Textiles HNC

UCAS code 124J
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What is special about this course?

The HNC Textiles is a creative design-led course which offers experience in surface decoration, creative textile development, drawing and design development relating to the production of fashion, interior and accessory design. It is a portfolio-based course which encourages the exploration and experimentation of materials, media and techniques to provide a broad range of skills and knowledge in textiles and fashion design.

The course offers a balance of practical skills, core skills and a programme of units that will help you prepare for progression to degree programmes, or to employment or self-employment. You will have the opportunity to explore these subjects by producing a portfolio of work and creating a textile and fashion collection.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged and guided to develop your own practice and area of specialism. Exploring a broad range of subjects such as drawing and design development, you will gain skills that will be applicable to a variety of crative career pathways.

Studying in our specially equipped fashion and textiles 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

The course covers a wide range of study areas including:

  • Machine embroidery
  • Fabric manipulation and surface decoration
  • Mixed media
  • Garment design
  • Garment construction
  • Digital imaging
  • Sketchbook development
  • Portfolio creation
  • Observational drawing

Visiting lecturers and industry visits will ensure that you gain exposure to the latest trends within the sector.

Accommodation

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

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher(s) at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level(s) at grade D or above OR
  • NC in a relevant subject area
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encoured to apply. We will consider individual competence in textiles based skills evidenced by a portfolio of work.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview.

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Surface decoration for textiles: an introduction
  • Digital imaging
  • Professional design practice
  • Textile techniques: an introduction
  • Observational drawing
  • Design semantics
  • Textiles: Graded Unit 1

Option units include:

  • Concept garment design: an introduction
  • Designing and producing fashion garments: advanced
  • Preparing to start a business
  • Portfolio production
  • Fashion forecasting: research and development
  • Garment construction techniques: an introduction

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time

You will learn face-to-face, with practical and theory work taking place in our dedicated, specially equipped fashion studios at West Highland College UHI, Fort William. 

Personal access to a variety of art and craft materials such as cutting and sewing equipment, paint, brushes and pencils will be required. An equipment list will be provided on application.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September 2018

Fees

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

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, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720

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.

International students

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Funding

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you may wish to consider a career as a:

  • Junior designer
  • Print production operative
  • Retail sales assistant
  • Machinist
  • Merchandiser

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress on to an HND Textiles or BA Textile Design, or to our BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles or BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles programmes.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Textiles HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

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.

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