Your course of study will be very personal, based on the research, development and production of a major project, which will be proposed by you. We will provide creative expertise and you'll have an academic supervisor to support and guide you throughout your studies and chosen project.
You will also benefit from a collaborative learning programme, including cross-community projects, guest lectures and workshops run by visiting professional from the creative industries.
You can study this course:
Our MA by Registered Project is a flexible route that can be adapted to your individual studying needs.
The School of Art & Design is offering a number of scholarships for full-time Masters study. To find out more visit our Postgraduate Scholarships webpage.
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This course encourages you to engage with real issues within the UK and international fashion arena. Study encompasses the wide range of opportunities and new technologies available to the fashion business, marketing and communication sectors, giving you the chance to positively affect the future success of your job, own business, partnerships or collaborations.
Visiting fashion entrepreneurs and industry experts contribute to the course alongside experience academics, and you'll take part in projects, study visits, lectures and symposia.
What will you study?
Course content is based around your individual project. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are structured around three modules:
Module One: Research and Context
You will develop a project plan and a professional learning agreement with your tutor to establish the overall aims of your Masters degree project. Lectures, seminars and specialised subject-based workshops are delivered throughout this module.
Module Two: Project Development
You will refine and focus on your project through more specialised study, individual activities and subject-specific events.
Module Three: Project Realisation and Presentation
You'll focus on independent working towards the final part of your MA project.
How will you study?
Our full-time Masters courses provide regular tutorials with a subject specialist supervisor. You will also have lectures, seminars, workshops, field-trips, special events and collaborative projects - the mix will be defined by, and relevant to, your individual course. The remainder of your time is spent researching and developing your individual project.
Feedback and assessment
You will receive feedback regularly at tutorials, and you will receive progress reports at the end of the first two modules. At the end of the third module you will receive your final grade.
Assessment is on your work to date at the end of each module. At the end of each module you will make a short presentation and hand in your work for assessment, including your reflective journal or other written work as required.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Art and Design facilities
The School of Art & Design benefits from a fantastic location in the city centre. All Art and Design subjects are based at our City site, which is just a few minutes walking distance from all the main student facilities and Nottingham city centre itself.
Bonington building: a purpose-built centre for creativity
Our fully-upgraded Art and Design flagship building houses an extensive selection of creative facilities and working spaces, including:
- modern art and design studios, workshops, ceramic and glass kilns
- photographic studios and darkrooms
- fashion studios, electronic garment and knitwear technology
- digital textile printing, digital loom and embroidery equipment
- modern computer-suites, computer-aided design (CAD) systems, image and sound editing studios
- laser cutting technology
- café and social spaces
- the Nottingham Lace Archive collection of 75,000 historical lace samples.
Waverley building: a restored listed building with true design heritage
The Waverley building was the first purpose-built art school in the UK, opened in 1865. Recognising the building's importance and the beauty of its design, the University has fully upgraded all facilities.
- a working studio theatre
- modern design workshops and studios
- a full wardrobe department with costume production facilities
- audio and visual suites with editing facilities
- PC and Mac IT suites.
Maudslay building: a design-focused centre for industry and technology
The Maudslay building has been extensively upgraded to incorporate real-life, industry-standard design facilities and modern working studio environments. Students benefit from:
- product and furniture workshops; wood, synthetics and metal fabrication facilities
- spacious design studios and model making rooms
- large IT learning units with CAD suits
- rapid prototyping modellers
- a waterjet cutter
- a CNC router and new generation laser cutter
- The Hive, NTU's purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Bonington Art Shop
Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experience and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials.
The shop responds to the requirements of our students, and the stock on offer grows each year to support the courses offered within the School of Art & Design.
Bonington Colour Bureau
Located in the Bonington building, our Colour Bureau provides a range of in-house printing for NTU students and staff.
Specialising in graphic arts printing, the Colour Bureau offers high quality prints on a non-standard range of media in any size up to B0. It also operates a drop-off service so you won't have to queue, and aims to offer A4 / A3 prints for same-day collection where possible.
Bonington Gallery presents a number of exhibitions throughout the year as part of a comprehensive programme of visual arts and design events.
Exhibitors include national and international artists and designers, current students and staff from within the University and NTU alumni.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office
- web browsing
- networked file storage
- high-speed online printing services.
The University's main resource room in the library is available 24 hours a day.
Book and library resources
In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Art and Design. The library’s OneSearch system provides access to all our:
- electronic resources
We have a liaison librarian with specialist knowledge in Art and Design subjects. They will be in available in the library to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.
Your future career
91% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2011/12).
Graduates from this course are as diverse as their projects and the subjects studied. They individually tailor their course of study to a range of a creative and professional needs, in relation to their work as artists, designers or other practitioners within the creative industries.
You may wish to design the practical outcome of your project to further a specific goal: a particular body of work for an exhibition; something to be published; or a new portfolio of designs, illustrations, fine art, photography, etc. whatever is appropriate to your project.
Your project may enable you to develop a partnership with a particular company or become an acknowledged expert in a specific area. The diversity of project outcomes is enormous, and has been cited as one of the strengths of the Masters community at Nottingham Trent University.
This course is particularly valuable for mid-career artists and designers who are attempting to develop a focus within a diverse practice, to raise the profile and ambition of their work to a higher level.
Recent graduates from our Masters courses have set up their own successful businesses; gone on to establish a freelance career as creative professionals; progressed to further study; worked in industry or education and also returned to their previous occupations with a new focus.
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.
Although this course does not offer a formal placement, all of our courses are vocationally focused and benefit from strong links with industry.
You will need:
- a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience.
See our English Language requirements for international (non-EU) and EU students.
How to apply
Applications for this course should be made through our website; apply now for our MA Fashion Marketing and Communication.
Applications should normally be received by the end of July for entry in September.
Overseas applicants must take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying for an MA course.
English language requirements
English language entry requirements for courses in the School of Art & Design, and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University are available on our website.
Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)
If you don't currently have the English Language requirements for this course, we offer a range of PEAP courses that will help you improve your language skills.
We offer six to thirty-week courses, according to your current language level. Even if you have achieved the English language requirements for this Masters course, our six week course is highly recommended as it is an ideal preparation and study skills course which is very important for successful academic study.
Find out more about our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes courses
Study skills for postgraduate Art and Design
If you are a home or international student studying at postgraduate level for the first time, you might be interested in our Study Skills for Postgraduate Art and Design course.
This course will help you to learn new study skills in preparation for your Masters course, share knowledge about your subject, interact with like-minded people from around the world and familiarise yourself with NTU, Nottingham and the UK through organised cultural visits.
Find out more about our Study Skills for Postgraduate Art and Design course.
Adele studied her undergraduate degree at NTU and returned last year to join our MA because of her desire to specialise in the marketing and communication area of the industry.
"The course is very dynamic and has allowed me to explore my creative side. My most enjoyable experience so far has been the time I spent in Japan on the Paul Smith scholarship. This gave me a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with Japanese students and to enhance my global experience.
"The MA studio is a great space equipped with computers, quiet seating zones and key resources for your research.
"NTU has a very good reputation, particularly for its Art and Design courses. This course enables you to network globally and build on your commercial experience. It offers a good balance between the theoretical and practical side, allowing you to grow both personally and academically.
"The fashion industry is extremely competitive. I'm hoping my MA will act as a platform, giving me with a deeper understanding of the industry and put me in a better position with prospective employers."
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