This specialist, flexible part-time course provides the opportunity for you to explore and develop your own specialism within Fashion, Textiles or Knitwear Design. At the start of the course you will devise an individual project which can be commercial or conceptual in its focus. Your project may be based on your own design and career aspirations, links with industry, or an investigation into the intersections between fashion, interiors, art and fabrication.
- Study on a part-time basis, and complete modules sequentially or independently (depending on your current qualifications).
- Benefit from lectures by researchers and visiting designers working in industry such as Jo Cope, Simeon Farrar, Professor Jane Harris, Moxham, Karen Nicol, and Christopher Raeburn.
- Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.
- Have the opportunity to join a European study visit to Antwerp and Paris.
- Take advantage of our extensive links with industry.
- Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London.
- Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- live projects;
- study visits;
- self-directed research; and
- independent studio practice.
Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:
- Project Proposal;
- supporting fashion research and development work;
- evidence of reflective practice;
- experimental designs;
- formal presentation of key developments;
- resolved fashion/ textile / knitwear designs; and
- portfolio and CV.
Careers and employability
This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including commercial or independent fashion, textile or knitwear designer, maker or artist.
Other industry-related roles include buyer, merchandiser, production manager, trend forecaster, and styling for fashion and knitwear companies and brands.
You could also use this course to support a career in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.
Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, and work within the fashion and textile design sector and wider creative industries. 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.
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 University's 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.
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.
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.
You'll be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include:
- fashion design studio, with professional mannequins and pattern cutting tables;
- fashion construction studio, with industry-standard garment production machinery;
- laser cutting and engraving facilities;
- knitwear hand flat workshop, with Dubied and domestic machines;
- knitwear industrial workshop, with Shima Seiki and Stoll industry-standard power knitting machines;
- knitwear make-up workshops, with circular machines, linkers, overlockers, lockstitch and button hole machines;
- textile print room: hand screen, transfer and collograph printing;
- digital print facility: Mimaki TX2 inkjet fabric printers;
- dye facility: a range of dye types are available, bulk and sample dyeing for both fabric and yarn;
- laser cutting: fabric laser cutting and engraving facilities;
- embroidery studio: domestic, industrial (Irish and Cornely) and Barudan multi-head digital embroidery machines; and
- weave studio: Dobby and George Wood looms, Tapestry loom, Dracup Digital Jacquard loom.