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Dec 11

AVOIDING THE TEARS

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Here at FEDISA we are greatly saddened by the recent collapse of the Haute Couture School of Fashion Design in Cape Town. In large part because the closure of the school has left many students floundering at a time of year, when they should have been gathering their strength on our beautiful beaches, after a stressful year in pursuit of their dream careers in fashion. Instead these young men and women are confronted with the uncertainty of their academic futures.  Since the school in question was no longer registered with the Department of Education as a Private Provider, and was therefore not offering an accredited learning programme, it poses great difficulties for these students to find suitable alternative academic options. In an earlier post on this blog I laid out the statutory requirements with which private institutions must comply. It is therefore surprising that so many people still elect to study with unregistered institutions and are then surprised when their expectations are not met and their illusions shattered. It must be noted that even institutions offering foreign programmes, must also be registered as Private Providers by the South African Department of Education. All learning programmes must also be registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). If you are therefore contemplating your studies in the new year, insist on seeing the institution’s DoE registration certificate. This must be prominently displayed on the academic premises. If this certification is absent and no DoE registration number can be provided you must rethink your future path very carefully. As several people have found to their own detriment, a forty year track record is no longer a guarantee of success.   

Dec 11

ACCOLADES FROM AFAR

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“The fashion biz is cruel. It takes no prisoners and certainly great professional institutions like FEDISA in Cape Town, go to great lengths to prepare the graduate for the world out there…”    fedisa-logo.jpg   The above quote by Cathy Murat was recently found on the ifashion website at www.iFashion.co.za in response to an article by Abigail Keats on the poor standard of fashion graduates currently being produced by South African universities and colleges around the country. It is great to know that the fashion industry is beginning to take notice of the superior quality of the FEDISA fashion graduates. 
Dec 11

WHEN THE RESEARCH IS DONE

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Below is an e-mail which the Academic Director here at FEDISA received from a prospective student following her visit yesterday. It is a wonderful reflection of the previous post on this blog regarding thoroughly researching your place of study.  “Dear Mr Leroux, Thank you for taking the time to meet with my mother and I today. We were most impressed by the staff and facilities at Fedisa, and I am tremendously excited to have found a course which offers both the design and business subjects necessary in the fashion industry.  After a great deal of research into the various colleges offering fashion design, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Fedisa is the best choice for me.  I look forward to returning on Monday for the evaluation.  Many thanks, Christie Fels”
Dec 11

STUDYING AT A REGISTERED INSTITUTION

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Each year FEDISA is inundated with calls from disillusioned students and parents of other institutions, who have discovered that the institutions at which they have spent their time and money are not registered with the Department of Education and are not offering accredited programmes. This is largely due to the fact that prospective students and their guardians have not done their research sufficiently before enrolling for a study programme. And while many institutions may look the part of the professional education environment and have very persuasive recruiters, prospective students have no real means of verifying their institutional quality. It is therefore imperative that prospective students and guardians ask to see an institution’s registration certificate, which by law must be prominently displayed in the public access areas, before committing to an enrollment. This registration certificate verifies that an institution has the capacity to perform the administrative and management procedures required for good governance. It will also indicate which accredited programmes the institution may offer. In addition it is important to understand that there exists a distinction between FET and HET institutions in terms of the programmes which may be offered. FET institutions are focused primarily on skills development programmes and therefore award certificates and diplomas, whereas HET institutions focus on high cognitive development in addition to skills and therefore award degrees. In order to obtain the Department of Education registration certificate an institution must comply with the stipulations of either the Further Education Training Colleges Act, 2006, (Act No 16 of 2006) or the Higher Education Act, 1997(Act No 101 of 1997), the relevant sections of which are set out below: 

 

a.     An institution that offers a “whole” qualification on Levels 2 to 8 of theNational Qualifications Framework (NQF) is required to ensure that it is registered as a private Further Education and Training (FET) college and/or a private higher education institution in accordance with the Further Education Training Colleges Act, 2006, (Act No 16 of 2006) (hereafter referred to as the “FET Act”)and the Higher Education Act, 1997(Act No 101 of 1997) (hereafter  referred to as “the Act”), depending on the level at which the qualification/s are registered on the NQF. One of the requirements for registration is accreditation by the relevant education and training quality assurance (ETQA) body.

 


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Dec 10

Karen Monk Klijnstra opens her store

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Well-known Durban Fashion Designer Karen Monk Klijnstra, well known for her colourful creations, opened her 1st store in the Kloof Village Mall.

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Dec 08

Museum Africa

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In March 2008 SA Fashion week hosted their winter collections at Museum Africa.  In collaboration with the museum and curated by Erica de Greef, a series of exhibition spaces was created exploring our South African collective fashion subconscious.

 

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Nov 28

courses and careers

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Hey guys - ok - so i've spent quite a bit of time researching this and thought i would share it with you all.it's  obviously not my own writing an dstuff i've pulled of f the net. but hope some one benefits s from it!

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Nov 27

The Fashion Ladder

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Is it just me and is it considerably hard climbing up this fashion ladder.

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Nov 26

All hail Sandra Backlund!

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How do you take the granny craft of knitting and crocheting and turn it into avant garde pieces of sartorial genuis? Easy, you become Sandra Backlund.

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Nov 25

popAfricana

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There seems to be a growing movement of Africans who are sick of the image of Africa as a starving, war infested continent whose only contribution to the world is its raw materials.

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