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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
  • Print Making
  • Fashion Illustrating
  • Sewing

Course Validation
The QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design (5M2208) can be used instead of Leaving Cert for entry into Third Level Colleges of Art & Design.




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.

To learn more about what we do, visit our blog: difefashiontextiledesign.wordpress.com

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied (LCA), Mature students or applicants with other equivalent qualifications
are welcome to apply.

Progression & 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 or students may progress to study the Advanced Certificate in Fashion Design (level 6) course in DIFE.

fashion des portfolio prep

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)


Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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