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HND Fashion Design

Lorena Suarez, End-of-Year Fashion Show, Year 1 HND Fashion Design

Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design

Course Description

This comprehensive 2-year course provides students with an internationally recognised qualification in fashion design, while developing their confidence and their unique design identity. The course delivers a strong understanding of the role of a fashion designer in industry, and aims to ensure that graduates are ready for a range of fashion design positions. There is an emphasis on creativity and on development of original and inspired fashion design work, as well as in developing well-honed technical skills and industry knowledge. Throughout the course, students build their confidence in bringing unique fashion design work all the way from concept to catwalk. The course culminates with students showcasing their final collection of original fashion design work at the End-of-Year Fashion Show.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

2 Years


Modes of Study:

Full Time


Part Time Day


Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for September 2016.

Please see our Timetable & Fees Page for more details

Course Content

Year 1

Year 1 delivers a strong foundation in fashion design skills, and a keen awareness of industry-based fashion design process; visual research, concept development, fashion design brainstorming, and presenting design ideas through illustration and fashion design presentation boards. Students also learn the technical skills of industry-standard fashion design communication (flat drawings, industry specification sheets, costing sheets, lay plans and range plans). Tutorials and workshops cover pattern drafting, toile manufacture and garment manufacture. Throughout Year 1, students build their confidence, moving towards establishing a distinctive personal fashion design signature.

Year 2

In Year 2, students continue to build their skills, knowledge and confidence, developing a varied, up-to-date skill set, an impressive portfolio, and a unique, confident signature as a fashion designer. Students hone their pattern drafting and garment production skills, and explore textile design and manufacture. Students also gain experience of fashion branding and marketing, including the production of their own fashion photoshoot. A series of lectures, tutorials and workshops across a range of modules guides students as they work towards the creation of their final Fashion Design collection, which is showcased at the End-of-Year Fashion Show.

*course content subject to change


On successful completion, students will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles. This qualification is equivalent to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland. BTEC is the largest accrediting body in the UK, and BTEC qualifications are recognised globally.

Students will also have a strong portfolio of creative, original fashion design work, showing a varied skill set, and will be ready for a variety of roles in the fashion industry.

Entry Requirements

Student Testimonials

I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. The tutor was great and made the classes really interesting. It didn’t feel like it was work.

- Niamh Eustace

The course is great.

- P Baillard, November 2015

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