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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Certificate in Fashion Design 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
94796  Higher Certificate in Fashion Design 
ORIGINATOR
Inscape Education Group 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Higher Certificate  Field 02 - Culture and Arts  Design Studies 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to primarily "provide an introduction to the fashion design profession and its role within the broader context of the clothing and fashion industry". Secondly, the qualifying learner can move to other (related) fields. Lastly, it is to make it possible for a learner to earn a Fashion design qualification formalising the learning that they have been achieved through informal ways in this industry.

Learners will acquire the skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to practice in the Fashion Design industry, after a period of supervised practical experience, as a junior Fashion Designer. The learners will have an awareness of fashion design professions and its role within the broader context of the fashion environment.

Rationale:
The provision of occupationally-directed education and training within the fashion field is crucial if the country is to achieve the following goals:
  • Through entrepreneurship, sustainable job creation and self-sufficiency in order to contribute to the economy of South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries [DTI (2010) National Directory of Small Business Support Programmes, Pretoria].
  • Employment opportunities in "the creative industries" [Department of Labour South Africa: (2007) The Creative industries in South Africa, Pretoria].
  • South Africa needs to develop far more of our own women entrepreneurs who are able to meet national and regional challenges by 2015 [UNESCO (2007) Millennium Development Goals Mid-Term Country Report, South Africa].

    The Higher Certificate in Fashion Design qualification has been designed to address knowledge and socio-cultural needs and it has been recognised that ways in which education in the fashion sector can help stimulate the South African communities:
  • Fashion related industries contribute to the development of the economy of South Africa and neighbouring countries through the improvement of fashion design and clothing construction - both functionally and aesthetically - enhancing both productive and sustainable material use and local expertise.
  • By providing employment opportunities and social amenities, [e.g.: skills training in clothing construction, production lines and through the development of appropriate design processes].
  • South Africa needs problem solvers - people who are able to meet national and regional challenges by identifying, defining and solving problems through innovative responses.
  • Robust fashion industries will enable both South Africa and other African countries to become more internationally competitive. This, in turn, will contribute to reducing social problems such as poverty and stimulate the need for job creation etc.

    The qualification has been specifically written to prepare a learner for a career in Fashion Design. Typically, the learner would find employment in a Fashion Design practice in one of the fields, e.g.: fashion planning and buying, basic design, clothing construction and manufacturing. They could work in fashion design houses, retail industries and production lines. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL will be applied to enable entry to the qualification.

    When a person wishing to enrol for the qualification has already acquired the some of the necessary knowledge and skills, whether through formal learning or any other means, the institution will provide an alternative, 'flexible entry route' to enrolment. The college can conduct a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment to determine - from a portfolio of evidence aligned to our syllabus - the extent to which a candidate has acquired the knowledge and skills and exempt him or her from having to repeat that learning.

    RPL Assessment instruments will entail:
  • Certificates from previous education and training courses, including short learning qualifications and skills qualifications.
  • Licences to practice.
  • Professional registration.
  • Products of any nature relevant to the courses offered at the institution: art portfolios; publications, etc.
  • Samples of completed work.
  • Employment related documents such as resumes, performance appraisals, etc.
  • Statutory declaration outlining previous types of work and experience.
  • References from current and past employers, supervisors and colleagues.
  • Testimonials from persons holding relevant qualifications in the area being assessed.
  • Photographs of completed work certified by a referee or accompanied by a statutory declaration.
  • If self-employed in the past, evidence of running a business using the skills and knowledge being claimed.

    Entry Requirements:
    To be able to gain access to the Higher Certificate in Fashion Design applicants should be in possession of:
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) grating access to Higher Certificate studies.
    Or
  • Senior Certificate with endorsement.
    Or
  • National Vocational (Certificate) NC(V) at NQF Level 4. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification comprises 16 compulsory modules at NQF Level 5, totalling 120 Credits:
  • Introduction to Clothing Design, 7 Credits.
  • Basic Fashion Drawing, 7 Credits.
  • Introduction to Patternmaking, 7 Credits.
  • Basic Sewing Techniques, 7 Credits.
  • Introduction to the History of Costume, 7 Credits.
  • Introduction to Textiles, 7 Credits.
  • Pattern Development, 7 Credits.
  • Garment Construction, 7 Credits.
  • Portfolio, 4 Credits.
  • Experiential Training, 24 Credits.
  • Introduction to Fashion Buying, 7 Credits.
  • Thematic Styling and Event Management, 7 Credits.
  • Cad for Fashion Designers, 4 Credits.
  • Starting Your Own Business, 6 Credits.
  • Introduction to Fashion Planning, 6 Credits.
  • Professional Practice Management for Fashion Design, 6 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Informed understanding of the principles, theories, and rules in fashion design.
    2. Good understanding of what fashion design includes from design through to production.
    3. Have a basic understanding of how the Fashion industry works: seasons, trends, job roles etc.
    4. Display solid construction knowledge in order to design.
    5. Understand the fibre content, characteristics and uses of textiles and know how this knowledge can be applied to fashion design and construction. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The basic principles of the flat patternmaking method are acquired.
  • Pattern landmarks and information are understood and applied.
  • The basic principles behind drawing up basic blocks is acquired and applied.
  • The two patternmaking principals: fullness and dart manipulation is applied.
  • Basic understanding of the historical, cultural and social context of fashion is understood.
  • The main visual characteristics of costume from each historical era are identified.
  • One draped garment is successfully completed according to Greek or Roman traditions.
  • Design using a historical era as inspiration is demonstrated.
  • Operate a standard sewing machine, over-locker and iron is demonstrated.
  • A variety of basic sewing techniques is understood.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Basic pattern drafting skills is applied to clothing designs.
  • The pattern manipulation principle known as contouring is applied.
  • Drawing dress patterns is shown.
  • A working pattern for final completion of design is prepared.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Seasonal fashion needs is identified.
  • Trends in the fashion industry are identified and appropriate selection of specific styles is made.
  • A budget applicable to fashion buying requirements is formulated.
  • The principles of negotiating with suppliers are understood.
  • A merchandise distribution plan relevant to a given scenario is compiled.
  • The complexities of a given event are understood.
  • A theme-based event is conceptualised.
  • A visual continuity by choice of theme is developed and the concept through specified tangible deliverables is applied.
  • Visual presentation to demonstrate the visual deliverables is applied.
  • The process from conceptualisation to implementation is documented.
  • The needs of a particular target market are recognised and understood.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Have gained basic drawing skills in order to illustrate fashion designs successfully.
  • Understand the difference between the 8-head figure and the 9-head fashion figure.
  • Have practised drawing hands, Faces, features (noses, mouths etc.).
  • Be familiar with Illustration and mark making techniques (line quality etc.).
  • Demonstrate an ability to complete 3D rendering (illustrating clothing, shading) etc. by hand.
  • Be familiar with a wide variety of Media applications.
  • French curves are used in order to do 2D rendering and technical drawings.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • A textile library complete with fabric burning tests is compiled.
  • Garments are designed specifically in accordance with properties and characteristics of textiles as guidance for fashion design.
  • Textile experimentation exercises are completed successfully.
  • The fabric structure and manufacturing of textiles are understood.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Formative assessment is used for progress, as the learner works through the required modules. A distance student may resubmit an assignment as many times as they wish to ensure that learning has adequately taken place. A summative assessment is in place on through a portfolio submission. The portfolio is an evidence of work completed during the qualification at the institution. Portfolio submissions are moderated internally by the Academic Manager and Programme Coordinators as well as externally by industry and accredited academic persons to ensure consistency of assessors. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    A comparative analysis was taken in order to compare the relevance and standards implemented in the qualification offered at Inscapes to qualifications being offered internationally.

    The West London College offers a foundational qualification with essential preparation for entry to degree courses in fashion and textiles. Learners will experience a range of fashion activities which will assess their strengths and confirm their aspirations to enable them to advance to a more specialised area of interest.
    Syllabus:
  • Stage 1: Research Stage - A structured programme of drawing and visual studies will help to identify your skills, strengths and interests. You will develop practical abilities in Fashion and Textiles helping you to make an informed choice of specialist study. (Includes supervised visits to museums, galleries and botanical gardens).
  • Stage 2: Pathway Stage - You will choose to study one broad fashion and textile discipline such as fashion design and illustration, fashion textiles and fashion design and fashion futures.
  • Stage 3: Project Stage - Building on their prior experience and linking skills already acquired you will develop your individual potential by carrying out a major fashion or design project resulting in a fashion show and exhibition.

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers the Higher Diploma/Higher Certificate Scheme in Fashion and Textile Studies.
    Qualification Aims:
  • This qualification aims to provide learners with advanced technical training and knowledge of textiles and clothing covering the areas of fashion and textile design, production technology, coloration and finishing, merchandising and retail management.
  • Learners learn about textiles and clothing both in theory and practice. They are able to develop competence in textile and clothing production, and gain a global perspective on fashion retail and merchandising processes after graduation.

    Conclusion:
    From the information it is evident that the qualification being offered at the Institution compares favourably with the international qualifications in terms of the purpose. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Upon completion the learner will be able to articulate horizontally to:
  • Higher Certificate in Applied Textile Design at NQF Level 5.
  • Higher Certificate in Fashion Merchandising at NQF Level 5.

    And Vertically to:
  • Diploma in Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting at NQF Level 6.
  • Diploma in Fashion Design at NQF Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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