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Fashion Design - Portfolio Preperation

QQI Level 5 Major award (5M3865) in Fashion Design


This intensive portfolio course provides the learner with a strong grounding in drawing and design skills for entry into third-level institutions. Learners are introduced to the textiles and fashion disciplines of combined materials, embroidery, garment construction and pattern drafting. Learners will be given the opportunity to participate in local cultural festivals, and the Temple Bar Festival. Past students have linked with the Crafts Council of Ireland and assisted as stylists in fashion shows.

This course also gives learners over the age of 18 the opportunity to be selected for an Erasmus+ European mobility project (subject to funding), which enables them to spend three weeks on work placement in Italy.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
  • Leaving Certificate Applied, or
  • QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
  • Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
  • Samples of applicant’s work, and
  • Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Design Skills, Drawing, Communications, Work Experience, Combined Materials, Embroidery, Pattern Drafting, Garment Construction, Fashion Industry and Design Studies. 



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


Past graduates have secured places in a range of art colleges, such as NCAD, DIT, IADT, Griffith College, and a variety of other colleges throughout the country. Graduates have also secured places at third-level institutions in the UK.  Graduates from this course have gone on to secure positions in window dressing, fashion retail, and the Design Centre, Powerscourt.


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