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Associate Certificate in Fashion Buying

Fashion Buying

Course Description

This programme will give you 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.

Over 10 weeks, you will explore the skills and knowledge of fashion buyers. Realistic assignments will give you the opportunity to explore budget planning, trend forecasting and range planning. You will explore garment sourcing and production, price negotiation, logistics and stock management and lots more, ensuring that you are familiar with industry-standard procedures and professional terminology.

This will run as an online course due to public health measures. Your lecturer will lead classes via Microsoft Teams, and course material will be available to download.

Starting Date and Format

Course Duration: 10 Weeks
Course Type: Part Time Day, Part Time Evening

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for more details

Course Content

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 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

Entry Requirements

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.

Please feel free to contact our Admissions team by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 016790286.

Student Testimonials

I attended the 10 week Associate Certificate in Fashion Buying course. From meeting Catherine on the open day, I knew that she had a wealth of experience working in the buying industry. Her first-hand knowledge of fashion buying was really well reflected through each part of the course, as each class was full of relevant and interesting content. I'm currently doing an internship with a fashion company, and so many of the topics and terminology that we learnt during the course come up on a daily basis. I couldn't recommend this course enough for anyone who is thinking about a career in fashion buying.

- Orla Lonergan

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

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