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Grafton Academy of Fashion and Design was established in Dublin in 1938 as the first fashion design school in Ireland.


The Academy is highly regarded world-wide in the fashion industry as a centre of training excellence.


Courses are unique in that students may start the Fashion Design Diploma course at any time during the year. Teaching is by individual attention within a practical classroom setting. Full‑time and part‑time study options are available. We also run a Summer School of short courses. Saturday courses are available year round.


Our ethos is to encourage creativity and talent within a structured practical learning environment where our students learn design development, portfolio presentation, pattern cutting, prototyping and garment construction.


Grafton Academy of Fashion and Design, Dublin, Ireland

Study fashion and design at the Grafton Academy, Dublin

Our students


We receive applications for the Fashion Design Diploma from all over the world from people of all ages; including school leavers and mature students.


Many of our students on the Diploma course aim for a professional and successful career in the fashion industry. Other popular vocational courses offered at the Academy include dressmaking and millinery.


Short, intensive and trial design courses are available for 1 or 3 months. Some students find this option an ideal opportunity to discover if fashion design is for them before making the commitment to the 3 year Diploma course.


Students from Ireland, Europe and all over the world attend our short courses at our Summer School.

Success in fashion design

Their Success


Many of our students win awards in National and International competitions and go on to achieve successful, lasting careers in the fashion industry.


Grafton Academy has established strong connections within the world‑wide fashion industry. Our graduates go on to become designers, assistant designers and pattern cutters with major design studios and manufacturers.


Graduates work in all areas of fashion ranging from; high street brands, evening wear, bridal gowns, couture, lingerie, children’s wear, corporate fashion, performance sportswear and menswear.


Other career opportunities include; fashion media and journalism, commercial styling, commercial buying and designing and making costumes for wardrobe, theatre, film, television and dance.

jobs in fashion design for graduates of the Grafton Academy

Where are they now?


Many of our graduates are currently working in design houses in Dublin, London, Paris, New York, Rome and Milan.


Some of our former students have set up companies within Ireland and abroad and continue to make a major contribution to the Irish economy, both in terms of job creation and exports.


Our graduates work with the following...


Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Matalan, Dorothy Perkins, Danielle Romeril, Arcadia, Primark, John Rocha, Ted Baker, The Abbey Theatre, Marks and Spencer, RTE and Dunnes Stores... to name a few.


Alexander McQueen
Photograph credit: Shutterstock

Meet the team

Colin Atkinson


Principal and Head Tutor in design, pattern drafting and garment construction.

Dip. Grafton Academy

Evelyn Rouiller


Senior Art Tutor in visual arts with portfolio development, social media and computer skills.

Dip. Grafton Academy, M.A.

Patricia Kelly


Senior Tutor in design, pattern drafting and garment construction

Dip. Grafton Academy

Carol Mahon


Art Tutor

B. Des (Hons) in Textile Design

Liz Moffitt


Senior Tutor in design, pattern drafting and garment construction

Dip. Grafton Academy

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Fashion Design Diploma

Fashion Design: short

Fashion Design: part-time

Intensive Fashion Design



Summer School



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