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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £6,000 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson Education Ltd

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: NCh5
    • Institution Code: N34
    • Campus Code: Q

Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) 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.

Course Content

YEAR 1 Units

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (External)
  • Techniques and Practice
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design)
  • Textiles Techniques
  • Fashion and Textiles Practices
  • Surface Design

YEAR 2 Units

  • Professional practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Advanced Textiles Studies
  • Material Selection and Specification
  • Creative Industries Placement
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Creative Entrepreneurship


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:

  • Textiles Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Costume Designer
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Conservator

Entry Requirements

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 - Grades CCD or above
BTEC Level 3 -
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.

Additional Requirements
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)
Thursday and Friday
Contact hours:
12-14 hours per week
Expected self-study:
15-20 hours per week
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.

Costs and Resources

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.

Programme Leader: Karen Pau (karen.pau@newcollege.ac.uk)
Course Tutor: Kate Gale (kate.gale@newcollege.ac.uk)

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