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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type

This highly creative textiles course is designed to offer a balance between theory and practice – particularly when it comes to fabric design methodology and fabric production techniques.



The course aims to encourage independent learning in a professional, creative manner – with elected pathways in printed and constructed textiles.

There’ll be an emphasis on fabric making geared towards different practical outcomes – many with the involvement of recognised design studios and companies. The sectors covered include fashion and furnishing fabrics, accessories, wall coverings, gallery pieces, greeting cards and gift wrap

This textiles course is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. For more details about the student experience of Design for Textiles, visit the School pages.

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Lectures and practical classes provide a foundation for development and help you decide which area to specialise in. Practical projects in printed, woven and knitted textiles and CAD are underpinned by drawing, painting and material manipulation projects. Sampling and mixing techniques are encouraged to provide a wealth of fabric outcomes.

Year 2

Students choose either printed or constructed textiles (knit and weave), and explore a range of both Fashion and Interior textile projects. Study tours are organised for students to make contacts with studios and visit exhibitions and museums as a vital part of visual and market research.

Year 3

Participation in national and international competitions is encouraged. External companies set briefs across courses, and this involvement helps you evaluate work critically and present professionally. Student exchanges are available, and a foreign study tour allows students to experience trade fairs Premiere Vision and Indigo.

Year 4

The origination of design work and textile innovation ensure strong support work before embarking on a personal project. A lecture series provides context or marketing strategy. Selected students exhibit their final collection of designs in London at the New Designers exhibition as well as on the University Campus.

Unistats course data

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBB including English
  • A-Levels BBB including English at a minimum of GCSE
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points.

Year 2

  • HNC A in graded unit
  • Additional information Direct entry students are specialists in either printed or constructed (weave and knit) textiles.

Year 3

  • HND A in graded unit. Entry into Level 3 may be available for applicants who have completed an appropriate BTEC (dependent upon places available).
  • Additional information Direct entry students are specialists in printed, woven and knitted textiles

Additional information

  • Portfolio Requirement: Selection is normally by application and submission of a portfolio. The portfolio should show an aptitude to textiles through use of colour, texture, rhythmic patternmaking and a logical design process. The ability to produce observational work in the form of both controlled and gestural drawing, painting and relief work should also be demonstrated. Once you have applied to UCAS you will be required to send us your portfolio. Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

***There is a consumable fee, charged per year of study. Current 2017/18 rates are £194 per year, for this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.