About the course
Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge for a particular industry.
You will develop specialist techniques and processes in textile design in order to realise sophisticated design ideas to a professional standard. You will broaden your skills and understanding of constructed, printed and embroidered textiles through extensive exploration and experiment with media, materials, techniques, technologies and processes. You will do live competitions, client briefs, entrepreneurship and live briefs.
Students will have access to two professionally equipped fashion and textiles studios. Specialist equipment includes domestic sewing machines, Freemachine embroidery machines, shaft looms, domestic overlockers, industrial sewing machines, an industrial overlocker, an industrial chain stitching machine, heat presses, digital sublimation printing, knitting machines, laser cutter, vacuum former and professional print and cutting tables, as well as all other Queens Drive facilities.
This course is full-time, lasting 32 weeks (64 for the HND) across Thursdays and Fridays. 100% of this course is coursework. Possible out-of-ours activities Optional visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/ galleries when available.
Topics in year one include: Professional Development; Contextual Studies; Individual Project (External); Techniques and Practice; CAD (Computer Aided Design); Textiles Techniques; Fashion and Textiles Practices; Surface Design.
Topics in year two include: Professional Practice; Applied Practice Collaborative Project; Advanced Textile Studies; Material Selection and Specification; Trend Forecasting; Creative Entrepreneurship.
GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C) Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus one of the following:
- A Levels - At least 2, grades A - C
- Vocational BTEC Level 3, grades MM
- Access Diploma in Art and Design
- Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Textiles, Art and Design, Graphics or 3D Product Design
For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.
On successful completion of this course, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree. Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career within the fashion and textiles industry.
Example job roles:
- Textiles Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Exhibition Designer
- Costume Designer
- Interior and Spatial Designer
- Museum Curator
Work experience and employability
What additional resources will I need?
You will have the opportunity to take part in visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/galleries when available. You are also advised to attend and visit as many exhibitions/ trade shows as possible in their your time to support your studies. You will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview.
From your course fees a £200 studio fee is set aside to cover kit, equipment, trips etc. You will also need to purchase specialist materials for your projects such as fabric swatch books.
- Tuition fees for 2021 entry: £6,000 per annum.
- Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.
- Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.
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