Griffith College

BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

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

Fashion Design courses at Griffith College
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Duration:3 years

About The Course

Explore your personal design direction with our BA in Fashion Design. Over the course of 3 years, you’ll be immersed in all aspects of the fashion industry from traditional methods of tailoring, draping, and embellishment techniques to fashion illustration and computer aided design (CAD) skills. Nurturing your design and creativity is our main objective for this course, and we strive to give you the most opportunities to succeed in the fashion industry.

The core studio and technology modules allow you to explore your personal design style—from idea generation, design development, and pattern creation through to garment construction using contemporary production techniques. Throughout the course you will see what changes are taking place in the fashion industry, and learn to recognise the traditional manufacturing bases that have been relocated to low cost economics.

Our course has responded to this need with a comprehensive syllabus offering training in the most up-to-date CAD pattern and manufacturing (CAM) technology, complemented with business and professional practice knowledge, including brand and marketing skills. This fashion degree will prepare you for any role that requires both a creative flair and a technical and business knowledge. Previous graduates are working as fashion designers liaising with offshore production facilities, buyers, trend forecasters, and visual merchandisers.

Portfolio Assessments 2017

A portfolio is required for our fashion design degree.

Portfolio assessment dates for entry into the course in 2017 - to be confirmed

To book a place for portfolio assessment please contact Emily Watts at

For information on creating your portfolio please see our guidelines here. You can also read a recent blog post with tips on how to prepare a portfolio.

Take a look at some our recent graduates' work


The quality of our students’ work has been recognised throughout the design industry, our students’ have been invited to exhibit in industry exhibitions and have won many prestigious design awards

  • DCU Young Designer of the Year Award
  • Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year Award
  • Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Award
  • IDI Graduate Award
  • Nissan Generation Next UCD Young Designer of the Year
  • Triumph Inspiration Online Voting Award
  • Vodafone DIT Student Design Award
  • World Expo Shanghai Exhibitor
  • Kerry Fashion Week Student Designer of the Year Award

Industry recognition
Their work has been published in leading online and fashion editorial publications including

  • Social and Personal Magazine
  • Sunday Independent
  • Image Magazine
  • Irish Tatler
  • Hot Press
  • RSVP  Magazine
  • Prudence Magazine
  • World Expo Magazine 

Industry links

During the course, you’ll be taught by practising designers, illustrators, industry technicians, art historians, journalists, stylists, marketing and brand experts ensuring that the faculty maintains strong industry links. Our courses are regularly reviewed by industry professionals, to ensure we are meeting the current needs of the industry and following best practice. Professionals from the fashion industry are regularly invited to give guest lectures, and in our award years, participate in critiquing student work.

Fashion Internships

Past students of our fashion degree have been awarded internships with Avoca, Caroline Kilkenny, FeeG, Helen Cody, Helen McAlinden, Jennifer Rothwell, Joanne Hynes, Liz Quin, Louis Copeland and Percival London

Field trips

Experiential learning is an important part of our courses, therefore most modules have class trips as a part of their curriculum. Every year the faculty travels internationally and nationally to places with both current and historical design importance. Previous trips have included London, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Venice.

Creative Week

A key date in our calendar is the annual Creative Week showcase. This showcase gives graduates of the design faculty a platform to present their work alongside those of media, journalism, computing, film, and photography. Not only will this exhibit give you the experience of showcasing to industry standards but it allows for extensive PR and networking opportunities. 

Annual Fashion Graduate Exhibition

Our annual fashion graduate exhibition, which launches Creative Week, takes place every May. It shines the spotlight on our brightest new design talents, giving them a national platform to showcase their best work. Every year TV3  films Griffith’s Graduate Fashion Exhibition for their fashion trends programme Xposé.

Tax relief

Griffith College students can avail of tax relief on all QQI validated undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information visit

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Design Communications 1
Design Principles & Research Methods 1
Professional Practice 1
Studio 1
Technology & Garment Construction 1
Visual Culture & Theory 1
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Design Communications 2
Professional Practice 2
Studio 2
Technology & Garment Construction 2
Visual Culture & Theory 2
Year 3 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Design Communications 3
Professional Practice 3
Studio 3
Technology & Garment Construction 3
Visual Culture & Theory 3
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Leaving Certificate

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphics plus a portfolio which can include samples of sketching, notebooks, concept development and technical drawings

Mature Applicant

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must provide a copy of ID i.e. passport and submit a portfolio for assessment.

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

CAO Points Dublin: 

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:

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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 6,000.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,500.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 10,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 10,000.00
How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2017 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.

Advanced Entry

Applicants looking for Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 should apply directly here  Apply Online

When submitting your portfolio for assessment, students looking to enter Year 1 should attach this form along with their portfolio.

Students looking to enter Year 2 should attach this form along with their portfolio.

Students looking to enter Year 3  should attach this form along with their portfolio.

To see our assessment criteria and for portfolio guidelines, take a look at the following Portfolio Brief, Portfolio Guidelines

Portfolio assessment dates for entry in 2017 - to be confirmed.

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.