The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type

Our Fashion Technology degree combines a wide range of clothing and fashion-related studies, helping you learn how to create commercially successful products.



Learn the skills that bring creativity to life in the real world. This course is the only fashion technology programme in the UK that includes a fully integrated placement as part of the standard programme. So, you’ll not only learn how to develop great ideas, but also how to use commercial design and the latest technology to turn them into successful fashion products.

Multi-disciplinary skills. Practical knowledge. Real-world experience. This course helps you develop a well-rounded skillset that can help you succeed in a wide range of exciting roles within the fashion industry.

Take advantage of our links to the fashion world. We’ll give you the opportunity to work on exciting, real-life projects — our students recently made garments for global fashion brand Barbour. During your third year, you’ll put your skills to the test in an industry setting, giving you the perfect opportunity to make industry contacts and take another step closer to your dream career.

The course is taught in our Scottish Borders Campus, which sits close to the heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry. This is your chance to study in an area that’s home to some of the UK’s top design and production facilities for textiles and fashion. Find out more about what this unique course has to offer on our School pages.



Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Develop a fundamental and practical knowledge of fashion product development, design, textiles and fashion marketing. Switching between practical classes, workshops and lectures offers a complete learning experience that will boost your understanding of key principles in the clothing and fashion industry. And you’ll get plenty of chance to show and develop your creative side working on practical projects too. 

Year 2

Year 1 lays the foundations. Year 2 builds on this with commercial context. Making use of our strong industry links, we’ll help you develop skills and knowledge in CAD, design and development, textiles and fashion buying with the possibility of working on live briefs.

Year 3

Enhance your creative and problem-solving skills working on inter-linked projects that encourage independent learning. You’ll also have the chance to embed the technical and commercial product development expertise you’ve developed by working on live industry projects. Then it’s out into the real world. Students spend the second semester in industry which lets you put everything you’ve learned into practise in an industry setting.

Year 4

A real chance to express yourself and show your skills. Each student is given the freedom to determine and complete an individual honours project that reflects the diverse and contemporary areas of the clothing and fashion industry. A global context is further explored in the honours year with students studying future textiles, global fashion management and entrepreneurship. 

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBB including English. Mathematics is required at a minimum of Standard Grade / National 5
  • A-Levels BBB including English and Mathematics at a minimum of GCSE
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points

Year 2

  • HNC A in graded unit. Suitable candidates will be considered for direct entry to Level 2, usually from articulated HNC/HND/BTEC courses. Each application is considered on its merits (dependent upon places available).

Year 3

  • HND A in graded units. Suitable candidates will be considered for direct entry to Level 3, usually from articulated HND/BTEC courses. Each application is considered on its merits (dependent upon places available).


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).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

***There is a consumable fee, charged per year of study. Current 2017/18 rates are £140 per year, for this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.