Turn Your Higher Certificate Into a Degree: Here’s How

posted on March 5th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

It’s pretty easy to see how fashion changes lives. From groundbreaking designs which inspire people throughout the world, to fashion aimed at making statements, politically, socially or otherwise. At LISOF, it’s entirely possible you’ve had your life change through the education you’ve received, and the network you’ve built. You’ve also put blood, sweat and tears into designing and creating or studied the various ways that fashion is incorporated into the greater economy. Perhaps you’ve sat up all night thinking of the best way to style an outfit. Alternatively, you may have studied a similar higher certificate at another institution, and now want to attend LISOF. However , you’ve definitely felt that ultimate feeling of reward, as you proudly look at your work and your well-deserved marks.

Now, it’s time to take that hard-earned Higher Certificate even further. Students who complete a Higher Certificate are eligible to articulate into either a Diploma or cognate Bachelor’s degree. This means that your dream of completing a three-year full time qualification in fashion is within your reach.

P.S. We have extended this to include other non-LISOF students who may want to apply as well.


Please contact us for all technicalities, terms, conditions and process

The Higher Education Act, 1997 (101) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) aim to promote lifelong learning within higher education. To this effect, candidates who have completed a higher certificate qualification and do not have prior access to a bachelor’s degree may apply via recognition of prior learning (RPL) for vertical access into a higher qualification. This articulation, especially when into a cognate qualification, will also enable the candidate to accumulate and transfer credits towards the new qualification.

Contact us at JHB; info@lisof.co.za / 011 326 1698 or PTA: cindy@lisof.co.za / 012 747 6400 to find out more.

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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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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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:


Tania: tania@lisof.co.za

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


Melissa: melissadd@lisof.co.za

367 Hilda St,
Tel: 0123420069

Upcycling Fashion

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by LISOF

On Friday 29 January, Lisof, revived the outdated and discarded into contemporary style statements. First year Johannesburg and Pretoria students registered at this prestigious school were given the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and flair for fashion at an introductory fashion show of designs made from recyclable materials. Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor joined in support of recycling materials that would normally land up in a landfill.

“We wanted to kick-start the year by challenging our new students with a fashion design brief that offered them the platform to make garments by using materials supplied and materials found at home. This was all done in the new-age style spirit of upcycling,” says Shana Rosenthal, CEO of Lisof.

The greater inspiration behind the idea was to also get the students to interact with each other, make friends, and become familiar with the Lisof campus and the Lisof ethos.

The catwalk setting was none other than the Lisof campus grounds and students were paired up, with one of them sporting the designs.

The Brief: The outfit had to be upcycled, had to be finished well and above all had to stand out. This allowed the first-years to be as creative as possible and to showcase their long-term decision of turning style into a lifestyle.

There were 3 prizes awarded:

  • Best Overall Contemporary Design
  • Most Commercial Potential
  • Best Menswear


The students chosen to participate were registered for either a Bachelors of Arts, a Diploma or a Higher Certificate in Design, Retail and Media.

“The ultimate motivation behind this introductory fashion show was to encourage group work, and to get these fashion aspirants into the Lisof mindset of creativity and problem solving. As importantly, it was also our aim to create a stage that showcases originality and nurture fresh talent from the start,” says Rosenthal.

The judges were:

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At Blairgowrie, Johannesburg Capus – Fashion duo, Alan Foley and Krishen Samuel of Alanandkrishan.com

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and at Hatfield, Pretoria Campus – Vanya and Thando of Sungoddess, Wayne Stafford (SA Bachelor 2015 and Events and Production organiser) and Carike Nel (freelance designer).

“The only real winner is to be found in the objective behind this fashion show. Today there is a need for people in the fashion industry to be aware of our negative contribution to the pollution of our planet. For that reason, Lisof is trying to introduce the idea of sustainability to the new generation of Lisofians. This fashion show represents but a small part of our endeavours to do exactly that. Yes, it was our aim to warmly welcome our first year students; yet it was also our aim to set the trend of what they can expect in the next few years to come – the goal of self-sustainable, responsible and revolutionary style trends,” said Rosenthal.

Prospective students who are keen to explore a career in fashion or retail can contact Lisof for career guidance or register now for mid-year intake of 2016 Higher Certificate or Short Courses. Next BA Degree, Diploma and the BCOM in Fashion is open now for 2017 intake.

For more information about the courses on offer, CLICK HERE and follow us on Facebook for the latest Lisof and fashion related news on: https://www.facebook.com/LisofFashion/

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About Lisof

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.

Contact Lisof on:

Johannesburg: 086 11 LISOF (54763)   /   011 326 1698

Pretoria: 012 342 0069

The Foschini Groups wants Lisofians

posted on December 11th, 2015 by LISOF

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Truworths wants Lisofians

posted on December 10th, 2015 by LISOF

The first Network Event was held on the 3 December at LISOF Blairgowrie campus, whereby 3rd years were afforded the opportunity to meet and greet fashion industry HR managers. After the launch of the BCOM in Fashion which will be effective from 2017, students were then quick-interviewed by companies such as Truworths, Cape Union Mart and Edcon group. Top SA retailers and fashion industry companies want LISOF students and alumni, as they know that Lisofians are equipped with the talent, skills and work ethic that will make for successful leaders, team players and innovators.

Click the Job Opportunity images below from TOP SA Retailer: Truworths. 

If you have any queries, please send to: gradrecruitment@truworths.co.za 

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Fashion Job Opportunity

posted on November 19th, 2015 by LISOF

Werner Dey, renowned and acclaimed fashion designer has the following vacancies and invite applications for these positions. Only applications of suitable qualified and skilled persons will be considered. A passion and knowledge of the fashion industry is essential.

NOTE: All positions are based in Parys.

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A qualified and trained Pattern-maker is required for the drafting of patterns. Practical experience of drafting patterns in a high fashion environment is essential and the applicant must be able to construct and adapt high volume patterns and oversee the construction thereof. An ability to work under pressure in meeting deadlines and harnessing team work is of critical importance.



The services of a production supervisor is required that will be responsible for daily production planning, co-ordination and efficient flow of garments throughout the production processes. Experience of stock control, supervision of staff and disciplinary procedures is essential and the applicant needs to have practical experience of needle and machine work. Ability to work under pressure, good people skills and achieving deadlines a necessary attribute.


A fashion conscious person with an impeccable appearance is required to take responsibility for the reception of clients and visitors. A good administrator with strong coordinating and secretarial skills is required to manage the company systems and procedures, control of stock and accessories and maintain the front-of-house display areas.



A person that has experience and knowledge of cutting materials in accordance to a pattern is required with good skills relating to accuracy and precision. Knowledge and understanding of fabrics and material grains as well as experience of using a fusing press and steam iron is essential.

(Pic courtesy: http://www.wernerdey.com)

Apply today by sending your CV to: recruitment@lisof.co.za Reference: Werner Day

To stand out in your chosen fashion career, the Technical Drawing module will help you!

posted on November 9th, 2015 by LISOF

Ready to make your mark in the fashion industry?

LISOF’s Technical Drawing module in the BA DEGREE and DIPLOMA course offering which can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Fashion Designer: Creates new designs and ideas for the fashion consumer with a close eye on trends, consumer patterns and market opportunities
  • Technical Designer: The creative problem-solvers who determine the most effective method of construction and manufacture of fashion Works closely with designers, pattern-makers, retailers and the fashion industry’s most valued technicians.
  • Pattern-maker: Creates patterns for designers and for the fashion industry, or sets up entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of
  • Fashion Manufacturer: Creates fashion products for retailers, works closely with designers, buyers, and Does product development, which is simultaneously creative and commercial.

To stand out in your chosen career, the Technical Drawing module will help you develop the following:

  • The ability to identify specific fashion categories and related terminologies
  • The skills to produce clear and accurate technical drawings for fashion by hand
  • The capacity to analyse garment specifications whether in design sketches, photographs or samples
  • The ability to interpret design information into drawings that accurately show silhouette, proportion, fit and detail
  • Portfolio and best practice


Successful completion of the BA DEGREE or DIPLOMA Technical Drawing modules is compulsory and must be taken concurrently with Creative Design 01. The module focuses on equipping learners with the skills to analyse and interpret a wide range of design information into reliable technical drawings for the pattern and garment production processes. Specific garment terminology and a basic fashion vocabulary are further developed through the portfolio project.

This TD module develops the recognition and interpretation of fashion details of a wide range of garment information; into precise, visual information that is rendered by hand following a grid system. Components such as proportions, silhouettes, garment details, finishes and balance are vital in the production of quality technical drawings.

 Technical Drawing serves as an effective bridging language between creative, technical and commercial fashion clusters. It is an integral part of the fashion design and apparel industry, used in conjunction with design sketches to communicate design information to product developers, clients, buyers or pattern-makers regarding silhouette, proportion and construction specifications of a design.


The fashion industry is becoming more digital and mastering Adobe Illustrator in Computer Literacy & Design, will allow students to further apply their technical drawing skills in a digital format.

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