• NC Fashion and Design (Level 5)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration


  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


Start Here

If you’re interested in a career in fashion, this course is a great place to start.

    For entry to this course you’ll need:

    • A real interest in fashion and current trendsIf you’re interested in a career in fashion, this course is a great place to start.
    • A good level of creativity and an eye for design
    • Four National 4s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent, such as Art
    • An interview with us

    If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

    What's Involved

    This course gives you the ideal introduction to the world of design, fashion and retail. It’s a mixture of practical work and theory, with the emphasis on designing and making your own garments and accessories. There’s also plenty of activities and events going on outside the workrooms too.

    Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

    • You’ll learn about colour theory and how it relates to textile design.
    • You’ll develop a sketchbook of concept ideas, using different approaches and techniques.
    • You’ll look at fashion and textile trends, then plan and create a detailed garment based on those trends.
    • You’ll develop practical fabric skills, working from a commercial pattern and producing a garment.
    • You’ll develop skills in surface decoration, including textile embellishments by hand.
    • You’ll learn to use Kaledo software used by the fashion industry, to create designs for print.
    • You’ll learn about visual merchandising and how to create effective displays to attract customers and increase sales.

    You’ll also have the chance to take part in live projects. Examples include:

    • Creating Christmas window displays for local retailers and charity shops, such as Electric Daisy and Hansel’s Hi-Street in Prestwick.
    • Helping to organise a ‘Swish and Style’ event for the Ayrshire Hospice.
    • Be involved in the annual and much anticipated End of Year Fashion Show.
    • Go fabric shopping in Glasgow to find what you need for your next creation.
    • See the production process first hand with a factory visit.
    • Hear top tips from industry speakers on how to get ahead in the highly competitive fashion world.

    This course also incorporates a National 5 in Fashion and Textile Technology to increase your qualifications.

    Go Anywhere

    When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

    • Moving onto Fashion for Manufacture (Level 6), possibly followed by HNC/D Fashion Design and Production with Retail
    • Exploring your future career options including: Stylist, Buyer, Designer, Pattern Cutter, Garment Technologist, Import or Retail Merchandiser, Visual Merchandiser, Marketing Assistant, Retail Assistant/Manager.

    With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to a degree programme within fashion or retail, such as International Fashion Branding or International Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University (possibly via our articulation arrangements), or fashion courses at e.g. Glasgow School or Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen or London College of Fashion.


    • They did it again! - our students put on another stunning End of Year Show to live up to the usual high expectations. Click here to read the blog.
    • Tartan triumph - see how our students won over Westpoint Homes with their fabulous tartan designs. Click here to read the blog.
    • Next stop London - HND Fashion student secures a place at the prestigious London College of Fashion. Click here to read the blog.


    • Be wowed by our Creative Department’s End of Year Show - Creative Candy features students from fashion, hair, make-up, photography, music, sound production and performing arts. Click here to watch the video.