Fashion Design & Manufacture SCQF Level 6

Introducing you to the skills required for designing and manufacturing garments in the fast-paced, exciting fashion industry.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to the design process and manufacturing garments for the fashion industry. Knowledge and skills relating to textile design for garment decoration are also developed by use of drawings, mixed media and surface application.

This course is suitable for school leavers who wish to learn more about a career in fashion and garment manufacture, or those who have practical skills and fashion design experience who wish to gain a formal qualification.

What you will experience

Topics include fashion forecasting, fashion design and digital fashion, as well as technical aspects such as garment pattern construction, surface decoration and how to develop and manufacture skirts. You’ll also get to grips with the hands-on side of things when you produce life and analytical drawings, dress mannequins and operate industrial sewing machines.

female working in art room

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit qualifications in Art & Design and English. Alternatively applicants should have relevant experience in fashion design and manufacture.

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

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following HND course at North East Scotland College:

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Career opportunities are available in a range of fashion design and manufacturing roles, including:

  • Clothes Designer
  • Clothing Manufacturer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Freelance 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.

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