Fashion Design and Sewing Skills


Course Description:

This is a practical two year course, specifically designed to allow those with an interest in fashion and design to develop their own individual fashion design identity as well as developing the technical skills of fashion design, including pattern cutting and garment construction, while exploring the cultural and commercial context of fashion. The course provides an exciting opportunity for adult learners to learn Embroidery, Printmaking and Computer Illustrated Graphics and develop their own unique style.  Students will also learn the practical skills needed to create a collection.  In Year 2 of the course the students’ organize a Fashion Show & Accessories Exhibition, showcasing the clothes and accessories which they have designed and created. Students can also attend ‘Start your own Enterprise’ Workshops run in conjunction  with the Waterford Enterprise Board


  • QQI Level 5 Award in Fashion Design and Sewing Skills (5M3865)
  • QQI Level 5 Award Fashion Design With Embroidery & Printmaking (5M3865)


  • Garment Construction
  • Fashion Industry & Design Studies
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Embroidery
  • Combined Materials
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Computer illustrated Graphics
  • Design Skills


The full QQI Level 5 Award facilitates entry on a competitive basis, to a range of diploma or degree programmes in Fashion and Retail in third–level institutions. Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Career Prospects:

This is an ideal course for graduates who wish to learn a variety of craft skills with a view to setting up a small craft/fashion business. It would also suit graduates who wish to work in retail or a fashion related business.