Fashion Design (Portfolio Preparation)


This course has been designed to develop student’s skills, interest and knowledge in the area of Fashion and Textile Design and also to promote and inspire creativity within student’s work. This one year course prepares students for entry into all Third Level Colleges of Art and Design or allows students to progress directly into careers within the fashion industry. The course puts huge emphasis on the NCAD portfolio brief which is completed as part of the course. This brief forms the basis of portfolio work required for entry to all colleges of Art and Design.

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Progression and Career Options

We guide students towards their area of specialisation and facilitate students preparing portfolios for entry into Third Level colleges of Art and Design. We encourage students to apply to all relevant colleges including; NCAD, DIT, LIT, GMIT, IADT, Sligo IT and St. Angela’s College Sligo. Links are also provided for students who wish to go directly into employment

Student Testimonial 

'I completed the Level 5 Fashion Design course in DIFE during which I compiled a portfolio which secured my entry into NCAD. I am now continuing my studies in Fashion design in NCAD and look forward to my future in the Design Industry.' - Shauna (past student)


Fashion Design (Portfolio Preparation)

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Course content

  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Design Skills
  • Drawing 
  • Combined Materials 
  • Embroidery 
  • Woven Textiles 
  • Garment construction
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Communications
  • Work Preparation and Experience

Course Validation
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Fashion Design.