You can now study at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design for a for a Short Intensive course lasting 4 weeks or 12 weeks.

Perhaps you have completed your Leaving Cert but are daunted by all the possibilities open to you? Maybe you are unsure of your current college course? A professional looking to extend your knowledge or want to change your career path? Are you taking time off and want to put it to good use by discovering your true talents?


This programme is the perfect way to combine travel, culture, creativity, learning and laying the foundations of your future and all in a short course, which also happens to fit the validity of a 3 month tourist visa to the Ireland. A great opportunity to get a taste of a possible career in fashion in all its facets!


• Fashion illustration and garment design
• Developing blocks from body specifications measurements.
• Pattern cutting and construction
• Applying Toiles to mannequins with attention to specification and fitting.
• Sewing
• Fabric knowledge
• Research approaches
• Design portfolio presentation
• Building a professional portfolio


With a hands on practical approach you will learn how to design, your own ideas, construct patterns and sew, beginning with skirts, trousers, tops and simple dresses. These procedures are essential in making your ideas come to life. If you are already able to sew, you might prefer to focus solely on pattern making. Complete beginner in either pattern making or sewing – we will show you right from the beginning or help the more advanced to improve their techniques to enable a more professional finish.

Each week in the 1 or 3 month course you will have a Fashion sketching class where you’ll be guided to develop a notebook and portfolio to build upon your skills. The Intensive course welcomes all ages and invites people to address their individual requirements, giving a new freedom to express themselves and open up new horizons and opportunities.

This course is an ideal way to try out Fashion Design before making a bigger commitment to the Diploma course. If you decide to go on to do the Diploma we will recognise prior achievements. Your achievements will depend on how long you have with us, either 1 month or 3 months.

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