This HND/BA Textiles (Specialising in Weave and Print) is a unique and highly creative Associate Degree Programme that is directly linked into year 3 of the Woven, Knitted 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 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?
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 course work 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:
- Sketch book development and exploration
- Design development and research
- Drawing and media exploration
- Surface decoration and fabric manipulation
- Printed textiles
- Woven textiles
- Setting up warps
- Yarn and fibre research and development
- Colour and proportion 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.
- 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.
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)
- 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
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.
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.
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 a B grade 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 include Katie Fairfull - Weave Designer for Transcal and Katy Henderson - McNaughtons 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.
You will receive an automated email for the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application. You will then be invited into a Virtual Information Session between February and May 2021. 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.
Successful applicants will be asked to attend an information session in June where you will get further information on student funding, joining instructions, induction dates and meet other students coming onto the course.