Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Fashion Design 5M3865

If you are interested in Fashion Design and learning all about what's involved in designing and making your own clothes then this is the course for you. This one year Programme will introduce you to all the elements involved in creating your own designs and making beautiful unique pieces of clothing. The aim of this course is to give you all the training and skills you need to start you off on a career path in Fashion Design. You can progress to Degree level from GTI, or even start your own business! This course is suitable for school leavers and is also ideal for those who wish to explore the possibility of a career change. Teachers with years of industry experience will assist you to unleash your personal aesthetic and creative vision. You will also have the opportunity to show your designs on the catwalk at the end of year Fashion Show, as part of GTI Fashion Showcase.

This course is designed to
  • Introduce students to the theory and processes of contemporary fashion design
  • Enable students to communicate design ideas effectively
  • Provide students with the educational support and professional expertise necessary to pursue a career in Fashion Design
  • Enable students to prepare a portfolio of work to present at interview with a prospective employer or at a third level college
  • Assist students to develop the range of skills needed to produce a cohesive collection of garments for a fashion show.
entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • It is advisable to present a notebook, ideas book or portfolio and any garments produced that would illustrate your interest in fashion.
  • Pre-entry guidance meeting
  • Mature applicants welcome

5N0784 Design Skills

5N1862 Drawing

5N3845 Fashion Industry & Design Studies

5N0690 Communications

5N1356 Work Experience

5N1276 Garment Construction

5N0755 Appreciation of Art Craft & Design

5N1445 Fashion Buying and Merchandising


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award (5M3865)

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme. The main degree courses in Fashion Design in Ireland are in Limerick, Dublin and Belfast.

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

*GA274 Design

*LC110 Art and Design

*LC114 Fashion and Textiles for Product and Costume

*LC115 Art and Design Teacher Education

*AD101 First Year Art and Design

*AD102 Graphic Design and moving image Design

*AD103 Textile and Surface Design and Jewellery objects

*AD202 Education and Design or Fine Art

*AD204 Fine Art

*AD211 Fashion Design

*AD212 Product Design

Career Opportunities
  • Assistant Fashion Designer

  • Assistant Pattern Drafter

  • Alterations Assistant


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonial: Gillian Power

I applied to GTI Fashion Design with very little experience or knowledge of Fashion but in the time I have been here so much has happened - for example I got Work Experience in Brown Thomas thanks to my teachers connections in the fashion industry. I also secured a three week work placement in France through Erasmus + and I have been selected as a finalist in The Irish Innovation Awards Fashion Show Student Category. If you had told me all this could happen in a matter of a few months I would have had trouble believing it. The teachers at GTI are so helpful and encouraging. I couldn't be happier with my choice of college