fashion industry practise course

Fashion Design

With option to specialise in Costume Design

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Fashion Design 5M3865

Duration: One Year Full-Time

The Fashion Design course equips learners with the core creative skills of research through drawing & investigation and producing design development ideas for garments. Learners will develop art and design portfolios suitable for application to third level colleges.

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

“The skills and knowledge that I learned in SCFE allowed me to go on to work with Jennifer Rothwell, one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers and Alison Conneely, the highly reputable stylist and designer. I highly recommend the Fashion Design course”.
Katie Smith
– Design Assistant at Jennifer Rothwell

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Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 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/FETAC learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Former learners have progressed to the Fashion Design Level 6 course here in SCFE and to degree programmes in NCAD, LIT, IADT, Griffith College, London College of Fashion and 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.


• Art & Design Portfolio
• Design Development
• Fashion Illustration
• Pattern Drafting
• Garment Construction
• Textile Techniques
• Fashion Industry Appreciation
• Fashion & Design History
• Garment Construction
• Event Production
• Work Experience
• Communications

Fashion Design Graduate Show 2017

Fashion Design Short Video

Course Features

• Guest speakers include fashion designers, stylists and journalists
• Field trips to museums, galleries and fashion design studios
• Planning and production of the end of year fashion event


• 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

Employment Opportunities

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

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
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