Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art)

Heriot-Watt University


Scottish Borders Campus


Learn practical and academic skills working with some of the finest printing, weaving and knitting facilities anywhere in the UK. The studios and workshops provide a professional creative space, where you’ll benefit from the real hands-on learning opportunities that come with access to our industry-standard facilities, equipment and space.

This highly creative course covers fashion and furnishing fabrics, accessories, wall coverings, gallery pieces, greeting cards, gift wrap and stationery products. It aims to encourage independent learning and development towards your selected pathways in printed and constructed woven, printed and knitted textiles. The combination of general textile lectures with those covering innovation will boost your knowledge in both traditional and cutting-edge approaches.

Emphasis is placed on fabric making that responds to a brief. Many of the projects you’ll work on will involve recognised design studios and companies like leading colour forecast company Trend Bible and leading USA fabric producers Cotton Inc. Students even have the opportunity to work with Old Navy to design prints for a specific sector, in a competition where the winner can secure a three-month paid placement in San Francisco as part of their internship scheme.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at ABBB including English.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC including English.

Selection is normally by application and submission of a portfolio. The portfolio should show an aptitude to textiles through use of colour, texture, rhythmic patternmaking and a logical design process. The ability to produce observational work in the form of both controlled and gestural drawing, painting and relief work should also be demonstrated.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Textiles and Design


Fashions and Textiles

SCQF Level