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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.

Study Fashion at Griffith College

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. 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.

  • Through our Fashion Design and Garment Construction modules, students develop practical skills and explore a personal design philosophy.
  • From concept  generation, advanced design and pattern development to garment creation, students create a fashion collection using contemporary production techniques.
  • Our syllabus offers training in the most dynamic 3D CAD pattern and manufacturing (CAM) technology, complemented with business and professional practice knowledge.
  • Students learn to think creatively when faced with design challenges, adapt to industry changes and develop the key skills required to liaise with offshore production facilities. 
  • The calibre of our fashion graduates work has been recognised through numerous industry awards and exhibitions.
  • An annual Creative Week showcases the Design Faculty graduates with those of Media, Journalism, Computing, Film and Photography.
  • 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

  • Create a dynamic fashion collection
  • Develop digital fashion design and visual communication skills
  • Establish brand, marketing and entrepreneurial skills 
  • Expert lecturers create a dynamic learning environment.
  • Live Industry Projects
  • Fashion Graduate Exhibition with Industry Internship Awards

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.

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.

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences September 2019.

Are you applying through the CAO?

Read our CAO Guide for everything you need to know about applying through the CAO!

What our students say


I really loved the course here at Griffith because it covers a wide range of modules and different skills that you are going to need for going out into the industry. In particular, garment construction is really important here which attracted me to the course at first, and I really love the relationship you have with the tutors. It’s really one-to-one and you always feel like there’s somebody there for you and supporting you.

Roisin Bowling
BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

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

BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

Course details

The BA (Hons) in Fashion Design provides learners with a comprehensive and rigorous preparation for professional careers in fashion design. The programme emphasises project-based learning, requiring learners to experiment and innovate, in order to create imaginative and realistic design solutions. Actual and realistic Industry project assignments ensure graduates will have the skills to take up graduate employment within the industry, either for a company or as independent designers.

Learners are 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 design and creativity is the main objective for this programme and providing opportunities to succeed in the fashion industry.  The fashion design and technology modules allow learners to explore a personal design style; from idea generation, design development, and pattern creation through to garment construction using contemporary production techniques.

Throughout the programme, learners are prepared for the changes taking place within the fashion industry and recognise that the traditional manufacturing bases that have been relocated to low-cost economies.  In response, the syllabus offers training in the most up-to-date CAD pattern and manufacturing (CAM) technology, complemented with business and professional practice including brand and marketing skills.  This degree prepares learners for roles that require both a creative flair and a technical and business knowledge.  Graduates of the programme are working as fashion designers liaising with offshore production facilities, buyers, trend forecasters, and visual merchandisers.

Year One 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 Two 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 and Business
Year Three Core Subjects
Semester One
  • Fashion Design 5
  • Garment Construction 5
  • Digital CAD Pattern
  • Business Planning For Creatives
Semester Two
  • Fashion Design 6
  • Garment Construction 6
  • Digital CAD & CAM Pattern
  • Digital Fashion Portfolio 2
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 2019 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 2019 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO Website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.

CAO Code

  • Dublin - GC494

Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 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


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 6,350.00


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 7,150.00

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.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


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
  • Garment Technologist
  • CAD Pattern Cutter
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Retail Buyer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Textile Designer
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Fashion Wholesale Sales
  • Fashion Public Relations
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Fashion Writer
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Graphic Designer


Discover what a Fashion Design degree can do for you!


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