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Fashion Buying & Merchandising - Part Time

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8 - 10 Months


QQI Level 5


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February 2019

Fashion Buying & Merchandising - Part Time

In their advisory role to designers and retailers, fashion merchandisers are required to constantly keep their fingers to the pulse of one of the world's fastest moving industries. By tracking and analysing market trends it is their job to recommend to their employers the next direction to take in line with upcoming style shifts. As a fashion buyer your job will be to attend shows held in the fashion capitals of the world, forecast trends, buy the right clothes at the right time, whilst at the same time always ensuring profits and growth for the company.

The part time Fashion Buying and Merchandising course covers all the essential elements to turn a creative eye and an interest in fashion into a practical career in an incredibly exciting industry.

Internship Programme

Putting into practice the skills learned in class is key to gaining employment in the fashion industry. Portobello Institute has established strong links with many of the main fashion buying and merchandising departments within some of Ireland's largest retailers. We are delighted to announce our students, full and part-time, can now participate on an internship programme with some of the participating companies listed below;

  • Jack & Jones
  • Junarose
  • Mamalicious
  • Name IT
  • Noisy May
  • Only, Only & Sons
  • Postyr
  • Pamela Scott
  • Selected
  • Vero Moda
  • Vila Clothes
  • Portobello Certificate in Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • QQI Level 5 minor award in Fashion Buying and Merchandising (5N1445)
  • QQI Level 5 minor award in Fashion Industry and Design Studies (5N3845)
  • QQI Level 5 minor award in Visual Display (5N1861)

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

This is a part time course delivered 1 evening per week over 30 weeks. The course consists of 3 modules, each covered over a 10 week period. All of these modules together make up the full Fashion Buying & Merchandising certificate.

Module A - QQI Level 5 Fashion Buying & Merchandising (5N1445)

  1. Roles & Responsibilities
  2. Customer Profiles
  3. Fashion Marketing
  4. Styling
  5. Buying & the Law

Module B - QQI Level 5 Fashion Industry & Design Studies (5N3845)

  1. Buying Cycle and Fashion Calendar
  2. Design Development
  3. Fashion Forecast
  4. Range Planning
  5. Garment Sourcing

Module C - Visual Retail Display (5N1861)

  1. Fundamentals of Visual Display
  2. In-Store Display
  3. Window Display
  4. Seasonal Promotions
  5. Event Management

Course price €2499

Protection for learners insurance fee: €97
Materials approx: €150

Jenny Cosgrave
01 8920007


We are delighted to share just some of our success stories from happy graduates who achieved their ultimate goal.


Simon Cullen Elaine Culhane Megan Gallagher Sinead Frew


Portobello Institute gave me exactly what I needed in order to achieve my goal.

Megan always knew she wanted to work in the fashion industry, I grew up in a family business and my Mum was a designer specialising in wedding and occasion wear so I spent my childhood behind the counter learning the trade. Full Story.

Megan Gallagher

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Course Code Location & Info Price
FBMM-P-DS-FB-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

13/02/19 - 04/09/19
Wednesday, 6.30-9.30pm
€2499 Book Now
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