fashion industry practise course

Advanced Fashion Design

With option to specialise in Costume Design

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Fashion Design 6M3706

Duration: One Year Full-Time

The Advanced Fashion Design course is suited to learners who have already achieved a Level 5 certificate or equivalent in Fashion Design.

This course equips learners with the advanced creative skills of theme and concept development through drawn research and investigation. Learners develop the skills required to design and produce their own fashion collection. Learners will also develop art and design portfolios suitable for application to third level colleges.

The core technical modules of advanced pattern drafting and garment construction equip the learner with the skills required to make their own collection of menswear, womenswear or costume outfits. An emphasis is placed on acquiring skills needed to produce saleable garments.

“I graduated in May 2013 and the next day I started a full-time job with Heather Finn. This course taught me all about the fashion business, how to hone my creativity and construct garments I had designed from pattern to a professional product. I am now happily working full-time in the career of my choice and hoping to launch my own label in the new year”.
Fiona Kerrigan

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 6 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Graduates of this QQI/FETAC Level 6 course may also be considered for advanced entry to Year 2 of a related Degree programme in third level institutions in Ireland and the UK.

Former learners have progressed to degree programmes in NCAD, LIT, IADT, Griffith College, London College of Fashion and a number of Colleges across the UK. Course progressions include Fashion Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Costume Design, Visual Merchandising & Display, Design for Stage & Screen, Styling and Sculpture.

Fashion Course


• Art and Design Portfolio
• Design Development
• Collection Planning
• Fashion Illustration
• Pattern Drafting
• Garment Construction
• Fashion Industry Appreciation
• Textile Techniques
• Work Experience
• Fashion Event Production
• Career Planning

Course Features

• Guest speakers include fashion designers, stylists and journalists
• Field trips to museums, galleries and fashion design studios
• Fashion photo-shoot featuring garments made
• Planning and production of the end of year fashion event
• Learners have the opportunity to enter national sponsored fashion design competitions


• A spacious fashion studio, excellently equipped with modern sewing machines and industrial machines
• Access to a comprehensive library of art and design books and magazines
• Toiling fabric, pattern paper and card and many haberdashery items provided
• Well-equipped art rooms with a variety of materials provided
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Employment Opportunities

Fashion Designer
Fashion Design Assistant
Bespoke Designer/Maker
Costume Designer
Pattern Drafter
Visual Merchandiser
Fashion Retail

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 in Fashion Design or equivalent qualification or experience.
Applicants will ideally have passed the core technical modules of pattern drafting and garment construction or equivalent
Interview – Applicants should bring samples of their work to date in order to demonstrate their interest in fashion design. Suggested work includes drawing and artwork, design sketches, scrapbooks, garments made or customised and artefacts
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements