Professional Certificate in Fashion Buying & Merchandising

Professional / Short Course
10 Weeks
Validated by
Griffith College
Online / Part-Time
Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

Are you interested in progressing your career within the fashion industry by enhancing your skills in trend forecasting, customer profiling, fashion buying and budgeting?

This course is for those looking to enter or advance in fashion buying, providing essential skills like trend forecasting, customer profiling, and range planning.


The course is certified by Griffith College. This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study for a Professional Certificate in Fashion Buying & Merchandising at Griffith College?

This course addresses the demand for qualified entry-level fashion-buying professionals with applicable technical skills. It provides a foundation for fashion buying roles and further studies, offering guidance, networking, and industry exposure.

  • Gain foundational knowledge of key fashion concepts, business functions, trends, and career pathways.
  • Develop practical skills in market research, analysing emerging trends, brand profiling, and shop reporting.
  • Build competence in strategic planning fundamentals like assortment planning, financial budgeting, and demand forecasting.
  • Cultivate industry connections by facilitating networking and collaborations with faculty and mentor experts across fashion sectors.
  • Foster skill development and validate competencies through industry-standard assessments embedded within practical projects and assignments.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Online - October 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - October 2024

Course Details

Course Content

This module covers essential topics in fashion retail, including the buying cycle, seasonal planning, merchandising strategies, trend analysis, brand positioning, target market evaluation, competitor analysis, market data gathering, fashion product range planning and development, and effective communication of findings and range proposals.

This module covers trend forecasting and market research methods in fashion, including trend development processes, data gathering from sources like WGSN, analytical frameworks, effective presentation techniques, customer profiling fundamentals, and industry applications for informed decision-making in product development and target market identification.

Course Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at [email protected] 

or 01 415 0429.



Timetables will be made available closer to the course start date. The next course commences in October 2024. 

Online delivery will run 2 evenings per week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Part-time delivery will run 1 day per week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Please contact [email protected] for further information.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

All applicants should have basic IT skills and their own laptop.

Mature Learners (Over 23 Years)
Direct entry

Under 23 Years
e.g. 5 O6/H7 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award.
FETAC Level 5 Full Award

English Language
It is recommended that applicants have a good understanding of both written and spoken English. Non-native English speakers are not required to submit a copy of IELTS test results or take an English-level test as part of the application process.

For further information, please contact a member of the Griffith College Professional Academy team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 01-4150429.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin Main Campus

EUR 1190.00

Early Booking Discount: Enrol and pay a €250 deposit before 31st July and receive a 10% discount. 


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