Fashion Design & Styling

Certificate in Fashion Design QQI Level 5
Advanced Certificate in Fashion Design QQI Level 6

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This course prepares the student for the vibrant, creative and challenging world of fashion. The course promotes awareness of current fashion industry trends, along with an understanding of the importance of good presentation skills.

You will learn research skills, how to produce initial design ideas and how to develop designs through to a finished garment. The studios are equipped with high spec manufacturing equipment, computers and all software needed to generate design work. Tutors and contemporary designers from the fashion world are at hand throughout the course to support and develop your skills.

Throughout the duration of this course, students will work on their own collections for the end of year show. The finished design will not only demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of fashion design but also of tailoring and garment finishing to a high standard. Successful graduates have a variety of career path opportunities: third level courses, a career within the industry or setting up their own business.

Course Content

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques and Practices
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion and Textile Practices
  • Surface Design
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Garment Making

Entry Requirements

Level 5 –

– Leaving Cert – OR Leaving Cert Applied  

– OR QQI L4 award or equivalent  

– Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements, depending on prior learning and/or experience.  

– All applicants will be required to produce a small sample of creative work*. 

 *Examples of creative work  eg: drawings, sculpture, collage, 3D work, technical drawing, poster design, photography etc.

Picture by photography student Charlie Murphy


Level 6 – Leaving Certificate (including LCA), QQI level 5 in Fashion/or Art and Design related qualification, mature and postgraduate students welcome.

All applicants must upload 5 examples of creative work to the application login eg: fashion designs, sewing work, drawings, photography etc.



Certificate in Fashion Design QQI Level 5 5M3865

Advanced Certificate in Fashion Design QQI Level 6

Career Opportunities

Fashion Design, Image Consultancy, Fashion Illustration, Millinery, Design Management, Fashion Styling, Retail, Merchandising, Buying, Trend Forecasting and Costume Design for Film, Theatre and Television.





Successful graduates of this course are eligible to progress into Third Level Colleges in Ireland, the UK and abroad:

·         Dublin Institute of Technology  – Visual Merchandising

·         IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology) – Costume Design

·         Limerick Institute of Further Education – Fashion /Fashion Knitwear and Textiles BA(Hons) 3 year

·         The National Tailoring Academy at Louis Copeland

·         Griffith College, Dublin

·         The University of Ulster – BA Hons Textile Art, Design and Fashion

·         Istituto Marangoni the School of Fashion and Design, London


2 years

Course Charges

Year 1: €50
Year 2: €50

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.