Fashion Design Advanced

With option to specialise in Costume, Tailoring or Dressmaking
QQI Level 6 Certificate in Fashion Design 6M3706

The Advanced Fashion Design course focuses on the creative skills of theme and concept development for fashion design. Core technical modules in advanced pattern drafting and garment construction equip the learner with the skills required to make their own menswear, womenswear or costume collections. Learners will also develop art and design portfolios suitable for application to Institutes of Technology and Universities.

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

Employment Opportunities

Many of our graduates, having completed this course have gone directly into employment in the fashion industry or set up their own enterprises.

  • Fashion Designer
  • Costume Designer/Wardrobe Assistant
  • Bespoke Designer/Tailor/Dressmaker
  • Accessories Designer
  • Fashion Design Production
  • Pattern Drafter
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Retail

Course content

  • Pattern Drafting
  • Garment Construction
  • Design Skills
  • Illustration Techniques & Practice
  • Drawing
  • Combined Materials
  • Work Experience
  • Team Leadership

Course features and facilities

Course Features

  • Collection planning and Art and Design Portfolio
  • Fashion photo-shoot featuring garments made
  • Toiling fabric, pattern paper and card and many haberdashery items provided
  • Textile Techniques
  • Career planning
  • Photo shoot

Course Facilities

  • A spacious fashion studio, excellently equipped with modern sewing machines and dressmaking stands
  • Well-equipped art rooms with a variety of materials provided
  • Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop licence for the year

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
  • Applicants will need to submit images of some of their work to date to demonstrate their current abilities e.g.: garments made or under construction; design sketches (drawing work and other examples of fashion or craft-related work can also be submitted if wished.)
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements

Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI Level 6 award in Fashion Design 6M3706
NCAD Fashion Design* Level 8 AD211

For a more detailed list of progression options please

For more progression options

NCAD Textiles/ Surface Design/ Jewellery /Objects* Level 8 AD103
NCAD Art & Design (Common Entry)* Level 8 AD101
NCAD Visual Culture Level 8 AD215
NCAD Education and Design*G Level 8 AD202
IADT Design for Film*#(Costume Design) Level 8 DL845
IADT Graphic Design*# Level 8 DL826
IADT Arts Management Level 8 DL822
TU Dublin City Centre Design – Visual Communication* Level 8 TU973
TU Dublin City Centre Creative and Visual Culture Level 8 TU978
TU South Art and Design* Level 8 LC110
TU South Art and Design Teacher Education*G Level 8 LC115
Munster TU Contemporary Applied Art* Level 8 MT820
South East TU Design- Visual Communication Level 8 WD137
South East TU Visual Communication and Design Level 7 CW047
South East TU Visual Communication and Design Level 8 CW088
South East TU Design Level 7 CW707
Atlantic TU Design (Common Entry) Level 7 GA274
Atlantic TU Design (Common Entry) Level 8 GA284
Atlantic TU Creative Design Level 7 SG232
Atlantic TU Creative Design Level 8 SG245
Atlantic TU Fashion with Promotion* Level 7 LY447
Atlantic TU Design (Common Entry)* Level 8 LY408
Private Colleges (Fees Payable) 
Griffith College Fashion Design Level 7 GC495
Griffith College Fashion Design* Level 8 GC494
Griffith College Graphic Communication Design* Level 8 GC462
*Portfolio Assessment or Audition # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day G Garda Vetting Required Advanced Entry Graduates of this QQILevel 6 course may also be considered for advanced entry to related degree programmes. Students may be eligible to progress to the second year of a course where they fulfil the college’s entry requirements.

Fashion Course

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change