Detailed course guide
Get an introduction to your chosen course and take the first step towards a career in your chosen area of fashion. This broad common Level 1 for all Fashion, Communication, Marketing and Retailing students encourages you to research and develop individual strengths and skills in the analysis, evaluation and contextualisation in the contemporary fashion marketplace.
Specialise in your chosen pathway and explore pattern design, creation and production in greater depth through traditional and non-traditional fashion methodologies. The courses also cover fashion illustration, fashion design, knitwear design and contextual studies, all of which will help you begin to develop your own unique style.
Work on cross-disciplinary projects and fashion industry collaborations through a combination of independent study, team working and external projects. You’ll also have opportunities to work across events and brand promotion — this external activity boosts your industry awareness and gives you first-hand knowledge that allows you to contextualise your work against the global fashion landscape.
Consolidate your skills and explore your individuality through the initiation, development and completion of a contemporary fashion-led collection accompanied by a strong fashion design portfolio that really showcases your talent to employers.
Industry partnerships and sponsorships are available, allowing you to take advantage of talks and mentors from industry professionals, previous collaborations include Johnsons of Elgin, W L Gore (technical and outerwear), Morton, Young and Boreland, Johnsons of Elgin, Lochcarron and Morton, Young and Boreland and Halley Stevenson’s.
Standard entry requirements
- Highers ABBB (including English)
- A-Levels BBC
- Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
- BTEC DMM (in a relevant area)
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC (including English)
- A-Levels BCC
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
- live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
- are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements
- HNC A in graded unit (in a relevant HNC)
- BTEC DDD (in relevant subject)
- HND A in graded unit (in relevant HND)
- Portfolio submission is a prerequisite and will demonstrate your interest in fashion. This can be communicated through any media including traditional, observed and expressive drawing, painting and photography. Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.
English language requirements
- If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
||Scotland / EU**
||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
||Paid by SAAS
* 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).
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
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 2020
If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.