• School of Textiles and Design

Heriot-Watt University

The School of Textiles and Design has a long and distinguished history and derived its origin from the need to provide specialist education to meet the needs of the textile industry and business. The strategy which evolved to deliver textile education during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Borders region of Scotland can be traced among the archives of the successive institutions from 1883 and the merger of the Scottish College of Textiles on 1 October 1998.

Its change of name to School of Textiles and Design in 2002 set the scene for its dynamic role within education and research in the 21st century. The study of textiles leads to exciting opportunities in a diverse worldwide industry. Textile materials are fundamental to modern society in areas such as fashion, home furnishings, active sportswear, transportation, medical products and geotextile structures. The School offers a unique range of textile and fashion courses, ranging from design to manufacture and technology, which match the needs of the global and increasingly high-tech textile and fashion industries.

The School has a community of well-established alumni across the world who assist us and our students in a number of ways, e.g. competitions, sponsorship, speakers, work placements and projects to name just a few.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Design for Textiles (Fashion Interior Art)
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Marketing and Retailing
  • Fashion Menswear
  • Fashion Technology
  • Fashion Womenswear

Postgraduate Taught Degree Programme

  • MA Fashion and Textiles Design
  • MSc Fashion and Textiles Innovation and New Applications
  • MA Fashion and Textiles Innovation and New Applications
  • MSc Fashion and Textiles Management

* Please contact the School for up-to-date information regarding the specific courses that are on offer.