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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

The HND fashion design course will teach you all aspects of the design process from research and design development to creating garments using cut and construction. You will explore fashion forecasting, fashion trends and consider overall garment silhouette.

What will I learn?

The course is based on project and studio work and covers fashion drawing, design development, pattern drafting and manufacturing skills. In year one, you will learn design development, CAD design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture using industrial methods. In year 2, you will become more independent in your approach to learning. You will work on personal research and design projects using both traditional and digital media to illustrate your designs. You will take your designs through to a final collection and be encouraged to challenge tried-and-tested methods of design and pattern cutting using complex and inventive cutting and garment construction techniques. Preparing you for moving on to university or directly into employment.

The course covers:

  • Fashion design development
  • Fashion illustration
  • Fashion forecasting and research.
  • CAD patterns
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Commercial design
  • Pattern development
  • Industrial sewing techniques.

Progression from year 1 to 2nd year of the HND is not a guarantee and is dependent on suitable progression through course work, as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.

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Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • 2 Highers at C level or above, preferably Art and English or working towards this
  • If you have experience in art and design, the fashion industry, or have a relevant NQ, but do not meet the academic requirements, you may still be considered for this course.
  • A portfolio of artwork may be requested in candidate does not have higher art
  • Foundation/Modern Apprenticeship Award

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

You will have the opportunity to participate in live industry projects within the fashion industry - recent sponsors include Quiz, Green Thomas, Trak, Evergreen, Kestin Hare.

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.  Successful HND Fashion Design students can progress to year 3 of the BA (HONS) Fashion and Textile Design degree programme.  Entry will be dependent on...

Satisfactory completion of the above HND
– Grade A in the Graded Unit
– Attendance at interview
– Portfolio review

An ‘Articulation+’ agreement is in place with Heriot Watt University. This agreement guarantees up to 5 places. Students can apply directly to the university for progression into the third year of the following programs;

  • BA(HONS) Fashion Design
  • BA(HONS) Fashion Communication
  • BA(HONS) Fashion Marketing and Retailing
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology

Jobs and further study

HND Fashion Design students’ progress to a number of degree courses across the UK. Offers for direct entry to university are subject to satisfactory progress, portfolio, and reference. Recent graduates from this course have progressed to:

  • 2nd/3rd year entry to Heriot-Watt University for Fashion Design and Fashion Communication.
  • 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • 2nd year entry to Fashion at Glasgow School of Art
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art
  • 2nd year entry to BA Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art
  • 2nd year entry to BA Fashion at Northumbria University
  • 1st year entry to BA Fashion at London College of Fashion
  • 3rd year BSc. Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification Strathclyde University
  • Modern Apprenticeship within the textile sector.
    In addition, students have gone onto self-employment or employment in the fashion industry.

Glasgow Clyde College recent HND Fashion Design graduates include:
Rachel Eustace: Designer at H&M
Michael Treta: Assistant Designer Aalto Paris
Lauren Glen: Menswear designer now working for H&M.
Lauren McKelvie: Junior designer menswear at Gianni Versace S.P.A
Cavan McPherson: Recent graduate from the Royal College now at Alexander McQueen
Steen Weidemann: Assistant Buyer Vivienne Westwood
Sarah Bennie: Crowd Costume Coordinator at Left Bank Pictures Ltd
Eleanor Paulin: Designer Paulin Watches

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Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application.

Recruitment for this course is by one of the following:

An information session

You will be sent a link to watch a virtual Information Session or be invited to attend an information session (virtually).  This may be with Zoom or Teams and would require you to download the appropriate App. Clarification of which App will come out along with the interview invite if successful.

This information session will consist of a presentation on the course content and show exemplars of work and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Invitations will be by the order of your date of application. 

An interview
When you attend an interview (virtually), you may be asked to submit a folio of work. The folio should include examples of your drawing and any work that shows your interest in fashion design. 

Information sessions and interviews are held between February and May. You are invited in by the order of your date of application.

Fast track course
As part of your conditions of direct entry to HND Fashion Design you must take our fast track course. This course is an intensive introduction to industrial sewing and pattern drafting. It will start two weeks before your HND. You will be required to attend five days full time each week. If you are unable to commit to attending this course, we may not be able to make you an offer of place.

Offer of a place - definitions

  • An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
  • A conditional place - your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements. This will mean you supplying all documentation at the information session.
  • Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however, the course is full. If any spaces become available, you are contacted usually around the course start date.
  • Unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options that may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend this.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291