Certificate in Fashion Design Introduction

Course Description

This popular course will introduce you to the core principals of Fashion Design. Through lectures and practical workshops you will gain an insight into fashion design methodology, trend analysis and taking your
ideas from initial concept to final design illustration

This course is perfect if you have an interest in the area of fashion design, are keen to learn new skills and develop your understanding of the fashion design process. The course is led by enthusiastic, experienced fashion designers and consists of lectures, workshops and studio sessions.

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
Introduction to Fashion Design

Understand the process of fashion design, and the roles in the fashion industry. 

Brand Research

Examine the DNA of a fashion brand

Fashion Design History

Explore clothing and fashion design throughout the ages, and understand the continuing influence of fashion movements upon current trends.

Visual Research and Design Concept Development

Develop inspired, original ideas, and practise communicating your ideas to fashion design team members.

Mood Boards, Colour Boards, Fabric Boards

Learn how to present your inspiration, your fabric and colour choices to a high standard.  You will also  get the opportunity to create some impressive portfolio pieces.

Fashion Illustration

Learn how to use a variety of materials, media, and techniques to create your own vivid fashion design illustrations.

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).  

Matureapplicants are welcome and highly valued at our Institute. We have a robust policy in place to support mature learners, for more information on our approach, please contact our Admissions Team by email at admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286.  


Course fees are to be paid in full prior to the course start date. If you have any queries relating to fees or payment please email or call us on 01 679026.

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 Dublin Design Institute (DDI) Associate Certificate in Fashion Design, which is equivalent to level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). 

Progression Options 

This course has been structured to allow students advance their studies with DDI.  Upon successful completion of this course, students may progress into Term 2 of our 1-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion Design.  

Students who progress from a 10- week course to a 1-year Higher Certificate course with us at Dublin Design will benefit from a reduced fee for the follow-on course. For more information about fees and payments, please contact our Student Services.   

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 10-week course is a first step into the profession of Fashion Design, providing you with a solid overview of the core principles from design methodology and concept development to market and trend analysis. The course enables you to develop creative and on the job skills while learning and exploring the Fashion Design discipline.  

Many of our graduates on this course, progress in to further study options with us and often to the 1 Year Certificate in Fashion Design, further increasing employment prospects.  

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 Wednesday 5th July 2023 (Day)
Monday 3rd July (Evening)
Duration 10 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day: In Class
Part-Time Evening: In Class
Class Schedule Day: Wednesday 10.00am-5.00pm (In Class)
Evening: Monday & Wednesday 6.00pm-9.00pm (In Class)
Fees €1095
Accreditation Dublin Design Institute Certificate in Fashion Design Introduction

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