32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)
Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge for a particular industry.
You will develop specialist techniques and processes in textile design in order to realise sophisticated design ideas to a professional standard. You will broaden your skills and understanding of constructed, printed and embroidered textiles through extensive exploration and experiment with media, materials, techniques, technologies and processes. Through live competitions, client briefs, entrepreneurship and live briefs you will also gain the appropriate skills required for effective employment.
You will have the opportunity to take part in visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/galleries when available. You are also advised to attend and visit as many exhibitions/ trade shows as possible to support your studies.
YEAR 1 Units
YEAR 2 Units
You will have access to two professionally equipped fashion and textiles studios. Specialist equipment includes domestic sewing machines, Freemachine embroidery machines, shaft.
On successful completion of the HND, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree. Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career within the fashion and textiles industry.
Example job roles:
GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.
PLUS 80 UCAS points from at least one of the following:
A Levels - At least 2, grades BB
BTEC Level 3 - MMP
Access Diploma - In Art and Design
Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Textiles, Art and Design, Graphics or 3D/Product Design.
For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.
You will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview.
Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length: 32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND)
Days: Thursday and Friday
Contact hours: 12-14 hours per week
Expected self-study: 15-20 hours per week
Assessment: 100% Coursework
N.B. The days in which you are required to attend classes may change depending on the unit being studied.
Possible out-of-hours activities
Optional visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/galleries when available.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum
Additional Costs: You will need to purchase specialist materials for your projects such as fabric swatch books.
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
The Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship: Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship
From your course fees a £200 studio fee is set aside to cover kit, equipment, trips etc.