Course Description

Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Retail Practice) – Full Time

Portobello Institute

Portobello Institute’s QQI level 5 Major Award in Retail Practice is an international qualification that will introduce you to the exciting world of fashion. This qualification will allow you to begin you journey to becoming a fashion buyer or merchandiser where you will play an integral role within the infrastructure of the retail team, tracking and analysing seasonal trends, ensuring production costs are kept within budget and most importantly, ensuring profit and growth for the company.

During this 7-month course you will learn to prepare mood boards, retail display and analyse fashion trends in line with customer needs. This Retail Practice course is designed to prepare you to undertake a variety of roles within the fashion industry by introducing subjects from the worlds of fashion, business and retailing which are customised to the needs of the fashion industry.

You must have a good eye for style and trends together with a great sense of design and creativity, but foremost you must have good business acumen to achieve sales targets. You will attend classes 3 days a week with the relevant field trips, events and guest lecturers will enhance your opportunity to gain further relevant and practical experience. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Course Code FBMM1-F-DS-OC-19
College Name Portobello Institute
Course Category Beauty, Fashion Design
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 7th October 2019
Course End Date 8th May 2020
Course Fee 4995
Course Duration 7 months
Course Times Fashion Buying & Merchandising
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 Major Award in Retail Practice (5M2105)
Entry Requirements Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute and is based on interview selection.
Career Path Putting into practice the skills learned in class is key to gaining employment in the fashion industry. Portobello Institute has established a strong network of connections with many of the main fashion buying and merchandising departments within some of Ireland's largest retailers. Our graduates have gone on to buying and merchandising roles in brands operating in the luxury fashion arena such as Brown Thomas and Harvey Nichols to brands operating in fast-moving high fashion such as Primark and Vero Moda.
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Portobello Institute

43 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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