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BAFashion Design

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Programme structure

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

Design Process: Concept, Form and Image (100 credit points)
During this module you will gain an understanding of the design process, including research methods, exploration of design development, pattern cutting techniques, and toile and garment manufacturing procedures. A series of technical workshops will lead you through the stages of garment construction and sewing techniques and Computer Aided Design (CAD) sessions will help you develop how you communicate your ideas. You will also have the opportunity to work on external projects and to develop your skills through fundraising, financing and staging your own catwalk shows.

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 designers represent, making meaning and communicate.

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

Design Context: Commerce, Technology and Innovation (100 credit points)
This module will advance your design practice and help you to develop a greater understanding of the industry through different commercial contexts. There is a focus on professional practice through live industry briefs, global competitions, team working activities, business practices and specialist design, pattern cutting and manufacture skills. In the first half of the module you will negotiate a design brief in collaboration with industry, as part of a team to produce a menswear collection to answer a live industry set brief.

In the second half of the module you will complete an negotiated individual project to help prepare you for your final year. You will also have the chance to opt for electives, investigating other areas of the industry entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, journalism and visual merchandising.

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.

Final Year

Negotiated Fashion Design and research project (120 credit points)

This year-long module is split into two strands, a fashion design project and a research project. For the fashion design project you will produce an extensive body of 2D and 3D work, with sustained investigation into toiling, fabrication, print, garment construction, CAD and design responsibility. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry-led projects and competitions.

You will choose to focus either on a catwalk collection or a fashion product exhibition, which you will present as part of the Degree Show. You may also be selected to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. For the research project you will explore and research a relevant aspect of design, completing a written dissertation.

Career opportunities

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 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
collaboration with industry for recruitment in Final Year
flexible arrangements for work experience placements and internships
visiting professionals
specialist careers guidance
national and international competitions
Graduate Fashion Week and the British Fashion Council College Industry open day.
Our graduates go into a range of fashion-related roles. Here are some recent examples:

ASOS, buying administrative assistant
Abercrombie & Fitch, Assistant Designer / Fashion Designer
Bombshell by Katya Wildman, Print Designer
Bunker Mentality, Design Assistant
C.P International, Menswear Designer
Captive Clothing, Design Assistant
Comme des Garcons – Designer
De Facto Design, Studio Administrator
Erdem, Designer
Folk, Design Intern
French Connection, Intern, QA Department
Gill Knitwear, Junior Designer
H&M, Assistant Menswear Designer
Hirdaramani, Fashion Design Assistant.
Karen Millen, Stylist
King & Allen Bespoke Tailors, Tailoring Consultant
Matthew Williamson, Embroidery Design Intern
People Tree, Print Designer
Peridot London, Production Assistant
Polaris Bikewear, Design Intern
River Island, Fashion Designer
Roksanda Ilincic, Designer
Style Me TV, Junior Stylist
Sunday Times Magazine, Fashion Assistant
Victoria Beckham, Designer
Xsenia & Olya, Studio Assistant
Yohji Yamamoto, Designer
ZARA, Visual Merchandiser.

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you