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North West School of Design (NWSD) specialises in Fulltime Fashion Programmes, but the need for Part Time Fashion came to a rise a few years ago.  NWSD has compiled a course for students and working individuals called Part Time Fashion where students will only attend class twice a week. 

North West School of Design offers a nine (9) month PART TIME course where students will be taught the following;

o  Basic Sewing

Practical lessons in Sewing. Students cut and sew a blouse and skirt. The lesson includes garment construction methods. Marking, layout and cutting of fabrics. Sewing of various sewing components including, seams, collars, facings, zips and buttons and button-holes. Various sewing examples will be demonstrated by lecturer, whereby students will also have to produce such samples.

o  Pattern Engineering

Theoretical and practical classes whereby students will be trained on how to use the X!Act Design Pattern Maker to draft basic block patterns which are then manipulated into style patterns for blouses, collars, skirts and trousers.

o  Corset Design

This master class includes the history of the corset, corset styles, corset design, pattern engineering and the final garment construction of a corset.

o  Showcase

This is the final stage where the students make use of and implement all that they have been taught to create a complete look for the Platinum Fashion Festival.


o  Design Foundation


A series of classes including,

–    Basic Textile Technology -identification of various types of fabrics both natural and synthetic.

–    Basic Garment Illustration –  basic illustration techniques of fashion garments

–    Costing – lessons on how and why garments are priced.

–    Design Principles – principles and guidelines of designing a garment.


Course Outcome

In the efforts to make our short course more affordable, the NWSD short courses are offered as non-credit bearing courses, as these courses are not unit standard based. Student therefore receive a non-credit bearing certificate after completing the short course. After the course has been completed, the student will then have the ability to design their own range and put their skills to use by designing for clients or working at a boutique.

What Does It Mean If My Course Is Non-Accredited?

Are you interested in studying a non-accredited course, but not sure whether it is worth the time and money? Many people are still under the impression that a non-accredited course has no value. This is not true. Non-accredited courses are great for learning a new skillset or building on your existing proficiencies. What’s more, they are shorter in duration, which means that you can gain a new skill set in as little as six months.

What you need to know about non-accredited courses

o          A non-accredited course has no connection to an external accreditation or professional body.
o          Non-accredited courses focus on equipping the student with a specific knowledge and skillset.
o          You can study a non-accredited course to help you in your current and future career, or for hobbyist purposes.
o          Even though it carries no professional recognition, you can still list it on your CV.
o          Non-accredited courses are often shorter in duration.
o          Non-accredited courses are not as expensive as professional study programmes.
o          Non-accredited courses are more affordable than accredited study programmes.

The advantages of studying a non-accredited course.

o          The study material and assignments are not as complicated. Also, there are no exams.
o          Non-accredited courses are often shorter in duration, which means that you can gain a new skillset in a short period of time.
o          A non-accredited course can help you refine your skills.
o          Non-accredited courses are still valuable in the job market.
o          You can build on your knowledge and skill.
o          The entrance requirements for non-accredited courses are not as strict as those for accredited courses.


This very popular course is a nine (9) month part-time course and gets presented every Tuesday and Thursday evening from

17:30 – 19:00 at the North West School of Design.

The class starts in March and ends in November.

The Part Time Fashion class is split into five (5) modules,

                                                                          Duration                     Module Name                    Dates


Module 1

2 Months

Part Time Sewing

5 March – 30 April

Module 2

2 and ½ Months

Pattern Engineering

5 May – 30 July

Module 3

4 Weeks

Design Foundation

4 August – 27 August and 29 September

Module 4

8 Weeks


1 September – 17 September

2 October – 29 October

Module 5

4 Weeks

Corset Design

3 November – 26 November



To Study Part-Time Fashion,

As this is a non-credit bearing course, there are no strict requirements to study Part Time Fashion. Although the ability to read and write and basic math skills are important factors that the prospective student must possess. The minimum age to register is 17 years with the assistance of a Guardian or Parent in registering.

For all Five (5) Modules, you are required to bring a notebook, pen, pencil, eraser and a ruler.



What NWSD provides:

What YOU provide:

Basic Sewing

Sewing Kit, which includes:

1x Fabric Marking Pencil

1x Unpicker

1x Measuring Tape

1x Machine Needle set

1x Tracing Wheel

1x Fabric Scissors

1x Thread Scissors

1x Hook and Eye pair

1x Packet of hand Needles



Sewing Machine

Fusing (available at NWSD)




Pattern Engineering

Pattern Maker Kit

1x X!Act Design Patternmaker

1x X!Act Design Patternmaker Manual

1x X!Act Design Patternmaker DVD

1x X!Act Patternmaker Bag


Pattern Paper (can be ordered from NWSD)


Design Foundation

1x Design Principles pdf version book

1x Textile Technology Handbook

Pdf Design Your Price book

Pdf Garment Illustration book

Sketching Templates

A4 Sketching Paper

Costing Sheets


A4 Practice paper (Available at NWSD)





Pattern Paper

Pattern Maker Kit

Sewing Machine

Sewing kit (threads. Zips, measuring tape, buttons, this is dependent on you design)

Corset Design

Pdf Modern Corsetiere Book.

Pattern Paper for classwork




Pattern Paper (Available at NWSD)

Pattern Maker Kit

Sewing Machine

Sewing kit (threads. Zips, measuring tape, buttons, this is dependent on you design)



All classes are presented on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 17:30 – 19:00.

Please ensure to be at class at 17:15, should you be late the lecturer should be informed telephonically or by Whatsapp.

Should classes fall on a public holiday, the lecturer will inform students accordingly of changes in their class schedule.

Term breaks will also be discussed, as there will be no classes during school term breaks.

The address for the classes;

1 B Joe Slovo Road, (Oudorp Pharmacy Complex), next to Unie School on the N12 highway.



Payments for class fees and other fees can be made directly into the bank account of North West School of Design.

Alternatively, fees can be paid in cash and NWSD will issue a receipt for students.

Banking Details will appear on registration form, use initials and surname as reference.

Fee Breakdown

(please note, that this is subject to change, and NWSD will inform in accordance.)

Registration Fee

R 350.00

This is payable with registration to secure your seat in class.  Please note that this is non-refundable.

Course Fee

R 700.00 x 9 months =           R 6300.00

Monthly instalments, payable in the beginning of every month. Payments should be made in advance for each month.  Last payment on the class fees, must be done in November or discussed with the registrar.

Book Fees

R 800.00

This is payable in the beginning of the course.

Equipment Fees

R 1200.00

This is payable once the Pattern Engineering module is presented.

Sewing Kit Fee

R 500.00

This is payable in the beginning of the Garment Construction Module.

Platinum Fashion Festival Participation Fee

R 300.00

This is payable in the beginning of November, prior to commencement of the Platinum Fashion Festival.


R 9450.00




Ernst Schutz is an award-winning founder and head designer of Ernst Schutz Exclusive, and also part time lecturer at the North West School Of Design (NWSD). He graduated at NWSD obtaining a Level 3 Certificate in 2014 and joined NWSD as a full-time lecturer in 2017 till 2019.


Moipone Mokatsane, is the founder and head designer of MIMI House Of Fashion . She graduated from NWSD in 2018 and started as a full-time lecturer at NWSD in 2019. Moipone served as an assistant lecturer from 2017 to 2018, and as a lecturer of part-time fashion from 2019 to present.