Study Fashion at Crumlin College of Further Education

Fashion Buying & Merchandising

This dynamic one year course aims to introduce the student to the planning, buying and selling aspects of the ready-to-wear fashion industry. Whilst the course has a strong business orientation, it also places strong emphasis on the creative process of product development; from inception of the range, to manufacturing, through to fashion marketing and pomotion. Through these diverse areas,students will develop a keen understanding of the design elements of the fashion industry but will also have a firm grasp of the key aspects of the business environment of fashion buying & merchandising. Our work experience programme offers students the opportunity to further develop their skills in this area.

Awarding Body:

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI – Business Studies Award Level 5 5M2102

Career Opportunities:

It is envisaged that the course would prepare students for careers as buyers in fashion stores, stylists, fashion consultants, fashion journalists and fashion marketeers.

Further Education: Sucessful students can progress to the Fashion Mangement Course (Year 2) in the College.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Fashion Buying & Merchandising including:
Range Planning
Customer Profiling
Fashion Advertising & Promotion

Fashion Industry & Design Studies to include:
Product Mix
Fashion Forecasting
Fabric & Textiles
History of Fashion & Costume
Garment Construction & Production

General
Design Skills
Communications
Marketing Practice
Retail Display
The Internet
Business Administration Skills
Spreadsheet Methods

 

Fashion Styling with Design

This one year course introduces the student to the profession of fashion design and styling. Thorough exploration of costume history and contemporary fashion, in addition to to technical skills in garment construction, promotes a strong design & styling ability. This rare combination of fashion theory and practical design and construction skills make this a unique and highly desirable course. Supplemented with make-up skills and the creation of a professional photoshoot, this course provides students with a firm skill base within this niche industry. Students will supplement their studies with work experience in the relevant area. Additional digital media skills prepare students for the digital arena of contemporary fashion blogging and promotion in today's fashion world.

Awarding Body:

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI – Fashion Design Award Level 5 5M3865

Career Opportunities:

Students will develop industry standard skills, develop a professional styling portfolio and be able to work in fashion styling, fashion editorial, film, commercials and advertising.

Further Education: Successful students can progress to the Fashion Mangement Course (Year 2) or Commerical Fashion Design (Year 2) in the College.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Fashion Styling
Fashion Industry & Design Studies
Drawing
Image Processing
Design Skills
Pattern Drafting 
Garment Construction
Make-up Applications
Communications 
 
Study Fashion at Crumlin College of Further Education
Study Fashion at Crumlin College of Further Education

Fashion Management

This dynamic course prepares students with essential knowledge to meet the fashions industry's core business needs. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of apparel, manufacturing and movement in the supply chian as well as management of the value, costing and quality of apparel until it reaches the consumer. The course also explores the drivers of fashion change within the 21st Century sourced production. The concept of developing, producing and marketing a product from initial concept to retail sale is introduced. The role of the customer driven industry is explored and students are encouraged to develop new strategies for retailing, marketing and promotion.

The course is a further development of the First Year Fashion Buying and Merchandising course. It is also suitable for students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and will appeal to students who wish to develop a career in the business, managerial and retailing side of the fashion industry while actively developing imagination and flair for design, buying and selling.

Awarding Body:

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI - Business - Level 6 6M4985

Career Opportunities:

Students are employed in positions leading to careers as product developers, fashion buyers, production managers, quality control managers, merchandisers and store managers in the ready-to-wear and designer industries or may set up their own business. Students may also have the option of continuing their studies at third level.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of FETAC Business Studies Award or equivalent standards of education. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Fashion Buying and Retailing:
Design Studies
Merchandining
Administration Skills
Planning and Buying
Selling 

General
Human Resources Management
Customer Service
Communications
Marketing Management
Training Evaluation & Delivery
Work Experience
Business Management
Business Development

Commercial Fashion Design

This industry-focused course will prepare students for the modern retail workplace through a mixture of creative & innovative design, business and practical skills. Students will research and create contemporary colour stories and explore exciting garment shapes and how and where they might be manufactured. Students will gain technological skills like garment illustration and construction and production planning. Designers will explore issues affecting modern global retailing, including ethical, social and technical issues, sourcing, costing and development. Students will gain a multifaceted vision of the global fashion industry and explore all aspects of fashion media from catwalk and astyling to fashion magazine editorial and journalism. Visual presentation and portfolio development are key skills developed on this course.

Awarding Body:

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI - Fashion Design Award Level 6 6M3706

Career Opportunities:

Successful students will work as a designer or product developer at many industry levels. Students may also work as an assistant creative director or professional illustrator.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of FETAC Level 5 Fashion Studies Award or equivalent standards of education/work experience. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Core 
Garment Construction
Combined Materials
Illustration Techniques & Practice
Pattern Drafting 

General
Sales Presentation
Work Experience 
Communications
Design Skills

 

Study Fashion at Crumlin College of Further Education

Testimonial

After several years working in construction and raising a family, I wanted a career change. Working in fashion had been a life-long ambition for me, and after some research I chose the Fashion Styling course in Crumlin. I joined the course as a mature student after reading about it online. It was a well-rounded curriculum and I particularly enjoyed fashion styling, the make-up classes and the fashion industry and design modules. It also gave me more confidence working with computers and learning how to blog was a personal highlight. My teachers were so helpful and offered great support during and after my study. As a mature student, I found student life really enjoyable and everyone in the group was friendly and inclusive. Since graduating I have worked with the HSE in an advisory capacity with the Women’s Health Project and in the wardrobe department of Ardmore Studios. I would highly recommend this course.

 

Margaret Farrell