A number of Scottish colleges offer degrees and courses in craft-related subjects. We have detailed some of these below.
Argyll College UHI offer further and higher education in one of the most geographically fragmented areas of Scotland. Their 15 centres provide students with support, high-speed internet access and video conferencing facilities. Argyll College has a course introducing students to the creative industries.
Ayrshire College's aim is to serve the people, communities and employers in Ayrshire. They play a key role in helping to develop the economy in Ayrshire, by ensuring that students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support the local, regional and national workforce needs. You will find courses in Arts, Fashion, Music, Sound, Media, Photography and Performance.
Borders College operates from three main sites (Galashiels, Hawick and St. Boswells) and is the regional college for the Scottish Borders. Each year, around 5,500 students enrol for a wide range of courses and programmes, both day and evening, to HND level and beyond, particularly in subject areas that will enable them to dovetail into local employment opportunities. They offer short courses in bookbinding, fabrics and knitting, plus a range of full and part time courses in arts and visual communications.
City of Glasgow College is one of Scotland’s largest colleges, home to almost 30,000 students from 135 different countries. Their faculty of Creative Industries offer a huge range of full-time, part-time and evening or weekend courses, including a HNC’s and HND’s in Furniture and Furniture Craftsmanship/Restoration, HND in Glass Design, an HND in Jewellery Design, and shorter courses in bookbinding, ceramics, glass, furniture and jewellery. Search the list on their website.
Dumfries & Galloway College is located in the south of Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland. The main campus is situated in Dumfries (the capital of the region), the college has another campus in the town of Stranraer, 75 miles to the west of Dumfries. The college has a series of courses in the Creative Industries, including an NC, HNC and HND in Art and Design during which you can study ceramics and printmaking.
Dundee and Angus College aim to generate regional economic growth and social well-being through the provision of skills and education for individuals, employers and the wider community. Their courses in Art and Design vary from short courses in artists books, ceramics, jewellery and textiles to HNDs in textiles.
Edinburgh College is Scotland's biggest regional college with around 23,000 students across four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. They offer a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses: over 900 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development. Edinburgh College have a range of courses in Construction and Building Crafts (including furniture making) and a wide range of courses in the Creative Industries, in particular fashion, textiles and jewellery.
Forth Valley College is Scotland's first regional college, delivering more than 750 courses from their main campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling. The HND in Art and Design at Forth Valley College develops knowledge and creative skills in a variety of applied design areas, including textiles, fashion and costume design, 3D design, and mixed media.
Glasgow Clyde College is a multi-campus college with three sites in Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside. The College was formed in August 2013 following the merger of Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside Colleges. Glasgow Clyde College’s Creative and Cultural Industries courses include fashion, textiles and jewellery, either full-time or part-time.
Glasgow Kelvin College is the newest of Glasgow’s three regional further education colleges. The range of courses available at Glasgow Kelvin is designed to meet the needs of learners of all ages and all levels of ability from introductory tasters and National Qualifications, through Higher Nationals, right up to degree level qualifications. Glasgow Kelvin College offers courses in fashion and jewellery, including design and manufacture, jewellery, and fashion design and production.
Moray College has around 10,000 students. Many study part-time and the college offers an extensive choice of courses on a flexible basis so that you can fit your studies around other professional and personal commitments. They also offer courses at a variety of levels, from NQs, HNCs and HNDs, right up to degrees, Masters and PDAs. Moray College has a small selection of art and design courses, and also offers a BA in Fine Art Textiles.
North East Scotland College is the single largest provider of vocational education and training in the North East of Scotland. North East Scotland College has a selection of courses fashion and textiles, as well as shorter courses in dressmaking, knitting, sewing and textiles, soft furnishings, and creative textiles techniques.
Orkney College is one of the partner colleges that make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. They deliver a wide range of higher education, degree and postgraduate learning options in addition to the traditional base of further education. Orkney College offers a small selection of courses in subjects such as masonry conservation and construction crafts, in addition to part-time courses in textile design and a BA in Fine Art Textiles.
Shetland College UHI is part of Scotland’s newest university, the University of the Highlands and Islands. Courses can be studied at their main Gremista campus in Lerwick, or at one of the rural Learning Centres. In addition to a course in construction crafts, Shetland College offers a BA in Contemporary Textiles.
South Lanarkshire College ensure learners are well prepared for the future by developing their skills, knowledge and understanding in a high-quality learning environment. South Lanarkshire College has a course in fashion and design.
West Highland College UHI is unique in that it offers you access to a wide range of full and part-time courses from access level through to degree and postgraduate level at a college centre near you. West Highland College has a course in fashion and design.
Please note that while we have done our best to include all craft-related courses in Scotland, this list may not be exhaustive. If you know of a craft course not mentioned here, please let us know.