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The Fashion Design course is a 1 year course focusing on the core elements of design from drawing through to communication and styling, providing a great introduction to the world of fashion.  Students will learn the fundamental day to day operations of fashion design encompassing fabric selection and design process.

You will learn the basics of garment construction and how you can adapt and manipulate fabrics and patterns. A work placement is carried out which is essential to gain valuable first hand experience of this fast paced competitive market.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Fashion Design (6M4587)

Entry Requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to full time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.  A work experience programme of 1 day per week is also required.

Course Content Modules

  1. Design Skills
  2. Fashion Industry and Design Studies
  3. Drawing
  4. Communications
  5. Work Experience
  6. Garment Construction
  7. Pattern Drafting
  8. Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this course will be ready to  undertake many roles in the fashion industry within a design capacity from working with independent fashion designers, designers for large retail brands or  for wholesale manufacturers for the high street outlets. These designers are at the forefront of style, creating designs for clothing and/or fashion accessories, that suit, or often predict trends and market demands. They design garments for individual clients and produce seasonal collections that influence the rest of the fashion industry. This is a global business with excellent career opportunities available for the well trained creative individual.

Progression Routes

Many students progress onto a degree programme in design while others choose to try and secure employment after graduating.


Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: Fashion Design - Full time 1 Yr Programme

Cost: 4995 per year Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
4995 per year
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €164
  • Materials approx; 350: QQI exam fee
  • Materials approx: €350