Art Design and Textiles (Creative Industries) SCQF 6 (Fort William) NC

What is special about this course?

Do you have an interest in fashion or textiles design? This course offers the opportunity to explore your creative side though a range of specially delivered units of study that prepare you for progression into a creative discipline of your choice. Through studying fashion and design you have the opportunity to develop an inspirational approach to research, design and production of fashion and textiles pieces from concept to final realisation and produce a professional portfolio of your work to present to employers, college, university or to set up a creative venture of your own.

You’ll explore a number of creative disciplines, research the work of other artists and undertake projects to express a range of skills, completing final pieces for assessment as you progress.

You will help to organise and take part in a fashion show showcasing all the work achieved over the year.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills. Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills. 

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 3 National 4 or 5s or equivalent. Previous experience of an art and design course or a passion for fashion and design would be desirable. All applicants will have the opportunity to present a folio of recent work. Mature students will be considered on merit.

We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.

Units of study include:

  • Fashion design
  • Fashion illustration
  • Garment pattern production
  • Research skills
  • Drawing skills
  • Sketchbook development
  • Creative textiles development
  • Surface decoration
  • Digital fashion illustration
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, some of your timetabled learning will probably take place in the Creative Art Studio in Fort William.


How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Late August/Early September


    Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


    Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course provides good progression routes for further study in fashion, textiles, art and design sectors as well as the production of an portfolio for application to many design orientated Higher Education Establishments at College or University. It can also lead to employment in a range of creative disciplines:

    • Fashion Design
    • Textiles Design
    • Fashion Merchandising
    • Fashion Buying
    • Fashion Marketing
    • Fashion Journalism
    • Public Relations
    • Stylist
    • Costume Design


    Is there more information available online?

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    I’ve always had an interest in creating things. Before this course it was mainly just drawing, painting and sculpting but now it’s expanded to sewing as well. I loved this course I never expected to enjoy it as much as I have. I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in anything creative because it covers a lot, not just sewing but creating different types of textiles too. I plan to come back to college to study HNC Textiles.


    Megan Armour 



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