Fashion Design

Fashion Design is about designing and creating clothing, footwear and accessories.

Studying in this area involves learning about how to conceive of a fashion idea and produce a prototype and patterns.

Fashion Design is also about the history of fashion and the international fashion industry.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

When it comes to comfortable clothes, there are four primary factors known as the '4 Fs of Comfort': (1) Fashion, (2) Feel, (3) Fit, and (4) Function.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Fashion designer
  • Workroom assistant
  • Fashion writer
  • Fashion magazine editor
  • Product manager
  • Fashion production manager
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion merchandiser
  • Clothing or footwear retailer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales representative
  • Costumier
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


116% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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