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HND Fashion Design student design piece with 3 male clothing designs
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year August to June

If you are unsure which subject area within Fashion and Textiles is best for you, the Foundation in Fashion and Textiles is a great place to start to build your creative portfolio. This course is an ideal entry level which will enable you to gain a wide variety of skills before progression onto one of our HND programmes. It is both a creative and technical based course which provides basic knowledge and an understanding in Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Communications and Fashion Technology. This course is unique to Glasgow Clyde College and is the only course in Scotland to deliver this programme within industry standard workshops. You will be taught by a team of dedicated professionals with a depth of industry experience.

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.  Alongside this you will explore fashion illustration and fashion design skills. 

You will also develop skills in textiles through drawing, surface design and fabric manipulation exploring woven, knitted, embroidered and printed textiles. 
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 
  • Meta skills  
  • Sustainability and responsible design.   

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

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Check out our School of Fashion and Textiles website. 

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • 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

Our Fashion and Textiles courses regularly engage with industry and work on live projects as part of their studies.  

Articulation Routes

Once you complete the Foundation in Fashion and Textiles and progress onto our 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 HND is not always guaranteed and is dependent on suitable progression through coursework as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment. 

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

Take a look at the course progression map for fashion and textiles courses.

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
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an interview session
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, your application has been reviewed and you have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview and application review, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your application has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in by June 2024.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291