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HNC Fashion Design

Olivia Keaney, HNC Fashion Design, Finalist at Frankfurt Style Awards 2016

Higher National Certificate in Fashion Design

Course Description

This course delivers a strong foundation in fashion design skills, and a keen awareness of the industry-based design process. Students develop a range of skills including visual research, concept development, presentation of design ideas, pattern drafting, toile manufacture and garment manufacture.

Students gradually build their confidence, moving towards establishing a distinctive personal design signature.

The course consists of lectures and studio sessions, and is assessed through project-based assignments and presentations.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

1 Year


Modes of Study:

Full Time


Part Time Day


Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for October 2017.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.

Course Content

Introduction to Fashion Design Process:
Learn to carry out visual research and develop design sketchbooks, develop your drawing skills to produce final illustrations, and fabricate fashion design boards for presentation of your ideas, both manually and using industry-standard software.

Pattern Drafting:
Receive an introduction to pattern drafting and toile manufacture. As the year progresses, you will build upon these skills, creating patterns to implement your own design vision, and proceed to toile manufacture to finished garment manufacture.

Contextual and Cultural Studies:
Explore clothing and fashion design throughout the ages, and learn about contemporary influcences in fashion.

Trend Forecasting:
Carry out trend analysis, shop reports and customer profiling; providing a context for your fashion design projects.

Idea Generation:
Practice concept development skills, developing inspired, original ideas for fashion design, and practise communicating your ideas to colleagues.

Fashion Industry Communication Skills:
Learn the technical skills and knowledge involved in producing flat drawings (manually and using industry-standard software), industry specification sheets, and costing sheets, lay plans and range plans.


Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Fashion Design, which is equivalent to a Level 6 qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

BTEC is the largest accrediting body in the UK and BTEC qualifications are recognised globally.

Further Progression

On successful completion, students may progress into 2nd Year of the Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design.

Entry Requirements

If you would like more information about this course, please fill the "Request more information" form above.

As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.