Fashion: Design and Production with Retail HND

Course code 232W

What is special about this course?

This course is suited to those who have already completed the HNC Fashion and wish to pursue a career within fashion, design, production or retail.

Through several practical projects, you will build on your experiences from the HNC, and learn new techniques. Considering design as part of the process, you will learn how to apply these techniques to your own individual projects.

The course covers more advanced manufacturing processes, enabling you to develop and refine your skills. You will also learn more about the Harris Tweed industry, a high-end, iconic brand that will support and underpin your studies. Bringing a retail aspect to the course will also help you understand the importance of quality, uniqueness and cultural richness.

Special features

  • Fully equipped workroom/studio with industrial machines and views overlooking Stornoway Castle
  • Opportunities to visit local mills, weavers and artisans producing and working with Harris Tweed
  • Study in and be inspired by the beautiful natural environment of the Outer Hebrides
  • Study under the tutorship of lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the Harris Tweed industry and working within the fashion industry at a national and international level


We offer modern student accommodation on campus ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (HNC Fashion: Design and Production with Retail):

  • 2 Highers at grade C or above
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Preferably in Art, English, Fashion and Textiles, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC in Fashion Design and Production or equivalent at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • Evidence of experience or qualifications in Art and Design or a related area
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills to IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent
  • Candidates will be asked to attend an interview, where you will be expected to demonstrate your abilities via a portfolio of work

For direct entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 2 - HND

You will study the following core modules:

  • Complex pattern development and customisation
  • Designing and producing fashion garments: advanced
  • Store design
  • Fashion: design and production with retail: Graded Unit 2

You may also study the following optional modules

  • Design and manufacture a bridal or eveningwear garment
  • Sewing and finishing for garment development: advanced techniques
  • Preparing to start a business
  • Production processes in the clothing industry: an introduction
  • Corset production: an introduction
  • Creative project for artists and designers

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
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face practical workshop sessions and lectures, field trips and some online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years @ 28 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle 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

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

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 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


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

Additional costs

  • Purchase of materials: grants may be available
  • You will be required to cover any costs for field trips, museums or trade show visits.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be suitably qualified to take up careers in areas such as:

  • Design room assistant
  • Freelance designer
  • Production assistant
  • Garment technologist
  • Stylist
  • Fashion allocator
  • Merchandiser
  • Buyer
  • Retail manager
  • Starting your own fashion/retail business 

Can I progress into further study?

Upon successful completion, you may be able to progress directly into year 3 of a related degree programme.

Is there more information available online?

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