1.      Do you have branches anywhere else?

Unfortunately we only have the campus in the fashion district in Johannesburg. We do off site training for outreach projects when we have a group of 20 or more and then we use the client’s workplace or venue.

2.      Do I have to buy my own materials and equipment?

That depends on which course you are enrolled for. The part time basic sewing course you receive all the equipment and materials you will need, the modular sewing courses you bring your own equipment, generally what you received from the basic sewing course, and we supply the materials. Pattern making course and full time courses you purchase your own equipment and materials, we will guide you as what to but it is the students choice as to how much to spend. The selection and purchasing of materials and trimmings is an essential skill for a fashion designer and therefore must be experienced by the student.

3.      How much should I budget for materials each term for full time courses?

The amount spent on materials will depend on what the student selects, if you are on a budget and buy smart you can manage with budgeting about R 600 a term. There are 4 terms in the academic year.

4.      What will equipment cost?

The amount spent on equipment will depend on what the student selects but we can work on an average of R 700 for design, R500 for pattern making and R 800 for garment construction – remember these are only guidelines and does not take into account increases, remember SEWAFRICA does not sell the equipment.

5.      Where can I buy the materials and equipment?

SEWAFRICA is based in the Fashion District so there are many shops around, but we recommend 109 Pritchard Street, Fashion District Wholesalers for basic equipment and trimmings, Finishing Touches for design and stationery supplies and Studio 109 for fabrics as they are specialists in the field and can always advise students what is best suited for their purpose.

6.      Can I buy lunch at the canteen?

SEWAFRICA has a canteen for students to eat in and chill out but we do not sell food. There is a range of eating places around but a favourite with the students is the Fashion Shack in the Fashion Kapitol, a trendy café that offers daily specials for SEWAFRICA students.

7.       Is there parking available?

Unfortunately we do not have student parking, however there is street parking available around the building and a public parking lot one block away from the college.

8.      Is it safe?

SEWAFRICA is in a security controlled building. Each student has to show their student card at the door to gain access to the building, when in the building the student card is worn on a lanyard so that we can identify any non-students in the corridors. Students have access to lockers where they can keep their belongings while in class or at lunch – this is optional for students.

9.      Can I take my machine home with me on the weekends?

The free sewing machine in first year and overlocker in second year only becomes the property of the student after completing the year. The machines remain in the building for the duration of the academic year and are only taken home by the student in December when the student has completed the academic year.

10.    How and when do I enrol?

Enrolment takes place from October to February for full time courses and part time pattern making. Part Time sewing courses are run throughout the year in modular format so you can register anytime throughout the year. To register you need to collect an application form or get one off the website. Complete the application form and hand in the form together with the supporting documentation and registration fee. The secretary will book an appointment for the guardian/parents/learner to meet the Principal and Financial Administrator. All Students will be invited to attend orientation week, and then the classes start.

11.    What kind of interaction can I expect from my lecturer and fellow students?

There are structured classes that are shown on the timetable issued at orientation week. The students will receive guided training during these contact times. As fashion design has practical components that are only developed through practice, students are encouraged to use non contact time to practice the skills learnt in class and complete projects. Each month we have a fun day where students dress to a theme, this is a competition that is aimed at encouraging students to think out the box and to think creatively and to be innovative

12.    What grade must I achieve to enter the course?

To enter into the Advanced Certificate first year a student must have at least a grade 11. The full time F, P & M course requires an entry level of a grade 9. Each application that does not meet these criteria is reviewed by the academic committee to determine the student’s eligibility. The part time courses have no entry requirements but for the pattern making the student should be able to sew before starting and have maths at school level.

13.    Is SEWAFRICA qualifications internationally recognised?

The Diploma is issued by City and Guilds of London, is an international accreditation body. The certificate will be recognised in the countries where City and Guilds is registered.

14.    Do we have use to a library for research and inspiration?

There is a resource centre on the 1st floor of SEWAFRICA House that offers resources with specific reference to fashion, design and crafts. The resource centre has the most extensive collection of fashion books in Gauteng.

15.    Do I need to be computer literate to do a SEWAFRICA course?

Computer literacy is not a pre requisite for admission to the course. The student will however complete a number of research projects in the Diploma and would therefore require access to internet and a computer for those particular projects, however it is not necessary for a student to have their own computer and where students are not literate we will assist them in gaining the required skills.