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BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

BA (Hons) in Fashion Design


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

Explore your personal design direction with our BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and gain an incredible opportunity to succeed in the fashion industry.

Why Study Fashion Design at Griffith College?

Our BA (Hons) in Fashion Design is a three-year level 8 degree course available on a full-time basis over a 3 period. The course will immerse you in all aspects of the fashion industry and prepare you for any role that requires both a creative flair and a technical and business knowledge.

  • 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.
  • Learn to think creatively when faced with design challenges, adapt to industry changes, and recognise traditional manufacturing bases that have been relocated to low-cost economics.
  • A comprehensive syllabus offers training in the most up-to-date CAD pattern and manufacturing (CAM) technology, complemented with business and professional practice knowledge.
  • The calibre of work produced by the Design Faculty has been recognised numerous times through industry awards and exhibitions.
  • An annual Creative Week showcases the Design faculty graduates with those of Media, Journalism, Computing, Film and Photography.

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.

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.

Portfolio assessments for entry will now be taking place on a continuous basis throughout the summer.

What our students say


In Griffith College I’ve had the opportunity to work with people who are experienced in the fashion Industry on a daily basis. And also the opportunity to visit fashion outlets to get a clear understanding of how the industry operates.

Vanessa Doyle
BA (Hons) in Fashion Design & Nokia Fashion Awards Finalist 2010

I found my time in Griffith such a great experience. The college offers excellent and accessible facilities for fashion design, making it so much easier make your deadlines and get your work done! There's always such a great atmosphere in the class, we worked like a team.

Emma Collopy
BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, Jennifer Rothwell Scholarship Winner, and designer of Ryanair's new look flight attendant uniforms
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Course details


Core Subjects
Year One
  • Design Communications 1
  • Design Principles & Research Methods 1
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Studio 1
  • Technology & Garment Construction 1
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1
Year Two
  • Design Communications 2
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Studio 2
  • Technology & Garment Construction 2
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2
Year Three
  • Design Communications 3
  • Professional Practice 3
  • Studio 3
  • Technology & Garment Construction 3
  • Visual Culture & Theory 3
How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Leaving Certificate

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another 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

FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements:

Level 5: Min. 3 Distinctions and a Full Level 5 Award achieved.

Level 6: We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 6 FETAC awards for advanced entry to Year 2. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

BTEC e.g. Higher National Diploma (HND) Entry Requirements:

We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 4 or above BTEC awards for advanced entry to Year 2.

Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

How to Apply 

Applicants under 23 years

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

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 BriefPortfolio Guidelines

Please contact Emily Watts to book your portfolio assessment - 01 416 3330


Fee Information 

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 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.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

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

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.

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:

Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the BA (Hons) 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 Designer
  • Retail Buyers
  • Trend Forecasters
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Graphic Designer
  • Apparel Design and Merchandising
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Fashion Wholesale Sales
  • Business Development Executive

Ready to take the next step?