Fashion Design

Encouraging sustainability and circular fashion
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Fashion Design 5M3865

The Fashion Design course opens many opportunities in the fashion design industry.  Fashion Design students can specialise in menswear, womenswear, streetwear or costume with tailoring and dressmaking as further options.  Core technical modules in pattern drafting and garment construction provide the learner with the skills required to make their own outfits based on their own designs.  All coursework combines to form a portfolio suitable for application to Degree programmes, although most of our students choose to progress to our Advanced Fashion Design course.

Employment Opportunities

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

Course content

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

Course features and facilities

Course Features:

  • Sustainable fashion principles embedded throughout the course
  • Course content includes textile techniques, fashion history, and fashion illustration
  • Work experience in the Fashion Industry
  • This is a hands-on practical course with some written work
  • Continuous assessment with no examinations

Course Facilities

  • A spacious fashion studio, excellently equipped with modern sewing machines and professional dress stands
  • Prototyping (toiling) fabric, pattern paper, pattern card and many haberdashery items provided
  • Well-equipped art rooms with a variety of materials provided
  • Learning resources in multiple formats including digital libraries

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • LCA or relevant experience
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements
  • Some experience with drawing and sewing is helpful but not required

“If you want to get into Fashion… but you don’t really know what you want to do…Sallynoggin College is such a cool little place…It’s a great little community.”
Lia Cowan

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Education progression

Students may progress to the following Level 6 course in SCFE – Advanced 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 Visual Culture Level 8 AD215
NCAD Art & Design (Common Entry)* Level 8 AD101
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 Industries 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

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change