Goals and Objectives

The aim of the 3-year BA: Fashion Degree is to produce fashion professionals, empowered with the entrepreneurial skills, to see the design process through from concept to consumer.

The programme is designed for the creative business-minded person, who has a flair for fashion, style and a love of all aspects influencing the “World of Fashion”, such as prevailing trends, cultural influences, production technology and sound business practice.

Equal emphasis is placed on the creative and technical skills of design and garment technology, as well as the business acumen to compete commercially in a fast-paced global economy. All practical aspects of the programme are supported by a sound theoretical base.



FEDISA (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No. 2007/HE07/001.

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Furthermore FEDISA (Pty) Ltd is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to offer the BA: Fashion Degree.

FEDISA (Pty) Ltd is also registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as being registered by the Department of Education to offer the BA: Fashion Degree, as per qualification identity number: 60109


The Structure

Practical components of the programme run on a 3-week cycle, to allow for protracted concentration, while theoretical components are accommodated on a weekly rotation.

The programme consists of four major courses, each consisting of a number of sub-components. The FEDISA programme is assigned as set out below:

Visual Studies
Conceptual design, story boarding, life & figure drawing, illustration, colour theory, visual merchandising, computer aided design (CAD), and 2D & 3D design.

Develops the ability to visually interpret, analyse, render and communicate current, as well as original design ideas as three dimensional structures through thorough research and understanding of prevailing trends and further to interface electronically with the conceptual components of the programme.

Clothing Technology
Pattern technology, pattern grading, technical drawing, garment & textile technology and textiles theory.

Develops the ability to technically analyse, construct and communicate pattern drafting requirements of two and three dimensional patterns for garment production using fabric draping and mathematical methods, thereby enhancing the ability to technically construct both commercial and couture garments using the appropriate technologies and methodologies, whilst at the same time understanding textiles, their uses and various refabrication methods.

Business Studies
Business practice, principles & functions and experiential learning (internship) .

Develops the ability to view the world as an economic opportunity by understanding the business environment based on the analysis of relevant performativity required to successfully launch new small and medium economic enterprises, whilst equipping students with a high level of computer literacy skills to compete successfully in both the local and international design business arenas.

Lifestyle Studies
Fashion & design history, communications and social studies.

Develops the understanding of historical impacts on the world of design in context of the current socio-economic environment. This is achieved by analysing the current global social constructs that impact on the daily performance of design professionals, while enhancing the development of confident communication and presentation skills, applicable to the working world and more specifically the arena of the fashion media.


TFG Bursary

FEDISA is proud to partner with the leading fashion lifestyle retailer TFG (The Foschini Group), on an exclusive 3-year bursary programme – YOUR FASHION FUTURE.
This bursary is unique, first of its kind and aims to develop empowered fashion professionals who can take fashion from “concept to consumer” backed by a sound academic foundation in fashion.


Application Requirements

In order for applicants to be considered for all current and future programmes offered by FEDISA, they must comply with certain minimum requirements.

South African Nationals
National Senior Certificate with either: 
Endorsement OR Matriculation Exemption.

Foreign Nationals
O-levels (or international equivalent) are applicable for entry into a South African Higher Education Institution such as FEDISA.
 Passes of at least five different subjects of the IGCSE and HIGCSE study levels, of which at least two are HIGCSE level subjects. A pass in the language of instruction at the institute – English specific pass grade: IGCSE: A, B or C OR HIGCSE: 1, 2 or 3

Required Secondary School
No specific subjects are required at secondary school level for admission to FEDISA. While art, design and mathematics are an advantage they are not a requirement.

Additional Requirements
In addition to the above, admission to all programmes is subject to an entrance evaluation and a rigorous selection process. Meeting the minimum academic and language requirements will not necessarily ensure admission to study at FEDISA.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
FEDISA subscribes to “Recognition of Prior Learning”, which will be applicable to mature applicants (22 years +), which will be evaluated by means of a practical assessment, portfolio submission and interview.

Application Fees and Banking Details
Application Fees:
South African applicants: ZAR 450
Foreign Nationals: In addition to the above application fee, foreign applicants must pay an additional ZAR 2000.00 administration fee.

FEDISA Banking Details:
Bank: ABSA
Branch: Seapoint
Type of Account: Cheque
Branch Code: 630309
Account Number: 4060032700

Swift Code: ABSA ZAJJ

Universal Branch Code: 632005

Deposit Reference : Applicant Name & Surname

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