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Bachelor of Media Arts (Fashion Design)


  • Semester 1 starts 8 February 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 13 July 2017
  • Winter School starts 26 June 2017
  • Duration - Full time for 3 years or part time options available
  • Fee Guideline -$6,796 per year + material costs (domestic students) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Campus - City Campus, Hamilton

The fashion endorsement of the Bachelor of Media Arts will prepare you for a career in the fashion design industry with a focus on design and the business of fashion. Classes provide a learning environment to develop your individual ideas and gain strong technical skills in construction and pattern.

Your study environment

You will learn in studio rooms and workshops that replicate industry standards in the heart of the CBD. You will study specific software packages to ensure that you are skilled in the most current technologies needed for today's global businesses.

Learn from industry specialists

Your tutors are professional designers who work closely with industry and community groups. They regularly research the latest trends and bring currency to the study environment. Guest speakers and members of professional fashion organisations bring a wealth of experience to your learning. You will also benefit from a Fashion Designer in Residence, providing mentoring and support for all students throughout their studies and brings real practical knowledge to your education. Our current Designer in Residence is NYNE.


Our Students

Madeline Schulz, winner of Tempo scholarship and Most Promising Young Designer, 2013. Photo by Peter Drury Fairfax Media.

Waikato Times photographer Shane Morton followed Wintec Fashion student Mitchell Vincent throughout 2012 as he prepared his collection for the Tempo Fashion Show resulting in this video. Made up of thousands of photographs, this video showcases the journey fashion students take.

Since then, Mitchell Vincent has shown in New Zealand Fashion Week 2013 and more recently showcased his upcoming Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014.

Interdisciplinary Learning

Your study in Media Arts will be project driven and involve collaboration with students from outside your field. You will gain insights, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines such as communication, PR and advertising, photography and graphic design, and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice.

Real World Learning

You will gain real-world professional experiences through opportunities to engage in interships and have the opportunity to meet and work with highly regarded fashion designers and fashion companies locally and across New Zealand.

All final year fashion design students have an opportunity to take part in the end of year fashion runway event. This is a professionally run high energy fashion show working with professionals, staff and students from other Wintec disciplines. The event is a showcase of the best final year projects and is sponsored by Industry. This highly publicised event is often sold out and attracts an audience of highly regarded industry practitioners and the community.

Programme Content

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Media Arts in Fashion you will need to successfully complete 24 modules (or equivalent), achieving a minimum of 360 credits in total:

  • 13 core modules – compulsory practical and theoretical modules
  •  2 contextual modules – theoretical modules to develop your understanding of the arts. You choose from a wide range of modules covering topics such as critical thinking, cultural influences and history
  • 3 intermedia modules – these modules have a particular focus on collaborating with students from other media arts disciplines
  • 4 free choice modules – you can choose these electives from any media arts discipline (eg, photography, moving image, music, graphic design etc).

First Year

Your core modules in the first year will include a range of modules to give you a broad understanding of the creative industries and introduce you to the concepts of fashion design and construction:

Your core modules in the first year are:

  • An Introduction to Fashion Design Construction (15 credits)

This module offers students an introduction to conventional industrial sewing techniques and construction processes. The module introduces students to fundamental fashion design flat pattern drafting principles and design conventions associated with these practices. Students will acquire basic skills in the processes involved in the designing and construction of fashion products through exploration and problem solving to create fashion outputs to a specific brief.

  • Fashion Illustration Strategies (15 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the methods, values and techniques designers use to record and refine visual fashion concepts. Students will develop their manual and computer visual communication skills by creating design concepts for the fashion industry. Students will examine a selection of techniques and strategies for the development of their work in conjunction with contemporary fashion design practices.

  • Fashion Pattern Design (15 credits)

This module allows students to further explore fashion design pattern drafting principles. This includes manual pattern drafting and the development of skill in the use of current garment pattern drafting software for the production of patterns for fashion concepts for manufacture. Students will test and refine patterns through sewing construction procedures.

  • Visual Arts Practice 1 (30 credits - counted as 2 modules in the table above)

Develop skills, procedures and techniques, used to generate and develop ideas. Learn practical methodologies and strategies currently used by artists, photographers, filmmakers and designers.

  • Word, Image, Sound (15 credits)

Develop tools for analysing cultural texts in a range of written, visual and aural media and the contexts in which they are produced. Critically reflect on material to extract relevant issues.

Second Year

Your second year of study will include four core fashion modules:

  • Fashion Design
  • Advanced Fashion Construction
  • Manufacturing an Production Processes for the Fashion Industry
  • Advanced Fashion Pattern Design.

You will also do core intermedia module Audience Message Context and choose three electives.

Third Year

In your third year of study you will have the opportunity to work independently on a fashion project that fits your personal design direction. Your core modules in the third year will include:

  • Advanced Fashion Project
  • Project Management for the Creative Industries
  • Professional Presentation Management

In your final year you also have the options of internships and other intermedia modules across Media Arts to complete your pathway of study.

Entry Criteria


NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:

  1. 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects including a Language Rich subjective; and
  2. Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  3. Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above)


60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich* subject, or equivalent *(History, Classics, Media Studies or English)


completed University Entrance


completed Year 12 (Sixth Form) Certificate in at least two subjects (preferably including English and/or Mathematics, Practical Art, Technology or Design)


successfully completed the Certificate in Media Arts (Level 4) programme or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 across all bands; or equivalent.

Special Admission

Candidates who do not meet those entry requirements may be considered for provisional entry (if aged under 20) or special admission (if aged 20 or over). In such cases entry will be dependent on whether candidates demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme.

What If I Don't Meet The Entry Criteria?

If you do not meet the entry criteria for this programme, you may wish to apply for the Certificate in Media Arts programme which is designed to prepare you for successful tertiary media arts study. Once you successfully complete the certificate, you will be eligible to compete on merit for entry into the Bachelor of Media Arts (Fashion Design).

Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit your application to enrol form as well as:
    • a verified copy of your academic results
    • a 250 word personal statement outlining why you would like to study the programme
    • a character reference from someone (not related to you or living with you) who knows you well, stating your suitability for your chosen field of study
    • a one page curriculum vitae (CV) - click here for an example of how to build a CV
    • a portfolio of your work - more info here about building a portfolio
    • an essay of approximately 300 words describing your work, your design directions and inspirations, and your passion for the fashion design industry. We are particularly looking for your ability to fully understand the wider aspects of the fashion industry and how you would fit into this world.
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the Bachelor of Media Arts review panel
  5. Interview with one of our tutors - This is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the School. You may be asked to write a short essay on a current event at your interview
  6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  7. Confirmation of entry - Letter confirming placement to be returned to the School

As part of your application you will need to provide a portfolio and application statement.

Your Portfolio Should Contain:

A range of drawings, sketches and examples of completed projects that show design process, concept development and refinement. It should demonstrate your potential to successfully undertake and complete the degree. We are looking for a comprehensive overview of your skills, creativity and your understanding of the fashion industry. Technical sewing and construction skills should also be provided by bringing examples of your finished garments to the interview.

​​​About the Faculty

This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts' Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.

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