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IMG 5180
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

This course is now full. Applications for August 2024 courses will reopen in January 2024.

This HND/BA Textiles is a unique and highly creative Associate Degree Programme that is directly linked to year 3 of the Woven, Knitted and Printed Textile Pathways at Heriot-Watt University. Students will be dually 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 focusing on woven, knitted, and printed textiles. At the end of year 2 students will transfer to Heriot-Watt University, Borders Campus to complete year 3 and 4 of the degree, where they will specialise in one of the pathways.

What will I learn?

During this HND/BA Textiles course, you will be taught by lecturing staff who are dedicated professionals with a breadth of experience within the creative industries. Teaching resources are developed in line with Heriot-Watt modules.

All your coursework will be project-based, and you will experiment with a variety of materials and techniques for weave, knit and print and gain skills in machine embroidery, fabric manipulation, drawing and design development.

Your studies will include:

  • Sketchbook development and exploration
  • Design development and research
  • Drawing and media exploration
  • Surface decoration and fabric manipulation
  • Printed textiles
  • Knitted textiles
  • Woven textiles
  • Yarn and fibre research and development
  • Photoshop and Illustrator skills to develop the design process
  • Creative research and its context in design
  • Live industry awareness projects in collaboration with high-profile companies. 
  • Sustainability
  • Promotional and marketing skills
  • Communication skills

If you are looking to explore all other aspects of textile design, you should apply for HND Fashion Textiles instead.

Hear from student Zoe Bartlett

Hear from student Ellis Blackwood.

Course Presentation 

Watch our 2021/2022 fashion show Altered Atelier.

Check out our School of Fashion and Textiles website 

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Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three Highers at B pass and above including Art and Design and Higher English
  • Applications may be considered if you do not meet the academic requirements but have experience in Art and Design or Woven, Knitted, or Printed Textiles, please give full details in your personal statement
  • To be successful, you will already have a keen interest in Woven, Knitted or Printed Textiles

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 many high-profile companies enabling live industry projects to be included throughout the course. Recent sponsored live projects have included designing a range of printed and woven interior samples for Bute Fabrics, designing, and making a woven textile to be exhibited in the Scottish Parliament and designing a range of jacquard woven fashion scarves for Alex Begg. Designing a collection of Interior prints for Iona Crawford Atelier. 

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. 

Articulation Routes

You will automatically progress into 3rd-year BA (Hons) Design for Textiles at Heriot-Watt University (guaranteed on successful completion of the two-year HND programme and B grade or above the in Graded Unit in year 1 and 2). This is through the Articulation Agreement and enables progression without going through UCAS. 

Jobs and further study

  • 3rd-year entry to BA Textiles at Heriot-Watt University (guaranteed on successful completion of the two-year HND programme) 
  • Recent graduates of the course have gone on to become Weave Designer for Transcal and McNaughton's Holdings.

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                                                                                                 Once we have received your application, you will get an automated confirmation email. (Remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not hear from us).  

An Information/Interview Session                                                                         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