UCAS code W231
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If you want to study contemporary textiles, then why not consider coming to Shetland and be inspired by its rich design heritage and stunning landscapes?
Here you will develop your practical skills in a range of textile areas, such as knit, weave and surface effects, including silk screen and designs for digital printing.
Our vibrant course aims to harness your talent and equip you with the skills that will help you sustain a career in this sector. Professional practice will be integral to your training and there is a strong emphasis on contemporary design and awareness of market trends.
We offer well-equipped, modern studios and expert tuition from a team of practising artists and designers. You will also benefit from individual and small group tuition.
Live project work and attendance at textile trade fairs is also part of the course. Previous students have attended the Shetland International Textile Festival, Premier Vision in Paris and Berlin Fashion Week, and have worked with the Shetland Textile Museum and for Shetland Wool Week.
If you do not have the required qualifications you could take the National Certificate (NC) in Art and Design, or portfolio access courses available at:
Core subjects are:
Core subjects are:
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
Core modules are:
You will also undertake a textile investigation project in which you will participate in UK or international competition briefs.
Your final year will allow you to develop your design and art skills in-depth, with emphasis on practical studio work. You will also complete a dissertation, degree show and exhibitions.
You will learn through a combination of practical workshops in art and textile techniques, face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE, with support from your tutors.
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.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
*The Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government. The indicative fee level is shown in the table.
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||CertHE||£8,000 p.a.||£8,000 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£8,000 p.a.||£8,000 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£8,000 p.a.||£8,000 p.a.|
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£10,000||£10,500|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£5,040||£5,250|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,680||£1,750|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
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The challenge of doing something different, in a subject I have always loved, has been a real buzz and given me a new lease of life.
I am passionate about the sophistication and exquisiteness of Shetland lace and our own wool and want to keep this highly-skilled specialist art alive through the use of it in fashion garments.
Angela Irvine, University of the Highlands and Islands Student of the Year 2010, BA Contemporary Textiles, Shetland College UHI
The strong link with textiles that Shetland has makes it an ideal place to study and I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to further and strengthen their textile skills as well as their academic skills which play an important role in the course.
Ella Gordon, BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles, Shetland College UHI
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.