful graduates to the Diploma in Fashion (Design/Commercial).

LISOF DOES NOT offer a National Senior Certificate learning programme. All programmes on offer at LISOF are presented from NQF level 5 upwards.

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

  • Creative Design 01
  • Pattern Design 01
  • Marketing & Brand Management 01
  • Garment Construction 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Historical Fashion Studies 01
  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Visual Merchandising 01
  • Textiles & Fashion 01

Elective in Fashion Media

  • Styling 01
  • Digital Photography 01
  • Marketing & Brand Management 01
  • Fashion Media 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Introduction to Make-up Direction & Application 01
  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Visual Merchandising 01
  • Textiles & Fashion 01
  • Fashion Writing & Analysis

Programme Requirements

Minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC), or equivalent, with Higher Certificate exemption with English as first or additional language (minimum achievement: 40%)

National Certificate Vocational (Min 40% for English)

A qualification related to the proposed field of study achieved on NQF Level 4 OR be of mature age (23 years or older) with relevant work experience (RPL). Candidates can apply to the institution for admission via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

I came to LISOF to do a short course but was shortly convinced to stay for the year-long Higher Certificate. And at 25 I am glad I did. I loved it so much I am starting the 3 year long BA next year! You’re never too old to reinvent yourself. I’ve finally found what I love doing and thanks to LISOF! I’ve found my wings with Fashion and I intend on flying high!

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