The Fashion Buying & Merchandising course (advanced certificate) covers a concise range of modules ensuring students gain a practical insight into the world of fashion buying and merchandising.

As a Fashion Buyer you will play an important role within retail from supplier selection through to product decision making. The complex nature of this role focuses on management of a portfolio of suppliers, relationship building, as well as interfacing effectively with internally with other departments. Students will engage in trend forecasting to ensure that the season's collections match with consumer expectations.

Students of the advanced Fashion Buying & Merchandising course will study market context in which fashion buyers and merchandisers operate, along with the commercial viability. Aspects affecting the supply chain are studied including product strategies, design and development, fashion promotion and marketing. The course will focus on your personal and professional development with an emphasis on team leadership, negotiation and presentation. This coupled with the practical modules such as fashion styling, promotion and event management equip learners with a full spectrum of skills needed to pursue a fashion buying career in this challenging area.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Advanced Certificate in Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Entry Requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have successfully completed the Fashion Buying & Merchandising Certificate (Year 1) or equivalent FETAC Level 5 course to gain entry, recognition of prior learning and relevant work experience will also be considered for each applicant. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points required.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

  1. Fashion Buying & Retailing
  2. Fashion Styling
  3. Fashion Promotion
  4. Sales Presentation
  5. Personal and Professional Development
  6. Team Leadership
  7. Design Skills
  8. Marketing Management

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


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