Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Fashion Design and Dress Making 5M3865

This course develops your fashion awareness and design creativity. You will learn to enhance your creative skills in fashion and design. Students on this popular programme develop a range of other skills which they apply to real life learning in GTI's Annual Fashion Showcase, a project for Applied Learning.

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

Course Content

5N0784 Design Skills

5N1862 Drawing

5N3845 Fashion Industry & Design Studies

5N0690 Communications

5N1356 Work Experience

5N1276 Garment Constuction

5N0755 Appreciation of Art Craft & Design

5N1445 Fashion Buying and Merchandise

Extra Modules

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

Level 6 Fasion Design at GTI 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. Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup * 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 & Part time Programmes

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.

Testimonial: Laura Payne

For anyone interested in pursuing a love for fashion, I highly recommend the Fashion and Dressmaking course in GTI. I had always not regretted studying fashion when I finished school so when I found this course, I was delighted. I also loved the fact that I didn't need to return to college for another 4 years in order to pursue my dream. The teachers are so nice and all have backgrounds in the fashion industry so the standard of learning is very high. The course is also very varied so you get to learn about the creative process, pattern drafting and dressmaking