BA (Hons)

Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

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5
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): W222 / 4W28
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

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This exciting course offers you full creative control over the design and creation of both fabric and garments.

Knit is a huge part of contemporary fashion. Most of our everyday garments are made of knitted fabric, including underwear, hosiery, jersey-wear and even swimwear. From fine sheer industrial knits to luxury chunky hand knits, the creative possibilities are endless for a knitwear designer. This course explores the versatility of knitwear in a contemporary fashion context.

You’ll develop sought-after skills in knitted fabric design innovation, garment shape development, construction and manufacture. Explore your creative ideas with the use of state-of-the-art digital equipment and processes alongside traditional hand techniques. These skills will allow you to produce highly creative and innovative pieces.

The optional placement year often leads to offers of employment after graduation and helps you to develop a network of contacts.

Key features

  • Explore contemporary fashion and textile design, product development, and styling. Use of specialist state-of-the art digital equipment alongside traditional hand techniques.
  • NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2018)
  • This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 93% of graduates who complete a year-long placement in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17)
  • Accredited by Creative Skillset, this course has an international reputation for excellence and strong links with industry.
  • Choose to take a year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad, and gain a certificate or diploma in professional / international practice.
  • Be assured that 96% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2018)
  • Get involved in competitions and live projects with industry with companies such as John Lewis, All Saints, and The Society of Dyers and Colourists.
  • Visit international trade fairs and exhibitions, such as Pitti Filati in Florence.
  • Apply for an international exchange to another institution, such as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Exhibit your work in a catwalk show and static exhibition in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
  • Have the opportunity to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers in London and through collaborations with organisations such as SPINEXPO and trend-prediction services such as WGSN.
  • Educational grants and sponsorship opportunities available through our industry partners.

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What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Fundamentals: Design and Technology (100 credit points)
    Learn the basic principles of creative fabric and garment construction and we’ll introduce you to a wide range of specialist equipment to develop your practical skills.

    Through studio workshops and tutorials, you’ll build your skills in areas such as colour, visual research, idea generation, fabric creation, 3D form, fashion styling, and fashion illustration.

    Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)
    Test your research, presentation, and writing skills, and think about being 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.

  • Year Two

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Context: Design in Industry (100 credit points)
    Through different creative projects you will develop a further awareness of the practice of design within the global fashion knitwear industry. You’ll gain experience of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) and develop a range of skills to communicate your design ideas professionally.

    You will also start to prepare for your placement year, with sessions covering CV building, letters of application, interview techniques, and portfolio development.

    Design, Culture and Context 2 (20 credit points)
    In the first half of the year you will consider the role played by design in the creation of desire in trend-driven consumer culture. In the second, you’ll focus on creating a negotiated, individual brief in preparation for your final year project.

  • Year Three

    Optional Work Placement Year
    The placement year will let you apply what you have learned so far. You’ll get to experience the realities of the commercial world and gain an understanding of different industrial practices.

    Your placement must be between 10 and 36 weeks long, working with one or more companies in the UK or overseas. You’ll also have the chance to gain an extra qualification – a Certificate or Diploma in Professional Practice.

    Our dedicated Employability team will give you support, advice and access to valuable resources to help you find a placement.

    Our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students have recently worked with a range of design companies during their work placement year.

    These include:

    • Burberry
    • Sophie Steller
    • Marks & Spencer
    • Julian McDonald
    • Roksanda
    • South Ocean Yarns, China
    • Brilliant Global, Hong Kong
    • Hugo Boss, Switzerland
    • Rebecca Taylor, New York
    • Li & Fung, New York.

    Our students have undertaken various roles, including:

    • product development assistant
    • product developer
    • design assistant
    • freelance knitwear assistant.
  • Final year

    Resolution: Theory and Practice (120 credit points)
    Complete a range of projects guided by your own career aspirations. Choose one of two pathways: either a Fashion Collection pathway where you’ll create a garment collection for a catwalk show, or a Fashion Textile pathway where you’ll create a display of knitted textile fabrics, garments or products.

    Produce an individual research project demonstrating your skills in analysis, communication, presentation, and independent thinking.

    Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, and have the opportunity to be selected to present your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Develop sought-after skills in knitted fabric design innovation, garment shape development, construction and manufacture.

How you’re taught

You’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include creative approaches to generate ideas and design development through:

  • project work
  • live projects
  • study visits
  • lectures and briefings
  • technical demonstrations
  • knitting and manufacturing workshops
  • studio and IT workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • peer and self-evaluations
  • presentations and teamwork.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade for your work. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • presenting and evaluating research
  • design development
  • technical knowledge
  • final practical outcomes.

In some modules, assessment includes essays, presentations, and an individual research project.

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:

  • Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum
  • Pitti Filati yarn and fabric trade fair in Florence, Italy
  • SPINEXPO, with the opportunity to be selected to attend the event in Shanghai
  • V&A Museum, London.

Exchange opportunities

The BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles course within the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, such as the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in the Netherlands. You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

NTU 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

Exhibit your work as part of our  Degree Show in your final year. 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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students exhibit their work as part of a catwalk show and static exhibition at NTU, alongside our BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design students.

You’ll also have the opportunity to be selected to showcase your work to industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, where our students regularly win awards.

  • In 2018, Jacaranda Brain was named as the joint winner in the hotly contested Visionary Knitwear Award.
  • In 2017, Abigail Coop was named runner-up in the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Visionary Knitwear Award.
  • Our students have won the Visionary Knitwear Award in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • In 2011, Rory Longdon won the prestigious Gold Award.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year.
  • Year 4 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 optional placement year (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

Get involved in competitions and live projects with industry with companies such as John Lewis, All Saints, and The Society of Dyers and Colourists.

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 93% of students who took a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2016/17)

Graduates go into fields such as design, product development, styling and promotion and global sourcing.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Alphatex
  • Calvin Klein
  • DKNY
  • Hugo Boss
  • John Smedley
  • Josh Goot
  • Julian MacDonald
  • Lauren Richards
  • Nike
  • Pantherella
  • Sophie Steller
  • Stine Ladefoged
  • Sun Hing Ltd.

Hear from our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles alumni

  • Eleanor O'Niell graduated in 2013, and has since launched her own company, STUDY 34. Read more about Eleanor's experience on the course.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants in our Employability team 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.

Work placements and internship opportunities

You can choose to take a year-long work placement in the third year of your studies. A placement year will give you the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience and valuable skills for the future.

Our students say it’s helped them build their confidence and develop a network of contacts. Placement students have been offered graduate level jobs before they return for their final year.

If you choose to complete a placement then it will take place between Year Two and your final year. You must complete 36 weeks, either working with one company, or multiple organisations, in the UK or abroad.

If you choose not to do the placement year, you’ll be encouraged to take up to two weeks of work experience alongside your studies in years One and Two.

Our dedicated Employability team will give you support, advice and access to valuable resources to help you find a placement.

This includes:

  • putting you in touch with companies looking for students
  • help preparing your CV
  • helping you prepare for interviews
  • inviting you to placement fairs and seminars featuring employers and former students.

Links with industry

The opportunity to raise your commercial profile, even before you graduate, is fantastic. Benefit from our excellent connections with the fashion and textile industry, through guest lectures, bursary and sponsorship opportunities, industry competitions, international study trips, and support with securing your optional placement year.

We work with a number of professional organisations, including:

  • ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry)
  • Bradford Textile Society
  • British Fashion Council Colleges Committee
  • Creative Skillset
  • The Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • The Textile Society
  • UK Fashion & Textile Association.
  • Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student, Amy Carter won the 2017 FAD competition as part of London Fashion Week.

During the past 29 years, 28 of our students have been awarded a bursary by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters by demonstrating that their work has the potential to have a significant impact on the British knitwear industry. Each bursary fund could be up to £2,500. Final year collections are regularly sponsored by manufacturers of high-quality luxury yarns.

We have recently worked on live projects with companies including

  • John Lewis
  • Fashion Awareness Direct
  • All Saints
  • UKft / M&S
  • ANN INC New York
  • Next
  • Laxton Yarns
  • The Society of Dyers and Colourists.

The optional placement year often leads to offers of employment after graduation and helps you develop a network of contacts.

Explore your creative ideas with the use of state-of-the-art digital equipment and processes alongside traditional hand techniques.

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 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 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 Campus, and NTIC students 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 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.

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.

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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles 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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles 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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles 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.

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.

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
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the NTU Bonington art shop and 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