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BAFashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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This course has a reputation for producing award-winning students and successful graduates. It will appeal to you if you have a keen interest in fashion and textiles and want to explore the creativity of knitting, contemporary fashion design and styling.

Follow in the footsteps of NTU Fashion Knitwear Design student Ella Nisbett who has recently won the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award and Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2015.

Key features
Explore creative knitted fabric and garment construction within a fashion context.
Opt to undertake a year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad, and gain a Diploma in Professional Practice.
Apply to take part in international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Get involved with national and international competitions, cultural collaborations and live industry-focused projects.
Work with specialised machinery, expert staff and industry-standard technology in knitwear design.
Visit international trade fairs and exhibitions, such as Pitti Filati in Florence, Italy and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
Exhibit your work in your final year in a catwalk show and static exhibition at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
Be selected to exhibit your work at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.
Follow in the footsteps of our prizewinning students, including Ella Nisbett, Rebecca Swann, Thea Sanders, Emma Walsh, Rory Longdon, Wonjee Chung, and Pandora Bahrami.
100% of graduates from this course are in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012-13)

Programme structure

What you study
Year One: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Fashion Knitwear Design: An Introduction (100 credit points)
You will be introduced to the basic principles of creative fabric and garment construction. You’ll receive an on-going series of technical inductions, as you’re introduced to a wide range of specialist machinery and start to develop your practical skills. You will complete a variety of different projects throughout the year, where studio workshops and tutorials will build your skills in areas such as colour, visual research, idea generation, fabric creation, manipulation of form, fashion styling, and fashion illustration.

Design, Culture and Context (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 knitwear designers represent, making meaning and communicate.

Year Two: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Fashion Knitwear Design: The Context (100 credit points)
This module aims to help you to develop a better awareness of the practice of design within the global fashion knitwear industry through a variety of different projects. You will gain experience of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and develop a range of industry-standard skills which will allow you to communicate your design ideas professionally. There will be opportunities to take part in live projects and competitions, working with our industry partners. This module will also prepare you for your placement year, offering sessions that cover CV building, letters of application, interview techniques and CAD and portfolio development.

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.

Year Three

Optional Work Placement Year
The aim of a placement year is for you to combine and apply what you have learnt so far on the course. Your placement will give you the opportunity to experience the realities of the commercial world, and you’ll gain an understanding of different industrial practices and develop a range of transferable skills. Your placement must be 36 weeks long, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with one or more companies in the UK or overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification, a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Final Year

Negotiated Fashion Knitwear Design and research project (120 credit points)
During this year-long module you’ll undertake a range of self-negotiated projects which are guided by your own career aspirations. You will build your portfolio by completing projects which you will choose from a broad selection of live projects and competitions. You will choose one of two pathways; either a Fashion Collection pathway where you will create a garment collection for a catwalk show, or a Fashion Textile pathway where you will create a display of knitted textile fabrics and garments. You will showcase your work at the Degree Shows in Nottingham, and have the opportunity to be selected to present your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. You will also complete an individual research project where you will demonstrate your skills in analysis, communication, presentation and independent thinking.

Career opportunities

Employability for this course is excellent, with 100% of students going on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2012/13)

This course has been designed to enhance your employment prospects, and will give you the opportunity to:

Undertake a year-long work placement.
Take part in live projects with industry.
Learn from visiting professionals.
Gain access to specialist careers guidance.
Compete in national and international competitions.
Be selected to showcase your final-year work at Graduate Fashion Week .
Our graduates go into a range of design-related roles. Here are some recent examples:

Abercrombie and Fitch, Assistant Designer
Alphatex, Designer
Amina Rubinacci, Junior Designer
Fashion UK, Designer
Hugo Boss, Designer
Jaeger, Assistant Designer
Josh Goot, Studio Assistant
Julien Macdonald, Assistant Knitwear Design
Lauren Richards, Fashion Knitwear Designer
Lauren Richards, Handbag Designer
Pantherella, Assistant Designer
Sophie Steller, Knitwear Designer
Stine Ladefoged, Knitwear Design Assistant
Sun Hing Ltd, Assistant Knitwear Designer.
Graduates from this course have also gone onto roles within the wider fashion industry including buying, merchandising, styling and PR

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States