Fashion Design

(Level 5)



QQI Fashion Design Level 5, Code  5M3865


The purpose of this foundation course is to prepare students with the basic skills required for work in the field of fashion design. They will learn how to do a comprehensive body of pre-design work, learn how to draft and use patterns and acquire extensive experience of sewing machine skills. During the year they will visit fashion design studios and have numerous guest speakers visit on campus.


Code Title
5N1276 Garment Construction
5N1303 Pattern Drafting
5N1862 Drawing
5N3845 Fashion Industry
5N0784 Design Skills
5N0764 Combined Materials
5N1929 Computer Illustrated Graphics
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Fashion Design Level 5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €100
QQI Fee €50
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €600

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


One Year

Students enter all major national fashion competitions:

  • Re-invent Fashion Awards
  • Young Wedding Designer (Wedding Journal)
  • DCU Young Designer Competition
  • Cork Fashion Week ‘Designer of the Year’


Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


Education Progression Opportunities

CIT: CR112; CR220; CR600

LIT: LC114


GMIT: GA284, GA274, GA375

NCAD: AD101, AD211


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


Career Opportunities

Fashion Design Assistant, Assistant Clothes Store Manager, Junior Visual Merchandiser, Assistant Fashion Magazine Editor, Assistant Buyer, Junior Display Artist, Assistant Stylist, Designers Assistant, Junior Pattern Cutter, Personal Assistant, Marketing and Social Media Assistant, Advertising Assistant , Assistant Production Co-ordinator, Seamstress, Personal Shopper, Fashion Stylist, Alteration Specialist, Accessory Designer, Textile Artist, Sales Advisor, Fashion Blogger, Fashion Promotions, Self-employment.

Featured Former Student

Aidan Sheehan is an award winning Irish Fashion Designer based in East London. After graduating with an Honours Degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, he went on to study Fashion Design at St. John’s Central College, Cork. It was here that his passion for Pattern Cutting developed. This led him on to study at Central Saint Martins, London. Following a short course studying Patternmaking – Experimental & Explorative Approaches he proceeded to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovative Pattern Cutting, also at Central Saint Martins. Soon after leaving Central Saint Martins he gained worked experience with River Island’s design department. It is here within the Accessories department that several of his designs were picked up and put into production to be sold in River Island stores internationally.


At the beginning of 2014 he launched his own label, simply called AIDAN SHEEHAN. His designs draw inspiration from his love of Art Deco design and Japanese fashion.

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fashion design upcycling projectFashion Design Projects 2016

Examining Bodies

– City and Guilds of London
– Quality and Qualifications (QQI)

City & Guilds


Zoe Murphy Finalist Young Designer of the Year

Zoe Murphy Finalist Wedding Journal Young Designer of the Year