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!



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


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See you in the new year! Study FASHION at LISOF in 2017.

posted on December 14th, 2016 by LISOF

Hey fashionistas, thank-you for another amazing year in fashion. Twenty sixteen has been an interesting one for everyone. Study fashion at LISOF in 2017!

Please note that LISOF campuses are closed from 15 December 2016 until 3rd January 2017.

Any inquiries will only be answered next year.

During the break consider which Fashion Course you want to study at LISOF:

  • A Short Course in fashion design, sewing, patterns or make-up 01 powered by MAC Cosmetics, is a great option to learn the fashion fundamentals and an opportunity to become a professional make-up artist. We offer classes on Saturdays at both Pretoria and Johannesburg Campus, which is convenient if you are working.
  • A Higher Certificate is a 1 year Full Time Course and is more intensive than a short course, offering a variety of subjects that can give you the skills you need to get started in the fashion industry.
  • BA Degrees and Diplomas are 3 year full time (only) courses that are registered and accredited. These include Work-Integrated-Learning with partners of LISOF. (Internships) Upon graduation, the retailer, design house, media house may decide to offer the candidate a job depending on suitability (at their own discretion)
  • BCom Fashion Degree is our newly registered and accredited Degree offering the student who has a flair for fashion and strong in numbers an opportunity to move seamlessly into the fashion retail landscape as a Planner, Supply Chain, Business, etc.
  • BA Honours is a one year course with 3-5 months PAID work-integrated-learning and an option to study in London with FRA

Happy Holidays and see you in the new year!

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We hope there are presents under there!


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Santa’s handsome helper?


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Totally a summer holiday chillaxed look


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Christmas in SA is usually poolside or seaside!


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New Years look. Just need a cocktail in hand!


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Don’t let the blood spill at family Christmas dinner!


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Santa’s little elves for sure!!


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Welcome in the New Year!



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5 Questions to ask when selecting a Certified Tertiary Institution

posted on May 25th, 2016 by LISOF

The 5 A’s to choosing the right tertiary institution.

Questions to ask the institution you wish to study at. Are they:


Academically sound






Accordant requirements




Academically sound:

Is the institution registered and accredited by the South African education regulators? This is vital when selecting an institution, as after years of student commitment to the learning programme, will the qualification be valid and recognised in the workplace? Students are protected by the regulators, who protect their rights and provide a path of recourse if and when necessary. The institution must be one which applies for and maintains accreditation for all its learning programmes, with the Higher Education Committee (HEQC) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The institution must ensure it abides by the directives of both these regulators. The institution must also be registered with the South African Department of Higher Education as a private provider of higher education and training, leading to accredited qualifications, registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). LISOF has been in operation for 23 years and is registered with the South African Department on Higher Education and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).


Will the institution take accountability and responsibility for your child to ensure that he or she receives a world-class education? Will the institution commit to employing specialist lecturers with excellent academic grounding and does the course content provide students with skills and knowledge that will enhance their employment opportunities upon graduation? At LISOF, we are accountable. We have industry expert lecturers with a strong academic foundation and top-notch quality programme content.


The nature of the fashion industry is that of an ever-changing and ever-growing dynamic environment. It is important for the institution to be in touch with trends and forecasting on a global level and to be able to select the dominant trends for use in the education processes to keep the content and experience relevant, current and up-to-date. Education institutions must provide experiential learning opportunities during the course of their studies.

Accordant requirements:

The fashion industry employs thousands of people and it is imperative that your child has an edge with a qualification that is structured around the needs of the industry and academic requirements. Therefore the graduate will be equipped with a broad range of skills and academic knowledge that will fulfil the needs of the market place, by bringing an employee who can impact organisational development and sustainability.


LISOF is an accredited and registered tertiary education institution.

LISOF brings diverse qualifications with all academic needs and skills required. Therefore balancing practical focus with academic foundation.

LISOF offers work-integrated-learning that will offer your child the opportunity to work in the industry upon graduation.

LISOF Pty Ltd – Company Registration number: 1997/021048/07

Directors: S Rosenthal & S Rosenthal

Registered with the Department of Education as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997

Registration Certificate No. 2002/HE07/02


We invite you to ask the questions to us: 086 11 54763 ///


LISOF Alumni LUMIN-ating the way

posted on April 5th, 2016 by LISOF

“LUMIN is a contemporary South African women’s wear brand that defines its aesthetic by capturing the presence of light and the cover of darkness, and the way shadows bend over surfaces and sunlight illuminates dark corners. Easy-to-wear and urban, LUMIN’s design philosophy embodies varying degrees of soft and hard, light and dark, symmetry and asymmetry.”


Design duo, James Barrett-Poulsen and Amy Liu of LUMIN are LISOF ALUMNI and we are proud to be supporting them tonight at the Lufthansa #1stBestCollections at SA Fashion Week. Here is an insight into their connection with their brand and LISOF:

Amy and James

When did you realize that fashion was the career for you and why LISOF?

James: I studied a marketing degree at UJ and then worked for a while. But I realised I was meant to do something more creative. I’ve always loved fashion and decided to follow my dream. I chose LISOF because I knew it was the best place to study fashion design.

Amy: I grew up loving fashion and knew I wanted to study it from a young age. I came to LISOF from Port Elizabeth after I matriculated.

When did you and Amy graduate from LISOF?

We graduated in 2012, and then Amy did her Honours in 2013.

Speaking of LISOF, what competitive advantage did studying at an institution like LISOF give you over other players in the fashion industry?

Studying at LISOF is really a privilege. We feel that it gives you such a great foundation when entering the fashion industry. At college we had amazing lecturers with valuable industry experience. This knowledge gave us an edge over the competition.

LISOF is also so well known and recognised, so when you speak to employers and other people in the industry they know immediately the level of skill you have if you tell them you studied at LISOF.

And another great benefit of studying at LISOF is the alumni network that you become part of. Some many ex-LISOFians are in all corners of the industry, so it can be really useful if you need references or connections to help with work and that sort of thing.

What is your artistic influence when creating your garments?

Our artistic influences can come from many different places; listening to a piece of music, from buildings or patterns or from other design areas like jewellery or graphic design.

What is the overall aesthetic of your brand and who does it represent?

We look to Eastern culture for inspiration – minimal silhouettes. We love a monochrome palette and sometimes use geometric prints. Ultimately we’re about using simplicity to create a bold, interesting look. Our style would be representative of a creative mind who appreciates an understated kind of style but wants to still look interesting and unique.

What advice do you have for up and coming fashion designers on how to best survive the fashion industry?

If you’re wanting to start a label, we’d have to say that finding a partner to work with, that you get on with and who can challenge you would be a great benefit. Getting in to fashion is a lot of hard work, and trying to manage the creative side as well as the business side can end up being too much for one person. So find someone who shares the same passion as you, you’ll each have different responsibilities, but you’ll be able to share the workload and work with your strengths.


Good Luck to James and Amy for their showing tonight at the SA Fashion Week Lufthansa #1stBestCollections happening tonight at Hyde Park, #SAFWSS16.

Follow LUMIN on their social pages here:


Available online and in stores from: A1, Nova Culture and Style Fly

And don’t forget to follow me, Seipati as I take over the LISOF INSTAGRAM and TWITTER pages along with fellow 3rd year Fashion Media student, Zingaphi.


posted on March 30th, 2016 by LISOF

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Info Talk at LISOF Hatfield

posted on March 15th, 2016 by LISOF

Want to be a fashion buyer, travel the world and identify global trends and translate them for the South African market? Or maybe you want to create clothing patterns for a successful chain store that supplies thousands of units to the nation! How about a fashion photographer where you can shoot models for catalogues, magazines and fashion look books?


Join LISOF to be this and so much more!


You are invited to the LISOF INFO TALK at the Pretoria Campus

2 April from 9am – 1pm    ///    Contact Cindy or Melissa to book your space: 012 342 0069

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Start your Fashion Career at LISOF

posted on March 1st, 2016 by LISOF

Start your Fashion journey with LISOF.

Whether it be as a Fashion Designer, Fashion Buyer, Photographer, Trends Forecaster, Stylist, Planner, Visual Merchandiser, Editor …there are a wide range of fashion careers for YOU. LISOF graduates populate the fashion industry locally as well as internationally.

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Come write an Assessment Test this Friday, 4 March 2016 (or every Friday after that).

No need to study! No need to have done art or design at school!

The test is 1 1/2 hours and open to Grade 11 and up. Bring your latest report and BOOK YOUR PLACE between 2pm and 4pm.

Contact the consultant near you:



6 Eileen (corner with Geneva Road)
Tel: 086 11 LISOF(54763)



367 Hilda St,
Tel: 0123420069

Tips to surviving 1st year at LISOF

posted on February 12th, 2016 by LISOF

“First year was a very exciting and apprehensive at the same time, these 5 tips helped me to get into the mix and transcend through the year.” – Lauren, Lisof 2015 Graduate

TIP 1. Contrary to what most believe, fashion students don’t go into class with full hair and make-up, but having a matte lipstick  always helps to keep lips looking fresh all day long. If your matte lipstick is a bright colour, you will be looking ‘done’ all day without too much effort.




TIP 2. With that being said, wearing Louboutin’s is also not conducive to campus life as design students will be carrying their sewing machine and patterns up and down stairs, so invest in several pairs of comfortable and stylish trainers.



TIP 3. A tote is great for only so long, but with files and notes flooding over and the strap digging in your shoulder, rather try out a backpack, this essential will save your shoulders and is functional for your fashion adventures.





TIP 4. Food is fuel for the brain and to a student, it is vital to keeping those creative juices flowing. There is a well stocked canteen on campus offering delicious delights, but also pack some snacks for when your hours of pattern making starts taking its toll. From jelly beans to keep the sugar up or a banana for a healthy boost, pack some food for the afternoon dip.

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TIP 5. Don’t be shy! In the fashion arena you will have the opportunity to meet people from all sorts of walks of life. Go ahead and say hello, compliment them and get on with making student life amazing. Your fellow students are key to getting through each day with a smile, support and team effort when needed for joint assignments.

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Who is Lauren?

Full name – Lauren van den Bosch

Studied BA fashion design at Lisof, completed in 2015
Currently continuing my studies by doing my Honours at Lisof

SABC 3 video

posted on February 8th, 2016 by LISOF

LISOF featured on SABC 3  –  Expresso Show where the Future of Fashion is discussed.

To learn more about each course – get in touch regarding our BA Degree and Diploma courses, Higher Certificate and Short Courses, as well as the Honours Programme.

Call a councilor today:

Blairgowrie, Johannesburg Campus : 0113261698

Hatfield, Pretoria Campus: 0123420069


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