This is the Grafton Academy’s professional 3-year full-time Diploma course offering students training for the Irish and International fashion industry. Our practical and hands-on approach to learning encourages talent, but also provides order and structure. This allows students to develop as individuals, as well as acquire the skills and techniques needed for a career in fashion. Throughout the course we promote awareness of current industry trends, along with an understanding of the importance of good presentation skills.

The course contents include:

  • Pattern cutting
  • Design development
  • Illustration and working drawings (flat drawing)
  • Toile making
  • Proving patterns on the dress stand with toiles
  • Garment construction and finish.
  • Laying and cutting of fabrics and paper patterns


  • Grading
  • Experimentation with use of fabrics
  • Trends and fashion forecasting
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Drawing fashion figures
  • Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator



THE 3-YEAR COURSE COVERS THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

YEAR 1-2
Fashion Design – Pattern drafting, sewing, construction, and portfolio development, covering skirts, trousers, blouses and dresses.

YEAR 2
This covers tailoring for ladies coats and suits – concentrating on the styling, grading and fitting of the tailored garment as well as preparation for the final year.

YEAR 3
The student chooses two collections to design and complete. Each collection comprises 8-10 garments, developed from concepts through to finished garments and made to the high standards required by manufacturers. Students can choose from a selection of Separates, Women’s or Menswear, Urban Sportswear, Bridal and Evening wear, Lingerie and Children’s plus a collection specialising in all wool fabrics.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to enter inter-college fashion competitions and to take up internships within the industry, with which we have strong links.

CAREERS
Our graduates go on to become designers, assistant designers and pattern cutters with major design studios and manufacturers. They work in all areas of fashion ranging from high street brands, evening, bridal, couture, lingerie, children’s, corporate, performance sports and menswear. Other career opportunities include fashion writing, stylist, buyer, designing and making costumes for wardrobe, theatre, film, television and dance.

ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATIONS
The Diploma requires four sectional examinations over the 3-year course, along with continual assessment of the key disciplines:

  • Portfolio development with sketching and illustration
  • Pattern drafting
  • Garment construction, sewing and finishing.

For each section, a formal proposal is made by the student to design and create a collection which must be approved by the tutors and examiners. Formal examinations in advanced Pattern Drafting are required after each collection to complete the Diploma course.

EXAMINATION BOARD:
The Diploma is awarded by the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design.

The board of Examiners are:

  • Alan Cannon Jones, M.SC.,F.F.C.D.E President 1999 (Lecturer at London College of Fashion)
  • June Wilkinson, Dip. Grafton Academy.
  • Vicky Marr Berrada, Dip. Grafton Academy. Director.
  • Vivienne Leeson, Dip. Grafton Academy. N.C.A.D, B.DES.
  • Ib Jorgensen, Dip. Grafton Academy. Couturier in Dublin, 1957 to 1994.

HOW TO APPLY
Early application is advised for September, January or Easter. Students should be of leaving certificate standard but no particular points are required. Mature students may also apply. A portfolio of good artwork is necessary to bring to an interview which should demonstrate enthusiasm and suitability for the course.

Once the application form is completed and returned with the administration fee of €60, an interview is arranged to view the applicant’s portfolio. The same fee also applies to overseas applicants but, in this case, the interview can either be conducted in person or via phone with an emailed digital portfolio. Applicants should also include a passport style photograph and a short written piece with reasons for applying and suitability of the course. If the applicant is accepted, a formal letter will be written offering a place. A date will be arranged for confirmation with payment.

An Application Form is available here. Inquiry forms can be submitted online or printed and posted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO
You need to show an aptitude for drawing; exploring and developing ideas and experimentations with colour and texture through sketchbooks and photographs. Demonstrate to us a love and desire to work with materials and fabrics, as evidenced in any relevant creative pursuits like sewing, embroidery etc. We’re also looking for an enthusiastic appreciation of the fashion industry.

FEE & ATTENDANCE OPTIONS 2016/2017:

ADMISSION TIMES AUTUMN, SPRING OR SUMMER

EUROPEAN STUDENTS (EU)

Full-time attendance €5,570 per annum (paid in advance).
Deposit and instalment method: Fee is €5,720 per annum paid as follows; A deposit of €2,820 is paid on acceptance and the balance of €2900 is paid in ten equal instalments of €290 payable on or by the first day of each month from commencement of course.

Half-time attendance, (ams or pms) €3990. per annum (paid in advance).
Deposit and instalment method: Fee is €4,110 per annum. A deposit of €2,110 is paid on acceptance and the balance of €2000 is paid in ten equal installments of €200, on or by the first day of each month. Monthly instalments may be reduced by paying a larger deposit.

There is a €15 late payment charge on every month in arrears.
SECTIONAL EXAMINATIONS: €150 each

OVERSEAS STUDENTS (Non EU)

Full-time €9,000. per annum
All Fees to be paid in advance, after which a letter for immigration visa purposes can be provided.
SECTIONAL EXAMINATIONS: €150 each
Overseas application forms on request.

3 year top

3 year second

3 year third

3 year bottom