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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years, August to June

This HND Fashion Textiles course is a highly creative, design-led course that embraces all aspects of surface decoration, fabric construction, drawing and design development related to fashion, interior, and accessory design. This includes print, knit, weave, embroidery and garment and product construction skills.

What will I learn?

All HND Fashion Textiles course work is project-based, and you will be encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in the fashion or textile industries. The course is taught by a dedicated team of professionals with a breadth of experience within the creative industries.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged and guided to develop your own practice by combining practical skills, drawing and design development and the awareness of its application within the creative industries. You will learn a broad range of skills that will be applicable to a variety of creative career pathways.

You will study:

  • Screen printing for both fashion and interiors
  • Fabric manipulation and surface decoration skills
  • Machine and hand embroidery
  • Drawing and media exploration in relation to design development
  • Knitted and woven textiles
  • Construction technical skills
  • Sketch book development and exploration
  • Design process
  • Digital imaging and its application in design
  • Creative research and its context in design
  • Live industry awareness projects in collaboration with high profile companies
  • Sustainability
  • Promotional and marketing skills
  • Communication skills

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.

Check out our 2021 Innovators digital showcase 


Hear from Iain Gilles, HND Fashion and Textiles student. Iain progressed onto 2nd year of the Fashion and Textiles Design course at Robert Gordon University Grays College of Art.

Hear from Anna Kerr, HND Fashion and Textiles student. Anna progressed onto the 3rd year at Strathclyde University to study Home Economics Teaching.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at C pass or above in one art-related subject e.g. Art & Design / Fashion & Textiles and one other or are working towards these qualifications.
  • Applications will be considered from those who do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the Textile/Fashion industry or in Art and Design or hold a relevant National Qualification or a Foundation Apprenticeship.

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

We have well established links with high profile companies and organisations within the Creative Industries. Recent live sponsored projects include, designing rugs for Turnberry Rug Works. Designing a collection of printed and manipulated samples for Charlotte Heylar, Stella McCartney. Designing a collection of woven samples for Bute Fabrics. Designing a collection of leather samples for the Incorporation of Cordiners. Designing a collection of woven textile samples for Knockando Mills. Designing and making a woven textile to be exhibited in the Scottish Parliament. Designing a cashmere scarf for Begg and Co.

We also work closely with the Incorporation of Cordiners, Incorporation of Weaver and the Incorporation of Bonnet Makers and Dyers. Students annually benefit through sponsorship and awards.

Glasgow Clyde College Fashion Textiles Alumni include:

  • Stuart Williamson (Stylist)
  • Kyle Spires (Coach, New York)
  • Gavin Donnachie (Burberry)
  • Charlotte Heylar (Stella McCartney)
  • Chelsea Coleman ( Bute Fabrics, London)
  • Katie Fairfull (Transcal)
  • Katy Henderson (McNaughton Holdings)
  • Lauren Clark (Footwear designer, Dune)
  • Ashleigh Douglas, Future Textiles Manager (The Prince's Foundation)
  • Siobhan McKenna (ReJean Denim)

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  Successful HND Fashion Textiles 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

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.

  • BA Associate programme with Heriot Watt
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA Design Textiles at Glasgow School of Art
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA Textiles at Heriot-Watt University
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA Fashion and Textiles at Robert Gordon University
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
  • 2nd year entry to BA Textiles at Edinburgh College of Art
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • 3rd year entry to BSc Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification in Home Economics at Strathclyde University
  • 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Modern Apprenticeship within the textile sector
  • Self-employment or employment within the fashion industry

We also send students throughout the UK to De Montfort University, University of the Arts London, University of Brighton, Colchester Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, Central St Martins, Ulster University, Northumbria University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, Buckingham Chilterns University College, London College of Fashion, UAL Wimbledon, Middlesex University, Kingston University and Ravensbourne.

Students also gain a wide variety of skills that enable them to progress directly into design and manufacturing employment within the creative industries.

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?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not hear from us).

You will then be invited to an Information Session from February 2022 onwards. All applicants will be shown a presentation on the course and will get the opportunity to ask questions.

You may be asked to submit a Digital Folio of drawing and design work and a copy of your qualifications.

You will be informed by email within two weeks of the Information Session whether you have been successful in achieving either a conditional or an unconditional place on the course.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.  

Successful applicants will be asked to attend an information session in June 2022 where you will get further information on student funding, joining instructions, induction dates and meet other students coming onto the course.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291