MA

MA Fashion Design

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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With over 40 years of expertise in fashion design, this course has been designed to help you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential. You’ll devise an individual programme of study, in the form of a project, which could be focused on your career aspirations, or an experimental investigation into fashion, art and fabrication. We will support you through flexible and responsive teaching and learning, helping you to explore and challenge the limits of fashion design.

Key features

  • Work alongside other MA Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio
  • Benefit from visiting professionals from industry such as Orsola de Castro, Jo Cope, David Telfer, Moxham, Christopher Raeburn, and Rickard Lindqvist
  • Have the opportunity to visit London and join European study trips to Florence, Antwerp and Paris
  • Take advantage of our extensive links with industry
  • Have the opportunity to exhibit your work at New Designers in London
  • Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio
  • Opt for an additional 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
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What you'll study

  • Year One

    You can opt to complete this module as either 180 credit points, or as 160 credit points with an additional module in Advanced Art and Design Research worth 20 credit points.


    Fashion Design

    (180 credit points or 160 credit points)

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

    Subject specialist and mixed-discipline tutorials will be used to invite debate and provide a platform to critique the theories and practices you’re interested in. You’ll also be encouraged to evaluate the development of your research and use of methods, your personal engagement and your 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’ll submit your project proposal at the first interim evaluation presentation in November and receive feedback from your supervisor. You’ll continue to update this proposal before submitting a final version in April. You’ll 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’ll experience a series of multidisciplinary 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, industry specialists and other professionals.

    You’ll have health and safety inductions in our fashion design resources, introducing you to the different machinery and industry-standard equipment in our studios. This will be followed by pattern cutting 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 in 2D and 3D design development, encouraging experimentation in your area of interest in fashion design.

    In February and April, you’ll present your work to date in formal verbal and visual presentations to the course leader, supervisors, and your peers. You’ll effectively articulate, critically analyse and reflect upon your progress through examples of theoretical research, practical design work, and reflection on your developing fashion design practice. You’ll also be asked to submit your work to date, including evidence of reflective practice, an understanding of research methods, and project development work.

    During the module, you’ll also consider options for sharing your fashion concepts, designs 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, in order 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 designer.

    Independently organised activities within your peer group, 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’ll be invited to join promotional events such as New Designers (London) and a Masters exhibition (NTU) to present your innovative designs to industry and the general public. You’ll also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a final presentation summarising the outcomes of your MA project.

    Optional research module  (20 credit points)  Advanced Art and Design Research  This module exposes you to a range of different research methods across diverse practice-led research projects and research-led practices within Art & Design. If you are interested in pursuing your practice in the form of a PhD this course will give you the tools to prepare for this.

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
  • independent studio practice

Assessment

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 designs (products or collection)
  • portfolio and CV

Careers and employability

Career prospects

This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities,  including:

  • designer
  • creative pattern cutter
  • design studio manager
  • technologist
  • buyer
  • merchandiser
  • production manager
  • trend forecasting
  • styling within 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, or work within related careers in the fashion and textile 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.

Connections with industry

You will have the opportunity to take up short periods of work experience, learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses and attend events held by 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.

In addition to the main focus of your project as set out in the project proposal, you are encouraged to enter national and international competitions such as the Redress Design Award, Bilbao International Art and Fashion Design Award, Arts of Fashion Competition and the Levis X Arts Thread Design Competition. Prestigious competitions provide you with opportunities to demonstrate and promote your creative and technical skills and ability to answer an industry brief to a global audience that can lead to employment and press opportunities.


You will be invited to collaborate on projects and attend research events and symposia. Recent exhibitions our students have been involved in include:

  • Crafting Anatomies
  • Knitting Nottingham
  • Journeys in Lace: Parts 1&2 (Lace:Here:Now)
  • Lace Unravelled with Nottingham Castle
  • Our students also benefit from visits to Nottingham Castle to explore their extensive fashion and textiles collection

You will also be invited to submit your work to be considered for exhibition at London’s New Designers, a prestigious graduate design show, and other subject and student-run initiatives at the University and across Nottingham.

Study trips

Study visits will inspire and inform your projects. Recent visits to exhibitions in London have included:

  • Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican
  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A
  • North: Fashioning Identity at Somerset House

An optional annual trip to Antwerp and Paris has included visits to:

  • Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty at Mode Museum, Antwerp
  • Sheila Hicks: Lines of Life at Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Paris Première Vision
  • Li Edelkoort’s Trend Union studio, Paris

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

CourseHome / EU
full-time
Home / EU
part-time
MA Fashion Design£8,000n/a
MA Fashion Knitwear Design£8,000n/a
MA Textile Design Innovation £8,000n/a
MA Culture, Style and Fashion£8,000£4,000*
MA Fashion and Textile Designn/aTBC*
PG Cert Creative Pattern CuttingTBCn/a

* Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 25% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 25% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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.

CourseInternational 
full-time
International
part-time
MA Fashion Design£14,500n/a
MA Fashion Knitwear Design£14,500n/a
MA Textile Design Innovation £14,500n/a
MA Culture, Style and Fashion£14,500£7,250
MA Fashion and Textile DesignTBCTBC
PG Cert Creative Pattern CuttingTBCn/a

* Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 25% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 25% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

International scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to 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