Fashion

Fashion Buying & Merchandising

This dynamic one year course aims to introduce the student to the planning, buying and selling aspects of the ready-to-wear fashion industry. Whilst the course has a strong business orientation, it also places a strong emphasis on the creative process of product development; from the inception of the range to manufacturing, through to fashion marketing and promotion. Through these diverse areas, students will develop a keen understanding of the design elements of the fashion industry but will also have a firm grasp of the key aspects of the business environment of fashion buying & merchandising. Our work experience programme offers students the opportunity to further develop their skills in this area.

Awarding Body

  • QQI – Business Studies Award Level 5 5M2102

Career Opportunities

It is envisaged that the course would prepare students for careers as:

  • Buyers in fashion stores
  • Stylists
  • Fashion Consultants
  • Fashion Journalists
  • Fashion Marketers

Progression

Successful students can progress to the Fashion Mangement Course (Year 2) in the College.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects

  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising 
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Marketing Practice
  • Retail Display
  • The Internet
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Spreadsheet Methods
Fashion Styling with Design

This one year course introduces the student to the profession of fashion design and styling. A thorough exploration of costume history and contemporary fashion, in addition to technical skills in garment construction, promotes a strong design & styling ability. This rare combination of fashion theory and practical design and construction skills make this a unique and highly desirable course. Supplemented with makeup skills and the creation of a professional photo shoot, this course provides students with a firm skill base within this niche industry. Students will supplement their studies with work experience in the relevant area. Additional digital media skills prepare students for the digital arena of contemporary fashion blogging and promotion in today's fashion world.

Awarding Body

  • QQI – Fashion Design Award Level 5 5M3865

Career Opportunities

Students will develop industry-standard skills, develop a professional styling portfolio and be able to work in:

  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Editorial
  • Film
  • Commercials and Advertising

Progression

Successful students can progress to the Fashion Mangement Course (Year 2) or Commerical Fashion Design (Year 2) in the College.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects

Fashion Styling

  • Fashion Industry & Design Studies
  • Drawing
  • Image Processing
  • Design Skills
  • Pattern Drafting 
  • Garment Construction
  • Make-up Applications
  • Communications 
Fashion Management

This dynamic course prepares students with essential knowledge to meet the fashions industry's core business needs. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of apparel, manufacturing, and movement in the supply chain as well as the management of the value, costing and quality of apparel until it reaches the consumer. The course also explores the drivers of fashion change within the 21st Century sourced production. The concept of developing, producing and marketing a product from initial concept to retail sale is introduced. The role of the customer-driven industry is explored and students are encouraged to develop new strategies for retailing, marketing and promotion.

The course is a further development of the First Year Fashion Buying and Merchandising course. It is also suitable for students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and will appeal to students who wish to develop a career in the business, managerial and retailing side of the fashion industry while actively developing imagination and flair for design, buying and selling.

Awarding Body

  • QQI - Business - Level 6 6M4985

Career Opportunities

Students are employed in positions leading to careers as:

  • Product Developers
  • Fashion Buyers
  • Production Managers
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Merchandisers
  • Store Managers in the ready-to-wear and designer industries or may set up their own business 

Progression

  • Students may also have the option of continuing their studies at third level.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Successful completion of FETAC Business Studies Award or equivalent standards of education. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects

  • Fashion Buying and Retailing: 
  • Human Resources Management
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Work Experience
  • Event Management
Student Stories

Margaret Farrell

After several years working in construction and raising a family, I wanted a career change. Working in fashion had been a life-long ambition for me, and after some research I chose the Fashion Styling course in Crumlin. I joined the course as a mature student after reading about it online. It was a well-rounded curriculum and I particularly enjoyed fashion styling, the make-up classes and the fashion industry and design modules. It also gave me more confidence working with computers and learning how to blog was a personal highlight. My teachers were so helpful and offered great support during and after my study. As a mature student, I found student life really enjoyable and everyone in the group was friendly and inclusive. Since graduating I have worked with the HSE in an advisory capacity with the Women’s Health Project and in the wardrobe department of Ardmore Studios. I would highly recommend this course. 

How to find us

Crumlin College of Further Education, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

+353 1 454 0662

enrol@ccfe.cdetb.ie