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.

You will help to organise and take part in a fashion show showcasing all the work achieved over the year.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 3 National 4 or 5s or equivalent. Previous experience of an art and 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
  • Garment pattern production
  • Research skills
  • Drawing skills
  • Sketchbook development
  • Creative textiles development
  • Surface decoration
  • Digital fashion illustration
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning activity to fit around your work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
• posting your idea in a discussion forum,
• completing a quiz,
• practising a task, activity or idea
• watching a video or reading,
• discussing and working on a solution with another student,
• researching and gathering information,
• completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

As and when it is appropriate and safe to do so, your connected learning will take place in the Creative Art Studio.  However, during periods of social distancing restrictions, some of your learning may need to move to an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students.

How long will my course last?

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 read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

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), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

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

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

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.


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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What our students, graduates and staff say

All the lecturers have been amazingly supportive. I love how hands-on this course is and have learnt a lot.

Don’t let the word “fashion” scare you off. You don’t have to watch fashion shows and read Vogue to enjoy this course!

The most important thing for me has been learning the ins and outs of pattern making and sewing, but also the social aspect of meeting new people. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone.

I’m going to study HND in Fashion Technology at Glasgow Clyde College.

Theo Thomson

My interest in fashion and textiles started when I was doing art at school. I came to college so I could focus on fashion, design and learning the basics of how to make garments. I completed the NC, then did part-time at a higher level and then joined the HNC.

The highlight for me is learning to make something. Last year I made a denim jacket with patchwork from my dad’s old jeans! Pattern cutting is something I’m good at and you get to apply that experience to make a piece of clothing come together. There is a business element to the course, which was interesting to do as I’d like to work in fashion in the future.

We always have a really good class and everyone helps each other which is nice.

One of my projects reflected on my childhood, using old photographs as inspiration and involved portraits as well as making a garment so there is an art approach as well as technical skills involved.

Taylor Black

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