Fashion Pathways (Pattern Making)

Learn industry-focused pattern making skills that could see you designing couture bridal wear or costumes for a movie!

This short course gives you a comprehensive base of the practical and technical skills involved in pattern making - from using a basic pattern and freeform draping on a mannequin, to a range of practices that allow you to draft more complex patterns that inspire your creativity.

Taught in a flexible learning environment, you’ll learn through self-directed practice along with tutor support and guidance. You'll use specialist equipment and machinery to help you complete independent projects during class hours.

At the end of this course you’ll have a portfolio highlighting the skills you’ve learned – ready for next steps in your career or to carry on to higher level study.

Content Details

During the course you’ll experiment, develop and learn to apply the principles of:

  • flat pattern drafting from blocks to achieve an extensive range of pattern manipulation techniques (skirts, bodices, trousers)
  • three dimensional free-form draping techniques as utilised in specialist areas of the fashion industry like Bridal and Couture
  • three dimensional pattern making techniques as utilised in the film industry for the production of costume

You’ll also learn to apply advanced principles and techniques of flat pattern drafting from blocks to achieve apparel that is correctly styled and fitted for men’s or women’s wear, and how to cut and construct samples in response to pattern manipulations and apparel.

If you’re interested in a career in the fashion industry, this course will teach you to produce accurate, economical and viable pattern lays to accompany patterns as well as how to accurately grade apparel patterns and apply quality control standards and critical evaluation of garments.


Classes are held Wednesdays from 4.00pm-9.00pm. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

AprilPart-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)20 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students fees-free.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Record of Achievement - Fashion Pathways (Pattern Making) (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

  • assistant to a patternmaker or designer
  • warehouse employee
  • quality controller
  • cutting room assistant
  • finisher
  • self-employment

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Creative Industries

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry

IMPORTANT: We regret that students who have already been enrolled and completed this programme are not able to be enrolled again. Please contact our Information Centre for details about other programmes in this subject area.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.