About the Grafton Academy
The Grafton Academy, Ireland's centre for Design, Pattern Drafting & Garment Assembly, is a privately owned fashion college, which was estabished in 1938. This year, we are celebrating 75 years of creativity.
We offer a 3 year full-time Professional Fashion Design Diploma course for a career in Fashion. Part-time attendance is also available for either mornings or afternoons to fit in with part-time work etc. The approach to teaching continues to be a non academic, very practical experience with development of Design and Portfolio, Fashion Forecasting, the essential skills of Pattern cutting, Prototyping and Garment Assembly. To maintain the highest of standards, the Grafton Academy has continuous examinations and assessments throughout the Diploma course.
Many students are from Europe, The USA, Africa and The Far East. Through the years, students have won many awards in both National and International competitions.
Manufacturers apply to the college for graduates as Designers, Assistant Designers, Pattern cutters for all areas of Fashion, from high street fashion, corporate wear, sportswear, lingerie, garments for advertising, television, film, fashion writers, stylists and buyers.
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. Numerous graduates have set up companies, some now operating with off-shore facilities.
In addition to the Diploma course, there are a variety of part-time short courses during the evenings, saturdays and summer for students of all ages & requirements from Dress Design, Pattern Drafting to individual measurements, Dressmaking, Basic sewing, Alterations, Upstyling, Upcycling, Deconstructing & Construction, Beading, Millinery and a Full-time Trial and Introductory day Course in Fashion Design for 1 month or 3 months.
Students are welcome to discuss their requirements before making bookings.
Join at anytime depending on availability.
We are located in a Georgian building, overlooking the Grand Canal, near Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin 2, the college is within easy reach of the city centres' main shopping areas, Temple Bar, Theatres and Art Galleries.graduates as Designers, Assistant Designers, Pattern Makers for all areas of Fashion, from high street fashion, corporate wear, sportswear, lingerie, garments for advertising, television, film, fashion writers, stylists and buyers.