Fashion: Design and Production with Retail HND

Course code 232W

What is special about this course?

Bring your love of fashion to life on courses that combine creativity with application. Set in fully-equipped spaces, with views overlooking Stornoway Castle, develop highly relevant, sought-after skills such as textile technology, pattern construction, fashion design, merchandising, commercial design, garment production, fashion illustration, and millinery.

Gain in-depth industry experience of designing and working with Scotland’s famous Harris Tweed, with incredible opportunities to visit local mills, weavers, and artisans.

Special features

  • 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.

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (HNC Fashion: Design and Production with Retail):

  • 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

For direct entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 2 - HND

You will study the following core modules:

  • Complex pattern development and customisation
  • Designing and producing fashion garments: advanced
  • Store design
  • Fashion: design and production with retail: Graded Unit 2

You may also study the following optional modules

  • Design and manufacture a bridal or eveningwear garment
  • Sewing and finishing for garment development: advanced techniques
  • Preparing to start a business
  • Production processes in the clothing industry: an introduction
  • Corset production: an introduction
  • Creative project for artists and designers

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • 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: 2 years @ 28 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides - Stornoway campus (not available to study in 2024/25)

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,110 £7,110

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying (see the Funding section opposite).

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,980 £8,775



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.

Additional costs

  • Purchase of materials: grants may be available
  • You will be required to cover any costs for field trips, museums or trade show visits.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be suitably qualified to take up careers in areas such as:

  • Design room assistant
  • Freelance designer
  • Production assistant
  • Garment technologist
  • Stylist
  • Fashion allocator
  • Merchandiser
  • Buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Starting your own fashion/retail business 

Can I progress into further study?

Upon successful completion, you may be able to progress directly into year 3 of a related degree programme.

Is there more information available online?

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My course was right for me because gives you realistic tools to work in the industry of fashion. While remaining creative and practical. The teaching staff are amazing, tutors are attentive to their students, with an excellent student support system. 
My favourite thing about UHI is the attention to students, the kindness between the staff and students. And the encouragement from the university, they want to see you succeed. UHI has helped me find kind people, a very rich learning experience, and support as an international student, and has helped me greatly to settle here. Living here is such a great experience. The community is amazing and you find yourself surrounded by stunning sceneries.

Sapho studied on the Fashion Design and Production with Retail HND at UHI North, West and Hebrides. 

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