At Xela College of Design we offer Fashion Design qualifications . We pride ourselves on career based training with personal attention. Our syllabus is detailed in both practical and theory subjects.

All our classes are small facilitator run with hands-on training

Fashion Design


Xela College of Design Offers A 2 Year Full Time Course In Fashion Design. Courses Commence in January & July Of Each Year And Enrolments Open 6 Months Prior to each start date. All Students Are Accepted On Merit, Passion And Talent. Our College Is Situated In Nelspruit And Classes Are Monday To Friday Mornings.

Designing Is A Fun Career And The Subjects Which You Will Learn And Master Will Be:

  • Fashion Sketching
  • Technical Drawing
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Garment Manufacture
  • Accessories – Making Hats, Fascinators, Flowers And Much More.
  • Styling
  • Fabric Recognition
  • Business Skills & Marketing

All Subjects Are Taught By Qualified Lecturers. This Is A Course For All Ages And Genders.
We Are FpmSETA and CATHSETA registered institution

Application For Fashion Design Nelspruit


Success Stories


Being a self taught “designer” seemed like I had everything under control. But life since taught me that without education, your knowledge is limited. Reality taught me a lesson I couldn’t avoid when I started receiving clients that needed designs that I couldn’t make or grade a pattern to their size. Then I decided to enrol at XELA FASHION COLLEGE where I learned intense pattern cutting which is very crucial in the designing world. The college gave an for detail that I could not see without the core knowledge.

We worked on other Subjects Fashion Illustrations, Women Garment Manufacturing, History of Fashion which I found interesting and vital to the future of Fashion Design(You have to know who laid the foundation to your passion). Not forgetting the Business Skills studies that taught us how to manage our finances and clients. On completion we received a International Recognised Certificate Approved by City & Guilts in London.

Enrolling at Xela made my passion for fashion to be realistic and also to approach life in fashion with SABC 1 called RAW SILK and making it to the Top 3.The lecturers are friendly and always availing themselves for help needed. Today I am pursuing my business in fashion and the future. I will forever be grateful for the hard work that XELA COLLEGE puts in its student. The future is bright

JESSICA NDEBELE, Graduate 2015

My entire journey in the fashion industry began at Xela Fashion College. This was when I was introduced to all fashion aspects. I honestly knew nothing in terms of contrasting a garment or even sketching for that matter. Through out my studies at Xela I feel in love with the thought of opening up my own design studio and fashion brand. With the subjects provided at the college such as business skills, had a huge impact in helping me build myself confident and knowledge of the business world.
After I graduated in 2014 from the college, I had all the knowledge and tools to open up my design studio. I opened my own design studio in 2015, I have now participated in over 10 fashion shows and designers competitions as well as had a opportunity to have my own African Inspired Boutique and currently nominated in the Sunrise women awards as one of the uprising female fashion designers in Mpumalanga, PLUS experienced a one month learnership in China. It’s a mouthful, but out of total honestly it’s been the Xela magic.

All the knowledge I have obtained at Xela Fashion College has been very helpful in joining the fashion industry and business world. It’s been a honour being a part of the Xela family, I will forever remember how I’ve made it in this industry.

Thank you Xela Fashion College, And mostly Thank you to the lectures for always believing in me. I am a proud Xela product today because of you

NOMSA MAZIBUKO, Graduate 2014

Good Day,
I Would Just Like To Say Thank You To Alex And The Team For Teaching Us Not Just The Glamorous Side Of The Fashion Industry, But Also The Hard Core Of Business And Making Fashion Work For You!

Its 2 Years Of Intense Work That Will Take You A Very Long Way Through Your Life!

Thank You For Everything!


At Age 44 I Decided To Study Fashion Design. When I Went For My Interview I Was Afraid Alex Would Tell Me That I Was Too Old And “You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”!

When I Heard I Had Been Accepted I Was Overjoyed! I Live In Malelane And Had To Travel 65km To Class In Nelspruit But It Was  Worth It.
From The First Day Of College You Learn Something New – 50% Designing, 25% About The Industry And Most Importantly 25% About Yourself.

I Can Honestly Say Today That My Sewing Skills, Knowledge Of Pattern Cutting, Designing And My Confidence Wouldn’t Be On This Next Level If I Hadn’t Taken On The Challenge And Grown So Much Through My Time At The College.