This HND Fashion Technology course will help you build a wide range of technical and practical skills in garment design and manufacture, with options for womenswear or menswear. The course prepares you well for progression on to Higher Institutes, can lead to starting your own business or careers in the fashion and clothing manufacturing industries. Careers include:
- Pattern cutter
- Sample machinist
- Production operator
- Garment Technologist
- Product Development
- Bridal and eveningwear business
- Costume designer and maker
What will I learn?
You will learn pattern cutting and garment manufacturing skills and be encouraged to work more independently in 2nd year as you develop several garments from design through to manufacture. All these skills will prepare you for moving on to university, directly into employment or to develop a business.
We are the only Scottish Institution to deliver the HND Fashion Technology and we offer Associate Degree places with Heriot-Watt University (Galashields Campus).
The key elements of the course include pattern drafting, industrial sewing, fabric handling techniques, garment manufacture and CAD pattern skills, as well as practical workshops and industry-led fashion design projects. You will produce a range of garments and explore couture finishes vital for the bridal and evening wear unit.
Your studies will include:
- Pattern drafting and development
- Industrial sewing techniques
- Garment construction
- Bespoke Tailoring
- Fashion research and development.
- Garment/Costume research
- Bridal and Evening wear
- CAD pattern
Employer and industry links
Some of our industry-commissioned projects have included jacket design for Ingles Buchan, costume development for The National Trust Pollok House and costumes for the Willow Tea Room. Most recently a live project with Anne Priscilla Bridal and The Scottish Wedding Directory.
The School also works closely with partners to deliver in-house training, including Modern Apprenticeships as well as leading on the Future Textiles programme delivered at Dumfries House.
Jobs and further study
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.
You could be one of five students who each year successfully complete this unique fashion technology course and directly enter year three of BSc Fashion Technology Pathway at Heriot-Watt University.
The five students will be dual enrolled on this course and will be based at Cardonald Campus for the first two years, where they will follow the HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture programme. At the end of year two, students will transfer to Heriot-Watt University to complete years three and four of the degree.
Progression to Higher Education
Recent students have progressed to:
- 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) 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.
- Entry to BA (Hons) Costume Design & Construction at Queen Margaret University.
In addition, students have gone onto self-employment or employment in the fashion industry. Recent graduate roles have include:
- Head of Menswear Knit, Cos
- Pattern Cutter, Top Shop
- Product development, Trakke Bags
- Garment technologist, Endura
- Pattern Cutter, H&M
- Designer, Wilson Imports
- Garment Technologist, Wilson Imports
- Product Development, Karen Milne
- Marketing, Evergreen
- Buyer, Schuh
- Further Education Lecturer
- Production Operative, Loch Haven.
Entry requirements (minimum)
Recruitment for this course is by one of the following:
- 2 Highers at C or above, or working towards.
- All application will be considered if you don't have the academic requirements but can demonstrate some experience in the textile/fashion industry.
- You hold a relevant National Qualification. Please give reference to this 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 the 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
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.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application. The college admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form.
Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to the information/interview session along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
An information/interview session
If you have met the entry criteria, you will be invited to an information/interview session. Please bring along some evidence of work with you as you could be asked on the day to show evidence of sewing skills.
Information/interviews sessions will be held between February and May. You will be invited in by the order of your date of application.
Fast track course
To gain direct entry to HND Fashion Technology you must complete our fast track course. This course is an intensive introduction to industrial sewing and pattern drafting. It starts 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 will 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 may be 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, which 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.