HND Fashion Design and Creative Entrepreneurship – 1-year Add-on

Course Description

This 1-year add-on course has been revised for our 2022/23 intake. Places are available on an Advanced Entry basis to internal and external candidates.

This course will provide you with an extensive understanding of the fashion design process and current practices in the fashion industry. You will learn how to take ideas from market and trend analysis, and develop these ideas into working designs before creating a final manufactured garment or collection.

During this programme you will prepare for a career in the industry by developing a thorough understanding of the fashion business environment and the relationship between the different fashion industry sectors. You will learn the importance of self-branding, and you will be actively encouraged to develop your career path into the fashion design industry, be it corporate, branded, or own enterprises.

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
  • Fashion Design
  • The Business of Fashion
  • Pattern Drafting and Manufacture
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Fashion Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Software for Fashion Design
  • Fashion Branding
  • Portfolio Development
  • Interview Preparation and Career Development

*course content subject to change


On successful completion, students will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles. This qualification is equivalent to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland. BTEC is the largest accrediting body in the UK, and BTEC qualifications are recognised globally.

Students will also have a strong portfolio of creative, original fashion design work, showing a varied skill set, and will be ready for a variety of roles in the fashion industry.

Career Opportunities

Dublin Institute of Design graduates have successfully placed in internships in fashion companies both in Ireland and abroad. These companies include Primark, Zoe Jordan London, Katie Hanlan textile designer, Emma Manley, Fashion Hot House, Dublin Fashion Week and TV3.

Students have gone on to set up their own successful businesses and sell their pieces/collections through shops such as Om Diva in Dublin City Centre, as well as using well known sites including

Many graduates have secured employment in roles including Head Office and store management positions in leading fashion retailers such as Primark and River Island.

Entry Requirements

Places are available on an Advanced Entry basis to internal and external candidates.

This is a natural progression opportunity for graduates of our 1-year Higher National Certificate in Fashion Design.

We will also welcome Advanced Entry applications from candidates who have gained a similar qualification elsewhere.

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 +.

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.

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At a Glance

Start Date Wednesday 28th September 2023
Duration 1 Year
Study Mode Part Time Day