BA (Hons)

Fashion Design

  • UCAS code(s): W230
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

With more than 40 years' expertise and excellent links with industry, this course has a reputation for producing creative and industry-ready graduates.

Based on project and studio work, modules cover fashion drawing, design innovation, pattern cutting, market awareness and the latest technology in garment manufacture. You’ll develop your professional skills through live projects and competitions. In your final year you’ll present your work as part of a catwalk show or product exhibition.

This award-winning course is nationally and internationally recognised for its students' success in competition work, and the quality of creative graduates it produces.

Key features

  • Follow in the footsteps of major prizewinners from this course, such as Aimee Dunn (Menswear Award) and Oli Royce (Fashion Innovation Award) who both won awards at Graduate Fashion Week 2014, and Rachel Siggee who was shortlisted in 2015.
  • Apply to take part in international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • Benefit from visiting professionals from the fashion industry, such as Aaron Ray Dowie, Giles Deacon, Christopher Raeburn and Kat Marks.
  • Get involved with national and international competitions, and live projects with industry, including a recent brief from Stuart Trevor of Bolongaro Trevor.
  • Choose electives in Year Two in areas such as journalism or visual merchandising.
  • Undertake work experience placements and internships, with opportunities from companies like Abercrombie & Fitch.
  • Go on overseas trips to events like Paris Fashion Week.
  • Work in our dedicated Fashion Design studios with support from expert technical staff.
  • Exhibit your work in your Final Year in a catwalk show or product exhibition at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
  • Be selected to exhibit your work at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.

What you'll study

  • Year One

    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

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures;
  • briefings;
  • demonstrations;
  • studio workshops;
  • tutorials;
  • verbal and visual presentations;
  • supervision in workshops;
  • study visits; and
  • peer evaluations.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.

How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but may take the form of:

  • 3D development work and final product;
  • 2D visual research and design development work;
  • portfolio work;
  • evaluations;
  • reports, essays, dissertation or alternative project;
  • visual and verbal presentations; and
  • reflective learning journal.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credits each year. Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

Recent study trips and visits for this course have included Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Year One) and Paris Fashion Week (Year Three).

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design have an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which our Fashion Design students can apply to take part in.

The University is also 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.

Degree Show

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 Design students exhibit their work at a catwalk show and product exhibition in Nottingham, at the University. 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.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design at NTU has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 92% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2013-14).

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; and
  • ZARA, Visual Merchandiser.

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 developed strong collaborations with industry partners at regional, national and international level, which are fully integrated into the curriculum at all levels.

Industry live projects and competitions are a key feature of this course, giving you the opportunity to network and be exposed to real life design situations.

You will:

  • Experience live projects with industry through Year Two and Final Year modules.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for direct recruitment opportunities in your Final Year with Abercrombie & Fitch USA, Old Navy USA, American Eagle USA, George at Asda and Sports Direct.
  • Have the chance to work collaboratively on team-working projects for promotional and live events such as catwalk shows and exhibitions.

You will also be encouraged to enter a variety of national and international competitions. These include opportunities from the British Fashion Council, professional bodies, external agencies and through professional links with industry live projects.

David Nieper Scholarship

For the past three years our Fashion Design students have been given the opportunity to compete for a scholarship from fashion house David Nieper.  Recently the company has offered three scholarships of £1,000 to winning students from our Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, Fashion Communication and Promotion, and Fashion Marketing and Branding courses. The overall winner was awarded an additional £2,000.

Work placements and internship opportunities

Students on this course are actively encouraged and supported in undertaking informal work placements and internships during their studies.

You will normally complete work placements during holiday times, but you will have the option of taking a maximum of two weeks out of term time for a placement.

During Year Two you will also have the opportunity to apply for an international summer internship. We have developed these with a number of well-known companies, such as GAP, and they will give you exposure to the global industry and help you prepare for your final year and future career aspirations.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 280 UCAS Tariff points achieved from a maximum of four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths or Science, grade C.

We will accept a BTEC Extended Diploma as equivalent to three qualifications. We will accept an Art and Design Foundation Diploma as equivalent to two qualifications.

Other requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 280 UCAS Tariff points achieved from a maximum of four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths or Science, grade C.

We will accept a BTEC Extended Diploma as equivalent to three qualifications. We will accept an Art and Design Foundation Diploma as equivalent to two qualifications.

Other requirements

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City site and NTIC can use all of the University's facilities.

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'll find our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests here. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

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 to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions 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 in your country.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

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. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Fashion Design interview and portfolio information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good 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 on our Your Application page.

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.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

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. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where applicable, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are resident in the UK and invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Fashion Design interview and portfolio information.

If you aren't resident in the UK we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) Fashion Design work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good 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 on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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 to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions 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 in your country.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418