The College adopts a continuous assessment approach, in line with the principles of outcomes based education. Student competence is determined by their ability to demonstrate the required learning outcomes.

1st Year:

  • Fashion Design I
  • Business Studies I
  • Digital Fashion Application I
  • Garment Construction I
  • Pattern Design I
  • History of Costume I
  • Textiles I
  • Clothing Production I

2nd Year:

  • Fashion Design II
  • Business Studies II
  • Digital Fashion Application II
  • Garment Construction II
  • Pattern Design II
  • Contemporary Fashion History I
  • Textiles II
  • Retail Management I
  • SYNC – ERP & PLM Apparel Software

3rd Year:

  • Fashion Design III
  • Fashion Buying Principles I
  • Brand Design I
  • Business Studies III
  • Digital Fashion Application III
  • Experiential Learning I
  • Garment Construction III
  • Pattern Design III
  • Contemporary Fashion History II
  • Costume Design I / Styling I


This qualification has been developed in response to the current and future need for competent fashion specialists, expressed by employers, employees and the Cape Town Fashion Council.

This qualification responds to these needs by providing students with the opportunity to select and specialise in one of the numerous career paths within the field of fashion. Students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitude and values to contribute positively to the advancement of the fashion industry in South Africa.


Conduct oneself professionally and ethically in a variety of contexts and take responsibility for and critically evaluate own decisions and actions when working independently and collaborating with others.

Research Project

Identify, analyse, critically reflect on and address complex problems within the fashion sector.

Contextual Studies

Collect, organise, analyse, and critically evaluate relevant information when researching social, economic and cultural influences on the fashion sector.

Professional Practice

Apply and critically evaluate principles, methods, techniques and discourse in a chosen area of fashion specialisation when creating an innovative body of work.


CTCFD’s Foundation Fashion Design Programme is a 30 week course designed as an
introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design.

Garment Technology:

Pattern Design, Garment Construction & Costings

Fashion Design:

Introductory Fashion Design Principles, Fashion Illustration, Trend Analysis & Creative Design

Introduction to Textiles:

Theory & Practical

Introduction to Fashion Business & Marketing Principles

Theory & Practical


CTCFD’s part-time short courses are a great alternative to full time study for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in a fashion related career, wanting to explore a new direction, or wanting to acquire fashion related skills.

Garment Technology

Pattern Design and Garment Construction – Foundation & Advanced

Fashion Design

Foundation Fashion Illustration & Design Principles, Applied Fashion Illustration & Portfolio Development

Digital Fashion Applications

Vector-based Drawing Techniques using CorelDraw, Photoshop Essentials for Digital Fashion Presentations