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Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design

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


Mode of Study:

Part Time Day

Now enrolling for September 2021.

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Entry

Applicants with previous education or experience in fashion design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.

Student Testimonials

Anna Wadolowska HND Fashion Design

Studying Fashion Design at Dublin Institute of Design was one of the best decisions I could make - both professionally and personally. It allowed me to not only gain an invaluable knowledge about the fashion industry but also discover who I am as a designer. Through visual research, illustration, colours, fabrics and garment construction I opened my eyes to the whole world of creativity and inspirations. It has completely changed the way I look at fashion and its industry.

Anna Wadolowska HND Fashion Design

My love and passion for clothes strenghtened massively. I learned how to convey ideas in clear and concise ways and how to present them to a wider audience in a professional manner. The course has given me confidence and courage to pursue my career into the fashion world, and I believe more than ever that I can succeed in the industry. Most importantly, I will never be able to thank tutors involved enough for sharing their knowledge and experience with me and also giving me the opportunity to discover who I am ;)

Anna Wadolowska, HND Fashion Design 2016

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

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