Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design

Our courses are nationally and internationally accredited. Our courses provide learners with an opportunity to develop practical, vocational, creative and commercial skills. We strive to produce a calibre of design practitioner who is able to work effectively in the fashion industry.

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We aim to equip individuals with the skills and practical experience they require to handle the entire creative process of fashion – from concept to consumer. Personalised attention to individual students ensures growth and originality. We strive to produce reflective design practitioners who are ready to enter the fashion industry with the utmost expertise and confidence.

Our Goals and Vision

Our goal is to empower learners through training and skills development, thereby allowing them to become economically independent and transfer their skills to others. The institution’s founder, Elizabeth Galloway, recognised that the fashion industry needed educated and well-trained individuals to maintain the high standards of the fashion industry, both locally and internationally. The academy was thus established in 1996 to address this need. Elizabeth is passionate about educating students and ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills to add value to the local industry, and also to make their mark internationally. In addition, the academy acknowledges and promotes the importance of academic competencies, which may give a stronger voice to fashion designers among other professionals.

Nationally & Internationally Accredited

  • The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

  • Council on Higher Education (CHE)

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  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

  • City and Guilds

From Concept to Consumer

Our mission, vision and goals are beautifully summed up in the phrase: from concept to consumer. After careful consideration, the academy’s founders and directors approved the mission statement, which underpins the planning and development of the learning programme. Appropriate resources ¬(intellectual, literacy, financial and vocational support in conjunction with a well-designed institutional infrastructure) have been deployed to ensure successful delivery of our courses. Through internal and external quality assurance, we are able to assess and review the institution’s mission and goals regularly.

The concept of continuous learning is an integral part of the mission statement. Our goal is to enable graduates to work in the ever-changing local and international fashion industry through observation, discovery, continuous learning, self-evaluation and self-reflection. By developing these skills, graduates will hopefully be able to conceptualise their own cutting-edge designs and deliver them to the industry and consumers.

The institution furthermore strives to produce a calibre of designer who is ready to enter the fashion industry with proficiency and confidence in the subject matter. By providing learners with an opportunity to develop practical, vocational, creative and commercial skills, our programme hopes to produce graduates who are able to work effectively in the industry and excel as fashion designers of the future.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Since the mid-90s, the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design has been training individuals who want to enter the fashion industry or become fashion-design entrepreneurs. Practical experience plays an important part in our programmes, as it ensures that students gain industry-specific knowledge*. Furthermore, an emphasis on theoretical reflection creates insight and understanding, which allows facilitators to adjust their teaching strategies accordingly.

More recently, the institution has started focusing on developing learners’ self-confidence so that they are able to cope with the demanding, fast-paced fashion industry. In order to support this new way of working, we have brought in additional resources – such as a library with internet access and use of the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), as well as a full-time librarian who offers research support. Simultaneously, the staff body has grown and existing staff members have been encouraged to further their studies.

Our teaching and learning strategy is underpinned by the idea that teaching and learning should be reciprocal. The facilitators aim to provide learning and teaching that is relevant and heuristic. Learners are taught a practical skill, then they are guided as to the why, how, when and where to apply it. Learners are challenged through a brief, task or question in order to reach a certain outcome. They are then required to complete the challenge through self-direction, exploration and guidance from a facilitator. Tasks are designed to promote creative learning, encourage portable skills and endorse informed and relevant choices. Evaluation of the outcomes through assessment and self-reflection helps in the overall preparation for work in the industry.

Industry experience plays an important role in ensuring that training does not happen in a vacuum. The theoretical, practical component and experiential components play equally important roles in our teaching and learning strategy.

* Ginns et al (as cited in Norton, 2009) reports that practical experience plays an important part in learning and teaching but is not adequate, as it results in achieving only the first (and most basic) level in Blooms Taxonomy of learning – knowledge. Winkler (as cited in Norton, 2009) is in agreement with Ginns et al (as cited in Norton, 2009), as she reports the importance of theoretical reflection in creating insight and understanding, which allows facilitators to make different conceptual links in their teaching and learning strategies and students to integrate the knowledge. It is also deemed important by Oblinger and Rush (1997) as they report that as society and economies change it is important to ensure that higher education is geared to meet these new needs and challenges.

Programmes

Introduction to Fashion Design

(foundation, part-time)

Elizabeth Galloway’s Introduction to Fashion Design Course has a twofold purpose.

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Firstly, it may act as an introduction to the three-year full-time diploma in Fashion Design. This programme enables candidates to start exploring the techniques of fashion design by developing skills beyond the basic level to the level required for acceptance on to the full time programme.

Secondly, after successfully completing the Introduction to Fashion Design course candidates who want to become economically empowered and self-sufficient will have developed the skills to assist them in their endeavours.

This programme aims to:

  • Provide a practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to begin the design process.
  • Cover practical skills and knowledge needed to make finished fashion wear items.
  • Expose the candidate to a range of materials, mediums and methods of recording design processes.
  • Develop an understanding of the visual implications of the design process.

This programme outcomes are:

  • Apply basic design ideas to the making of fashion wear items.
  • Plan, prepare and manage the making of fashion wear items to a design brief.
  • Operate tools and equipment applicable to fashion wear carefully, safely and effectively.
  • Make a well-constructed fashion wear item to a design brief.
  • Appreciate the contextual influences relating to the fashion wear.

Introduction to Fashion Design is presented on Saturdays.

  • Runs over 38 weeks from March to November.
  • Classes take place from 9am – 4pm Saturday.

Secondly, after successfully completing the Introduction to Fashion Design course candidates who want to become economically empowered and self-sufficient will have developed the skills to assist them in their endeavours.

Introduction to Fashion Design Summary

Fashion Design:
A series of projects designed to guide and demonstrate the planning and creative process required to develop storyboards for projects focused on:

  1. Design for different target markets
  2. Design complete fashion looks
  3. Concept and inspiration presentations
  4. Analysis of a variety of figure types and determine garment styles to enhance them.
  5. Producing a range of drawings; rough drawings to initial ideas and fashion sketches.
  6. Use of line, proportion, balance, colour and texture to determine and enhance various styles

Drawing and Illustration

A series of projects that cover:

  1. Exploring primary colour to produce secondary colours, add black and white to produce tints, tones and shades.
  2. Exploring the qualities of line and mark-making
  3. Demonstrating the relationship between shape and form
  4. Creating a range of surface textures using a range of media
  5. Drawing basic figure shapes exploring proportion
  6. Exploring a variety of techniques and mediums to produce sketches and drawings

Technical Drawing

A series of projects focused on:

  1. Producing clear technical drawings of design ideas.
  2. Producing working drawings to show in flat form; all detaills, seaming, style lines.
  3. Costing work involved

Research for Practice

A series of projects focused on:

  1. Analysis of external influences on fashion – media, personalities, history, culture and subcultures.
  2. Investigation of the work of fashion forecasters.

Pattern Making

A series of projects covering the skills needed to:

  1. Measure and record body sizes accurately
  2. Select pattern styles to compliment a variety of figure shapes
  3. Adjust patterns as necessary
  4. Prepare fabrics for cutting and stitching and make accurate lay plans

Garment Construction

A series of projects covering the skills needed to construct samples and final garments to an exemplary standard for a range of garment types such as:

  1. Waistcoats
  2. Skirts
  3. Tops
  4. Dresses
  5. A sample file covering seams, zips, buttons and buttonholes, hems, pockets, facings, collars, darts, gathers, cuffs and waistbands.

Textile Studies

A series of projects covering the skills needed in the Textiles Industry such as:

  1. Determining the cost efficiency and cost implications on the use of various fabrics
  2. Recognising the characteristic of a range of fibres – natural and man-made

Summary of fee schedule for Introduction to Fashion:

*Note: Students are not required to purchase their own machinery or computers.
The Academy has industry standard facilities for student use. The Academy prefers that students work on industrial machinery and CAD software on campus. Students are encouraged to purchase their own equipment once they know their preferences and understand how the equipment works. It is not a requirement to own their own machinery or computers at any stage of their studies.

SADC studentsRate
Initial payment towards Tuition fees at EnrolmentR 5 400
Registration by registration dateR 2 700
Levies by registration dateR 3 200
Studio materials by registration dateR 4 500
Sub-total of Payments due before or by registrationR 15 800
Balance of tuition fee due in 9 equal instalments of R 2 100R 18 900
Total fees payable for academic yearR 34 700
International studentsRate
Total fees payable for academic yearR 36 400
All payments for academic year are due 28 FebruaryR 36 400

*Note: For international students the full initial payment of R 13 000 towards tuition must be paid to guarantee a space for academic year. Please note that Visa and permit applications takes time to process. You have to apply on time so that you are able to start your academic year on time. The balance of R 23 400 fees are to be paid by 28 February . All international students are required to make full payment towards the Registration, Levy and Studio Materials fees by 28 February.

Diploma in Fashion Design

(three-year, full-time)

Purpose and Rationale of the Diploma Qualification

The diploma qualification was developed to cover all aspects necessary to meet the increasingly sophisticated and technologically advanced needs of a Creative Practitioner within the fashion design context and industry. It also covers all day-to-day activities and skills required of a successful fashion designer. Students are trained and exposed to related roles and job opportunities in the fashion design practice, textiles, editing/journalism, styling, fashion design retail and the apparel industry.

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The diploma qualification, at its core, is devised to engage the student in the practical, written and theoretical aspects of Design and Product Development. This foundation of the Fashion Design Process is underpinned by a robust selection of courses and modules that includes study and practice in Creative Computing, Textiles Understanding and Development, Business and Retail Theory and Practice and Design Management. The diploma programme is planned to stimulate critical thinking and professional methodology, with contextual studies covering topics of cultural, historical and contemporary practice and theory in fashion design.

The diploma qualification is devised to offer a wide range of activities in a structured course that will stimulate creative, informed, research and practice driven outcomes. Although the key skills and required sound technical ability are at the core of all module outcomes the qualification aims to stimulate individuality. The transferable skills of any good design practitioner such as professionalism, self-management, studio skills and creative expression are key components to all assessment and module outcomes.

To conclude, the diploma qualification aims to create a generalist who is able to:

  • Respond to technical and theoretical problems.
  • Identify significant issues in any given design context.
  • Take own initiative in implementing a plan of action in respect of design enterprise.
Saqa Qual IDQualification Title
82946Diploma: Fashion Design
Originating Provider
Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design
Quality Assuring Body
CHE – Council on Higher Education
Qualification TypeFieldSubfield
DiplomaField 02 – Culture and ArtsDesign Studies
Minimum CreditsOld NQF LevelNew NQF Level
388Level 6NQF Level 06
Registration StatusRegistration Start DateRegistration End Date
Registered2011-03-262014-03-26

Summary of fee schedule for Diploma First year:

*Note: Students are not required to purchase their own machinery or computers.
The Academy has industry standard facilities for student use. The Academy prefers that students work on industrial machinery and CAD software on campus. Students are encouraged to purchase their own equipment once they know their preferences and understand how the equipment works. It is not a requirement to own their own machinery or computers at any stage of their studies.

SADC studentsRate
Initial payment towards Tuition fees at EnrolmentR 12 000
Registration by registration dateR 2 700
Levies by registration dateR 4 7 00
Studio materials by registration dateR 8 500
Sub-total of Payments due before or by registrationR 27 900
Balance of tuition fee due in 11 equal instalments of R 4 610R 50 710
Total fees payable for academic yearR 78 610
International studentsRate
Initial payment towards 2016 Tuition fees at EnrolmentR 34 820
Registration by registration dateR 3 000
Levies by registration dateR 4 7 00
Studio materials by registration dateR 8 500
Sub-total of Payments due before or by registrationR 51 020
Balance of tuition fee due on 13 January
R 34 820
Total fees payable for 2016 academic yearR 85 840

*Note: For international students the full initial payment of R 34 820 towards tuition must be paid to guarantee a space for academic year. Please note that Visa and permit applications take time to process. Please apply on time so that you are able to start your academic year on time. The balance of R 51 020 fees are to be paid by 13 January . All international students are required to make full payment towards the Registration, Levy and Studio Materials fees by 13 January .

Advanced Diploma in Fashion

(one-year, part-time)

We have found that it has been beneficial for students to further their education and training with a year of specialisation which exposes them to the work environment for extended periods of time. This enables students to better respond to challenges presented in the increasingly complex fashion industry. During this one year full-time or two year part-time programme, students will develop a deeper understanding of the entire value chain and gain industry experience within a specialised field of interest whether it is apparel, accessory design or any other specialised field within fashion.

If you are interested in enrolling for the 2016 year, classes will commence towards the end of January 2016 and you will need to complete your application process by the end of October 2015 so that your internship placements can be confirmed by end of November 2015.

The tuition method consists of compulsory contact sessions on campus integrated with compulsory placement in a workplace setting of relevant specialisation field.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to enrol for this qualification must:

  • At the minimum, be in possession of a relevant design related Advanced Certificate, NQF Level 6, Diploma at NQF Level 6 or Occupational Certificate at NQF Level 6.
  • Learners who do not comply with the minimum requirements for admission may be admitted on the basis of the Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Mature applicants of 23 years and above who do not meet the admission requirements may also be admitted based upon their workplace experience and Academy-specific entrance assessments and interviews.

Specialisation

Elizabeth Galloway Academy have professional relationships with many major role players in the South African fashion industry and are potentially able to place people in organisations who trade in the following products Childrenswear; Leather Bags; Exotic Leather; Daywear; Bridal Wear; Occasion Wear. These important relationships create opportunities for the students to study towards relevant specialisations.

Candidates who would like to pursue a specialisation not outlined above are able to propose specialisations and appropriate organisations for the Academy to approach. Internship placements are dependent on student requests and the willingness of the host to accommodate candidates. All placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis.

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Part-Time studies for the Advanced Diploma

It is possible to study the Advanced Diploma over two years attending classes part-time. The classes will be scheduled on Saturdays and when the student is able to take time off from work. The student will need to have employment in the fashion industry as they will need to use their workplace as their internship. Part-time studies will be handled on a case by case basis.

If you require any further information on the Advanced Diploma please contact us on admission@elizabethgalloway.co.za or 021 880 0775.

Summary of fee schedule for Advanced Diploma:

SADC studentsRate
Initial payment towards 2016 Tuition fees at Enrolment(To guarantee your place)R 15 970
Registration by registration dateR 6 100
Studio materials by registration dateR 1 000
Sub-total of Payments due before or by registrationR 23 070
Balance of tuition fee due in 11 equal instalments of R 4 680R 51 480
Total fees payable for 2016 academic yearR 74 550
International studentsRate
Total fees payable for 2016 academic yearR 75 210
All payments for 2016 academic year are due at registrationR 75 210

The full initial payment of R 20 000 towards tuition must be
paid to guarantee a space for academic year. Please note that Visa and permit applications takes time to process. You have to apply on time so that you are able to start your academic year on time.The balance of R 55 210 is due at registration on 21 January . All international students are required to make full payment towards the Registration, Levy and Studio Materials fees by date of registration on 21 January .

Adult Learner Programme:  Italian Pattern Making

an enriching fashion experience
(part-time)

It is ironic that once one’s fashion sense has crystalized one tends to become dissatisfied with what is available commercially. Knowing exactly what you want makes it hard to settle for less.

Elizabeth Malherbe, founder of the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion, has come up with the ideal solution.

Elizabeth is running a part time Adult Learners course in Italian Pattern Making. Participants learn to draw up patterns for garments from scratch, to their own measurements and preferences. This will enable them to in future sew their own unique, well-fitting clothes, or even become entrepreneurs who make garments for others.

The Adult Learners Italian Pattern Making class is fun as well as instructive. Elizabeth maintains a perfect balance between imparting a particular skills set and allowing creativity to flourish. What you learn here, will have you wearing amazing garments for the rest of your life!

The Adult Learner programme is presented on Thurdays.

  • Runs over 44 weeks from the first week in February to the last week in November.
  • Classes are held every Thursday morning between 09h00 and 12h00.

Requirements and Cost

There is no age restrictions or academic requirement for joining the programme, but you need intermediate experience in sewing and making clothes, as introductory skills do not form part of this course. (For those, students are encouraged to enrol on the Introduction to Fashion Design programme).

Fees are R450 per class attended, payable on a monthly billable basis. There is no registration fee.

As for materials, R1000 will cover pattern making equipment, including the Italian patternmaking book and specialized ruler. Bring your own basic sewing equipment (tracing wheel, measuring tape, etc.) and stationery. Other materials are available from the EG onsite shop, if needed.

 APPLICATION

Apply to Study Fashion

Introduction to Fashion Design

This fashion design course aims to either introduce students to the the three year Fashion Design Diploma or equip students with a basic set of fashion design skills that they can apply in the real world.

  • one year part-time course
  • March to November (34 weeks)
  • Saturdays, 9am – 4pm

Apply now

Diploma in Fashion Design

This three year Diploma is designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated and technologically advanced needs of a Creative Practitioner within the fashion design context and industry.

  • three year full-time Diploma
  • February to November
  • five days per week

Apply now

Advanced Diploma in Fashion

This is a specialisation programme which allows the candidate to choose from a range of fashion fields to specialise in. During this programme the candidate will spend time in industry gaining work experience in that field of specialisation.

  • Advanced diploma in fashion
    (NQF level 7 qualification)
  • one year full-time or two year part-time
  • Need to have a diploma or degree in a fashion related field to apply

Apply now

Adult Learner Programme

Adult participants learn to draw up patterns for garments from scratch, to their own measurements and preferences. This will enable them to in future sew their own unique, well-fitting clothes, or even become entrepreneurs who make garments for others.

  • Part-time, February to November (44 weeks)
  • Some sewing experience required
  • Thursdays, 9am to 12pm

Apply now

Contact of Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design

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Contact us

General Enquiries:

E-mail: info@elizabethgalloway.co.za
Tel: (+27) 021 88 00 775
Fax: (+27) 021 88 000 66

Application & Admission Contacts:

E-mail: admission@elizabethgalloway.co.za
Inez Shaw
Tel: (+27) 021 88 00 775
Fax: (+27) 021 88 000 66

Physical Address:

26 Techno Avenue
Technopark
Stellenbosch
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
7600