BA (Hons)

Fashion Accessory Design

  • UCAS code(s): W231
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

With more than 40 years' experience in fashion education, and in response to the growing accessories market, we offer this specialist course in Fashion Accessory Design. There is a high demand for expertly trained graduates with a thorough understanding of the products, principles and techniques involved in this field.

You'll have the opportunity to develop contemporary design and manufacturing skills for fashion products and accessories. This includes bags, luggage, headwear, gloves, and small accessories such as belts, wallets, and travel goods, specialising in leather. You’ll also be able to work with industry to design and produce footwear, adding diversity to your portfolio.

You will experience the design and manufacture of a diverse range of products, pattern making, illustration, 3D materials, processes, and technologies. You will also have the opportunity to work with wood, metal, resin, digital print, plastics, and mixed media materials.

Key features

  • Work on live projects with companies such as Paul Smith, River Island and Dr. Martens.
  • Work with advanced technologies including laser cutting, digital printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Complete short periods of work experience at organisations such as Mulberry and London-based leading accessory company Skinnydip.
  • Enter national and international competitions such as the Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
  • Benefit from visits from professionals such as Estethica’s Orsola de Castro and Sarah Williams from Williams Handmade.
  • Apply for international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and potentially at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.
  • Strong links with The Leathersellers’ Company, who offer annual awards for excellence and innovation in the use of leather.
  • Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables. (2017 Guardian League Table)
  • 90% of our students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)

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What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Design Principles: Form, Function and Application (100 credit points)
    You will develop skills and knowledge to master the design process. Lectures and workshops will introduce you to key ideas in fashion accessory design that will inform and develop your practical studio work, concept initiation, and research.

    Local and national trips to galleries will help you to produce research to develop into briefs, and you’ll focus on developing
    your personal style and aesthetic as a designer.

    Manufacturing workshops in leather, textiles, and 3D resistant materials are supported and developed by experienced industry professionals. You’ll also get support and guidance in work placement search skills and CV development.

    Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)
    You’ll be encouraged 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 learn about the power of images, objects, and materials in visual and material culture, and discover how these are central to the way fashion accessory designers make meaning and communicate.

  • Year Two

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Design Context: Product, Technology and Innovation (100 credit points)
    You will produce a body of 2D and 3D work that will focus on professional practice through live industry briefs, team working activities, and advanced design and manufacturing skills.

    You’ll create full collections, with support from industry, and present your work to design teams at high-profile brands. You’ll develop an understanding of commerce, market awareness, customer profiling, and the wider industry.

    Workshops in wood, metal, and plastics will allow you to develop innovative products. You will experiment with design challenges, creating a response to projects in footwear, glove design, and fashion accessories, including jewellery.

    You can opt for electives, investigating other areas of the industry such as entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, 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 context affects design culture. You’ll consider the role played by design in the creation of desire in trend-driven consumer culture in an era of mass production and consumption. In the second half of the year you’ll create a negotiated, individual brief in preparation for your final year project.

  • Final year

    Resolution: Portfolio and Research Projects (120 credit points)
    This module is split into a fashion accessory design project and a research project.

    For the fashion accessory design project, you will develop a collection of five to eight products and a body of 2D work which will include illustrations, technical specifications, and a professional portfolio. You will also complete two smaller briefs set by industry, or for a competition, at a variety of market levels to show your versatility as a designer. You will exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, and have the chance to be selected to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

    For the research project, you will explore and research a relevant area of design, completing either a dissertation or a visual product with a short written rationale.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables (2017 Guardian League Table)

How you’re taught

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

  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops
  • textile workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • peer and self-evaluations
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • teamwork
  • live projects
  • external visits
  • personal development planning.

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:

  • 2D visual research
  • sketchbooks and design development work
  • 3D development work
  • toiles and final product
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • dissertation or visual product
  • presentations.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

In Year One, you will have the opportunity to visit UK destinations such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In Year Two and final year, you’ll have the option to visit an international destination such as Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, or New York through planned trips to tradeshows and optional competitions.

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design has an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and you can apply to exchange there in Year Two.

The University is 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. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.

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 Accessory Design students exhibit their work as part of a catwalk show and product exhibition at NTU.

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. In 2014, Stephanie Brindley won the Accessories Award, and in 2015 Shan He was named runner up.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

Work on live projects with companies such as Paul Smith, River Island and Dr. Martens.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE 2015/16)

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives to help make you more employable. Examples of these include:

  • live projects with industry
  • visiting professionals
  • flexible arrangements for work experience placements
  • specialist careers guidance
  • the opportunity to enter national and international competitions.

Recent graduate destinations and roles include:

  • Abury, designer
  • Evermarker, buyer
  • Bliss of London, designer / maker
  • Peter Black Footwear & Accessories, product developer
  • Pittards, product developer
  • Next, marketing and styling
  • River Island, accessory designer
  • Paul Smith, accessory designer.

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 strong links with the leather goods and accessories industry through its teaching staff and industry-focused projects.

We continue to develop new and exciting collaborations, through yearly fashion shows and exhibitions at the University and Graduate Fashion Week in London. Students also have the opportunity to attend a variety of events, such as conferences, to network and make valuable links with industry professionals.

The course also benefits from well-established links already developed with our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. You will have the opportunity to work with our Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students to produce work for degree show collaborations.

Live projects and competitions are a key feature of the course, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to current practices within industry.

Our students have been named finalists and winners in the Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week, the Abury Design Experience Awards, and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York.

There is also the opportunity for students to apply for an educational grant of up to £4,000 a year from The Leathersellers’ Company. Recently two NTU students received £500 each, which helped them with the production of their final year projects. NTU students have benefited from approximately £15,000 of funding from the organisation over recent years.

During the course you will benefit from working regularly with visiting award-winning professionals who have developed exceptional careers in the leather goods industry. This includes people like Sarah Williams, founder of Williams Handmade, and Orsola De Castro, founder of Estethica, who will give you insight into industry practices.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by helping you to develop your CV and directing you towards work placement opportunities.

Our Fashion Accessory Design students have recently gained work experience with:

  • Mulberry
  • Hemsley London
  • Oasis
  • Daughter Of Jón
  • Dragana Perisic
  • River Island
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Skinnydip London
  • French Connection.

Be assured that 90% of our students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

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.

You'll need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

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 Accessory 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 Accessory 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 Accessory 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)
  • £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)
  • £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.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418