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Tuesday, 30-06-2015

College Profile
Grafton Academy of Dress Design   6 Herbert Place
Dublin 2

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  Who We Are

The Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, now approaching its 75th year was the first Fashion Design college in Ireland. Many well known Designers and Manufacturers have been trained at this prestigious college, located in a Georgian building overlooking the Grand Canal, in Herbert Place, Dublin 2.
It is within walking distance from St. Stephens Green, Grafton Street, O'Connell Street, with easy access to the Dart, Luas lines and Buses.

The Grafton Academy is a small vibrant and private college offering a three year full-time professional Fashion Design Diploma course for the Irish & International Clothing Trade & Associated Industries.
The approach to teaching continues to be a non-academic very practical experience which includes Design, Sketching & Portfolio Development, Fashion Forecasting, Pattern Making and Garment Assembly.
The training equips the graduates with excellent skills and techniques that are excellent for working in the Irish & International Fashion Industry, worldwide.

Through the years, students have won many awards in both National and International Competitions.

Successful graduates, of whom there are many continue to make a major contribution to the Irish economy, both in terms of job creation and exports.
In a difficult financial time, it also offers skills that lend themselves to private enterprise.
Many students are from Europe, the USA, Africa & the Far East.
Numerous students have set up companies, some now operating with off-shore facilities.
To maintain the highest of standards, the Grafton Academy has continuous assessments and formal examinations throughout the Diploma course.




From September to May, there are one or three month Intensive full-time Trial & Introductory Fashion Design courses available, useful before making a longer commitment to the full-time course. These are ideal to gain an insight into what is involved in the Fashion Industry or many applicants use these courses to design & make to their own measurements.

In addition to the full course, the Grafton Academy offers part-time courses in Fashion Design & Dressmaking in the Evenings or weekends. Students may join at any time of the year for short modules. Upcycling & Garment Alteration requirements are catered for on request.

Millinery courses to make hats in straws, felts or fabrics are held at intervals in the evenings.

To learn how to make up a commercial pattern in fabric of your choice for that special occasion, bookings can be made for as little as 10 lessons over 2 weeks in the mornings 10-12.30. Great for those with free time on the mornings!

In the summer, the Grafton Academy holds Summer Trial & Introductory day courses in both Fashion Design & Dressmaking, all ages are welcome, young to mature for both beginners and advanced. It is advisable to book early for these to obtain weeks of your preference.

So whatever your special requirements, let us help you to build up your skills & open up new horizons in a creative world of enterprise.




Design by Carolina Cortez, graduate 2011
Model: Assets Model Agency
Photo: Umik Kutluk
Location: IMMA

Design by Amy McAlinden, graduate 2011
Model: Assets Model Agency
Photo: Umik Kutluk
Location: IMMA

Design by Vicky Nguyen, graduate 2011
Model: Assets Model Agency
Photo: Umik Kutluk
Location: IMMA

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