Fashion Textiles Sample 12
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years, August to June

Applications open January 2020

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. Within this HND, we will identify fifteen students that will be dual enrolled as Heriot Watt Associate students. They will follow the HND course programme in year 1 and will follow a discreet Associate pathway in year 2.

What will I learn?

All 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 and 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.

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

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 and producing a collection of leather samples and a leather bag for the Incorporation of Cordiners. Designing a collection of Woven textile samples for Knockando Mills. Designing a collection of swimwear print designs for Pendulum. Designing a collection of interior printed textile samples for Voyage Decoration and designing knitwear samples for Balmoral Knitwear.

Glasgow Clyde College Fashion Alumni include:
Recent graduates of the course include Stuart Williamson (Editor The Fantastic Man), Kyle Spires (Calvin Klein), Gavin Donnachie (Peter Pilotto), Charlotte Heylar (Stella McCartney), Aysha Wood (Ralph and Russo), Paula Hayton (Alexa Chung), Chelsea Coleman (Bute Fabrics, London), Katie Fairfull (Transcal), Katy Henderson ( McNaughton Holdings) and Lauren Clark (Dune, London).

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 ans 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.

You could also be one of fifteen students who each year successfully dual enrol onto the HND/BA Textiles (Specialising in Weave and Print) Associate Degree Programme that linked directly into year 3 of the Woven and Printed Textile Pathways at Heriot-Watt University. Students will be dual enrolled at both institutes and will be based at the Cardonald Campus for the first two years of the course where they will follow a discreet HND Textile programme following the HND Fashion Textiles course in year 1 and a discreet woven and printed textiles pathway in year 2 . At the end of the two years, students will transfer to Heriot-Watt University Galashiels Campus to complete year 3 and 4 of the degree, where they will specialise in one of the pathways.

  • 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 Jordanston College of Art
  • 2nd year entry to BA Textiles at Edinburgh College of Art
  • 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.

Entry requirements (minimum)

HND Fashion Textiles

  • Two Highers at C pass or above in one art-related subject e.g. Art & Design / Fashion & Textiles and one other or are pending these qualification.
  • 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.
  • Qualification with a suitable academic reference detailing creative ability, timekeeping and attendance. Please give full details in your personal statement.

HND/BA Textiles (Specialising in Weave and Print) Associate Degree

  • Three Highers at B pass and above including Art and Design and Higher English. 

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.

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 for the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application. You will then be invited into an Information Session that will generally be on a Wednesday 2.00 - 4.00pm in room 9.25 at the Cardonald Campus, between February and May 2018. All applicants will be shown a presentation on the course and will have an opportunity to see exemplars of work.

You will be expected to bring in a portfolio of drawing and design work, a copy of your qualifications, a photograph and a suitable reference to the Information Session.
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.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend a warm-up session in June where they will get further information on student funding, joining instructions and induction dates.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3187