The Anatomy of an Honours Degree in Fashion

‘Although fashion is characterised by short-lived looks, the industry itself is underpinned by long-term developments that spark new styles and influence their impact. Modern fashion has always reflected societal shifts, financial markets, economic strategies, and political affairs, and will continue to do so in the future’ – Quinn, 2012: 206.

In addition to societal, economic, and political-legal shifts, contemporary fashion also echoes technological advancement and global eco-awareness. Fashion becomes a vessel of compound changes occurring at the grassroots of the collective human consciousness.

FEDISA’s Bachelor of Arts Honours: Fashion degree will facilitate academic discourse around theories and concepts relating to political, economic, societal and psychosocial, technological, legal and environmental issues pertaining to contemporary and future fashion shifts.

Quinn, B. 2012. Fashion Futures. London: Merrell.

Goals and Objectives

The aim of the Bachelor of Arts Honours: Fashion programme is to produce fashion professionals; empowered with the capacity to successfully manage various fashion related processes with a thorough understanding of the requisites involved, through a well-developed research and analytic ability.

The programme is designed for the accomplished creative business-orientated person, who has a flair for fashion, style and a love of all aspects influencing fashion and its related fields, such as prevailing trends, cultural influences, production technology, eco-awareness and sound business practice.

Emphasis is placed on the research and analytical development of the candidate, as well as the business acumen to successfully integrate new concepts into the established commercial sectors of the fashion and design economies.

The programme objectives may be considered from the dual perspectives of advanced entry into the fashion industry and preparation for higher-level research studies at Masters and Doctoral levels.


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 Honours: 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 Honours: Fashion Degree, as per qualification identity number: 97395

The Programme Structure

The programme structure of the BA Honours: Fashion degree at FEDISA consists of 7 integrated research modules, which includes Work Integrated Learning and a supervised mini-dissertation. All classes are presented in the afternoon, allowing for extending personal research and knowledge development opportunities during the morning.

Focus: On research questions, planning a research proposal, qualitative research processes, quantitative research processes, designing surveys and questionnaires and the language of research (writing and presenting seminar papers and dissertations).

Focus: Analyses the impact of social, cultural and psychosocial dynamics on trend forecasting and interrogates theories, philosophies and discourse on the nature of augmented reality and its possible impact on trend forecasting.

Focus: On analysing the current impact of global economic dynamics on manufacturing and distribution in the fashion industry. It also aims to analyse the current impact of global and national politics on manufacturing and distribution in the fashion industry and contemplates sustainable practice.

Focus: Contemplates the impact of global social, cultural and psychosocial dynamics on marketing and advertising in the fashion industry. It also interrogates theories, philosophies and discourse on augmented reality and its role in transforming marketing and advertising in the fashion industry and envisions the future of fashion in this context.

Focus: Analyses the impact of global and national economic dynamics on fashion retail, contemplates the impact of global and national politics and mercantile law on fashion merchandising and envisions the future of fashion in this context.

Focus: Will require students to identify, initiate and engage with a chosen area of interest that will contribute to the final mini-dissertation. Students will conduct action research in an actual industry setting, and will document their findings.

Focus: Requires students to write a comprehensive mini-dissertation sparked by content explored in modules two to five. Students will also be expected to incorporate action research conducted in a fashion industry setting.
NOTE: The BA Honours: Fashion Degree is a pure research qualification and no fashion design or construction skills are required.

Minimum Duration of Studies – BA Honours

The BA Honours: Fashion Degree can be completed in one year on a two-semester basis, where semester one includes Research Methodology and Course Work and semester two the supervised Mini-Dissertation. The Internship (Work Integrated Learning) is undertaken during the June/July vacation period in order to facilitate an extended industry engagement.

Application Requirements

In order for applicants to be considered for the BA Honours: Fashion degree programme off ered by FEDISA, prospective candidates must comply with certain minimum requirements.

Minimum Academic Requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion, Fashion Design or related design field with a minimum 65% aggregated pass at the exit level.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

FEDISA subscribes to the practice of “recognition of prior learning”, which will be applicable to those candidates that do not meet the formal academic entrance requirements for access to the BA Honours: Fashion degree. Such RPL applications will be evaluated by means of a practical assessment, portfolio submission and interview process conducted by a panel of suitably qualifi ed academic and industry professionals.

“Recognition of prior learning (rpl) the process of assessing and accrediting acquired knowledge and/or capabilities of a person, gained in formal, informal and non formal learning, against a set of outcomes in a formal course study or a set of workplace or social competencies.”

Language Requirements

Applicants must keep in mind that English is the primary medium of tuition and assessment at FEDISA and
that candidates cannot be guaranteed that instruction will necessarily be in their language of choice.

Applicants should further note that the above admission requirements are minimum requirements only. 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 the programme.

Closing Dates for Application

The closing date for preliminary applications is 5 December each year. Should you have missed this closing date, late applications will be considered until the 15 January, of the respective year for which you wish to enroll, provided that there are still seats available. A “late application fee” will be payable. Please refer to the fees schedule attached.

The outcome of the application will be communicated to you once the FEDISA Academic Advisory Council has made its decision.

Application Fees and Banking Details

Application Fees:
South African applicants: ZAR 550
Foreign Nationals: In addition to the above application fee, foreign applicants must pay an additional ZAR 1600.00 administration fee.

FEDISA Banking Details:
Bank: ABSA
Branch: Sea Point
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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