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BA Fashion Design Degree



 Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban Campuses only

The IIE BA degree in Fashion Design is a comprehensive three year degree aimed at students who want to enter the fashion industry. This qualification has a strong relevance for Southern Africa but has also been designed to meet international needs and standards. Our philosophy is to develop the innate creativity of our students so that they may find their studies enriching and rewarding and gain confidence whilst enhancing their design, business, research and academic skills at the same time. 

Concept development and design 

Students are taught the various stages of the fashion design process using a hands-on approach. Students learn how to develop and visualise concepts for various themes, ranges, styles and target audiences.  At third year level students are required to research, analyse and interpret forecasted fashion trends and be client focused while combining their knowledge of advanced pattern and garment construction techniques with the design of their own range. Each student is guided in developing a professional portfolio for presentation to potential employers. 

Fashion technology and production 

Students master production technologies relevant to fashion production. For example, students learn how to make technical drawings, construct patterns and garments and deepen their understanding of the properties of textiles. Students are trained on industry relevant software and have access to fully equipped digital studios. 

Entrepreneurship, marketing and the retail environment

Students are introduced to retail processes such as the selection, acquisition and managing of ranges and accessories, visual merchandising, fashion marketing and the study of trends. Students also learn the fundamentals of starting and managing an own small business, the development of an own fashion brand and the writing of a business plan (third year). 

Culture and design 

Students engage with various multidisciplinary contexts such as cultural and symbolic implications of design, the development of the design industry, design for sustainability and design as ethical, professional practice. Strong emphasis is placed on design research, which includes investigating users and target audiences. 

Industry exposure and networking 

Fashion design students take part in various exiting events during their three years of study such as Fashion Weeks and Pop-up shows. In addition to this, students are required to embark an internship to gain industry experience. Many of our lecturers teach part-time, and are actively involved in the fashion and design industry. Student work is showcased at our year end exhibition, where industry representatives are invited to view the work and meet our students.


Entry requirements

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 30% for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject); OR

A National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60% in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR

A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent; OR

Alternatively, a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

A National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching, coupled with an achievement rating of at least four (4) (50 - 59%) in four designated subjects; of which the subject Design can be substituted for one of the designated subjects. Such admissions would be regarded on the basis of Senate Discretionary admissions and will not constitute more than 10% of the cohort.

All candidates are required to submit a creative portfolio and successfully meet the creative portfolio criteria based on a review by a specialist panel and undergo an interview.

Course Type



3 Years

Become a ...

Fashion Designer

Fashion Stylist

Fashion Buyer and Merchandiser

Garment Technologist / Pattern Maker

Fashion Magazine Journalist / Blogger

Fashion Production Manager

Fashion Entrepreneur

Visual Merchandiser


Year 1

  • Fashion Concept Development and Design 1
  • Garment Construction 1
  • Pattern Construction 1
  • Fashion Illustration Techniques 1
  • Technology of Textiles
  • Design Culture 1
  • Fashion Technology 1
  • Fashion History​

Year 2

  • Fashion Concept Development and Design 2
  • Fashion Studio: Construction 2
  • Fashion Illustration Techniques 2
  • Design Culture 2
  • Fashion Technology 2
  • Fashion Retail and Branding
  • Fashion Retail and Trends​

Year 3

  • Fashion Studio: Design 3
  • Fashion Studio: Construction 3
  • Fashion Illustration 3
  • Design Culture 3
  • Fashion Technology 3
  • Business Practice 3
  • Computer Aided Design​


R74 000 Full Settlement p.a

R78 900  Instalment Fee

 (10 Monthly Instalments)

R12 000  Deposit​

 (Applicable to both fees)

*Deposit Included in Total Fee​

Application Fee for 2019 (non-refundabl​e)

2019 Applications at Vega now open:

Early Bird Application Fee: R650

   (1 January - 31 May 2018)

Standard Application Fee: R800

    (1 June - 31 October 2018)

Late Application Fee: R950

   (1 November 2018 - 28 February 2019)

Vega is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/0022). Company registration number: 1987/004754/07.