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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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    Year Two  semester 1 is primarily a skills based learning structure, where technical and creative fashion and textiles skills development will anchor the student’s timetable. The aim of this module is to build on their foundation skill set through a series of workshops exploring key areas of Fashion and Textiles. This will equip them to select one of  the 4 pathways on offer. Areas  covered  include;   Research  and  Design; Pattern  Cutting; Garment Construction; Sewing  Skills; Drawing; Presentation; 2D and  3D  Design  Processes; Knitting  Techniques; Weaving; Surface Embellishment; Hand Textile Techniques  and  Craft Processes; Pattern  Cutting  and  Construction  for Knitwear; Sustainable Design Practices, Fibres  and  Materiality; Introduction to Digital Drawing Skills for both Wovens and Print Design.

    In Semester 2 the students will further engage in the full spectrum of skills-based learning in Fashion and Textiles. They will undertake a Research Trip that will further inform their specialization direction. For the remainder of the module the students focus on their chosen pathway and demonstrate the ability to apply their skills set to Design brief.

    Title: Year 3


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    Having engaged in the full spectrum of skills-based learning in Fashion and Textiles in Year 2, students have  now selected  one  pathway  from  the  following  4  options;

    1 - Collection Design - Areas covered   include  the  following; 1 - Design concepts - Students begin to develop personal themes and concepts. Identify appropriate fabric and trims in relation to a specific theme.2 - Technical pattern cutting and construction -Students manufacture a professionally finished look.3 - Technology - Introduction to the Illustrator program for design and production. 4 - Presentation - Students  develop their skill set in presentation of sketchbooks and portfolios.

    2 - Applied  Textiles - 1 - Research  and  design  in  relation  to  textiles. 2 - Technical  process and construction skills development and refinement. 3 -  Technology - Introduction to digital  design  for  print. Intelligent Textile Design, Digital fabrication for fashion and textiles 4 - Presentation - Students  develop their presentation skill set with a focus on sketchbooks and portfolios.

    3 - Technology - 1 - Introduction  to  Illustrator  and  tech  packs 2 - Introduction  to  Gerber  computerised  pattern  cutting   3 - Introduction  to  Clo  3D  software  design. 4 - Introduction  to  photoshop  and  digital  presentation  techniques.

    4 - Sustainability - 1 -Introduction to sustainable design principles and practices. Research  and  design  in  relation  to sustainable  design concept development for fashion, textiles and product 2 - Technical  process  associated with, and specific  to  sustainable  design  3 - Introduction  to  digital  processes for sustainable design and intelligent textile design  4 - Industry research  in  sustainable design practices   and the circular  economy.

    In  Semester  2  students  are  finishing  their  final  project  pieces  in  each  pathway. Students  are  also  preparing  for  Placement, Practice  or  Exchange  which  will  take place  in  March.

    Title: Year 4


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    Having  returned  from  Practice, Placement  or  Exchange, students  now  return  to  their  individual  pathways  for  the  final year  where  the  focus  is  on  developing  an  individual  design  style  and  suite  of  skills  to  support  their  design  concepts. Students are  encouraged  to  be  self  directed, innovative  and  forward  thinking. They  are  encouraged  to explore and develop their process of research and design in a mature and independent manner. The student will utilize their experience and knowledge gained  so  far, to advance their studio process to a professional standard.

    In  Semester  2, Students are now  working on their final year  project  statement  where  the  design  development  of  an  individual  theme  is  further advanced  and   realised  through  2D  and  3D  process. Students  will  produce patterns and develop samples that represent their acquired creative skills to date. They  will  manufacture quality  product  with  contemporary and industrial finish. Students  will  also  prepare  an  industry  focused  portfolio  using  analogue  and  digital  technology. Students  are  also  given  the  opportunity  to  enter  design  competitions  such  as  the  IDI  Awards  and  Future  Makers.

    The Professional Placement, Practice or Exchange module is an integral part of  the  course  and  is designed to provide the opportunity for situated learning in an alternative professional or international context. Learners are given the opportunity to apply  the knowledge and skills gained so far  in a professional setting and to share and reflect upon the activity as part of module assessment. Alternatively, students may opt for Erasmus Exchange which is based on the standard learning agreement between LSAD/TUS and the partner European Universities. International  work  placements  have traditionally  been  part of the Fashion programme structure  for  over  30  years  and  has  proven  to be  an  important  mechanism  for tuning students to  needs  of  the  industry and trends  within  the  market. It also helps to further direct them towards the type of work they want to find. Some placements to date include those with: Alexander Mc Queen in London, ColletteDinnegan in Australia, Krizia in Barcelona, Sharon Wauchaub in Paris, Daniel Palillo in Helsinki, AshishSoni in Delhi, Haider Ackermann inAntwerp and Marchesa in New York. Graduates leave the college having made a connection with industry. The strong alumni of graduates acts as a two way support mechanism and enhances the link between current graduates ,and graduates working within industry. 

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
  • 3D Garment developer for gaming
  • 3D Product developer
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Merchandiser
  • Digital pattern cutter
  • 3D Designer  
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Studio Manager
  • Design assistant
  • Garment technologist
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Creative pattern cutter
  • Digital Illustrator  
  • Production pattern cutter
  • Grader
  • 3D Textile developer 
  • Fashion writer
  • Fashion Photographer / Filmmaker
  • Fashion Marketing & PR
  • Trend forecaster
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Fashion brand owner
  • Costume designer
  • Social Media assistant
  • Event Manager
  • Teacher / Lecturer
  • 3D Artist