This exciting course is only delivered at Glasgow Clyde College within the UK, there is no other course of its kind available. This is a privileged position to be in which has allowed us to grow and be the course of choice for those wishing to learn technical garment manufacture skills. We have 5 very large pattern cutting/production rooms fully equipped with up-to-date industry requirements:
18 Lock stitch machines
Specialist machines, button hole, button sew, blind hemmer, cover stitch machine etc.
We have worked closely with our external partners to ensure the course meets the needs of today’s learners, HE partners and industry.
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, going directly into employment or to develop a business.
The key elements of the course include pattern drafting, industrial sewing, fabric handling and draping techniques, garment manufacture bespoke tailoring techniques 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
- Garment draping techniques
- Bridal and evening wear
- CAD pattern
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.
If you are interested in this course and would like to know more, please view the course presentation before making your application.
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)
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.
- 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 one A and three Bs including English
- Mathematics is required at a minimum of Standard Grade
- A-Levels minimum of 2 B's including English and Mathematics at a minimum of GCSE
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
Students regularly engage with industry working on live projects as part of their studies.
Most recently, live projects with Anne Pricilla Bridal Designer and Scottish Wedding Directory, have led to students gaining valuable work experience and opportunities to style and feature their designs in photoshoots.
Students have the opportunity to enter the Annual Craftex Awards at Trades House Glasgow. Bespoke Garments designed and manufactured by First and Second Year Technology Students received awards at Craftex 2019. Their garments featured in the Craftex Exhibition and on the catwalk at a recent fashion show at the Incorporation of Tailors, Trades House, Glasgow.
Past Industry-commissioned projects have included a live project jacket design for Ingles Buchan, costume development for The National Trust Pollok House and costumes for the Willow Tea Room.
Future Projects will include collaborations with Opus Couture Bridal.
The School also works closely with partners to deliver in-house training, including SVQ Modern Apprenticeships in Textile Heritage Award, Future Textiles programme delivered at Dumfries House and future plans to deliver SVQ Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring as well as Kilt making.
An Associate Articulation agreement is in place with Heriot Watt University, Borders Campus, Galashiels. Within the HND Fashion Technology programme, we will identify ten students (across HND Fashion Technology and HND Fashion Design) that will be dual enrolled as Heriot Watt Associate students and five students that will be dual enrolled as Articulation students. They will follow the HND course programme in year 1 and will follow a discreet Associate/Articulation pathway in year 2.
Satisfactory completion of the above HND
– Grade A in the Graded Unit
Jobs and further study
We have strong relationships with Higher Education institutes throughout Scotland and across the United Kingdom, with many of our students successfully gaining direct entry places into university.
- 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology at Heriot-Watt University.
- 3rd year entry to BSc Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification in Home Economics at Strathclyde Univesity.
- 2nd/3rd year entry to BA (Hons) Clothing Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.
- 1st year entry to BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Gray's School of Art Aberdeen
- Entry to BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University.
In addition, students have gone onto self-employment or employment in the fashion industry. Recent graduate roles have included:
- 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
Please see links above for information on these job roles via My World of Work
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.
An information/interview session
You will receive an automated email for the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application. You will then be offered an unconditional offer if you meet the entry requirements or be invited to attend an Information Session (virtually) this will generally be between February and May. 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. All applicants will be required to view a presentation beforehand which will either be contained within this website or a link sent to you along with your interview request.
Invitations will be 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 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 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.