Develop fundamental skills in art and design, and discover your personal style with our BA in Fashion Design.
Griffith College's BA in Fashion Design is a three-year level 7 degree course available on a full-time basis. The course is currently validated as an exit award of the level 8 BA(Hons) in Fashion Design after 2 years. This interdisciplinary programme introduces a broad range of art and design disciplines alongside the skills required to design a business-aware fashion collection.
Year on year Griffith College has awarded students and graduates internships in fashion companies both in Ireland and abroad. Graduates of our Fashion Degree have gone on to work at Avoca, Caroline Kilkenny, CVUK London, Ella Boo, Ellis Bridal, Emmett Equestrian, Esquire Footwear, Filmbase, Gareth Pugh, GW Global Trading, Heatons, Helen Mcalinden, Home Studios London, Hybrid Fashion, Joanne Hynes Design, Kathy De Stafford, Louboutin, Louis Copeland, Louis Vuitton, Mariana Jungmann, Mirjam Rouden, Native Clothing Designs, Nicole Farhi, Percival, Primark Stores, Reiss, Rick Owens, Simone Rocha, Soho Apparel, Styletex and Vivienne Westwood.
During the course you’ll be taught by practicing designers, garment technologists, buyers, art historians, photographers, journalist, business and craft practitioners, ensuring that the faculty maintains strong industry links.
Our intake for this course commences September 2020.
The BA in Fashion Design provides learners with a detailed preparation for employment in the fashion design industry. The first year is interdisciplinary introducing a broad range of art and design disciplines. The programme uses project-based learning, and encourages learners to experiment in their creation and implementation of design solutions, acquiring the skills required to design a fashion collection with business awareness.
Learners become proficient using industry standard design software, enabling them to implement design solutions through to completion. The programme uses Industry related project assignments to allow graduates to establish the necessary skills and competence to take up employment in the fashion industry and to contribute effectively to the realisation of fashion design projects.
Learners gain experience of a broad range of fashion design activities, from traditional methods of tailoring, draping, and embellishment techniques to fashion illustration and computer-aided design (CAD) skills. The programme supports learners to develop their design creativity and technical implementation skills. The fashion design and technology modules allow learners to develop their own contribution; from idea generation, design development, and pattern creation through to garment construction using contemporary production techniques. The programme prepares learners for roles requiring strong technical competence coupled with an ability to contribute to the overall creative and business aspects of the design practice.
Graduates of the BA in Fashion Design may also progress to the final stage of the related BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, either directly or a later time of their choosing.
Prospective Timetable - Year 1
Prospective Timetable - Year 2
Prospective Timetable - Year 3
5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language) and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphics.
FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements:
Level 5: Full Level 5 Award achieved.
Level 6: We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 6 FETAC in the related area. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.
If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the admissions team.
Applicants under 23 years
Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2019 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO Website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.
Mature Applicant (over 23 years of age) or seeking advanced entry
Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 can apply direct and must provide a copy of photo ID e.g passport.
Students seeking advanced entry will need to carry out a portfolio assessment.
For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.
An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.
An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,650.00
Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.
Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.
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All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.
Graduates of the BA in Fashion Design may also progress to the final stage of the related BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.
Through the BA in Fashion Design, you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creativity, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including: