BA (Hons)

Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

  • 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

Accredited by Creative Skillset, this course has more than 30 years’ experience and an international reputation for excellence. It is the only degree in the UK that focuses on the creative exploration of fashion and textiles through the medium of knit. You will cover fabric design and creation, and garment design and manufacture.

This course has a reputation for producing award-winning students and successful graduates. It is ideal if you have a keen interest in fashion and textiles and want to explore the creativity of knitting, contemporary fashion design, and styling.

Key features

  • Explore creative knitted fabric and garment construction within a fashion context.
  • This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality 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 practice.
  • Apply for an international exchange to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • Get involved in competitions, cultural collaborations, and live projects.
  • Work with specialised machinery, expert staff, and industry-standard technology in knitwear design.
  • Visit international trade fairs and exhibitions, such as Pitti Filati in Florence, Italy.
  • 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 in London and through collaborations with organisations such as SPINEXPO, International Yarn Spinners, and WGSN.
  • 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
  • Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables. (2017 Guardian League Table)

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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) You’ll 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) You will 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 and 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 will get to experience the realities of the commercial world, gaining an understanding of different industrial practices.

    Your placement must be between 10 and 36 weeks long and you will work with one or more companies in the UK or overseas. You will 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 Textile students gain placements with a range design companies, including:

    • Burberry
    • Sophie Steller
    • Marks & Spencer
    • Hugo Boss (Switzerland)
    • Li & Fung (New York).

    Our students have undertaken various roles, including:

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

    It is important to bear in mind that finding and securing a placement is based on your own efforts, and not something we can guarantee.

  • Final year

    Resolution: Theory and Practice (120 credit points)
    You will complete a range of projects guided by your own career aspirations.

    You will choose one of two pathways: either a Fashion Collection pathway where you will create a garment collection for a catwalk show, or a Fashion Textile pathway where you will create a display of knitted textile fabrics and garments.

    You will also produce an individual research project demonstrating your skills in analysis, communication, presentation, and independent thinking.

    You will 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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Explore creative knitted fabric and garment construction within a fashion context.

How you’re taught

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

  • 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
  • teamwork.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade band. You will receive feedback throughout. Assessment includes:

  • presenting and evaluating research
  • design development
  • technical and practical resolution.

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
  • a London study trip.

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design have an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles 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

In your final year 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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students exhibit their work as part of a catwalk show and static 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. The course has enjoyed continued success at this event, with students winning some of the top awards, including:

  • Abigail Coop, runner up of the Christopher Bailey Gold Award, 2017
  • Kendall Baker, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2016
  • Ella Nisbett, Menswear Award and Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2015
  • Rebecca Swann, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2014
  • Thea Sanders, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2013
  • Wonjee Chung, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2011
  • Rory Longdon, Gold Award winner, 2011.

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%).

100% of students from the sandwich degree are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017)

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 100% of students who took a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2015/16)

Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch, assistant designer
  • Alphatex, designer
  • Calvin Klein, junior designer
  • DKNY, junior designer
  • Hugo Boss, designer
  • John Smedley, junior designer
  • Josh Goot, studio assistant
  • Julien Macdonald, assistant knitwear designer
  • Lauren Richards, fashion knitwear designer
  • Nike, knit designer
  • Pantherella, assistant designer
  • Sophie Steller, knitwear designer
  • Stine Ladefoged, knitwear design assistant
  • Sun Hing Ltd, assistant knitwear designer.

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 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

As a student on this course you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for your future career.

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.

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

This course has excellent relationships with industry. Live projects and competitions will expose you to current industry practices and help you develop your portfolio and create contacts for your future career. Visiting lecturers will give you an insight into what it’s like working in industry. We work with a number of professional organisations, including:

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

During the past 29 years, 28 of our students have been awarded bursaries 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.

We have recently worked on live projects with companies including All Saints, Next, Rowan Yarns, Sophie Steller, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Choose to take a year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad.

Work with specialised machinery, expert staff, and industry-standard technology.

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 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 will 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.

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?

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