Textiles SCQF Level 8

Developing your fashion and textiles knowledge in preparation for university or employment.


Why take this course?

This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire up-to-date fashion and textile skills and knowledge in order to enhance your professional prospects.

The broad base of the course means that candidates can progress to university level study in a related subject, or pursue a range of career routes within fashion and textiles.

What you will experience

You will learn to design and produce fashion garments using a range of different materials and techniques, whilst working in a creative environment which closely replicates industry standards. The topics covered will allow you to develop strong original concepts based on your study of design semantics, surface decoration for textiles, professional design practice and observational drawing.

The course also includes a creative project for artists and designers, where you can explore your individuality in textile techniques.

female working in art room

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of two passes at Higher level, one of which should be Higher Art. Applicants should show an interest in and aptitude for the subject, or have successfully completed an appropriate non-advanced course.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to interview.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You must supply your own portfolio case. A list of suggested materials will be sent to you before the start of the course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Career opportunities are available in a wide range of fashion and textiles roles, including:

  • Clothes Designer
  • Clothing Manufacturer
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textile Designer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.