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'll have the opportunity to develop contemporary design and manufacturing skills for fashion products and accessories. This includes bags, luggage, headwear, gloves, and small accessories such as belts, wallets, and travel goods, specialising in leather. You'll also be able to work with industry to design and produce footwear, adding diversity to your portfolio.
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.
- Work on live projects with companies such as Paul Smith, River Island and Dr. Martens.
- Work with advanced technologies including laser cutting, digital printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
- Complete short periods of work experience at organisations such as Mulberry and London-based leading accessory company Skinnydip.
- Enter national and international competitions such as the Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
- Benefit from visits from professionals such as Estethica's Orsola de Castro and Sarah Williams from Williams Handmade.
- Apply for international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
- Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and potentially at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.
- Strong links with The Leathersellers' Company, who offer annual awards for excellence and innovation in the use of leather.
- Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables. (2017 Guardian League Table)
- 90% of our students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
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How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:
- lectures and briefings
- studio workshops
- textile workshops
- peer and self-evaluations
- verbal and visual presentations
- live projects
- external visits
- personal development planning.
Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.
How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but may take the form of:
- 2D visual research
- sketchbooks and design development work
- 3D development work
- toiles and final product
- portfolio work
- reports and evaluations
- dissertation or visual product
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
In Year One, you will have the opportunity to visit UK destinations such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
In Year Two and final year, you'll have the option to visit an international destination such as Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, or New York through planned trips to tradeshows and optional competitions.
The School of Art & Design has an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and you can apply to exchange there in Year Two.
The University is part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe. If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries. Our Fashion Accessory Design students exhibit their work as part of a catwalk show and product exhibition at NTU.
You will also have the opportunity to be selected to showcase your work to industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world's leading event for fashion graduates. In 2014, Stephanie Brindley won the Accessories Award, and in 2015 Shan He was named runner up.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
Careers and employability
The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE 2015/16)
Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives to help make you more employable. Examples of these include:
- live projects with industry
- visiting professionals
- flexible arrangements for work experience placements
- specialist careers guidance
- the opportunity to enter national and international competitions.
Recent graduate destinations and roles include:
- Abury, designer
- Evermarker, buyer
- Bliss of London, designer / maker
- Peter Black Footwear & Accessories, product developer
- Pittards, product developer
- Next, marketing and styling
- River Island, accessory designer
- Paul Smith, accessory designer.
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.
Links with industry
This course has strong links with the leather goods and accessories industry through its teaching staff and industry-focused projects.
We continue to develop new and exciting collaborations, through yearly fashion shows and exhibitions at the University and Graduate Fashion Week in London. Students also have the opportunity to attend a variety of events, such as conferences, to network and make valuable links with industry professionals.
The course also benefits from well-established links already developed with our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. You will have the opportunity to work with our Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students to produce work for degree show collaborations.
Live projects and competitions are a key feature of the course, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to current practices within industry.
Our students have been named finalists and winners in the Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week, the Abury Design Experience Awards, and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York.
There is also the opportunity for students to apply for an educational grant of up to £4,000 a year from The Leathersellers' Company. Recently two NTU students received £500 each, which helped them with the production of their final year projects. NTU students have benefited from approximately £15,000 of funding from the organisation over recent years.
During the course you will benefit from working regularly with visiting award-winning professionals who have developed exceptional careers in the leather goods industry. This includes people like Sarah Williams, founder of Williams Handmade, and Orsola De Castro, founder of Estethica, who will give you insight into industry practices.
Work placement and internship opportunities
You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by helping you to develop your CV and directing you towards work placement opportunities.
Our Fashion Accessory Design students have recently gained work experience with:
- Hemsley London
- Daughter Of Jón
- Dragana Perisic
- River Island
- Victoria Beckham
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Skinnydip London
- French Connection.
Our Fashion Accessory Design studios are based in the Bonington building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
- fashion accessory design studios
- a leather and metal embossing press
- computer-aided design (CAD) suites for Adobe and Rhinoceros 3D
- specialist leather manufacturing for accessories and footwear
- laser cutting and engraving facilities
- dye facilities, including bulk and sample dying for both fabric
- hand screen printing, transfer print, and collograph printing
- digital print facility with digital fabric printers; and wood, metal, resin, and plastic workshops.
You'll also have access to our fabric store, on-campus art shop, photography studios, and equipment.