Weaving a remarkable tale of success, Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design has been preparing graduates to enter the textile and fashion industries for well over a century.

Established in 1883, the institute has evolved and changed with the times to offer contemporary learning to its students. As the second oldest textile school in the world, it has a vast repository of experience to share with the students who choose to enrol there.

As a specialist institute focusing singularly on textiles, its merit, credibility and excellence has been regularly acknowledged in surveys, rankings and popular opinion. The Sunday Times ranked Art and Design studies at Heriot-Watt University as the best in Scotland while the Telegraph ranked it second in the UK.

School of Textiles & Design – Heriot-Watt University

Pic: School of Textiles & Design – Heriot-Watt University.

The School has also won several awards of excellence, securing its reputation as one of the best schools of its kind in the world.


The institute offers seven bachelors degrees in some of the most exciting areas of textiles and design. You can get a degree in Fashion, Fashion Communication, Textiles, Fashion Menswear, Fashion Technology, Fashion Womenswear and Interior Design.

The knowledge of textiles and designcombine with the latest available technology to report the current trends in the market. The courses have been created keeping in mind the demands of the textile industry and with the intention of preparing work-ready graduates. The graduates can move on to explore a number of career paths in retailing, buying, marketing, styling or designing textiles.

Postgraduate courses available at the institute have earned a well-deserved reputation for being the best in the business. The School’s research is considered industry-relevant, tackling issues which concern the current times. Both taught and research programmes are available which prepare students to be work-ready as well as think creatively. The small size of the classes allows one-to-one interaction and a friendly atmosphere.

The School also offers a number of short courses –  Summer Schools; Portfolio Preparation; and Continuing Professional Development.

Although a small school, the institute offers some of the best facilities in textile studies available. Everything at the campus is state-of-the-art and often the best that any institute can offer. It is here that you can find the largest weave shed, the largest knit studio and the longest screen print table in the whole of Europe. The studios and work spaces for students are extremely spacious.

The School also has computer labs and CAD and CAM suites for the students.

The strategic location of the institute in Galashiels, in the Scottish borders, has many advantages. Since the leading textile manufacturers are located around the Scottish borders, the close proximity of the School to these key industry players such as Locharron opens up many gateways for the institute as well as its students.

Pic: School of Textiles & Design – Heriot-Watt University.

Student Life
The School is located on a purpose built state of the art campus with superb student facilities, set in the small town of Galashiels in the Scottish borders, only one hour from Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.  It is here that international and domestic students learn and grow together. The quality of the degrees aside, the on-campus atmosphere hits the right balance of diversity and intimacy.

Heriot-Watt is Scotland’s most diverse university. About one third of its students come from countries outside the UK, and a further 11,800 are studying in Heriot-Watt programmes in 150 countries around the world. No matter what their background, nationality or religion, international students feel right at home here.

The location and the esteemed reputation of the school get it some of the most attractive and lucrative industry partnerships. These industry links provide students with job opportunities, apprenticeships and work experience.

Those who study at the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt are approached for recruitment by top notch companies in the business. These include national as well as international biggies such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Next, Jasper Conran, Rip Curl, Pringle, Calvin Klein, Habitat, Nike, O’Neill and so on.

The graduates of the School can be found working across the major textile and fashion centres of the world like New York, Ohio, London, Hong Kong, Sweden, Scottish borders and Sydney.

You can connect with Heriot-Watt University on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, or check out the School of Textiles & Design student blog

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