Fashion & Design NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Do you have an interest in fashion or textiles design? This course offers the opportunity to explore your creative side though a range of specially delivered units of study that prepare you for progression into a creative discipline of your choice. Through studying Fashion and Design you 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 a creative venture of your own.

You’ll explore a number of creative disciplines, research the work of other artists and undertake projects to express a range of skills, completing final pieces for assessment as you progress.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 3 Standard Grades at credit/general level or have studied at SCQF level 4 or 5. Previous experience of an art & design course or a passion for fashion and design would be desirable. Mature students will be considered on merit. If you have a portfolio your best art work please bring this with you to interview.

Units of Study include:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion forecasting
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Garment Design
  • Research skills
  • Sketchbook development
  • Creative Textiles Development
  • Surface decoration
  • Digital fashion


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

This full time course is based in Fort william and you will study 21 hours / 3 days days per week throughout the academic year (34 weeks)

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course provides good progression routes for further study in fashion, textiles, art and design sectors as well as the production of an portfolio for application to many design orientated Higher Education Establishments at College or University. It can also lead to employment in a range of creative disciplines:

  • Fashion Design
  • Textiles Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Stylist
  • Costume Design


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Apply for Fashion & Design NC Level 6

I want to start in 2019/20

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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