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Fashion Design

Course Code(s):  5M3865 CI061FD
QQI Award Code:  5M3865 Fashion Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3865 CI061FD
QQI Award Code 5M3865 Fashion Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course will build skills from beginner level through to an achievable, individual career path. Through a wide range of creative modules, from Fashion & Textiles through to Millinery and Costume; design students will gain professional skills within the broader fashion industry from this dynamic one year fashion course.

Students will also develop technical skills in illustration, embroidery, printed textiles, garment construction and pattern drafting. The course is also suitable for students wishing to build a visual portfolio to gain entry to higher education.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Combined Materials 5N0764

Design Skills 5N0784

Drawing 5N1862

Embroidery 5N1441

Fashion Industry & Design Studies 5N3845

Garment Construction 5N1276

Pattern Drafting 5N1303
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AFDXX 5M3865

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Dressmaker   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Footwear Designer   Beauty Therapist  
Beauty Consultant   Fashion Technologist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Fashion Stylist  
Hairdresser   Tailor  
Wigmaker   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Fashion & Beauty
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.