International Summer School

Study tour


The Scottish Textiles Study Tour immerses students in the world of luxury fashion product design. Students develop their design skills on world-leading, industry standard facilities that honorary graduate, Dame Vivienne Westwood, describes as “the best in the UK”.

Over three weeks students specialise in either Knit, Print, or Weave but there are opportunities to have a taster session in other workshops.

Students are set a project brief in their chosen area of knit, weave, print or fashion two weeks before they arrive in Scotland, to allow the opportunity for preliminary research.

A truly international experience

For the first two weeks of the Study Tour, our international students work alongside and socialise with Scottish students, under the guidance of our experienced academics and technicians. We find that international students love learning and socialising with local Scottish students and that this makes the Summer School a truly international experience.

London tour and industry visits

Study Tour students spend the first two weeks of the Tour in the workshops. They also visit local textile mills which manufacture for international brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood. This helps students connect with the latest in high-end manufacture and luxury branding.

In the final week students spend several days in London, visiting designers and design exhibitions. The London programme changes every year to take advantage of the fast changing world of London fashion and design. In 2017 the London tour included a trip to the Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A. Students also visited the Fashion and Textiles Museum, established by Zandra Rhodes, Liberty London, the home of British creative, print and design and many other fashion hotspots.

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