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Design (Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles - Restricted)

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
Duration of course
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This course offers students the opportunity of training in fashion knitwear design and production within the clothing /garment sector and also knitted textile design and production, focusing on areas beyond fashion and clothing, i.e., accessories for fashion, interior accessories and fine art textiles. The programme offers students the prospect of placement and the opportunity to work on live, collaborative projects within the knit industry sector. 

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From College Website...
LC111 - Design (Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles - Restricted)
Limerick IT

From Qualifax...
LC111 - Design (Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles - Restricted)
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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On completion of the programme, potential areas of employment include: Fashion Knitwear Design (for fashion house, for own label, working freelance), Knit Technology, Designing for swatching agencies, Trend Forecasting, Accessory design, Textile design, Fine art textile practitioner, Ethical sourcing, Marketing, Costumier, Stylist, Fashion Show production, Online resource development, Fashion buying/distribution/merchandising, Fashion Illustration.

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