Fashion: Design and Production with Retail HNC
Course code 132W
What is special about this course?
This course is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in fashion, design, production or retail, with practical projects that allow you to develop highly relevant, sought-after skills in a supportive and well-equipped rural environment.
You will be introduced to new techniques and encouraged to factor them into your own design processes. Advanced manufacturing techniques will enable you to refine your skills, in areas such as: textile technology; pattern construction; fashion design; fashion merchandising; creating patterns to industry standards; commercial design; producing fashion garments; fashion illustration; and millinery.
You will develop your knowledge of clothing design, production, and merchandising, and will gain in-depth experience of designing and working with Scotland's famous Harris Tweed.
- Fully equipped workroom/studio with industrial machines and views overlooking Stornoway Castle
- Opportunities to visit local mills, weavers and artisans producing and working with Harris Tweed
- Study in and be inspired by the beautiful natural environment of the Outer Hebrides
- Study under the tutorship of lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the Harris Tweed industry and working within the fashion industry at a national and international level
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 2 Highers at grade C or above
- 2 A levels at grade D or above
- Preferably in Art, English, Fashion and Textiles, or equivalent
- Alternatively, NC in Fashion Design and Production or equivalent at SCQF level 5 or 6
- Evidence of experience or qualifications in Art and Design or a related area
- Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
- If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills to IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent
- Candidates will be asked to attend an interview, where you will be expected to demonstrate your abilities via a portfolio of work
Year 1 - HNC
You will study the following modules:
- Textile technology
- Fashion illustration with a strong focus on free-hand techniques and an introduction to computer assisted design
- Garment pattern construction: drafting blocks, manipulation techniques and production patterns
- Fashion: commercial design
- Fashion: merchandising
- Clothing: production, trimming and finishing techniques
- Millinery: an introduction
- Business/fashion: preparing a formal business plan
- Graded Unit 1
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face practical workshop sessions and lectures, field trips and some online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 1 year @ 28 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 14 hours per week
- Part-time (unstructured): Variable
Where can I study my course?
- North, West and Hebrides
Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
- Purchase of materials: grants may be available
- Field trips to the mainland: in-house fundraising activities will be used to contribute to this expense
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in areas such as:
- Design room assistant
- Freelance designer
- Production assistant
- Garment technologist
- Fashion allocator
- Retail manager
- Starting your own fashion/retail business
Can I progress into further study?
Upon successful completion of this HNC, you can progress to the HND Fashion: Design and Production with Retail. From there you may progress directly into year 3 of a related degree programme.
Is there more information available online?
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Apply for Fashion: Design and Production with Retail HNC
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