Heriot-Watt University


Scottish Borders Campus


This fashion course covers a range of market sectors from high-street fashion through to ready-to-wear – both in the UK and globally.

Through internal and external projects, you’ll be able to develop your own fashion writing style, while gaining a broad understanding of the worldwide fashion industry. Ultimately giving you the chance to make a personal creative fashion statement appropriate to your chosen market.

Year 1:
This broad common Level 1 for all Fashion, Communication, and Marketing and Retailing students provides an introduction to their chosen course and to related pathways. Students are encouraged to research and develop individual strengths and skills in the analysis, evaluation and contextualisation of their work in the contemporary fashion marketplace.

Year 2:
Students will specialise in their chosen pathway and explore in greater depth: pattern design, creation and production through traditional and non-traditional fashion methodologies. The courses also cover fashion illustration, fashion design, knitwear design and contextual studies, to begin to develop an individual fashion handwriting.

Year 3:
Focus is on students working in appropriate cross-disciplinary projects and fashion industry collaborations through a combination of independent study, team working and appropriate external projects. External activity provides students with industry awareness as well as giving them first-hand knowledge of contextualising their work in a contemporary fashion marketplace.

Year 4:
Students will consolidate their skills and reinforce their own fashion identity through the initiation, development and production of a contemporary final fashion-led collection accompanied by a strong fashion design portfolio.

Entry Requirements

2022 entry requirements:
Standard entry: 4 Highers at ABBB including English.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC including English.

Once you have applied to UCAS you will be required to send us your portfolio. Portfolio submission is a prerequisite and will demonstrate an individual interest in fashion communication. This can be communicated through any media including traditional, observed and expressive drawing, painting, photography and digital media.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Textiles and Design


Textiles and Design

SCQF Level



Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display