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BA in Fashion Design

BA in Fashion Design


Explore your creativity, innovate and develop your original ideas with this practical fashion design course.

Develop fundamental skills in art and design, and discover your personal style with our BA in Fashion Design.

Study Fashion at Griffith College

Why Study Fashion Design at Griffith College?

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.

  • The core Fashion Design and Garment Construction modules develop practical skills and explore a personal design style—from idea generation, design development and pattern creation, through to garment construction using contemporary production techniques.
  • We also offer a range of guest lecturers with workshops to develop embellishment and knitwear design skills.
  • Students learn to think creatively when faced with design challenges, adapt to industry changes and develop the key skills required to design a fashion collection
  • Our graduates have strong brand communication and entrepreneurial skills, their collection can be found at Brown Thomas Create, Havana Boutique, Marion Cuddy, Om Diva and at the Design House.


Course Highlights

  • No entry portfolio required 
  • Develop brand, marketing & entrepreneurial skills 
  • Progress to the Level 8 BA (Hons) in Fashion Design
  • Our expert lecturers create a dynamic learning environment
  • Create Fashion Collections


Fashion Internships and Careers

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.

Experienced Lecturers

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.

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences September 2019.

Why Study Fashion Design at Griffith College?

Why study Fashion Design at Griffith College?

Course details

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.

Year One Core Subjects
Semester One
  • Creative Studio Projects 1
  • 2D Freehand Drawing Techniques
  • Digital Design Tools 1
  • Design Principles 
Semester Two
  • Creative Studio Projects 2
  • 3D Free Hand Drawing Techniques
  • Digital Design Tools 2
  • Visual Culture
Year Two Core Subjects
Semester One
  • Fashion Design 1
  • Garment Construction 1
  • Design Graphics 1
  • The Business of Fashion
  • The History of Fashion 
Semester Two
  • Fashion Design 2
  • Garment Construction 2
  • Design Graphics 2
  • Textile Theory
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1
Year Three Core Subjects
Semester One
  • Fashion Design 3
  • Garment Construction 3
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Brand and Marketing
Semester Two
  • Fashion Design 4
  • Garment Construction 4
  • Digital Fashion Portfolio 1
  • Photography and Video Production
  • Entrepreneurship & Business
How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Leaving Certificate

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.

English Language

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.

How to Apply 

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2019 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO Website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.

CAO Code

  • Dublin - GC495

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. 

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,850.00


General Fee Information 

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.

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,650.00

Direct Debit Scheme

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.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

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.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the BA in Fashion Design may also progress to the final stage of the related BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.

Career Progression

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:

  • Fashion Design Assistant
  • Garment Technologist Assistant
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Stylist Assistant
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Fashion Wholesale Sales
  • Fashion Public Relations
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Fashion Blogger
  • Trend Forecaster

Ready to take the next step?