BA Honours in Fashion: Putting 3 years of undergraduate knowledge accumulation into practice

posted on August 1st, 2018 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

LISOF facilitated a meet and greet between 3rd year students and industry. The two minute interviews were inspired by speed-dating, to help break the ice and ignite a conversation for future communication. Students were able to chat to industry role players (hosts) from various fields such as fashion retail, design and media. 

“Not only was it a wonderful event but such a wonderful opportunity for us to meet the future fashion trendsetters. Very few (if any) educational institutes offer their students a unique opportunity to meet with future employers and I think what you have done for your students is really remarkable.” – Kylee Robertson, Commercial Manager, Media24 Lifestyle

The LISOF BA Honours in Fashion is a Post-graduate learning programme that will provide intensive and focused specialisation in Fashion. The course has been developed by leaders in fashion and retail with a view to giving you the most progressive and relevant education in the business. The focus of this programme is applied research (i.e. research in action) in order to solve real ‘problems’ that exist in the field (work integrated learning) If you are considering a strictly academic piece of research you will be allowed to pursue this avenue as well. Alongside building research capacity, this programme deepens a theoretical and practical understanding of your specialisation choice in Fashion. Work-Integrated learning is of utmost importance to this course therefore you will be exposed to retail partners to work a period of time with, to learn in the field knowledge. Selected students will receive a stipend while they intern at various fashion industry companies.

“An evening well spent at the LISOF Networking event. We were so impressed with the display of talent, passion and overall academic excellence of the students we engaged with. We are delighted to be partnering with an institution that mirrors our vigour an absolute enthusiasm in changing the face of fashion retail South Africa.” – Aisha Nakidien, Recruitment Consultant – Talent Acquisition at The Foschini Group

 Why the LISOF BA Honours in Fashion?
  • Deepens learner’s expertise in the discipline of fashion
  • Creates depth of learning
  • Creates a knowledge focus for the purpose of specialisation
  • Creation of new knowledge
  • Specialisation enhances the graduatedness of the learner and hence employability
  • High level theoretical engagement and intellectual independence
  • Focuses on complex problem solving abilities
  • Critical reflection of theory and practice
  • Facilitates knowledge transfer within the workplace
  • Knowledge transfer within and across disciplines
  • Higher order engagement
  • Critical and analytical abilities

Scroll down for more images

Fashion Business Studies

  • Critically evaluate retail practice
  • Researching real-world business constructs for the purpose of theory application
  • Opportunities to complete comparative analyses with business processes in other industries
  • Marketing and branding
  • Business models
  • Supply chain processes and relationships
  • Economic competitiveness
  • Product development practices
  • Reverse marketing
  • “Fitness for purpose”

Fashion Cultural Studies

  • An in-depth focus on the culturalisation of fashion at a philosophical level
  • The production of the own voice
  • Psychoanalysis of fashion
  • Perception and opinion
  • Marketing, culture and philosophy

Research Methodology

  • Fundamentals and principles of research
  • Research methods
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Qualitative versus quantitative analysis
  • Action research
  • Grounded in the world-of-work
  • Proposal presentation

Research Dissertation

  • Grounded in the institution where the student is placed
  • 2 elements to be considered:
    • What excites and interests the student
    • What adds value for the host institution
  • Research will focus on ethical practices with a focus on global trends that will add value to the host institution (practice)
  • Opportunity to engage with hosts and the process of knowledge transfer
  • “Putting 3 years of undergraduate knowledge accumulation into practice”

Here are some examples of 2018 topics for research by BA Honours students:

  • The psychological effect of costume in film on the viewer and what the process entails as a costume designer to achieve a possible response on a psychological level within the viewer.
  • Researching the modernisation of costumes within films and how fashion within period films are being conceptualised and therefore re-incorporated into current fashion trends. The reason being is to better understand the film industry as well as costume design for this is an interest of mine.
  • Fashion campaigns and the influence on South African consumerism
  • To examine the relationship between culture and buying of clothes.

CEO Shana Rosenthal with LISOF Alumna, Shayna Goncalves who was a the guest speaker at the BA Honours in Fashion meet and greet

Shana and several 3rd years

Academic Head, Ashleigh Cohen with Shana

Fashion Show Producer, Jan Malan with LISOF Alumna, Caileigh-Jayne Davis

Design: limitless innovation

posted on September 4th, 2017 by LISOF

The vast realm of Design allows for endless opportunities to create and innovate.

Focusing on Fashion Design per say, this offers you the perfect pathway to make a name for yourself – like so many others have done for decades.
If this sounds attractive to you, why not consider LISOF to obtain your Degree or Higher Certificate, this is the ideal way to fast track your career and have a platform to launch you into the world of Fashion!

LISOF which is known for its reputation as Africa’s most progressive Fashion Design & Retail Academy offers exciting qualifications with excellent subjects that include garment construction, textiles, pattern design and technical drawings, trend analysis and creative design, to get those juices flowing even more!
The world of fashion must never be underestimated for its business and economic contributions – this is why LISOF’s Fashion Design courses have a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
So if Fashion Design is appealing to you, why not contact us for some career guidance.

To start your career in fashion contact us to apply to write the entrance test and received a tour of our fun, creative and talent-filled campus.

Apply Here


posted on July 17th, 2017 by LISOF

The term intrapreneur was first established by Gifford Pinchot who identified a need for “intra-corporate entrepreneurship”, an environment where the principle of free market entrepreneurship is applied within an organisation so that employees are freeIy allowed to innovate.  It is believed that this type of situation creates responsible people who are able to communicate, relate with others, problem-solve and analyse – all the characteristics that a graduate is expected to have in order to be employable.  Here at LISOF, we recreate this exact type of environment to create intrapreneurs by using the educational concept of work-integrated learning and providing a comprehensive work experience component to our LISOF Honours Programme.


The LISOF Honours Programme is a one year full time programme that uses working experience to create intrapreneurs that bridge the gap between the employability of graduates and the employed of the fashion industry.  This bridge is made by understanding the level of skills and personal attributes of each applicant, allocating each applicant to a local South African retailer with whom we have partnered with and then providing each of these applicants with a five month to full year work experience internship at the retailer allocated.  This bridge is fully supported by the theoretical underpinnings of the programme where the learners are educated in the psychology and economic principles behind fashion and the fashion industry.  This bridge is further enhanced by requiring the learners to perform research on a topic that directly impacts the allocated retailer, using the time and experience spent during the work experience internship.


LISOF’s 24 years of success is attributable to it developing and delivering curriculum that is progressive, forward thinking and in line with the needs of the South African fashion industry.  This success is a direct result of employing, consulting and collaborating with leaders at the cutting edge of fashion, retail and education. “The combination of both the educational concept of work-integrated learning and the economic principle of intrapreneurship into the LISOF Honours programme is one such example of this type of collaboration, as our commitment is our driver.” – Shana Rosenthal, CEO


Written by Claudia da Rocha, Head of Honours at LISOF

Edited by Shana Rosenthal, founder and CEO of LISOF


To apply for the LISOF Honours programme, contact us as soon as  can:

Johannesburg: 0113261698

Pretoria: / 0123420069

Part Time Short Courses in Fashion at LISOF

posted on May 4th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

LISOF offers 5 part time short courses every 20 weeks that aim to educate, expand skills and integrate years of industry knowledge to the next generation of fashion enthusiasts.

Whether you are looking for a part time short course to brush up on your skills, or to learn a new skill set from scratch in order to follow your fashion dreams, LISOF short courses offer a range of fundamental skills development.

From learning to draw and developing an understanding for design our in Elements of Creative Design course, to having the ability to create a pattern from beginning to end with our Introduction to Pattern Design, or achieving the Fundamentals of Garment Construction skills in order to be able to sew beautiful garments. If dressing celebs, magazine shoots or private clients is your dream, you can learn to be a The Principles of Styling, or learn the artistry of Make-Up and create runway and magazine editorial looks for private clients with bridal and matric dance make up.

At LISOF you can learn all these skills with convenience through our Part Time short courses, over the period of 20 weeks. Every Saturday students gather in the classes to take one step closer to their goals … now’s your chance to take your step! Courses start: 8th of July.

Click on the part time short courses that you are interested above to find out the course information and apply today!



Want a career in Fashion Retail?

posted on March 1st, 2017 by LISOF

Want a career in Fashion Retail? The LISOF BCOM Fashion Degree will provide you with an in depth understanding of Fashion Retail which is adaptable to all areas of the Fashion Retail market. Our highly regarded full time, on campus 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.

South Africa’s retail environment is unique. We are a nation of shopping malls whereby the public spend their time and money on consumption of goods, including fashion and accessories. This is an ever-growing phenomenon providing many retail jobs to qualified people. From retail positions such as; sales person, stylist and store manager to head office positions such as; trend researcher, retail buyer, planner and more – while studying in the first year BCom at LISOF, you will be exposed to many retail job opportunities.

We arrange internships with top South African Brands and Retailers and involve students in events, where you can meet and be inspired by successful industry leaders, as well as gain the practical, on-the-job training that upon graduation, you will be equipped with skills and academic knowledge to impact the market place successfully.


  • Are you strong at math and have a flair for fashion?
  • Do you have the minimum admission requirement which is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) WITH exemption
  • Do you have the BCOM specific subject pre-requisite: Pure maths minimum result of 50% and maths literacy with a minimum result of 80% ?

If you answered YES to all of the above, then the BCom Degree is for your! If you answered no, don’t worry – we offer a Diploma and Degree in Fashion that can suit your needs to become a Fashion Buyer, Trend Forecaster, Visual Merchandiser and so much more!

Start your career in Fashion Retail at LISOF today! Book your assessment test (includes a Numeracy test, which you need to receive a minimum of 50% for)

APPLY HERE or Comment below and we’ll call you or call us directly at: 0113261698 / 0123420069

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 10.04.40 AM



















Become a professional Make Up Artist

posted on February 24th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

You can become a professional make up artist! One of LISOF’s most popular Short Courses and Degree modules is Fashion Make Up, whereby students are taught the skills and latest techniques used to create  a variety of looks. Using professional top class products from M.A.C Cosmetics, students learn the basics of foundation, bridal makeup, catwalk look, history of makeup, makeup for mature skin and more.

“We are proud to work with M.A.C Cosmetics. It is a professional brand and was created by a professional make up artist for make up artists and M.A.C’s number one client is the make up artist. One of the reasons that cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder bought M.A.C was due to the growing strength of M.A.C and to assist with their production, however the key fundamentals of this brand have stayed true to the creator. (As part of the contractual agreement)” –  Janine Mc Nulty, Head Make up Lecturer and Course Developer at LISOF.

Janine goes onto explain that M.A.C has its own leadership team under the Estee Lauder Group, with its own Global Brand President and Creative Director. If we look to the market at all other make up brands, eg: Krayolan (stage and theatre makeup), Smashbox (studio makeup), MUD (professional education brand, Inglot, etc…these are all professional brands which are sold to the public.

“In fact I, (Janine)  do not know of any brand that is exclusive to make up artists.”

LISOF has been powered by M.A.C Cosmetics for several years. Our association provides students with insider knowledge on global trends, techniques and new products, informative Master Classes as well as demonstrations at LISOF Open Day, happening 25th March this year: Book HERE! At our annual fashion shows, M.A.C is the team we can depend on for professional product, service and demos.

Kim Morton, National Communications Manager at M.A.C South Africa, – suggests visiting these websites for more insights regarding M.A.C Cosmetics:

Estee Lauder and M.A.C Cosmetics

Become a professional make up artist! Call us for more information: JHB campus: 0113261698 or Pta campus: 0123420069

*UPDATE (12 June 2016)

Short Course applications:

Workshop application:


Janine Mc Nulty, Head of Make-up and Course Developer at LISOF for 7 years. She has an Honours Degree in the Dramatic Arts from Wits. Janine started her career at MAC in 2005, as a retail artist, was then promoted to Retail Manager, became a resident trainer. She was then promoted again to Manager of Retail Operations. She has participated in local Fashion Weeks and as a freelance in the Bridal Industry. Her passion is teaching and makeup!

Backstage at LISOF Fashion Show 2016:

Lisof_2016_backstage-001 Lisof_2016_backstage-003 Lisof_2016_backstage-004 Lisof_2016_backstage-005 Lisof_2016_backstage-007 Lisof_2016_backstage-009 Lisof_2016_backstage-012 Lisof_2016_backstage-013



Tips to guide you through the first year of fashion school

posted on January 13th, 2017 by LISOF

We searched the internet for the some helpful tips to guide you through  the first year of fashion school. Starting the new year at a tertiary institution can be daunting. New building, new people and nerves abound. At LISOF, most first years want to make a stylish first impression especially because you are attending one of Africa’s top fashion school, but believe us when we say, by second semester, you’ll be rocking the #athleisure look quite effortlessly.

We found these 5 insightful articles that will help prepare yourself for a successful 2017…and beyond!


1. 5 Ways to Prepare for Fashion Design School

2. 10 Things You Learn During Your First Semester as a Fashion Design Major

3. What No One Tells You About Going to Fashion School

4. 10 Tips for Surviving Your First Year of College

5. Prepare for the First Day of Class

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.

Life on campus is bustling and filled with creative energy. The canteen is a great fueling station to relax and discuss the latest fashion week. The hallways are filled with budding fashion photographers instagramming and blogging their point of view. The students connect and network and often later in life, they collaborate and work together in the fashion industry.

Become a LISOFIAN!

Call us directly to register for 2017 and 2018:

Johannesburg Campus: 0113261698

Pretoria Campus: 0123420069


Lisof_2015-21 copy Lisof_2015-22 copy Lisof_2015-24 copy Lisof_2015-26 copy Lisof_2015-45 copy Lisof_2015-55 copy Lisof_2015-70 copy Lisof_2015-74 copy










Dream big with a career in the world of fashion

posted on October 16th, 2016 by LISOF

LISOF, the most progressive Fashion Design & Retail Academy, is opening the doors to the world of fashion for South Africa’s youth by giving away four bursaries to the value of R730 000* in its #MyFashionCareer bursary competition.

Cool creatives with a passion for fashion and a determination for the business of Fashion and Retail can enter the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition and stand a chance to win one of four exciting courses that will kick-start their dream career.

Simply CLICK HERE, complete the entry form in a few easy steps, and stand a chance to win one of these LISOF bursaries which are up grabs:

If you want to make your mark in the world of Fashion, entries to the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition are open from Sunday, 16 October 2016 until Friday, 9 December 2016.

Shana Rosenthal, CEO of LISOF and renowned expert in the Fashion & Retail Industry, stresses that a career in Fashion offers much more than just the glitz and the glam. It is for this reason that LISOF introduced its BCom Fashion Degree which addresses the industry’s need to nurture the skills required for the business aspect of Fashion & Retail. Those determined to take their passion a step further, should consider LISOF’s Honours Degree with its earn-while-you-learn approach that creates a work-readiness our Retail Industry requires – allowing students to enter the Fashion and Retail industry seamlessly. By participating in a six-week postgraduate programme at a leading Fashion Retail institution in London, LISOF Honours students will gain invaluable international work experience with this optional addition to the course. The Fashion and Retail industry offers a vast range of career paths from Fashion Design to business careers which include planners, buyers and visual merchandisers to name a few.

Rosenthal adds that with the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition at LISOF, is creating an opportunity for our youth to empower themselves, by standing a chance to pursue a highly rewarding and high-earning career in the fast-paced and progressive world of Fashion and Retail in South Africa.

The South African Textile and Clothing industry facilitates about 80 000 jobs annually, while our local Retail sector continues to grow at a rapid rate. LISOF has all the tools to give you the competitive advantage to become a success in this industry. LISOF’s graduates are without a doubt the first choice for retailers to employ, and their alumni populate Fashion and Retail environments globally.

If you have an eye for style, extraordinary creativity and find satisfaction when working with numbers then LISOF is your gateway to a trend-setting future.

Don’t miss out – grab this opportunity!

For more information: CLICK HERE!

Bcom new BA newHons newDip new

*Total bursary = R780 000


LISOF has the reputation of being the most progressive fashion design school and retail education institution in Africa. Our alumni populate fashion and retail environments throughout the world and our degrees in fashion are well sought after in the industry.

We have achieved this success by developing a curriculum that is unequaled in its variety and depth, by employing and consulting leaders at the cutting edge of fashion, retail and education, and by fostering individuality, innovation and creativity.


Students can choose between a diploma in fashion or a degree in fashion that is unrivaled in its scope and practical application. LISOF also boasts a new offering, the BCom Fashion degree which is highly recommended by the Retail industry, as well as the Honours Degree which is designed to fulfill the work-readiness need that Retailers require. This Honours programme allows students an international retail work experience at a leading retailer in London, raising the bar for the local retail industry.


By choosing LISOF as your educational institution, you can choose from a diverse array of disciplines, from design to marketing, styling to buying, merchandising to photography, and many more. As a member of the LISOF community, you will explore, learn and exchange ideas in a dynamic, inspirational environment. Studying at LISOF means that you will not only be educated at a prestigious fashion design school but you will also be exposed to the industry and be able to network within the community.

  • 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.

Study fashion and intern at London Top Retailers

posted on October 4th, 2016 by LISOF

The LISOF BA Honours course is a one year, full time course. The exciting option to study fashion and intern in London at Top Retailers, is a new addition to the LISOF BA Honous course.

The London experiential learning is a six-week course; four weeks are spent studying and two weeks are spent working in retail. Students may attend this course in August 2017* (optional) at own cost.

LISOF partnered with FRA – Fashion REtail Academy to afford this unique experience to selected BA Honours Students. Who is FRA?

The Fashion Retail Academy is a unique, industry led college (In London). Founded by retail giants, we offer a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress to employment.

LISOF Honours Fashion

The work experience may take place at any of the following FRA (Fashion Retail Academy) retail partners, to only name a few (FRA, S.A.):
All Saints
Banana Republic
Calvin Klein
Estee Lauder
French Connection
Hugo Boss
Michael Kors
River Island
Tommy Hilfiger
Victoria Secret
Vivienne Westwood

The studying content includes (FRA, S.A.):

• Analysis of retail organisations and business models;
• Brands and image;
• Buying and range planning;
• Technology and the future of retail;
• Merchandising;
• Retail management;
• Head office, retail store and factory visits;
• Targeted CV preparation and career planning; and
• Core skills: interview, negotiation, presentation, team building and networking.

Other areas covered include (FRA, S.A.): Retail mathematics; Excel for retail; PR (public relations) and marketing; Visual merchandising; and Garment technology.

For fees and more information send your details to us and a consultant will contact you: CLICK HERE. Alternatively email Tania directly: or call 0113261698

*Subject to change





10 Reasons to study your Honours at LISOF

posted on July 5th, 2016 by LISOF
The proposed new Honours course will comprise a five-part structure. Each component is a real-world version of the subjects delivered under the accredited BA: Honours in Fashion, currently offered at Lisof, and includes a practical component. The fundamental concept is aligned to a constructivist paradigm whereby students build knowledge and accumulate skills through experience-based activity and ‘Action Research’. The NQF level 8 descriptors are satisfied through assessment of articulation and presentation of such experience and skill; facilitated by placing the students at a Host Company with an assigned Mentor.
The successful applicant will be considered through a stringent application process:
•Application form including CV with reference letter
•Minimum aggregate of 65% in all majors
•Interview with the Host
Only 20 placements in total – 10 Lisof graduates and 10 external applicants.
The Honours programme is a full year course including Research Methodology, Fashion Culture and Trend Studies, Fashion Business Studies, and the Experiential Learning Module. The course is supported by the top South African fashion retailers and brands. During the work-integrated-learning period, you will apply your current academic knowledge in the real-world environment, as well as learn more about the fashion industry with this very hands-on practical experience. During your practical learning programme, LISOF will sponsor your accommodation at the partner retailers outside of Gauteng, saving you money.
  1. A higher-paying job can be commanded with an Honours degree.
  2. International employers are more likely to take on a South African candidate with an NQF 8 Honours over an NQF 7 degree.
  3. The 5-month experiential learning work placements have the potential to result in an immediate job after graduation.
  4. A common complaint from employers (with regard to any university candidate) is the lack of real – world experience and the need to ‘train’ the student into their company – this happens concurrently during study in our Honours programme.
  5. Some institutions offer either a full course work Honours or a full dissertation Honours – ours is a balanced mix of the two, plus the work-based experience is supported by South African Fashion Retailers and Designers offering the opportunity for the Honours student to work in his or her preferred field of study.
  6. Similarly, the design/practical component allows our Honours students to exit with an actual work- tested portfolio.
  7. The Lisof Honours allows the diversity for specialisation within a desired career-path due to the structure – thus a student who wants to go the design route won’t have to work through the modules that are not relevant to their career path, and vice-versa.
  8. The Lisof Honours has a flexible structure due to it being partly online – this means a student could be placed at any company nation-wide, and that the intranet modules can be completed at a time during the placement tenure that suits both student and host company.
  9. Lisof Honours students have been through a more stringent application process than other Honours degrees at other institutions thus, by default, they are stronger work-place candidates.
  10. Lisof students enjoy the benefit of the Lisof reputation and high standards we demand which includes the endorsement from South African retailers and designers of a highly academic and skilled student that can apply this knowledge to the development and sustainability of the business.
Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 10.43.17 AM
Apply today by sending your contact details to us, so that a consultant may be in touch: CLICK HERE
1 2 3 6