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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year August to June

Applications open January 2024

If you are unsure which subject area within Fashion and Textiles is best for you or you just want to learn at a slower pace and level, then this Foundation in Fashion and Textiles - Level 6 is for you. It is both a creative and technical based course which provides basic knowledge and an understanding of the skills required to progress to further study in the following subject areas: Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Communications and Fashion Technology. It allows you to build a creative portfolio and experience the exciting opportunities that a career in Fashion and Textiles can offer you.

You will be taught by a team of dedicated professionals with a depth of industry experience and expertise in a wide range of fashion.

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to work through the design process from research and design development to creating basic garments through step-by-step pattern cutting and garment construction. You will then have the opportunity to develop your own designs, produce patterns and manufacture your designs from skills learned. You will also develop skills in textiles through drawing, surface design and fabric manipulation.
You will be based in our studios and workshops and will be taught with the emphasis on learning practical skills.

  • How to develop and research ideas through drawing, photography, and design development
  • Textile skills including print, knit, weave and embroidery
  • Basic pattern cutting
  • Industrial methods for sewing skirts, trousers, and bodices
  • How to present ideas using Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and multimedia techniques
  • Creating patterns to my own design
  • Manufacturing garments to my own design

If you are interested in this course and would like to know more, please view the course presentation before making your application. 

Check out 

Check out our School of Fashion and Textiles website. 

Watch our 2021/2022 fashion show Altered Atelier.

Hear from Hannah Fitzgerald who studied the Foundation in Fashion and Textiles course.

Entry requirements (minimum)

Although we do not ask for formal qualifications, you will be given priority if you have:

  • National 4/5 which should include two of the following - Art and Design, English, Maths or equivalent

If you do not meet the academic requirements but have experience in Art and Design or the Fashion/Textile industry, we will consider your application. Please give full details in your personal statement.

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

The college regularly engages with industry and work on live projects as part of their studies. This is usually at the HND level but can sometimes be at the Foundation level.

Articulation Routes

Once you complete the Foundation in Fashion and Textiles and progress onto our HNC/ HND courses, there are Articulation agreements in place at the level with Higher Education Institutes including:  

  • Heriot Watt University 
  • Gray’s School of Art 

Jobs and further study

Progression from the Foundation course to HNC/HND is not guaranteed and is dependent on suitable progression through coursework as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.

  • HNC/HND Fashion Design
  • HNC/HND Fashion Technology
  • HNC/HND Fashion Textiles.

If you choose not to move on to HND, you will be able to look for jobs in the fashion industry.

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/junk folder if you do not hear from us).  

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of a place on the course and be invited to a face-to-face information session, where you will be given additional information about your course, have a tour of the facilities and meet the staff. It is essential that you attend this session. 

Offer of a place - definitions 

  • An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. 
  • Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however; the course is full. If any spaces become available, you are contacted usually around the course start date. 
  • Unsuccessful - application was unsuccessful but you may be referred to another course. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291