|Study location||United Kingdom, Nottingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
At least 1 reference(s) should be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A relevant portfolio is required.
• Aim to bring approximately 15 pieces of work. Work needs to be professionally presented and we are happy for
the work to be float-mounted onto plain white cartridge paper or thin white board.
With more than 40 years’ experience in fashion education, and in response to the growing accessories market, we offer this specialist course in Fashion Accessory Design. There is a high demand for expertly trained graduates with a thorough understanding of the products, principles and techniques involved in this field.
You will experience the design and manufacture of a diverse range of products, pattern making, illustration, 3D materials, processes and technologies. You will also have the opportunity to work with wood, metal, resin, digital print, plastics, and mixed media materials. With exceptional links with industry you’ll benefit from live projects with international brands, visiting professionals, and award-winning staff.
Follow in the footsteps of NTU student Stephanie Brindley who won the Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2014.
Work on live industry projects with companies such as Paul Smith, River Island, Oxfam and Peter Bullock fine shoes.
Experience the design and manufacture processes for a range of fashion accessories.
Work with advanced technologies including laser-cutting, digital printing, computer aided design (CAD) and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Choose electives in Year Two in areas such as journalism, global sourcing and web design.
Undertake work experience placements and internships.
Take part in with national and international competitions such as the Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
Benefit from visiting industry professionals such as Estethica’s Orsola de Castro, designer Kat Marks and illustrator Milly Jackson.
Apply to take part in international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Produce professional portfolios, look-books and graphics to develop a contemporary portfolio of work.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.
This course has a 100% student satisfaction rate. (National Student Survey 2014)
Student work, awards and news
Visit our Fashion Accessory Design gallery to take a look at some of our students’ work, and read about the latest news from the course.
What you study
Year One: these two year-long modules run side by side.
Design Principles: Form, Function and Application (100 credit points)
During this module you will focus on developing skills and knowledge to manage the design process. Lectures will introduce you to key ideas in fashion accessory design which will inform your practical studio work, concept initiation and research.
Manufacture workshops in leather, textiles and 3D resistant materials will help you to translate 2D work into 3D prototypes and products. You’ll develop your skills in visual presentation with workshops and projects in Computer Aided Design, portfolio presentation and communication. You’ll also receive support and guidance in job and placement search skills and CV development.
Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)
This module will encourage you to test your research, presentation and written skills, and to be socially and culturally aware when considering your own environment and design decisions. You will be introduced to the power of images, objects and materials in visual and material culture, and see how these are central to the way fashion accessory designers represent, making meaning and communicate.
Year Two: these two year-long modules run side by side.
Design Context: Product, Technology and Innovation (100 credit points)
During this module you will produce an extensive body of 2D and 3D work which will focus on professional practice through live industry briefs, team working activities and design skills. You’ll develop a better understanding of commerce, market awareness and the industry, and team working will develop your communication, time management an organisational skills. Advanced workshops and master classes will continue to develop your skills in technical problem solving and design technologies.
Workshops in Computer-Aided Design will enable you to develop a professional portfolio. You will choose electives, exploring other areas of the industry such as ethical fashion, journalism and web design.
Design, Culture and Context 2 (20 credit points)
In the first half of the year you will focus on how the commercial contact affects design culture. You’ll consider the role played by design in the creation of desire in a trend-driven consumer culture, in an era of mass production and consumption, and the need of responsibility and sustainability to make design a force for positive change. In the second half of the year you’ll focus on creating a negotiated, individual brief in preparation for your final-year project.
Negotiated Fashion Accessory Design Portfolio and Research Projects (120 credit points)
This year-long module is split into two strands, a fashion accessory design project and a research project. For the fashion accessory design project you will develop a collection of 3D products and an extensive body of 2D work. This will include an accessory collection of fashion products aimed at a specific market or career goal. You will also complete at two external briefs which could include a competition brief or a collaborative project working with students from our other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design courses. For the research project you will explore and research a relevant area relevant to your collection, completing either a dissertation or a visual product. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham and at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
The School of Art & Design at NTU has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 91% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012-13)
Employability is high in this continually growing market with a huge demand for expertly trained graduates with a thorough understanding of the broad range of products, principles and techniques involved in this field.
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help make you more employable.
Examples of these include:
Live projects with industry
Flexible arrangements for work experience placements
Specialist careers guidance
The opportunity to enter national and international competitions.
We work directly with industry and a variety of brands on core projects, which result in a range of available internships that students can access to further develop their skills within a professional design team. This allows students to see their ideas develop from a paper sketch through to production and retail, providing an invaluable insight into the fashion accessory design industry.
This course leads to a range of different careers, including:
assistant / junior designer
freelance designer / maker
buying, sourcing and merchandising roles in fashion accessories
product management for fashion and fashion accessories
associated industry roles such as styling, journalism and trend prediction
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.