Higher Certificate in Fashion

Duration: 1 Year Full Time
NQF Level: NQF Level 5
Exit Credits: 120 Credits


A Higher Certificate in Fashion from LISOF is a one-year full-time learning programme that will give you access to a broad array of career opportunities in fashion design and fashion retail. This programme offers you an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design, practice and retail. The Higher Certificate programme comprises a fixed curriculum of nine subjects providing you with a solid balanced foundation in all areas of the fashion industry – commerce/retail, creative, technical and contextual.

Design Assessment

Media Assessment


2020 FEES

Year 1: R45 000

Prices quoted are tuition fees ONLY and any additional costs may include kits, text books that will be billed separately or available from external suppliers. Once off levies and student card will be billed in January. LISOF accepts EFT, proof of cash deposit, debit card or credit card payments. NO Cash payments are accepted.

There are two payment options:

  • Monthly Option

10 equal installments. A non-refundable deposit of R2,500.00 paid on or before registration. Balance of tuition fees to be paid in equal installments. First installment due no later than the 7th February 2020. The last installment is due no later than the 7th November 2020, reduced by deposit.

  • Once Off Option:

A non-refundable deposit of R2,500.00 paid on or before registration. Full balance of tuition fees paid on or before the end of January 2020. Balance reduced by deposit.

Foreign students are required to pay all fees, textbooks and kits IN FULL on or before registration.


For the Higher Certificate in Fashion programme information and fees please contact:
Johannesburg Campus: tania@lisof.co.za / 011 326 1698
Pretoria Campus: cindy@lisof.co.za / 012 747 6400


LISOF DOES NOT offer a National Senior Certificate learning programme. All programmes on offer at LISOF are presented from NQF level 5 upwards.

LISOF and its full-time qualifications 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 Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 2016 (Registration Certificate No. 2002/HE07/002).

Programme Electives

Elective in Fashion Design

  • Creative Design 01
  • Pattern Design 01
  • Marketing & Brand Management 01
  • Garment Construction 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Historical Fashion Studies 01
  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Visual Merchandising 01
  • Textiles & Fashion 01

Elective in Fashion Media

  • Styling 01
  • Digital Photography 01
  • Marketing & Brand Management 01
  • Fashion Media 01
  • Trend Analysis 01
  • Introduction to Make-up Direction & Application 01
  • Computer Literacy & Design 01
  • Visual Merchandising 01
  • Textiles & Fashion 01
  • Fashion Writing & Analysis

Programme Requirements

Minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC), or equivalent, with Higher Certificate exemption with English as first or additional language (minimum achievement: 40%)

National Certificate Vocational (Min 40% for English)

A qualification related to the proposed field of study achieved on NQF Level 4 OR be of mature age (23 years or older) with relevant work experience (RPL). Candidates can apply to the institution for admission via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

International student entry requirements: School leaving certificate must be graded through SAQA – we require a minimum of NQF level 4 with access to Higher Certificate studies to enter this programme

I came to LISOF to do a short course but was shortly convinced to stay for the year-long Higher Certificate. And at 25 I am glad I did. I loved it so much I am starting the 3 year long BA next year! You’re never too old to reinvent yourself. I’ve finally found what I love doing and thanks to LISOF! I’ve found my wings with Fashion and I intend on flying high!

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