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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University

With more than 30 years' experience and an international reputation for excellence in fashion knitwear design, this course will encourage you to innovate through experimental research and practice. You'll devise an individual project, which could be focused around your career aspirations, or an experimental investigation into art, science and fabrication. We will support you with flexible and responsive teaching, helping you to explore and challenge the limits of fashion knitwear design.

Key features

  • Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
  • Receive workshops in Computer Aided Design (CAD) knit, 2D / 3D design generation, creative pattern cutting, and fashion visualisation.
  • Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
  • Work in our extensive facilities with access to hand flat and power knitting machines, including Shima Seiki and Stoll.
  • Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Juliana Sissons, Simeon Farrar, Jo Cope, Moxham, and Christopher Raeburn.
  • Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
  • Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
  • Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
  • Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.

How you're taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures;
  • tutorials;
  • seminars;
  • inductions;
  • workshops;
  • live projects;
  • study visits;
  • self-directed research; and
  • independent studio practice.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • Project Proposal;
  • supporting fashion knitwear research and development work;
  • evidence of reflective practice;
  • experimental designs;
  • formal presentations of key developments;
  • resolved fashion knitwear swatches and / or garments; and
  • portfolio and CV.

Careers and employability

This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including designer, technologist, buyer, merchandiser and production manager.  You could also work in trend forecasting and styling for fashion / knitwear companies and brands.

Some graduates also use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.

Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, progressed to further study, or work within related careers in the design sector. Others have returned to their previous job with a renewed focus and enhanced career prospects.

If you are interested in starting your own creative business, the University provides start-up training and support through The Hive, our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Professional practice

If relevant to your project you will have the option to organise and undertake internships, learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such as The Hive's HeadStart programme), and attend events held by the our Employability Team and other organisations.

You will also be encouraged to undertake research into fashion, textile or knitwear design companies, or appropriate contexts, for retailing or showcasing your completed project.

You will be invited to collaborate in projects and attend research events and symposia. Recent exhibitions our students have been involved in include:

  • Crafting Anatomies;
  • Knitting Nottingham;
  • Closely Held Secrets;
  • DE NATURA; and
  • Journeys in Lace: Parts 1 & 2 (Lace: Here: Now).

Study visits to exhibitions in London have recently included:

  • The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican; and
  • ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

An optional annual trip to Antwerp and Paris has included visits to:

  • Dries Van Noten - Inspirations;
  • Happy Birthday Dear Academie!; and
  • Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion.

During this trip student have also visited:

  • Première Vision (incorporating Indigo and Yarntex);
  • MatériO; and
  • Li Edelkoort's Trend Union studio.

You will also be invited to submit your work to be considered for exhibition at London's New Designers and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Get inspired

Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.

Facilities

You'll be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include:

  • a postgraduate studio, where you will have space to work alongside other practice-based Art and Design students;
  • hand flat knitting workshops, with Dubied and domestic machines;
  • industrial knitting workshops, with Shima Seiki and Stoll power knitting machines;
  • knitwear make-up workshops, with circular machines, linkers, overlockers, lockstitch machines, and button hole machines;
  • yarn store;
  • dye facility and print room;
  • laser cutting and engraving; and
  • digital print facility and embroidery room.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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