The Hardest Working School in Show Business

Welcome to Portobello Institute Creative Courses Department

Included in this department are our Fashion Courses, Interior Design and Make Up Artistry courses

We have an exciting array of full and part-time courses in this department's portfolio, namely; Fashion Theatre & Media Make upFashion Buying & Merchandising and Fashion Design.

There are various study options available so whether you are studying for a career change or simply upskilling an existing qualification there's a course here for you.

We pride ourselves on our industry links and many of our students carry out successful work experience placements and secure employment after graduating.  Our makeup students have gone on to work with the biggest names in the industry such as MAC, Dior and Inglot, while many of our fashion students have secured buying and merchandising roles with Arnotts, Dunnes Stores, Brown Thomas and Penneys.

  • This is what Iseult McLaughlin (HR Officer with Arnott's) had to say about working with our students.

"As one of Ireland's leading department stores, we are always looking for talented people to join our team. We are proud of the two buying internship programmes we run every year and enjoy a long relationship with Portobello Institute's Creative Department. We have found Portobello students to be very well equipped to come to our buying office for the 6 week programme and make a real difference during their time with us. We are delighted to be able to offer them some real insight to the world of buying outside of the classroom. Indeed some students have gone on to forge successful careers with us. We look forward to welcoming more students on the programme in the future."

All our tutors have vast amounts of experience and are all working in the fashion and makeup industry which gives our students a real insight into working in this sector. Read about one of our newest tutors Caroline Moore who is a successful fashion designer and blogger.

Keeping our fingers on the pulse of emerging trends in the industry we invite a number of key industry players in to deliver guest lectures throughout the year which further enhances the learning experience.

In addition to guest lectures, field trips are an integral part of all our Fashion and Make Up Artistry courses and we encourage all students to try and attend as many as possible.  Students are given the opportunity to attend Pure (London), Fashion Forecast (Enterprise Ireland), Showcase Ireland, IMATS (London) and Professional Beauty.

Go to our gallery and check out some of our previous students work and you can read what our past students have to say here!

Wishing you all the best in your future studies,