This Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme is being delivered in partnership with the American College Dublin (ACD), a constituent college of Irish American University. Designed to meet specific fashion-industry need this collaboration will prepare students for a career in fashion and will develop students’ expertise in the business side of the fashion industry.

The MFA will equip students with the practical skills, knowledge and expertise to forge a career in the creative business of fashion. It is being delivered under ACD’s accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the US agency that accredits such institutions as Princeton, Columbia, Cornell and Johns Hopkins universities, along with several leading fashion design schools, among them Parson School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.


Entry to the Master’s in Fashion Design will require one of the following:

  • Relevant Level 8 honours degree
  • Approved body of professional work and experience.
  • Grafton Academy Diploma or international or professional equivalent

Running from September 2019, the course will not only feature the unique hands on practical approach to fashion design that the Grafton Academy is renowned for, especially in pattern making and garment construction, but will also focus on the business side of the industry with modules in business management and marketing.

Teaching will be on Tuesday or Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and will be complemented by one-to-one tutorials.

Applications should be made directly to Grafton Academy; they should include a brief outline of the student’s experience in fashion, portfolio and a statement of motivation detailing how the applicant wishes to develop his or her practice by studying the programme. The first five successful applicants who have paid their deposit for the programme will receive a €2,000 scholarship.

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