Textiles HND

Course code 224J

What is special about this course?

The HND Textiles is a highly creative, design-led course for those with a passion for designing and creating, providing you with the opportunity to explore your creative potential.

Through the process of experimentation with materials and media, you will establish your own design practice, with opportunities to design textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. You will develop knowledge and key skills, such as interpreting briefs, planning, analysis and presentation of design ideas.

Course work is mainly project-based and you are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques. The programme provides a thorough grounding in textile processes, allowing you to develop a range of vocational skills relevant to a career in textiles. The lecturing team is composed of a dedicated group of professionals with a breadth of experience within the creative industries.    

Studying in our specially equipped fashion and textile department at West Highland College UHI, you will work on projects from the initial planning and research stages, through design and development, to the production of final outcome.  

Special features

  • Dedicated textiles studio and fashion room within the department
  • Learn from an inspirational team of lecturers with industry experience
  • Located at the foot of the mountains on the shores of Loch Linnhe, surrounded by beautiful, inspirational landscapes
  • Guest lecturers and industry visits ensure you have access to current trend and contextual design
  • Explore a wide range of media, techniques and processes such as:
    • Drawing
    • Mixed media
    • Research and investigation
    • Sketchbook development
    • Textile techniques 
    • Garment design 
    • Garment construction
    • Portfolio creation


We offer modern student accommodation in Fort William ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (HNC):

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Art and Design or a related subject OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Art and Design or a related subject
  • You must also submit an art portfolio that demonstrates your art and design skills and understanding of the creative process
  • Applications will be considered from those who do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the textile/fashion industry or in art and design, or hold a National Qualification or Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject

Advanced entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is the HNC Textiles.

Year 2 - HND

Core modules may include:

  • Art and design: project
  • Graded unit 2
  • Observational drawing portfolio
  • Surface decoration for textiles: advanced 
  • Textile techniques: advanced

Optional modules may include:

  • Concept garment design: an introduction
  • Designing and producing a fashion garment: advanced
  • Fabric construction: an introduction 
  • Fine art textiles: an introduction
  • Textile accessory: advanced 
  • Textiles for interior: advanced techniques

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September , where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face, video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years @ 15 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years @ 7.5 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

You will be provided with a material and equipment list (up to approx £200) from which you will be able to order what you need for your studies. You should also allow for additional material costs for projects, these will vary depending on your choice of fabrics and embellishments.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider the following careers:

  • Visual merchandiser
  • Retail manager
  • Freelance designer
  • Design assistant
  • Gallery assistant 
  • Wardrobe assistant

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from HND Textiles to BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Textiles HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.