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Programme Overview

Thank you for your enquiry about the Bachelor of Fashion or the Certificate in Fashion.


As you may be aware we recently made the difficult decision not to have an intake into year one of these programmes in 2014.
This decision was not because we had decided to discontinue the programme, but rather that the enrolments in the programme this year were too small in number to ensure the high academic standards and quality learning experience which we continue to maintain across all programmes at UCOL.
Whanganui UCOL continues to deliver the Bachelor of Fashion to all students currently enrolled in years 2 and 3 of the Degree, and during 2014 we will undertake to explore the reasons for the recent low enrolments.
Both the Certificate in Fashion and the Bachelor of Fashion have been very successful programmes at UCOL , with graduates winning awards, becoming market leaders and gaining top jobs in a range of fashion related industries.
It is very important to us that we deliver programmes which are in demand by the public and meet market trends, so please feel free to provide us with feedback if you are interested in a fashion design or textiles programme of any description. Your feedback is important to us, and will help to inform possible changes and decisions to be made in the coming months.
If you are interested in enrolling in a Fashion programme for 2015, please check back with us for a progress update at the start of semester two (mid-July).


All the very best,
Katrina Langdon
Associate Dean (Creative)
School of Fashion
Whanganui School of Design
Quay School of the Arts
Whanganui UCOL



The Bachelor of Fashion is a three year degree for people wanting a serious career in the exciting world of fashion. UCOL’s School of Fashion promotes a vibrant and flexible atmosphere where you will  extend your creative potential, develop your own unique style and become an independent lifelong learner.


The Bachelor of Fashion is a dynamic degree that explores the fashion design process from concept to garment creation. Over the 3 years of study, you will to develop your ability to create innovative fashion destined for a diverse global industry. Subjects include design, pattern making, construction, drawing, visual communication, business studies and production technology. The highlight of the year is the annual fashion show – a public event which gives you the opportunity to showcase your collection of garments on the catwalk. You will also produce a professional design portfolio. All of this will enable you to secure a job in the fashion industry or start your own label - the opportunities in the fast moving world of fashion are endless.




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Programme Fact Sheet

Bachelor of Fashion Fact Sheet


Programme Bachelor of Fashion - Level 7
Study Options / Duration Full-time , 3 years
Campuses Whanganui
Fees Domestic $6,514.95 per yearInternational $18,755 per year








There is no Year One intake for this programme in 2014.























Years 2 & 3: 10 February 2014 - 14 November 2014 














Year Two timetable information.
Year Three timetable information

Classes are generally between the hours of 9.00am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday.
Allow 20 hours in class and an additional 20 hours lecturer-directed learning each. 


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UCOL has an Admission and Conversation process to make sure you are studying at a level you are prepared for. The aim is to help you find the right level of study and educational pathway for you to succeed at UCOL. For more information please download and read the UCOL Admission Guide.

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