The institution’s lecture facilities are equipped with specialised machinery, high-tech computers and wireless internet. An extensive library, media centre and IT infrastructure supports the learning experience. In addition, students and staff have access to subscription websites, such as the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), which offers an online fashion-trend analysis and research service. Students and staff partake in an induction programme once a year, which includes training in the use of the institution’s IT systems and library facilities.
1. The Fashion Library
A dedicated fashion resource centre containing periodicals, journals and electronic media. A full-time librarian is responsible for the management and maintenance of library resources, including support services. The library includes a fully computerised database that is easily accessible to students and staff. The library is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.
2. The CAD Lab
The computer room seats 25 people, furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including computers for training on Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).
3. The Supplies Shop
The “in-house shop” is situated on campus and provides students and staff with sewing, patternmaking and art kits, as well as prescribed handbooks, textiles and haberdashery.
4. The Design Studio
Big glass windows allow for a beautifully lit room with the option to black out the room when fashion or trend related material is shown on the digital projector. This room is also geared for illustration exercises and houses equipment such as light boxes, easels for live drawing and a digital data projector for lecturing purposes.
5. The Production Studio (fully equipped)
This room imitates a small factory or Cut, Make and Trim (CMT). Industrial over-lockers and straight-sewers, bottle irons, specialised machinery, cutting tables, dressing rooms and a full length mirror enables student to assemble and fit garments professionally. Pattern making is taught in this studio which is filled with an abundance of natural light and high tables and chairs to make long hours of drafting patterns comfortable.