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 – Year 1

  • Fashion Industry Practice Studies
  • Design Skills
  • Combined Materials
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Garment Construction
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Drawing

Course Content – Year 2

  • Fashion Styling
  • Design Skills
  • Combined Materials
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Garment Construction
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Level 5

Leaving Cert – OR Leaving Cert Applied

Mature students are welcome to apply.

All applicants are required to meet with a member of the team to discuss and their suitability for the course. Applicants will be contacted about a day / time / location and what to bring.

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

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.





Progression – Fashion QQI L5
Students who have completed this course can progress to our Fashion QQI Level 6 or can apply to Third Level Art Colleges through the CAO.
Progression – Fashion QQI L6
Students who successfully complete the QQ Level 6 course are eligible to apply for final year entry to BA (Hons) Fashion and Promotion at  Sunderland University.
They are also eligible to apply for advanced entry to NCAD, TUD, IADT, LSAD.


QQI Level 5 – 1 year

QQI Level 6 – 1 year

Course Charges

Year 1: €50
Year 2: €50