Bachelor of Arts in Fashion


The BA in Fashion is a registered and accredited qualification which exits with a minimum or 360 credits at NQF level 7. Within this qualification there are three elective streams: Media; Buying and Design from which the student can choose.

LISOF was established 23 years ago and, more than being registered with the Council on Higher Education, we are extremely well regarded within the South African fashion industry. Our CEO, Shana Rosenthal, has, over the years, built deep and meaningful relationships with South African fashion retailers who all fully support our commitment to Work Integrated Learning. LISOF students are exposed to the world of work from the first year and engage in an in-depth and meaningful experiential learning process in their 3rd year of study. These same South African retailers are also often willing to make offers of employment to our students as they believe that they are of a superior quality. Students that are successful in their studies are able to continue with the LISOF BA Honours in Fashion (also registered and accredited) where over and above the theoretical and research components of the studies, they are given the opportunity to engage again in a long term experiential learning process in the industry where they are payed a monthly stipend for their efforts.



This programme offers a wide range of subject choices relating to fashion and retail, from the design disciplines through to business courses. Our courses have been developed by leaders in fashion and retail with a view to giving you the most progressive and relevant education in the business. Specialise in a variety of fashion disciplines, including fashion design, fashion buying and merchandising, fashion journalism, fashion photography, visual merchandising, styling, trend forecasting and fashion marketing. With a LISOF degree, you’ll be well ahead of the rest when it comes to bagging yourself that dream job. Our highly regarded formal courses are only a part of the learning experience we offer. At LISOF we expose you to the industry at large and make sure that you engage in real-life job situations. We hold workshops, arrange internships and involve you in events like Fashion Week where you can meet and be inspired by successful industry leaders. See downloadable attachment below.


Three Elective pathways include:

Path 1 – Fashion Design

Path 2 – Fashion Retail (Buying)

Path 3 – Fashion Media

Experiential Learning Opportunities:
• Experiential learning 03 subject
• Students spend at least two weeks gaining experience in the retail industry in their third year



The LISOF BA Degree in Fashion opens up doors to the following exciting careers:

Fashion Buyer, Fashion Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Retail Merchandiser, Trend Forecaster, Fashion Editor/Journalist, Fashion Photographer, Fashion Coordinator, Boutique Owner




> The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with endorsement.

> OR If you are at least 23 years of age, have a National Senior Certificate and have suitable work experience – you may be considered for RPL.

> If you have completed parts of the learning programme at another institution, or in an aligned discipline, and wish to be considered for partial exemption from the learning programme courses or modules.

> BA Buying specific subject pre-requisites:
– Pure Mathematics with a mark of 50% +
– Mathematics Literacy with a mark of 60% +

AND you need to write the LISOF BA Assessment Test (free)


If you are not sure if you qualify to apply and would like to book to write the free assessment test, please contact a Sales consultant at your preferred campus:

Johannesburg: 011 326 1698

Pretoria: 012 342 0069



LISOF and its full-time degrees and diplomas in fashion are accredited by the Council on Higher Education. LISOF’s full-time programmes are registered on the South African Qualifications Authority’s (SAQA) National Qualifications Framework (NQF). LISOF is registered with the Department of Education as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Registration Certificate No. 2002/HE07/002). LISOF is a member of the Association of Private Providers of Education, Training & Development.




 3 Years Full time

For the Fees overview please call:

JHB Campus: 011 326 1698 /// PTA Campus: 012 342 0069













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