The Best Fashion Design Courses Available in SA

The Best Fashion Design Courses Available in SA

by Jessica Gaertner - June 18, 2019
Local Fashion

I adore supporting up-and-coming fashion designers. The ideas are always fresh, the concepts exciting and the boundaries always get pushed to the limits.

So if you happen to have one of those rare, creative minds but don’t know what the next step should be – these are some of the top recommendations to make your dreams come true.

1. CTCFD – Cape Town College of Fashion Design

CTCFD is a multi-racial, multi-cultural College that strives to give it’s students the best tuition in all aspects of fashion design. They pride themselves in producing only ‘THE BEST’, which is achieved with a ready mix of hard work, nurturing, commitment and a love of fashion.

2. Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy

The Villioti Fashion Institute is an accredited tertiary institution that takes pride in making the ordinary extraordinary. The academy has International affiliations with Parsons New York, FIT (NY) and London College of Fashion, which enables them to internationally benchmark their fashion courses to ensure international alignment.

3. Design Academy of Fashion

The strength of the academy lies in the professionalism and expertise of the lecturers. Renowned designers and industry specialists that inspire and challenge the students.

4. Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion

The Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion provides nationally accredited courses that provide their learners with an opportunity to develop practical, vocational, creative and commercial skills. They strive to produce a calibre of design practitioner who is able to work effectively in the fashion industry. They aim to equip individuals with the skills and practical experience they require to handle the entire creative process of fashion – from concept to consumer.

5. Fedisa

FEDISA is the only tertiary institution in the Western Cape of South Africa that offers the fully registered and accredited BA: Fashion, BA Honours: Fashion Degrees, as well as a Diploma in Fashion Merchandising, Marketing and Media.

6. The Design School of Southern Africa

Their training in graphic, fashion and interior design delivers industry knowledge and experience that unlocks students individual creative potential and shapes well-rounded, industry-ready designers.

7. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

This Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fashion and Textile programme offers you the opportunity to explore your interest in both Fashion and Textile Design. These areas include formal design and business skills relating to the fashion, interiors and textile industry or technological innovation relating to high-technology and natural fibres, printing, knitting and weaving systems.

8. University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg understands that Fashion Design is not just about setting trends, it is about understanding how people live, do and are. It is the fascination with why people choose to wear what they wear.


After completing these courses, fashion design is not the only career path you can take. You can branch out into many different aspects of the industry.

Here are some of your options:

  • Garment Technologist
  • Fashion Designers
  • Retail Buyer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Merchandisers
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Personal Stylist
  • Fashion Public Relations
  • Fashion Writer
  • Textile Designers and related fields, among others.