1 Year Certificate in Fashion Design

Course Description

This comprehensive 1-year course has been developed by experienced fashion industry professionals to give you a thorough understanding of the position and knowledge needed to work as a designer in the Fashion industry. 

Through lectures and practical workshops, you will develop both design and manufacturing skills associated with fashion design. You will learn to follow a design process, taking your ideas from concept to final design and develop knowledge of industry as it is today and understand how it has developed over the centuries. You will gain an insight into fashion design, starting with trend analysis, customer profiling, visual research, design development, presentation board and illustrations while building your own fashion design portfolio of work. 

During term 2 you will begin to learn about fundamentals of textile design, pattern drafting and garment manufacture from textile research and development, block construction, pattern drafting, basic sewing techniques and finishing details of a garment. Alongside these practical classes you will continue to develop your design skills through a design and textile project. Pattern drafting and garment construction continue throughout the year, allowing you to build the skill and confidence to bring your designs from 2D design to 3D garments. 

You will learn the practical skills required to work in the industry including digital presentation skills for fashion design, using industry-standard software Adobe Illustrator to create flat drawings, illustrations, and learn to present your work to a professional standard.  

In term 3 you undertake the manufacture of your design you created during term 2 by pattern drafting, cutting, and manufacturing a toile and create a final garment. You will develop knowledge of a career in industry as it stands today.  

At the end of the year, you will have a fashion design portfolio along with patterns and toiles and will have created your own garment design. 

The course consists of lectures, studio sessions and is assessed through project-based assignments and presentations. 

Why study with us?
  • 25 Years experience providing design education
  • Mature student friendly
  • State accredited Institution
  • Strong industry connections
  • Design education taught by experienced design professionals
  • Part time/ full time/ in class/ online options
  • High rates of graduate employment
  • Award Winning Institute
  • Range of payment plans available
Course Content
Techniques & Processes & Fashion Collection

Consists of all the techniques & process involved in developing a fashion design collection. Including trend research, visual research, design brainstorming, mood board and illustrations board. Learn how to select, research, and empathise with your customer to create a customer profile based on a particular brand.  


Contextual Studies

Fashion design is a cycle, understanding history and trend forecasting is a particularly important part of a Designer’s role.  


Fashion & Textile Practices

Learn about fabrics and how to research and develop textile ideas to create original textile samples. 


Individual Project

Design a garment for manufacture using your original textile development. Computer-Aided Design – CAD: Learning to draw Adobe Illustrator fashion flat drawings and create range plans. 


Pattern Project & Garment Making

Learn how to manufacture the design created during term 2 by pattern drafting, cutting, and sewing a final garment.  


Professional Development

Research and develop knowledge of a career in industry as it stands today and form strategies to plan your future career.  

Admissions requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Cert / comparable secondary school examination, or hold another qualification at Level 5 or higher on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ). 

Mature applications are welcome and highly valued at Dublin Design. We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy in place to support our approach and acknowledge prior learning. For more information on this type of admission, and to request a RPL admissions form, please contact our Admissions Team by email at admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286. 

Payment Options

DDI offer flexible payment plans for this course, which you can access here.  If you have any queries relating to course fees or our payment options please email or call on + 353 1 6790 286

Advanced Entry

Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such cases, it is possible to gain module exemptions and / or entry to an advanced stage of a programme. Advanced entry is sometimes referred to as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and a specific application form for admission through RPL is available here.

Language Requirements

We welcome international students to our courses. If English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency is required. This can be provided through a recognised English test result or qualified by experience e.g. where an individual has been working in an English speaking environment for 12 months +.


 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate in Fashion Design.  

Progression Options

We encourage our students to look at our short courses as a pathway to other options and courses as well as nationally accredited and internationally recognised degree programmes.

Career Opportunities

This 1-year course provides an insight in to the practical skills needed to become a fashion designer. It is a popular course well received by our students and well utilised by our graduates. The course will enable you to develop creative and on the job skills while exploring  the Fashion Design industry. 

Practical Matters      

Once you have registered for a course, additional information will be provided to you in our ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment that may be required.    

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At a Glance

Start Date w/b 25th September 2023
Duration 1 Year
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Class Schedule In-class: 10.00am – 5.00pm
(Day TBC)
Fees €3,100
Accreditation DDI Certificate 1 Year Certificate in Fashion Design

Student Work

Student Work