Associate Certificate in Fashion Buying
This programme gives students a commercially focused understanding of the role of the fashion buyer, both in high volume textiles and branded selection. The course has been developed in conjunction with a senior fashion buyer for one of Ireland’s largest retailers and a leading recruiter for Ireland’s buying offices.
Starting Date and Format
Course Duration: 10 Weeks
Course Type: Part Time Day or Evening Course
Please see our Timetable & Fees page for more details
The Role of the Buyer:Learn the key responsibilities, requirements and qualities associated with the role of a fashion buyer. Explore the variety of buying roles in the fashion industry. Gain an insight into the key role of merchandisers, and their influence on buying decisions.
Buying Reports:Learn about the key reports used as a buyer. Get an insight into the WSSI and its importance in the work of fashion buyers. Cover the basics of buying budgets and sales forecasting.
Fashion Branding and Marketing:Analyse a fashion brand, understand the importance of brand identity, and become able to interpret and evaluate a brand. Learn about the influence of marketing and visual merchandising on brands.
Trend Analysis and How to Create a Fashion Mood Board:Analyse and forecast fashion trends. Learn how to create a fashion mood board for a fashion brand.
Customer Profiling and Shop Report:Learn how to customer profile for a brand. Learn how to develop a fashion shop report for range building and buying.
The Buying Calendar and Delivery schedule:Understand the importance of buying the right product at the right time, and learn how to review and analyse a buying calendar.
Fabric and Garment Anatomy:Gain an insight into key fabrics, learn about key styles and the make up. This area is important for when sourcing a product.
On successful completion of this course, students are awarded a Dublin Institute of Design Associate Certificate in Fashion Buying and Product Planning
Applicants aged under 23 must have completed the Leaving Cert, or a comparable secondary school examination, or have another Level 5 Qualification.
Mature and non-standard applications are welcome.
Really good course – well structured, learned a lot. Would definitely consider coming back for the 1-year course.
- Lisa Lyons
Everything was very well prepared, the course was very intense but thanks to that I learned a lot. I enjoyed studio classes where we could systematically check our progress in the project. In general all the course was very helpful as I’m working in retail and I would like to start my career in buying..
- Katarzyna Gonzalez
Overall I really enjoyed the course and enjoyed the teacher.
- Tara O’Neill
The course was kept interesting and light whilst covering all the relevant information about becoming a buyer and the buyers world as a whole.
- Jennifer Sutton