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Fashion and Textiles HND

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About this course

We offer a course in which there is a balance between design and the development of practical skills in both fashion and textiles. By combining fashion with textiles exciting new concepts are possible which will offer the maximum opportunity for design development. A main feature of the course will be an end of year public Fashion show, giving learners the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the production of a range of fashion collections.

Classes are a combination of formal lectures, discussion, group work, tutorials and practical workshops. Throughout the student is encouraged to undertake independent reading/research to supplement and consolidate what has been taught/learned and to broaden their understanding of the subject. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  1. Visual Studies: Observation, drawing, painting and fashion illustration.
  2. Cultural and Supporting Studies: History of Art, History of Fashion and Textile Design.
  3. Information Technology and Business Studies
  4. Textile Design and Production Techniques
  5. Fashion Design, Illustration, pattern drafting and garment construction

A variety of teaching methods, are included, aimed at developing the student’s cognitive skills, particularly discussions and group work. Many group exercises involve problem solving techniques and the application of theoretical work covered in formal lectures.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a portfolio of your work plus ONE of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • One GCE A Level grade A to C which should be art-based,
  • Foundation in Art and Design, OR Access toHE in Art and Design.

Applications from those with alternative qualifications or experience are welcome. Portfolios will be essential. Please consult the course tutor.

Prior to enrolment on this course, you will need to have an Initial Assessment in Literacy and/or Numeracy. This will ensure that you are enrolled on the right level of course to succeed and help us to identify and provide any support that you might need. You will be contacted and given a date to do you assessment.

Overseas students - with IELTS 5.5 minimum and 1 'A' level or equivalent.

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Course assessment

Testing the student’s knowledge together with the application of that knowledge is through a combination of assessment methods, including essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work. Some practical is included as specified in some units and help the student develop kinaesthetic skills.

Students are encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills including:

  • Self-Management and development
  • Manage group dynamics and team work
  • Communicate and present to different audiences
  • Manage tasks and solve problems
  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • Apply Design and Creativity

The variety of assessment methods used are designed to place emphasis on the student’s ability to demonstrate the following cognitive skills:

  • Reason critically
  • Identify and solve problems
  • Analyse and interpret
  • Application of theoretical concepts

The student is required to demonstrate these skills a number of times throughout the programme either individually or collectively. Students need to be aware that the development of these skills will be beneficial in terms of achieving Merit and Distinction grades in other modules studied.

The course uses a number of Integrated Assignment based Projects in order to assess the students throughout the course, which culminates in an exciting end of year Exhibition.

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What's next?

Successful completion of the course will equip you with skills enabling you to obtain employment in the fashion and textiles based industries.

The HND is equivalent to the first two years of a BA Degree and for suitable students you can use your HND to access the final year of a BA Degree.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.