Olivia Keaney, HNC Fashion Design, Finalist at Frankfurt Style Awards 2016
Higher National Certificate in Fashion Design
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
Modes of Study:
Part Time Day
Part Time Evening
Now enrolling for October 2017.
Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.
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.
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.
Carry out trend analysis, shop reports and customer profiling; providing a context for your fashion design projects.
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.
Dublin Institute of Design students and alumni 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 to name a few.
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 etsy.com.
Many graduates have secured employment in the sector in a wide range of roles including Head Office positions in the likes of Primark and store management positions with high street retailers including River Island.
On successful completion, students may progress into 2nd Year of the Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design.
Last September I decided to go back to college to study Fashion Design in the Dublin Institute of Design. It’s been a real eye opener for me, a wonderful journey into the world of fashion and design.
In the first term, we learnt the creative process behind turning an idea into a collection. I found it to be extremely worthwhile as an exercise as well as a way to further creative focus. My theme was Electric Picnic, and from there the concepts I zoned in on were fireworks, lights, colour and of course a bit of sparkleI am currently in term two which finishes up this week.
In this term we were taught how to draw flat drawings, make range plans & pricing sheets for our garments. We learnt pattern drafting skills and made a skirt, bodice and trousers as part of our project. We also were given a project to create an outfit to enter into The Frankfurt Style Awards which was exciting! This time we will manufacture the outfit in term three, and at the end of the year we will showcase our finished design at the DID Fashion show.
I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in fashion. It has really opened my eyes up to the world of fashion and design, in a special way! Although the course itself is intense at times – it really is worth the hard work and effort!
Debbie Fanning, HNC Fashion Design 2017
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As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.