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HND in Textile Design & Fine Art Practice

Course Code: AFH

Duration: 2 Years

Exploration of Textile Fibre Art under the umbrellas of fine art, design and craft developing Design, Craft, Textile & Fashion Skills
Exploration of Textile Fibre Art under the umbrellas of fine art, design and craft developing Design, Craft, Textile & Fashion Skills
Exploration of Textile Fibre Art under the umbrellas of fine art, design and craft developing Design, Craft, Textile & Fashion Skills


Throughout the course of this two year programme in Textile Design and Fine Art Practice, students are instructed in detailed knowledge and understanding of design and practice in both textile design and in the fine arts. Creative art practices are developed in a range of contexts. Students apply appropriate analysis to briefs and develop an in-depth knowledge of design processes and techniques. These are developed across a range of methodologies within the practices of fine arts, textile design and applied arts. Research, critical and evaluative skills will also be refined through the selection and refinement processes developed through self-directed and collaborative projects investigating contemporary issues in textile design and fine art practice.

Implementation and application of textile design and fine art practice in response to briefs- working with peers and through synthesis of research, selection and refine a body of work with their peers – to exhibit in a selected exhibition area – is part of the programme.

Live briefs and competitions are considerable components of the programme to inform the students of contemporary practices in context. Contemporary practitioners within fashion and textile design and also within the fine arts are regular contributors to the programme content over the two years. These will contextualise and inform the students of contemporary practices in both design, fine art disciplines.

An understanding of theoretical and conceptual issues is central to the practice of textile design and fine arts. This understanding is informed through contextual, critical and professional development, live briefs and collaborative projects.

Students by the final semester will have developed a brief/ proposal and portfolio of work that will reflect their practice, research, critical and evaluative processes. This will then be curated and exhibited in a selected exhibition area at the end of the year.

On completion of the HND the graduates will be capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in their chosen area- be that in the creative industries or in a selected programme of advanced study.


Year One

  • Visual Language Skills/ Assignment Development
  • Textile Techniques and Design Processes
  • Creative Photography and Media Practices
  • Printed Textiles and Material Practices
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Life Drawing and Media Techniques
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Professional and Critical/ Research Practice

Year Two

  • Refined Material Techniques and Design Selection Processes
  • Visual Art and Conceptual Practice
  • Applied Arts Collaborative Projects
  • Advanced Art and Design Practice
  • Ceramic Design
  • Creative Industries Professional Practice


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate /LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three 06/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).  Suitable Level 5 courses include:


HND in Textile Design and Fine Art Practice

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson. A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


  • Drawing– direct observation studies- using a range of media and techniques you are familiar with. Recent work please. A range of sizes- sketchbooks welcome
  • Design work– traditional design and/ or digital media work showing development of ideas and concepts
  • Samples and Finished Work– showing techniques, applied arts, crafts that you have explored
  • Photography– details of two and or three-dimensional work. Fine Art Photography or design concept photography.
  • All work must be original and recent


Graduates of this course gain advanced entry to degree programmes throughout Ireland, England and the rest of Europe. These courses range in disciplines- reflecting the breadth of this course- Fine Applied Arts, Textile Art and the Artefact, Surface Design, Ceramics, Metal and Glass, Jewellery, Fashion, Fine Art Print and Painting. Graduates have also progressed in the creative industries such as accessories designer, fashion, textile, interior designer, special effects, stylist and fashion editor.

Graduates are selected to exhibit at Art Source, at the RDS in Dublin each year.