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BA (Hons) in Fashion

Course Code: A8116




3 Years (After 1 year in common entry course)


Art & Design

CAO Points

Course Type

Undergrad Add Ons


Clare Street

This course is one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed courses in the Limerick School of Art and Design and is the only programme in Ireland who currently shows at Graduate Fashion Week in London.                 

Listed in the ‘Top 50 Fashion Schools and Programs Across the Globe’ (Robin Wilding 2012) which states confidently “Any aspiring high-tech designers with an affinity for the Irish culture will love this school”.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry into Fashion is by competition and selection during LC110 First Year Art & Design (Common Entry).                                                   

Applications will also be considered for Advanced Entry from those with a FETAC Level 6 qualification (or equivalent) and/or relevant prior learning.

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by July 1st at the latest.

Who can I contact?

While studying Fashion Design in LSAD, Aoife McNamara got the opportunity to work in the fashion industry in New York!


What modules will I study?

Year 2

This is an intensive year, which provides an introduction to the core modules within the course such as, Design concepts; Technical pattern cutting and Construction, Presentation layouts and Illustration; Professional practice and Market Research. These are taught through workshops, demonstrations and projects which cover all aspects of women’s wear and men’s wear. Drawing and InDesign are part of the 2nd year process. Students partake in market research trips to Dublin and London and also participate in selected competitions and collaborative exhibitions.

Year 3

This year the focus is on projects that allow students to discover their own particular creative direction and areas of interest. The core modules  are  developed at a more  advanced  level  and  students  are  now  introduced in more detail to computer aided design systems  illustrator techniques and The Gerber pattern cutting system. Visits to London to undertake fabric/market research also take place in preparation for the design and manufacture of a ‘Two Piece Statement’. During the second half of this year work placement is a major feature of the programme requirement. This placement is a minimum of 12 weeks and students who opt for a European placement are considered for the Erasmus work placement programme.

Year 4

This  year  is  largely  self-initiated  study  which  is  research  based   and   culminates  into  a  final  fashion  statement. The show attracts an audience from fashion journalism, bloggers, industry and commerce.  We are currently the only college in Ireland to show at Graduate Fashion Week in London. Fourth years continue upskilling on the Gerber pattern making system.  Students also participate in national and international competitions.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within the institute or elsewhere.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this course have worked in the following areas:                              

  • Designer
  • Design for Film
  • Stylist
  • Garment Technician
  • Pattern Cutter (Gerber specialist)
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Journalism

Aoife McNamara

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