Fashion Design

QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M3865, Level 6 – 6M3706)

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This Fashion 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 fashion 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 fashion design course, students will work on their own collections for the end of year fashion 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

Garment Construction, Pattern Drafting, Design Skills, Fashion Illustration, Colour Forecasting,Trend Forecasting, Buying and Merchandising, Fashion in a Historical and Contemporary Context, Fashion Styling, Photo Shoot Direction, Fashion Design, Drawing and Work Experience.

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.


QQI Level 5 and Level 6


2 years

Entry Requirements

Level 5 – In general, the Leaving Certificate (including LCA) is required.

Exceptions made for mature students.

Students on applying for the course will be ask to attend an interview, to which they will be bring samples of creative work (drawings, photographs and designs).

Level 6 – Leaving Certificate (including LCA), QQI level 5 and interview with fashion/art & design portfolio. Mature and postgraduate students welcome.

Students on applying for the course will be asked to attend an interview, to which they will be bring samples of creative work (drawings, photographs and designs).


Students can progress from this course 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

Course Charges

Year 1: €718*

Year 2: €748*

* includes €200 Govt. charge