For human convenience and survival, there are three basic necessities: Food, Shelter and Clothing (Textiles). Textiles are so much an integral part of human existence that they have become the real essence of life without which the whole world will go naked.
All textile fabrics have to be made up in one form or another; for clothing, home furnishing and other industrial applications. The fabric manufacturer’s product therefore becomes someone else’s raw materials.
The fashion design programme has thus been prompted by the obvious need to train manpower for the development and growth of the garment manufacturing industry in Nigeria, the industry being responsible for the conversion of the fabric manufacturer’s product into finished garments.
The ND Fashion Design and Clothing Technology programme is designed to produce creative and skilled technicians in fashion design for both public and private sectors of the economy. On completion of the programme, the diplomates should be able to.
- Set-up and manage a small scale Fashion Design Production Unit;
- Select materials for Fashion production
- Assist a fashion designer in a well established fashion production outfit in (a) Designing (b) Pattern Making (c)
- Sewing Operation (d) Finishing, (e) Displaying and Merchandising, etc.
- Work in a Fashion or Fashion related industry.
Candidates for admission in the ND Fashion Design and Clothing Technology programme should posses the WAEC, NECCO, NABTEB or GCE O/L and any other nationally recognized Examination body with five credit passes in English language and Mathematics, and any other three subjects from the following: History/Government, Clothing and Textile, chemistry, biology or health science, technical drawing.
The National Diploma in Fashion Design and Clothing Technology is a two year programme of four semesters, each of 17 weeks duration (15 weeks of academic work, two weeks for registration/examination). A minimum of four months of supervised industrial work experiment scheme (SIWES) is required at the end of the first year of the programme:
Polytechnics that Offer ND/HND Fashion Design and Clothing Technology are:
- Auchi Polytechnic
- Benue State Polytechnic
- Federal Polytechnic Ede
- Federal Polytechnic Oko
- Ibadan Polytechnic
- IMT Enugu
- Inspire Polytechnic
- Kaduna Polytechnic
- Kalac Christal Polytechnic
- Kano State Polytechnic
- Federal Polytechnic Kazaure
- Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi Uku
- Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic