There’s a new part-time Harris Tweed related course starting at Lews Castle College soon.

The Harris Tweed National Progression Award is for you if you have an interest in the Harris Tweed industry, fashion or textiles design.

The college says this part-time course running from September offers the opportunity to explore your creative side through a range of specially delivered units of study that prepare you for progression into a creative discipline of your choice. 

Participants will:

  • Explore the history of Harris Tweed, one of the last indigenous cloths.
  • Design ideas, draft, warp and weave your own tweed.
  • Visit mills and weavers who work on the cloth.
  • Engage in trouble shooting sessions on both the single and double width looms.
  • Look at the marketing of tweed items and make your own product with sessions on selling and pricing.

There are no specific access requirements for the National Progression Award in Harris Tweed and entry is at the discretion of the college.

Candidates would normally be expected to have attained one of the following, or equivalent: a course or its component units at Intermediate 1 (SCQF level 4) in a relevant subject area such as fashion and textiles, product design, art and design and/or technologies; Standard Grade at General level in a relevant subject area; Core Skills in communication and problem solving at SCQF level 4.

The National Progression Award is also suitable for adult returners. Any candidates would be expected to demonstrate appropriate prior experience.

For more information see:


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