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BA (Hons) in Fashion

Course Code: A8116




3 Years (After 1 year in common entry course)


Art & Design, 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?

What modules will I study?

  • Years Breakdown

    Title: Year 2


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    This is an intensive year, which provides an introduction to the core elements  within  the course such as, research  and  design, pattern cutting and construction, presentation layouts and profesional practice. These are taught through workshops, demonstrations and one  to one tutorials. Students partake in research trips to and Europe and also participate in selected competitions and exhibitions. 

    The  modules  taught  are:

    • Main Study  -  Design; Pattern  cutting  and  construction; Presentation; Sewing
    • Professional  Practice  - European  trip; Collaborative  project/ competition
    • Critical   and  Contextual  Studies

    Title: Year 3


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    This year the focus is on projects that allow learners to discover their own particular creative direction and areas of interest. The core elements are developed at a more advanced level and students are now introduced to computer aided design systems  such  as  Gerber, illustrator techniques and production packs (tech packs). Visits to Europe to undertake fabric  sourcing  and  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 program 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. 

    • Main Study  -  Design; Pattern  cutting  and  construction; Digital  Technology
    • Professional  Practice  - European  trip; Work  placement 
    • Critical and Contextual  Studies

    Title: Year 4


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    This year is largely self initiated study which is researched based and culminates in a final collection. The  work  is  exhibited  in  film  format  and  through a  variety  of   online  platforms including  Instagram  and  the  LSAD  graduate  website. The  work  is  also  shown  at the annual degree exhibitions which take place in the  college,  and  in  the  past  we  have  also  showcased at  Graduate Fashion Week in London.  Fourth years continue to build on their Ai skills, production pack development and are also introduced to the Gerber pattern making system,  and participate in national and international competitions.

    • Main Study  -  Design; Pattern  cutting  and  construction; Digital  Technology
    • Professional  Practice  - European  trip; Final  collection 
    • Critical   and  Contextual  Studies

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

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