Art & Design (Textiles) HNC/HND | New College Courses

Art & Design (Textiles) HNC/HND

What is an HNC/HND?

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications - the emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’ - and they are assessed by your written assignments and/or practical work. They are vocational courses, so you learn about a particular job area and the skills necessary. They offer a less costly alternative to the traditional university route, whilst allowing you to study locally.

Where will it lead?

These courses are designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career as a textile artist/designer. On successful completion of the HND, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree at another institution.

Course Content

• Visual communication in art and design
• Ideas generation and development in art and design
• Contextual and cultural referencing in art and design
• Design exploration in textiles
• Specialist textile techniques and processes
• Design application in textiles
• Techniques and processes in textiles
• Drawing techniques and processes in art and design
• CAD/CAM for fashion and textiles

• Project design, implementation and evaluation
• Design research in textiles
• Textile collection realisation
• Experimental constructed textiles
• Experimental printed textiles
• Experimental embroidered textiles
• Professional practice in art and design

The aim of these units is to develop and extend a student’s research skills and creative exploratory processes in order to produce originaltextile pieces for self-initiated projects. This allows for the consolidation of technical and creative skills. You will develop specialist techniques and processes in textile design in order to realise sophisticated design ideas to a professional standard. 

You will broaden your skills and understanding of constructed, printed and embroidered textiles through extensive exploration and experiment with media, materials, techniques, technologies and processes.

Through live competitions, client briefs and live briefs you will also gain the appropriate skills required for effective employment.

Study Programme and Assessment

The full-time course is 34 weeks per year with 12-15 hours of studio contact a week (Thursday and Friday). You are also expected to spend an additional 25 hours a week on independent research/ self-study (must access studio in own time).

Assessment is by 100% coursework/project work. Units are marked by your subject tutors (who in turn are checked by an internal and an external verifier). You will be given one grade for each unit (Distinction, Merit, and Pass).

Students will have the opportunity to take part in visits abroad, external events and visits to museums/galleries when available. Students are also advised to attend and visit as many exhibitions/trade shows as possible in their own time to support their studies.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 A Levels at grade C (preferably one in a Textiles or Art & Design subject) or BTEC Level 3 at Merit or Distinction, or an equivalent qualification. GCSE A*-C in English and Maths is needed (alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken). For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

You will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview.

In exceptional circumstances we may occasionally accept students onto some of our HNC/HNC programmes who do not currently hold both GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above, however please be aware that you will need to achieve these qualifications if you wish to progress to university to top up your HND to a full degree, as universities will not accept applicants without them.


Fees for full-time students starting in September 2017 are £5,250 per anum. To find out if you’re eligible for a student loan visit:

From your course fees a £200 studio fee is set aside for purchasing of required materials such as kit, equipment, trips. A kit list is available upon application. Technicians keep track of student expenditure throughout the course. Be advised that you will need to purchase specialist materials for your projects. For example fabric swatch books.

All students who enrol on an HNC/HND at New College will recieve a free Microsoft Surface device to help in their studies. Ask at interview for more information.

Further Information

Awarding Body: BTEC Pearsons
Programme Leader - Karen Pau (
Enquiries / Admissions - email:, tel: 01793 732807