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.

The Top 10 Fashion Careers You Should Look Into

posted on February 12th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

For some, fashion is the final frontier of popular culture, and for others, the overly pampered lapdog of the fine arts. Fact is, too many people perceive the business to be what they see in a shopping mall or as blazoned on Instagram. Few people truly understand the real world of fashion, and its big brother – the retail industry, even less . The fashion and retail world is vast, fascinating and challenging. Here are the top 10 career paths you can consider in the fashion and retail industries:

1 Planner

Merchandise Planning is a systematic approach aimed at maximising return on investment, through planning sales and inventory in order to increase profitability. It does this by maximising sales potential and minimising losses from mark-downs and stock -outs.  It’s all about ensuring what the customer wants is available through research, sales tracking, employee training, buying and maintaining the visual aesthetic of the store

2 Buyer

Fashion buyers use their sense of style, knowledge of fashion trends and understanding of their target customers’ desire to create an attractive selection of apparel for retail stores. Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets.

3 Merchandiser

Fashion merchandisers are on the apparel production side and analyse market trends, production cost, and previous sales numbers to determine the product direction manufacturers will need to take each season. Visual merchandisers, on the other hand, dress the stores and make it appealing to the consumer.  Their function is as important as that of the fashion designers themselves.  This is where the creative side of fashion retail shows itself best.

4 Designer

Here we have one of the highest profile roles in the industry. Designers are the creative geniuses’ who work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges.   Little more needs to be said – designers are the creative backbone of fashion.

5 Trends Forecaster

The seers in the fashion industry are as important as the designers. They predict upcoming trends, and reignite trends that are on the decline. Silhouette, shoe shape, textile choice, colour schemes, skirt lengths and jewellery are all within the scope of a forecaster’s vision. To be a fashion forecaster you must understand the world of a consumerthis is one of the most challenging tasks in the fashion industry.

6 Pattern Engineer

They create the blueprint or pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.  This often involves grading, or adjusting the pieces for different sized garments. Pattern Makers convert a clothing designer’s original model of a garment into a pattern of separate parts that can be laid out on a length of fabric. After discussing the item with the designer, these skilled workers usually use a computer to outline the parts and draw in detail to indicate the positions of pleats, buttonholes, and other features Pattern-makers then alter the size of the pieces in the pattern to produce garments of various sizes, and they may mark the fabric to show the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material.

7 Production manager

Churning out fashion collections twice a year is no easy job for even the most seasoned fashion designer, and without a loyal support staff, it may be close to impossible. Chief among employees attached to a fashion house is the fashion production manager, a pivotal job that calls for a person with a passion for detail and an organized mind. Production managers are the sun around which a designer’s logistical efforts revolve – so if you enjoy multi-tasking and responsibility, this could be the career of your dreams.

8 Stylist 

Fashion stylists are responsible for bringing to life a photographer or director’s vision for a fashion photo shoot, layout, commercial, print advertisement or music video. Fashion stylists often scout out locations, create the mood for the shoot by selecting and setting up the appropriate props, fashion, accessories and even models to fit the theme of the shoot. Theirs is a very creative role – fashion stylists will work with many media organisations, including editorial print, advertising, film and online.

9 Brand Manager

Here we have the main cog around which fashion and retail evolves – the brains behind the consumer’s envy and appreciation of design; the machine that follows the heart and soul of fashion as perceived through consumer eyes. Their job is to rev up fashion sales by having a fantastic knowledge of fashion and marketing techniques such as brand equity and consumer buying habits. Their mission is to create the vision, positioning, segmentation and marketing strategy for company and client.

10 Fashion Media

This the world of fashion writers and photographers, of fashion public relations specialists, publicists, journalists and bloggers, who help apparel companies and retail stores build and maintain a favourable public image.

Currently, LISOF is one of the few fashion colleges that combine commerce and style as a tutoring base.  This gives our students that leading edge in a highly competitive international fashion market. If you have an eye for style, or a business passion for fashion, and, if you are in the know about the current fashion trends, both in commerce and design, LISOF is your gateway to a trend-setting future.

Join us for our next Open Day to learn more (Booking form HERE)


Student Showcase: 1st year Photography

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by LISOF

For centuries artists and photographers have used window light for portraiture. It is one of the best light sources, ranging from a soft, indirect light to a theatrical effect in the middle of the day when the window is in strong sunlight. First years were given an Assessment Test to photograph a Window Portrait, amongst other techniques. They needed to be a model scout and select a person that they felt would be interesting for the portrait. The brief advised them to place them near a window and move them until the desired lighting effect was achieved. Experimenting is encouraged, therefore using different camera angles and positions could create more interest. Students had to keep in mind the space as so give control of intensity of light on and around the subject.

Here are several of the first year students whose work, for WINDOW PORTRAIT, was highly successful and literally tells a story in their own right. #LisofLoves

Want to study the module of Photogaphy at Lisof? Click HERE to learn more of how you can be a part of this exciting career path.



Lesedi Leketi

Photographed by 1st Year Student: Lesedi Leketi



Tanya Bezuidenhout

Photographed by 1st Year Student: Tanya Bezuidenhout



Shweta Chiba

Photography by 1st Year Student: Shweta Chiba





Alexia Roussos

Photography by First Year Student: Alexia Roussos



Marli VD Merwe

Photographed by 1st Year Student: Marli van de Merwe


posted on July 10th, 2015 by LISOF

I graduated from Lisof in 2003, yes it is a long time ago already and the industry is ever evolving. At the time there was no BA Fashion Degree or Honours option. I have worked in the industry on various levels and I believe having an Honours would give a candidate an edge when going into the job market place, but why? What can an Honours in Fashion do for you…and me? I spoke to some industry leaders, lecturers and students to find out more.

Lissa: What does an Honours in Fashion offer me and others interested in furthering their fashion education?

Erica: An Honours in Fashion offers you a supportive environment to further explore the concepts and critical theoretical frameworks that underpin notions of fashion, the dressed body, and the complex identity constructs in a changing postmodern society.

Lissa: How does having an Honours affect me in the working world?

Erica: A number of LISOF Honours graduates have been accepted into Masters programmes (locally and internationally) across a wide range of disciplines that includes sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, art history, gender studies and cultural history, which points to the value of the programme in building capacity within this emerging field of study, to articulate both authentic research, and opinion, on the dressed, fashioned body. The ability to discuss (any aspect of) fashion with greater academic merit would benefit all career directions (whether commercial or creative). An understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon of fashion, its semiotics and applications (in design, in society, and in personal identity constructs) prepares the learner for the complexity of a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary world of fashion.

Lissa: What do think the greatest impact of this is on the industry?

Erica: The opinions, arguments, essays, posters, or project proposals (research outcomes of an Honours in Fashion) contribute to a wider academic field, such as conferences and journals; as well as adding to public spaces, like museums, magazines and exhibitions, so that the knowledge produced in the programme resonates beyond the institution, as valid contributions to broader transformations of the South African economic and cultural field.

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Who is Erica? Erica de Greef, PhD Scholar in African Studies, and Research Fellow with the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at The University of Cape Town, is currently working on a body of research that focuses on the possibilities for transformation in the postcolonial museum via the curatorial potential of thinking through fashion. Erica holds a Masters in Fine Arts (Wits University, 2011), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (2013). Having developed the critical field of fashion studies in South Africa, predominantly in the context of fashion education, Erica has promoted the understanding and use of fashion with a strong local content, whilst engaging with notions around fashion, history, society and identity.If you’re looking to study further, or gain a deeper understanding of the exciting fashion realm, then come and join one of our research evenings to see what the Lisof Honours Programme is all about.

Lissa: Who studies an Honours in Fashion and why?

Wendy: We have such a multi-talented, eclectic group of students who come to us from all sectors of the South African fashion industry – we have students joining us from other universities for the fashion-specialisation that we do so well; we have planners, buyers & merchandisers coming back to study from industry because they want to improve their academic standing; and, of course, we have our own past students continuing their degree studies into their chosen specialisation. This makes for a diverse and engaging classroom environment – and you can only begin to imagine the network connections and friendships that are built in this space. Our lecturers are experts in their fields and they really help to fuel the debate and research capacity of the Honours student group. They’re certainly a vibrant and ambitious group this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing their research outputs at the end of the year.

 Who is Wendy? WENDY SCHULTZ, Head of Department: Honours Commercial Courses at Lisof


Lissa: What has studying and Honours in Fashion impacted you?

Danielle: Fashion has a very academic side, one that is not often explored or discussed by the glamazons who attend fashion week. The Honours program has deepened my knowledge not only of fashion but also society. Fashion is a great medium to study cultures, psychology and politics. I am discovering that fashion does not exist in a vacuum but is rather a culmination of the world around us. This program not only extends to academia but also design philosophies, giving my own work gravitas, going beyond aesthetics. People are often surprised when I explain that I am doing my Honours in fashion, “You can do that?” is the normal response. I explain that fashion is not about fabulous fashion shows and retail stores, but rather it is about people. When you study fashion you study people and all the crazy complexities of the mind that we as the human race express through our appearance.

Who is Danielle? Danielle Kushlick is a 4th year Honours student, currently working on her Dissertation on Body Modification. She is a Sales Rep at LISOF and continues to work on small design projects in her spare time.

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Lissa: What do you value most from doing an Honours in Fashion at Lisof?

Lusanda: The Honours programme has provided an additional perspective into the psychological and socio-cultural elements that exist outside of the fashion system, while playing a hand in influencing fashion. I value being able to elaborate on the theories we learned at LISOF at an undergrad level, then applying them to practical and real-life phenomena. We also explored business and marketing concepts that are familiar to a commercial major student, yet are more sophisticated and require more individual application of ideas.

Lissa: Would you recommend this programme?

Lusanda: I would highly recommend the programme for students who are competent in undergrad theory and enjoy a practical and less authoritative and formal lecture format. However, it must be acknowledged that the course is very time consuming, given the substantially higher level of learning and the required independent research, so a steady commitment to the programme is necessary to truly appreciate the knowledge you will gain.

Who is Lusanda? Lusanda Ntintili is a 4th year Honours student, administrative assitant at Lisof and passionate about menswear.

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To learn more information and enquire about the Lisof Honours course click HERE.

Who am I? A question I often ask myself! Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes is my full name and I graduated from LISOF 2003. My namesake ladies wear label “Lissa Leandro” was born from humble beginnings and grew to appear in over 100 SA media publications, graced SA TV screens on lifestyle shows and soapies and walked on several SA Fashion Week runways. I am currently a Social Media Strategist at Lisof and full time mom to two fashionista girls!




posted on June 4th, 2015 by LISOF

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes make-up to look natural”
– Calvin Klein

The two-year make-up course at within the LISOF Fashion Degree, enables you to master the art of Fashion Make-up. You may also opt for the 6 Month Short Course which teaches the basics, including bridal and catwalk fashion. With top quality studios, students practice and master different fashion make-up techniques. The expert instructors are highly qualified and skilled to educate students to evolve into professional make-up artists. (more…)


posted on May 29th, 2015 by LISOF

Weddings are a multi-million dollar industry. From decor to dresses and trials of hair and make-up. According to many women, they feel it is their one day to feel like a princess, but..

What if you didn’t want too much princess in your dress? Here are three beautiful gowns that are inspired by the ethereal, still keeping to a traditional silhouette, however with the addition of a wardrobe staple: (more…)


posted on May 22nd, 2015 by LISOF

The world of media is extensive, ever-evolving field of communication within which fashion media has its own niche – from print to digital, written to visual, personal to social – the medium is the message and the messenger.

If communication is your thing then you may want to get involved in this dynamic, challenging industry; and our Fashion Media module can take you there. (more…)