HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design

HND-Fashion-copyThis fashion technology course combines a wide range of clothing and fashion-related studies which covers pattern cutting, industrial sewing and management skills. Key elements of this course include pattern grading and CAD patterns as well as practical workshops and fashion industry-led design projects. Students will produce a range of tailored garments and explore corsetry and bridal wear as part of their programme. Live projects have included costume development for The National Trust Pollok House and Jacket design manufacture Ingles Buchan. Many students have progressed on to university or have entered directly into employment. This course leading to technical jobs within the fashion industry such as Garment Technologist, Pattern Cutter/Grader, Costume Maker or Production Management.

This unique fashion technology programme is linked directly into year three for five successful students to the BSc Fashion Technology Pathway at Heriot Watt University. The five Students will be dual enrolled on this programme and will be based at Cardonald Campus for the first two years where they will follow the HND Fashion Technology programme. At the end of year two students will transfer to Heriot Watt University to complete year 3 and 4 of the degree.

Progression from HNC to HND is not guaranteed and is dependent on suitable progression through course work as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment. 


Recent graduates include Beth Newman (Pattern Cutter) Top Shop, Claire Hamilton (Pattern Cutter) H&M, Lisa Dodd (Buyer) Schuh, Alice Warren (Product Development) Karen Milne, Laurie Marshal (Head of Men’s Knit) Cos, Rowan Guy (Product Development) Trek Bags, Anna Garcia Mendez (Garment Technologist) Endura, Debbie Allison (Marketing) Evergreen, Gillian Sweeney (Designer) Wilson Imports, Stephanie Dunkell (Garment Technologist) Wilson Imports, Laurie Bradshaw (Lecturer) FE and Carly Downie (Production operative) Loch Haven.

Student work

View last year's HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture students' 'Materialise' in the fashion film below:

Course content

  • Pattern drafting and development
  • Industrial sewing techniques
  • Costume research
  • Bridal and evening wear
  • Pattern grading
  • Production controls
  • Production management
  • CAD Patterns
  • Fashion research and development.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Route A- Those who are in possession of two Highers at level C or above. Please note that preference will be given to those candidates who have a creative or technical subject
  • Route B- Those who are currently studying towards Highers and are on target to meet the requirements set out in Route A
  • Route C- Applications may be considered from those who do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the textile/fashion industry or hold a relevant National Qualification. Please give reference in your personal statement.
  • Suitable academic reference detailing sewing ability, timekeeping and attendance.
  • Successful applicants may be asked to participate in our 10 day Fast Track course in Fashion Technology which runs prior to the HND course in August.

Entry Requirements for BSc Fashion Technology Heriot Watt Pathway: 

  • Highers minimum of ABBB including English. Mathematics is required at a minimum of Standard Grade
  • A-Levels minimum of BBB including English and Mathematics at a minimum of GCSE

Selection Process Information

Progression routes

  • 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Technology at Heriot Watt University.
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA (Hons) Clothing Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Modern Apprenticeship within the textile sector
  • In addition students have gone onto self-employment or employment in the fashion industry. 

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Start date

28 August 2017


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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