• Code:             DC (Year 1), DF (Year 2)
  • Certification:

    BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art & Design - Fashion Design Level 6+ equivalence on the NFQ achieved after year 1

    BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art & Design - Fashion Design Level 6+ equivalence on the NFQ achieved after year 2 (603/0909/X)
  • Duration:       One Year


Learners create a portfolio of work suitable for entry into third level colleges or industry. The course consists of academic and practical workshops in the field of fashion and textiles, providing the opportunity for learners to develop and expand their fashion and textile design skills in addition to developing their confidence and own unique style identity. Students will also exhibit their work at the annual Graduate Show.

Programme of Study

Year One - HNC

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion and Textile Practices
  • Pattern cutting and garment making
  • Surface Design

Year Two - HND

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Fashion Studies
  • Material Selection and Specification
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Styling

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent with fashion design experience
  • QQI Level 5
  • Mature Applicants-experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview. Applicants must bring a portfolio/collection of work to the interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Fashion Design
  • Costume design for Film & Theatre
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Retail
  • Textile Design
Higher Education Progression*
  • NCAD
    Fashion and Textiles (AD101)
  • IADT
    Costume (DL829)
  • UK and Northern Ireland Universities:
    Final year of an Honours Degree in Fashion Design (Apply through UCAS system)
  • Irish Universities & IT’s:
    Learners may proceed through advanced entry to Honors Degree courses

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Anne Jeffares

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

linzy osullivan"My Journey with LinzyO began in B.I.F.E were I started to turn my dreams into reality, one day I hoped to become a fashion designer. I learnt an amazing amount of skills along with so much knowledge of the industry to be able to then progess to achieve my fullest potential. Moving to the UK for several years to finish my fashion degree in UCA Rochester which brought me on so much as a creative designer. I was honoured to display my final collection at Graduate Fashion Week . I took many different roads and began to work for an amazing Designer, Jatin Patel which eventually led me home to Ireland . Funny enough it took me back to where I started and I became an evening teacher for Fashion Illustration in B.I.F.E , alongside running my own Women's wear Brand, but life changed and took me down a new road. I decided to start a childrenswear brand after growing disillusioned with the transience of adult fashion trends. I love the freshness, the innocence of the trends within my client base. The birth of my daughter helped me identify a niche market for unique, stylish, affordable, on-trend children’s clothing. As a brand we have gradually refined our product to suit the needs of the people we have the greatest association with at the minute; mothers and fathers of young children. The look of joy on the parents and child’s face when they wear my designs is priceless!" - LINZYO - Linzy O’Sullivan

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