This is a unique and highly creative Associate Degree Programme that is directly linked 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 focusing on woven and printed textiles. At the end of year 2 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.
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 and print and also 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.
If you are looking to explore all other aspects of textile design, you should apply for HND Fashion Textiles instead.
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 project have included designing a range of printed and woven interior samples for Bute Fabrics, designing a range of printed swimwear for Pendulum and designing a range of jacquard woven fashion scarves for Alex Begg.
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
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 or printed textiles. Please give full details in your personal statement.
- Suitable academic reference detailing creative ability, timekeeping and attendance.
To be successful, you will already have a keen interest in woven 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.
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 from the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application. You will then be invited into an Information Session which will generally be on a Monday afternoon at 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 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.