Fashion Production FADA | Faculty Brochure 

The student obtaining this qualification will demonstrate competency in analysing and applying the principles of the fashion system from production through to consumption in order to meet market demands.

The programme is structured to produce outcomes demonstrated by the student's ability to:
  • Develop and apply a production strategy that reflects market research, design development, branding, marketing, merchandising and distribution of a product range that meets the needs of an identified fashion target market.
  • Apply advanced textile application, manual skills and computer technology (CAD/CAM) to the manufacturing processes of a diverse range of fashion products.
  • Develop technical packages that analyse, solve and communicate problems related to technical product development and quality improvement of fashion products.
  • Apply business, personnel and operations management principles to enhance quality, productivity and profitability related to fashion manufacturing.
  • Conduct basic research in a selected specialised area of the fashion supply chain: technical product development; textile technology and application; production and quality systems; marketing and branding; material and product sourcing; and adoption and consumption of fashion items.
Career opportunities

The programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in the fashion industry, including:

  • Career opportunities in retail, for example, buying and merchandising
  • Pattern-maker and/or grader – manual and CAD-assisted
  • Garment technologist
  • Quality assurance
  • Sourcing
  • Production coordinating

Admission requirements

Diploma Fashion Production (D8FP1Q)

  • Senior certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score
  • Attendance of an entrance assessment and the submission of a portfolio once the application form has been processed
  • Completion of the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) for Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL)
  • Compulsory school subject: English
Recommended school subjects for Fashion Production include Design Studies, Business Economics and Mathematics.

Average Point Scor e (APS)

A minimum APS of 20 with Mathematics or 21 with Mathematical Literacy is required to apply for the programme.

Min APS Languages Mathematics Other requirements



submission of
a specified portfolio
20 With MathematicsLanguage of teaching and learning*Other recognised language**


Maths Lit

(50 – 59%)

(50 – 59%)
(40 – 49%)
Maths Lit: 4

*English, Home Language or English First Additional Language
** Home Language or English First Additional Language


This scoring system is used if the applicant completed school prior to 2008 or A/0 levels. A minimum M-score of 8 is required to apply for the National Diploma programme.

Symbols​​ A B C D E
Points Higher Grade54321
Standard Grade43210

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants are selected by means of the submission of a prescribed portfolio.

Portfolio Requirements  

Dear Applicant

Thank you for showing an interest in our programme. The portfolio we are asking you to compile is done for two reasons. Firstly, completing all tasks will show your suitability for being accepted into the programme. Secondly, as our enrolment target is based on the capacity of our infrastructure, we can only accommodate a limited number of applicants. It is important that you complete the tasks to the best of your ability. The portfolio is a compulsory requirement.

PROJECT 1: Ladies Day Wear • Ladies Evening Wear • Ladies Active Wear • Mens Casual Wear • Mens  Active Wear

Identify 3 garments (1 from any category given above) from any contemporary fashion designer/brand that you can find in a magazine. Re-draw the garments as detailed technical line drawings on A4 paper. Carefully consider all seam lines that should be present in the technical drawing. You should add labels to the technical drawing where necessary. Draw each garment on a separate sheet of paper and attach the photographic reference (picture) of each of the garments to the back of the technical drawing. Attach fabric samples that you think would suit the technical drawings.

PROJECT 2: Trend report

Compile a trend report. Choose a target market and write about a trend that is currently influencing this target market. Explain your choices. Your trend report can include images that you have found in magazines or on the internet. This trend report should be 2 A4 pages.

PROJECT 3: Design and make a fabric shoulder bag inspired by your trend report using the following dimensions:

  • BAG: Width: 25cm / Length: 30cm
  • BAG SLING/HANDLE: Any length or width of your own choice, as long as it suits that bag that you are designing.
  • DECORATION: Decorate the bag according to a stated theme of your choice.
  • MATERIALS TO BE USED FOR THE BAG: You may make use of any of the materials that you feel are suitable. Please note that the bag needs to be sturdy and usable.
  • MOTIVATION: Write a short motivation (120 to 150 words) explaining the theme you chose, the fabric you used and how you decorated the bag.
PROJECT 4: In a well-developed 500-word essay, describe your understanding of the fashion industry and explain why you have chosen fashion as a career.

Pay attention to the presentation of your portfolio as this is a part of the portfolio assessment criteria.
You need to add a signed declaration (a signed affidavit from the police station or a commissioner of oath) that the above is your own work. Make sure that every project has your ID/passport number clearly visible.

Prospective candidates may be asked for an interview as part of the entrance assessment. 

Portfolio Submission

Applicants must submit a prescribed portfolio.

Submission of a portfolio must only take place once you have officially applied to the university and have been invited by the faculty to participate in the selection process. You will be informed by means of a selection letter from the faculty regarding submission dates and portfolio requirements.

All portfolios must be sent via a courier company or delivered in person to:

Mrs Antoinette Engelbrecht
Department of Fashion
Faculty of Art Design and Architecture 
FADA Building, Bunting Road Campus
University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, 2092
Telephone number: 011 559 1022 
Email Address:

Applicants are informed of the outcome in an official letter. Portfolios must be collected four weeks after submission, unclaimed portfolios will be disposed of by the department.

International students must submit their portfolios by 16 September. International applicants (or applicants who do not live near Johannesburg) will need to use a courier (i.e. DHL) to send your portfolio. Due to the practical nature of our programme we are unable to do online assessments of portfolios. 

Important Documents

Ensure that you include the following documents with your portfolio:
A copy of your latest school results
A copy of your ID/passport
An ID/passport photo of yourself
Portfolios should be submitted to the secretary of the department, Mrs Antoinette Engelbrecht in the FADA building, APB Campus of the University of Johannesburg. If you have any questions contact the Department  at 011 559 1022 or email

Good luck and remember to have fun!

Contact Details
Department of Fashion Design
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)
University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus

FADA Information Centre

011 559 1022/1098 I or