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Higher Certificate in Fashion & Textiles for Product & Costume

Course Code: LC111




2 Years


Art & Design

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry


Clare Street

This unique 2 year Higher Certificate in Design in Fashion Knitwear and Textiles offers students the opportunity of training in fashion knitwear design and production within the clothing /garment sector and also knitted textile design and production, focusing on areas beyond fashion and clothing, i.e., accessories for fashion, interior accessories and fine art textiles. A BA in Fashion Knitwear and Textiles is in development which will offer students a pathway to progress from the Higher Certificate programme. The programme offers students the exciting prospect of placement and the opportunity to work on live, collaborative projects within the knit industry sector. The popularity of Knit as an option within the existing BA in Fashion Design programme is evidenced by previous successes of Fashion students in recent knit competitions. e.g., RDS Competition in Knit and Crochet (2011) Persil Fashion Awards (2010 and international Feel the Yarn and Mittelmoda competitions. Graduates who have specialised in knit include Orlaith O’Connor and Katarzyna Wypych who have shown their graduate knit collections in Shanghai (2010) and Washington DC (2010). However, there is an increased demand for the knit specialisation in Fashion at both Irish and international level, and this programme aims to meet this growing need.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. A Portfolio is required. Applicants will be accepted to this course based on a combination of Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC results and Portfolio Assessment. The Portfolio will be scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass.

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 credits.

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e., over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements but will be obliged to successfully complete the Portfolio requirement. 

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Year 1  

Year 1 of the programme endeavours to provide students with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge to build a strong foundation in Fashion Knit & Textiles. It is composed of modules: Research & Design Development, Colour & Presentation, Pattern Drafting & Construction, Drawing, Illustration & Fashion Specific Drawing, Fashion Knitwear & Knitted Textiles, Fashion Theory & Contextual Research.

Year 2    

This year will enhance student employability and career prospects by deepening design and skill knowledge, acquiring new skills and competencies, most crucially in garment and product design and production, knitted textile development and Knit CAD/CAM technology. It is composed of the following modules: Design concept development, Textile development/Knitting skills/techniques, CAD/ CAM, Design & Programming, Pattern drafting & Construction for Product & Fashion, Presentation/Drawing, Fashion Theory & Contextual Research, Placement (takes place in the summer months at the end of Year 2).

Are there opportunities for further study?

Students who succesfully complete this programme will be able to progress on to level 7 and 8 programmes in LSAD.

What are the career prospects?

On completion of the programme, potential areas of employment include: Fashion Knitwear Design (for fashion house, for own label, working freelance), Knit Technology , Designing for swatching agencies, Trend Forecasting, Accessory design, Textile design, Fine art textile practitioner, Ethical sourcing, Marketing, Costumier, Stylist, Fashion Show production, Online resource development, Fashion buying/distribution/merchandising, Fashion Illustration.