MA

Fashion Knitwear Design

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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.

What you'll study

  • Year One

    Fashion Knitwear Design (160 or 180 credit points)

    Working with your allocated supervisor and through discussion with your peers, you will develop ideas for your project creating a project proposal outlining your personal and project aims.

    Subject specialist (Fashion Knitwear Design) and mixed discipline tutorials (Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design) will be used to invite debate and provide a platform to critique the theories and practices you are interested in. You will also be encouraged to evaluate the development of your research and use of methods, personal engagement and reflective practice, all of which will inform your project and contribute to discussions about your fellow students' projects.

    As part of your learning you'll keep evidence of your reflective practice, through recording, analysing and evaluating your ideas, and by considering ways in which your project might progress.

    You will submit your Project Proposal at the first interim evaluation presentation in November and receive feedback from your supervisor.  You will continue to update this proposal before submitting a final version in April. You will also be encouraged to apply critical evaluation skills evidenced through reflective writing, which should form part of your final submission in a journal, sketchbook or blog.

    Throughout the module you will experience a series of multi-disciplinary Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design lectures and seminars on themes to support the development of scholarly, critical, and practical knowledge and skills at postgraduate level. This will include lectures delivered by academic staff, postgraduate researchers, MA alumni, designers, and fellow professionals.

    On a practical level you'll have health and safety inductions in our Fashion Knitwear Design resources, including an introduction to the flatbed and advanced power knitting (Shima Seiki and Stoll) technology available. This will be followed by computer-aided design (CAD) Knit workshops later in the module.

    You'll also have the option to join other related fashion and textiles inductions, where appropriate, relating to the emerging focus of your project. Inductions into our resources are complemented by workshops in visual research, and 2D and 3D design development to encourage experimentation within your are of interest in fashion knitwear design.

    In February and April, you will present your work to date in formal verbal and visual presentations to the Course Leader, supervisors, and your peers. You will effectively articulate, critically analyse and reflect upon your progress through examples of research, practical design work and your developing fashion knitwear design practice. You will also be asked to submit your work to date, to include, your completed Project Proposal, evidence of reflective practice, research and project development work.

    During the module you will also consider options for sharing your fashion knitwear design and prototypes in public forums through exhibition briefings and professional practice lectures and seminars. This will provide you with opportunities to present and critique your work, and that of others, to support you in the successful and professional resolution of your project. Portfolio tutorials will support you in resolving the visual communication of your project in a format that reflects your individual philosophy and identity as a fashion knitwear designer.

    Peer group independently organised activities, both inside and outside the university, can also be planned in this module to encourage the dissemination of your work in a manner that benefits you and your project. Towards the end of the module, you will be invited to join promotional events such as New Designers (London) and an MA Exhibition (NTU) to present your innovative designs to the Industry and general public. Towards the end of the module you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a final presentation summarising the outcomes of your MA project.

    Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points)

    This module will support your reflection on your research and practice through discursive lectures and coursework assignments. In these, you will contribute accounts of your postgraduate research enquiry, its antecedents in your practice and academic study, as well as your understanding of the role your practice can play in it.

    After an initial diagnosis phase, where you’ll outline your perspectives on research, you’ll be introduced to an overview of the philosophical assumptions that underlie research across disciplines. You’ll also identify where these feature in your experience of education and practice.

    You’ll be introduced to the literature on practice based research that has grown out of PhD activity in Art, Design and Performance, in which you will discover the direction you want your work to take. The module then identifies a range of practice based approaches that are found across disciplines from education to archaeology, and laboratory science.

    The second phase of the module brings these insights to be applied to your practice, so that it can be an element in a research design that will contribute to knowledge. This process includes a reflective audit of the research dimensions of your practice, to identify elements of it that could be part of a research design. The outcome of this audit will help you to build a prospective view of the design of potential research processes that include your practice, as well as appropriate modes of analysis and reporting.

    At the end of the module you will write up your responses to the discursive lectures, supplementing them with appropriate visual material (no more than 3,000 words).

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

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:

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Make sure you take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme for the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.

Scholarships

We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418