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LC114 Fashion Knitwear & Textiles - BA (Hons) in Design
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
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    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    This is an exciting entry to the world of fashion and textiles based on costume related fashion and textile design supported by staff with expertise in the field and offering the opportunity of work experience during study. Our four-year BA programme provides pathways into the world of knitwear, textile and costume design for stage and screen.  On graduating you can become a designer specialising in fashion, knitwear, textile, product or costume for TV and film, a digital drawing expert, a manufacturing and production technical specialist, a stylist, a fashion knitwear buyer, a visual merchandising designer, a fashion journalist or a trend /colour forecaster. Class contact hours start at 23 hours per week before becoming increasingly self directed.

    Aisling Mc Callion, programme graduate (2017).

    Being part of industry-based projects throughout my time in college, combined with my internship at Sibling London in third year, meant I finished LSAD with actual experience that I could rely on to get me employment in my desired field. The freedom of the course combined with the vast technical knowledge let me grow as an individual designer yet also provided me with the skill-set to take on any knitwear design challenge. The inclusion of digital media and industrial Shima Seiki training provided me with the opportunity to secure a job as a technical knitwear designer & mechanic at Inis Meáin Knitting Co before I had even finished my final year. I am currently developing my skills and now realising just how much I learnt at college in my first few months as a graduate designer.

    Programme staff

    We are a multi-skilled group of designers and researchers practicing Fashion Knitwear and Costume.  Led by our programme leader Mairead Neill we bring industry experience that includes international consultancy, expertise in knitwear technology, running knitwear labels and designing for companies such as Victoria’s Secret and Gap. Our research specialisms include inclusive design, contemporary textiles and brand development.

    The programme – an inside view. 

    Year 1-   This year focuses on developing your imagination and your tactile ability with materials. Design workshops on digital drawing platforms (Illustrator/Photoshop) support research based projects in the areas of fashion, textiles and costume.   

    Year 2- Through specific projects you will develop a personal process of research and design whilst acquiring new skills in fashion knitwear, creative pattern cutting and digital drawing. Training is provided on the Shima Seiki industrial knitwear machine.

    Year 3- In this year you get the opportunity to gain real life experience by choosing a work placement based on your aspirations to work in the international fashion, textiles and costume industry. Erasmus funding is available for eligible European placements. 

    Year 4- The final year show is an exciting showcase of innovative work where you will present the results of a self-directed brief executed to professional and industrial standards.


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