Fedisa was established in January 2005 and accreditation took place a year before. We started that year with only 12 students and now have an average of 250 students annually.
Nelson Mandela said that ‘education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’ I saw a gap in the marketplace for a fashion institution providing students with a quality education, which would change their lives.
In our unrelenting pursuit for excellence, we expose our students to a centre of excellence and highly-skilled staff who are passionate about making a difference.
Anyone serious about their career and future wants the best education and wants to study at the best institution. This is the reason why Harvard is the first choice for a law degree and Fedisa is the first choice for a fashion qualification.
Your academic years are more than just the qualification, you build a professional network and a good school also exposes you to opportunities to engage with the industry and showcase your work before graduating.
We positioned Fedisa to offer a qualification to the broadest spectrum of potential fashion students. The BA degree in fashion remains the flagship qualification, which is devised for the creative, business-minded person who wants to create the fashion product.
The second course is the diploma in fashion merchandising, marketing and media (this is not a degree) and is specially developed for the retail-minded person. These students do not create fashion products but focus on the elements that sell the fashion product. Like a diploma, this qualification offers broadened access to Fedisa for those students that may not have matriculated with a matric exemption, but remain confident of a career in fashion.
The third course is a BA Honours in fashion. This postgraduate degree is for the strategists and managers. It is quite interesting that often the students who elect to complete this degree have not completed an undergraduate in fashion, but may have degrees - which range from branding to film and even analysis from various institutions.
We are not an isolated entity and are intrinsically connected to the industry. We receive regular visits from industry experts and representatives and our campus interior is designed in such a manner that glass allows them insight to class activities and lectures.
We are an open space for the fashion industry.
As they have access and insight to our campus, in return, they provide our campus with support and assistance in the form of various collaborations, to provide them with a better-groomed student for possible employment.
Yes, students are frequently earmarked by the industry during the final year of their studies, upon completion of their internships.
The industry is well aware of the level of quality a Fedisa student offers and thus strives to get the best graduate each year. To this end, Fedisa hosts various companies during the year to present their opportunities, right here on our campus. This is called our ‘industry month’.
We have a diverse range of students, at one point we had students from 35 countries outside of South Africa and they range from Brazil, China, Belgium, Italy, just to name a few. We have a 50/50 racial ratio with a zero-discrimination policy. We welcome and respect every religion, sexual orientation as well as differently-abled students.
Yes, we are continually striving for excellence.
Our Johannesburg campus is under construction and set to open in January 2020 and we will emulate our brand ethos in the Johannesburg campus as well.
Our Fedisa Fashion Flash event on 12 September and our annual Graduate Collection Show on the 16 November at the Cape Town campus as well.
Our Johannesburg campus has an open day in the form of a site visit and information session on 5 October, so anyone interested in a fashion career is welcome to attend.
We are excited to see what the future holds for this phenomenal fashion college.
If you would like to connect with Fedisa visit the website at www.fedisa.co.za or the Facebook page – @FEDISA or IG @fedisa_fashion_school.