Course code 224J
What is special about this course?
The HND Textiles is a highly creative, design-led course for those with a passion for designing and creating, providing you with the opportunity to explore your creative potential.
Through the process of experimentation with materials and media, you will establish your own design practice, with opportunities to design textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. You will develop knowledge and key skills, such as interpreting briefs, planning, analysis and presentation of design ideas.
Course work is mainly project-based and you are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques. The programme provides a thorough grounding in textile processes, allowing you to develop a range of vocational skills relevant to a career in textiles. The lecturing team is composed of a dedicated group of professionals with a breadth of experience within the creative industries.
Studying in our specially equipped fashion and textile department at UHI North, West and Hebrides, Fort William campus, you will work on projects from the initial planning and research stages, through design and development, to the production of final outcome.
- Dedicated textiles studio and fashion room within the department
- Learn from an inspirational team of lecturers with industry experience
- Located at the foot of the mountains on the shores of Loch Linnhe, surrounded by beautiful, inspirational landscapes
- Guest lecturers and industry visits ensure you have access to current trend and contextual design
- Explore a wide range of media, techniques and processes such as:
- Mixed media
- Research and investigation
- Sketchbook development
- Textile techniques
- Garment design
- Garment construction
- Portfolio creation
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
For entry to year 1 (HNC):
- 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Art and Design or a related subject OR
- 1 A level at grade D or above in Art and Design or a related subject
- You must also submit an art portfolio that demonstrates your art and design skills and understanding of the creative process
- Applications will be considered from those who do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the textile/fashion industry or in art and design, or hold a National Qualification or Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
Advanced entry to year 2 (HND):
- Successful completion of HNC Textiles (120 SCQF credits)
Year 1 - HNC
Year 1 of this course is the HNC Textiles.
Year 2 - HND
Core modules may include:
- Art and design: project
- Graded unit 2
- Observational drawing portfolio
- Surface decoration for textiles: advanced
- Textile techniques: advanced
Optional modules may include:
- Concept garment design: an introduction
- Designing and producing a fashion garment: advanced
- Fabric construction: an introduction
- Fine art textiles: an introduction
- Textile accessory: advanced
- Textiles for interior: advanced techniques
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face, video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 2 years @ 15 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 4 years @ 7.5 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
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.
You will be provided with a material and equipment list (up to approx £200) from which you will be able to order what you need for your studies. You should also allow for additional material costs for projects, these will vary depending on your choice of fabrics and embellishments.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider the following careers:
- Visual merchandiser
- Retail manager
- Freelance designer
- Design assistant
- Gallery assistant
- Wardrobe assistant
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to progress from HND Textiles to the third year of a textiles degree.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
I left school at 15 and have completed NC Fashion and Design, HNC and HND Textiles.
I was chosen for a textile's placement in Slovakia for a month in 2019. I gained project grants, created my own fashion collection, hosted my own fashion show in Inverness selling my handmade products and obtained multiple creative internships along the way.
The skills and training that I have had from my amazing tutors allows me to construct and run projects to the point where I can go and freelance my work and run creative workshops.
When I finish, I intend to broaden my skills pallet in multiple creative techniques, working with different mediums. I am exploring sustainability with the community and Highland Hospice, Fort William by upcycling, and producing my own sellable creations.
Taylor Black studied the HND Textiles.
Apply for Textiles HND
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