Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Fashion Design - Portfolio Preparation (Design) (Level 5)

PLSS Code 413423 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This intensive portfolio course provides the learner with a strong grounding in drawing and design skills for entry into third-level institutions. Learners are introduced to the textiles and fashion disciplines of combined materials, embroidery and garment construction. This course also gives learner over the age of 18 the opportunity to be selected for an Erasmus+ European mobility project (subject to funding), which enables them to spend three weeks on work placement in Italy.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. We will also accept samples of the applicant’s work in the entry requirements.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Communications Level 5 (5N0690) QQI
  • Combined Materials (5N0764) QQI
  • Design Skills (5N0784) QQI
  • Drawing (5N1862) QQI
  • Personal Professional Development (5N2985) QQI
  • Image Processing (5N1292) QQI
  • Garment Construction (5N1276) QQI
  • Photographic Techniques (5N1538) QQI
  • Fashion Industry and Design Studies (5N3845) QQI

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Fashion Design 5M2208 NFQ Level 5

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Past graduates have secured places in a range of art colleges, such as NCAD, TUD, IADT, Griffith College, and a variety of other colleges throughout the country. Graduates have also secured places at third-level institutions in the UK (UCAS). Many graduates from this course go on to secure positions in window dressing, fashion retail, and the Design Centre, Powerscourt.

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   Routes for this Course


This course will allow selected students to take advantage of a work experience programme abroad in another European country.  The opportunity to work/study abroad will enhance your college experience and boost your career opportunities. You will receive Erasmus+ funding which will enable you to participate on the work experience programme.


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Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board

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