Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design) in ARA Institute of Canterbury

ARA Institute of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 3 years

Intake: February

*Fee: $21,920

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The Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion technology and Design at ARA aims to give tools to the students to become an independent and authentic designer/garment producer. The key skills the students will acquire are design strategy, drawing, garment stitching and pattern making. The two options will be given to the students to develop specialist skills that will suit their goals. As well as studio courses will also help them to deepen their skills. The hands on experience will be given to the students as well guest- faculties from the same field will visit the students to encourage and inspire them. Competitions and fashion events are also organized for the students to give them real-life experience.

In second year, a 40-hour industry placement is done which is totally based on collection. The focus is also on the trending vogue and marketing methods. In the final year, a 80-hour world placement is done and there students get to design their own collection based on the brief given to them. The company is going to be their critique and will provide invaluable work experience.

In the last, the student will do a major project encompassing all of the skills acquired in design, marketing, small business ownership and construction. This culminates in a fully professional catwalk show to an audience of your peers, your family, and industry representatives.

Career Outcomes:

  • fashion or textile designer
  • visual merchandiser/marketer
  • pattern maker/ tailor’s assistant
  • online fashion retailer
  • costume designer
  • seamstress
  • stylist/design assistant
    Eligibility Criteria:


    The Students done with their 10+2 should apply to ARA to study Bachelor of design with their portfolio.

    English Proficiency Score

    1. IELTS test – Overall Score 6.0 not less than 5.5
    2. TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
    3. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
    4. Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 50.

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