Textiles HND

Course code 224J

What is special about this course?

Delve into these visual and tactile experiences in surface decoration, creative textile development, and drawing and design development, as they relate to fashion, interior, and accessory design.

Explore and experiment with materials, media, and techniques to gain a broad range of skills and knowledge in textiles and fashion design. Stay in touch with the latest trends via guest lecturers and industry visits, ultimately producing a portfolio of work, plus a final textile and fashion collection.

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 at a number of our locations.

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?

  • 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?

  • North, West and Hebrides - Fort William campus (not available to study in 2024/25)

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) 2023-24 2024-25
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) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,110 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £474 £474

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) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,980 £8,775
Part-time (per HN credit) £532 £585

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


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

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 the third year of a textiles degree.  

Is there more information available online?

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I left school at 15 and have completed NC Fashion and Design, HNC and HND Textiles. I was chosen for a textile's placement in Slovakia for a month in 2019. I gained project grants, created my own fashion collection, hosted my own fashion show in Inverness selling my handmade products and obtained multiple creative internships along the way.

The skills and training that I have had from my amazing tutors allows me to construct and run projects to the point where I can go and freelance my work and run creative workshops. When I finish, I intend to broaden my skills pallet in multiple creative techniques, working with different mediums. I am exploring sustainability with the community and Highland Hospice, Fort William by upcycling, and producing my own sellable creations.

Taylor studied the HND Textiles at UHI North, West and Hebrides. 

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