In the first two years, the programme is structured to allow students to gain a solid understanding of the design development process, understand fashion from a cultural perspective, explore a wide variety of 2D imagery and build their capacity of pattern development and garment construction for a diverse selection of garment types. The third year provides opportunities for students to develop these skills to a point where they are used in a more professional context in preparation for successful careers in the fashion industry and/or further study.
This degree offers ‘real world’ projects - making real garments for real people. Students have access to fully automatic industrial sewing machines and computer programmes with hardware used for computer-aided pattern-making. They also have many opportunities to gain public exposure at fashion shows, competitions and SIT Fashion - our central city fashion shop.
The degree will prepare graduates for employment in the fashion industry and/or further study by developing creative, innovative designers who are culturally aware, consumer conscious and skilled in the technological aspects of the fashion industry. Graduates of the programme will be skilled in research, design development, manual and CAD pattern making, garment construction, illustration, portfolio presentation, written and oral communication and have sound knowledge of business marketing and management practices in the fashion industry.
Graduates will be able to express their personal vision of fashion through innovative design, while considering the practical aspects of garment manufacture and fulfilling the requirements of a brief. They will have acquired the skills to develop innovative designs from original research, then produce those garments demonstrating their talent as designers, their design philosophies and their abilities as technicians in fashion production. By mastering traditional skills and utilising current technology, graduates will be able to enhance and communicate their creative design and technological abilities and work in the fashion industry as multi-skilled, innovative professionals and/or be prepared for postgraduate study both within New Zealand and overseas.
Every candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of three years.
The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 360 credits for successful completion of the degree.
Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which must be satisfied by all students.
In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology), the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the degree schedule.
The student completing the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) will normally be expected to complete the three-year programme (full-time equivalent) within five years.
Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.
Southern Institute of Technology Highlights
No. of Students
Cost of Attendance
8,000-26,000 NZD (annually)
Mode of Program
Full time and online
Southern Institute of Technology Average Tution Fees
Per 18 months
Postgraduate Diploma - Business
Per 18 months
Per 12 months (42 weeks)
Per 12 months (42 weeks)
Per 6 months (20 weeks)
Per 17-21 weeks
Per 17 weeks or less
Per 17-25 weeks
SIT2LRN Distance Learning
(from overseas only)
NZ$100 per credit
New Zealand Living Expenses
In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.