1 Year Certificate in Fashion Buying

Course Description

This internationally recognised 1 year course will give you the creative and commercial skill-set required to succeed in today’s competitive buying environment. The course will allow you to combine creative flair with essential buying skills so that you will be well placed to work within the fashion buying office in a range of organisations including high street chains and owner/manager boutiques. 

The course is led by highly experienced fashion buyers who have many years of experience in international fashion buying, fashion recruitment and fashion design for large multiples, high volume textiles, branded selection and in-house design. 

The course team have an excellent industry contact base, and the course will feature guest lectures and speakers from leading industry organisations. This course is ideal if you have an interest in fashion buying, or if you are considering a career change. This course is also recommended if you are already working as a fashion buyer and you wish to advance your career. 80% of this year’s graduates (2021) already found employment, or a prestigious internship, in the fashion buying sector. You can read about some success stories below. 

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
Communication in Art & Design & Professional Development

Gain an understanding of your strength’s weaknesses and opportunities needed to enter the fashion industry. Learn the key responsibilities, requirements and qualities associated with the role of a fashion buying office. Investigate a role you would like to apply for and tailer a CV and final portfolio to secure the role. 

Contextual Studies 

Fashion is a circle, learn about the history of fashion the social and cultural influences that impact fashion trends. Utilising the industry-standard WGSN trend forecasting platform you will learn how to research and analyse micro and macro trends and present your findings by creating a portfolio standard fashion trend report and trend board. 

Techniques & Processes 

Learn about the key reports used in buying. Analyse a fashion brand, understand the importance of brand identity and how to research and evaluate the brands DNA, and investigation the brand online and in store to create a shop report.  Learn the techniques and processes used to build and visually present a fashion range on excel. Get an insight into the WSSI and its importance in the work of fashion buyers. Cover the basics of buying budgets and sales forecasting. 

Individual Project

Range Planning understand the importance of category analysis, range planning and budget planning. Learning how to create your own excel range plan.  


The Buying Calendar:Understand the importance of buying the right product at the right time, and learn how to review and analyse the previous season’s performance and plan for the next season. Learn how to develop and source a product / garment, including key negotiation skills. Understand the critical path, and the supply chain. Learn how to perfect your workflow and time management when working as a buyer, and gain an understanding of building a range using excel and the buying cycle.

Fashion & Textile Practices

Explore fabrics and garment construction. Learn the process of developing product for a range using textile design for your own category.


Learn how to represent your category by creating a visual range plan and drawing illustrator flats. 

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. 

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 Buying. 

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 and commercial world of Fashion Buying. It is a popular course well received by our students and well utilised by our graduates. Upon successful completion of this course, 80% of our graduate’s secure work in the Fashion Buying sector. 

Practical Matters      

As some of our courses are online and others are in the classroom/onsite, please make sure you have checked this specifically for the course that you are interested in.   

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.    

For courses taking place online, please make sure you have access to a computer or laptop, Wi-Fi and that you can access Microsoft Teams. 

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At a Glance

Start Date Tuesday 27th September 2022 (Day & Evening)
Duration 1 Year
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Part-Time Evening: Online
Class Schedule Tuesdays In-class: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tues & Thurs Online: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Fees €3,100
Accreditation DDI Certificate in Fashion Buying (lvl 6 equiv.)