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HND in Fibre Art (Textile Design & Fine Art)

Course Code: AFH

Duration: 2 Years


This course offers the student the opportunity to explore the principles and practices of textile fibre art under the umbrellas of fine art, design and craft. Through visual observation skills an understanding of design principles is achieved. Design Craft and Textile Skills are developed in a standard of professional practice. Competition briefs are built into the course structure with guest lecturers and technique professional practice workshops an integral element of the course.

Through critical studies informed support and research skills for personal work is attained. Support computer skills are practiced within modules. Graduates participate in outside exhibitions- such as Art Source in the RDS. Current students exhibit in outside locations throughout the course of the two years.


Year One

  • Developing Visual Language Skills for Textile Design
  • Fibre Techniques and Design Processes
  • Historical and Contemporary Fine Art and Craft
  • Design Practice in Fibre Art
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Printed Textiles techniques and processes
  • Life Drawing for Fibre Art
  • Ceramic Design.

Year Two

  • Self-directed Practice in Textile Fibre Art
  • Textile Fibre Art in a Professional Context
  • Critical Studies in Art and Design
  • Visual Language Techniques in Textile Design
  • Refined fibre Techniques and Design Processes
  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Ideas in Context
  • Photography for Textile Fibre Art


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


HND in Fibre Art

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


  • Drawing- showing developed observation skills in rendering elements of line, tone, texture, form and composition. A range of media and technical skills in rendering must be evident in these sketchbooks and loose-leaf work.
  • Colour work- showing an understanding of colour and form through arrange of media and techniques. These may include colour work using wet and dry media, collage, mixed media, stitch, textile and fibres.
  • Personal observation sketchbooks and journals displaying artistic, cultural influences and interests.
  • Design-development of composition, abstraction and evolvement of concept through analysis of drawing, evolvement of concept and ideas development.
  • Photography- three-dimensional and textile fibre work is encouraged.
  • All work must be individual, original and recent.


Students of this course have progressed to further education on degree courses, some with advanced entry throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and Europe. Other graduates have progressed in industry in diverse areas such as stylist, fashion editor, special effects, accessories designer, fashion, textile and interior designers.