Do you have an interest in fashion or textiles design? 

This course offers the opportunity to explore your creative side through a range of specially delivered units of study that prepare you for progression into a creative discipline of your choice.  You will develop an understanding and basic skills in the areas of fashion design and garment manufacture. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a range of specialist units including units on Harris Tweed which will enable you to develop the basic skills required to seek employment at trainee level in the clothing manufacture, design and retail sectors and also give you the option of progressing to further study at SCQF levels 7 and 8, in particular to HNC/HNDs in fashion design and manufacture.

Through studying this course you will have the opportunity to develop an inspirational approach to research, design and production of fashion and textiles pieces from concept to final realisation and produce a professional portfolio of your work to present to employers, college, university or to set up your own business.

Entry requirements

There are no specific access requirements for the NC Fashion Design and Manufacture and entry to the qualification would be at the discretion of the centre. Candidates would normally be expected to have attained a course or its component units at SCQF level 4. Adult returners would be expected to demonstrate appropriate prior experience. Typically candidates would be expected to have a good level of communication skills, to at least SCQF level 4, and some basic IT skills. The fashion design units in particular require candidates to carry out research using the internet and to be able present and communicate their ideas in a logical way.

Content

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Illustation
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Marketing
  • Garment Design
  • Sketchbook development
  • Creative Textiles Development
  • Surface Decoration
  • Digital Fashion

Most full-time students will have their fees paid.  Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

There are three main progression opportunities for candidates on completion of the NC in Fashion Design and Manufacture:

  • employment at trainee level in the clothing manufacture, design and retail sectors;
  • National Occupational Standards for manufacturing sewn products;
  • further study at SCQF levels 7 and 8, in particular to HNC/HNDs in fashion design and manufacture.

 A key progression option for candidates who complete the NC in Fashion Design and Manufacture will be to progress to one of the existing HNC/D qualifications:

  • HNC/HND Fashion Design and Manufacture
  • HNC/HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design
  • HNC/HND Fashion: Design and Production with Retail

Career opportunities

It is expected that successful completion of the NC Fashion Design and Manufacture could also lead to employment in a trainee position in areas such as:

  • Sewing Machine Operator
  • Assistant Pattern Cutter
  • Assistant Fashion Retailer
  • Assistant Visual Merchandising