BA (Hons)

Fashion Accessory Design

  • UCAS code(s): W231
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Fashion and Textiles at NTU is internationally recognised for the quality of its creative, industry-ready graduates.

Fashion Accessory Design offers expert staff, fantastic links with industry, excellent facilities, and opportunities to enter international competitions.

During the course, you'll learn sought-after skills in 2D and 3D design, illustration, pattern cutting, product development and the manufacture of a diverse range of high-end fashion products. This includes bags, luggage and a wide range of wearable pieces such as headwear, bespoke gloves, jewellery and footwear.

You’ll have work with materials such as leather, wood, metal, resin, digital print, plastics and more, and gain skills in computer-aided design (CAD) and innovative new approaches such as 3D printing.

If you'd like a successful career in the fashion accessory design - through product development, buying, or starting up your own independent fashion product business - then this degree is for you.

Key features

  • NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • Learn skills in traditional and digital design and manufacturing processes, plus innovative approaches such as 3D printing.
  • Work with advanced technologies, including laser cutting, digital printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Work on live projects with companies such as Paul Smith, River Island and Dr. Martens.
  • Benefit from working with visiting professionals such as Estethica’s Orsola de Castro and Sarah Williams from Williams Handmade.
  • Complete short periods of work experience at fashion brands such as Mulberry, New Look, Speedo and River Island.
  • Our students have consistently been named finalists and winners in top competitions, such as the Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week and the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York.
  • Apply for a paid summer placement, linked to your live projects.
  • Apply for an international exchange to places like the Ryerson University in Canada.
  • Our fashion staff have excellent links with industry, such as The Leathersellers’ Company who offer educational grants and annual awards for excellence and innovation in the use of leather.
  • Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, and showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Student work

What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Design Principles: Form, Function and Application (100 credit points)
    Develop the skills and knowledge to master the design process. Lectures and workshops will introduce you to key ideas in fashion accessory design, which 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 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 career 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.

    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)
    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. Create full collections with support from industry, and present your work to design teams at high-profile brands.

    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.

    Experiment with design challenges, creating a response to projects in footwear, glove design and fashion accessories, including jewellery.

    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 fashion accessory design projects and a research project.

    For the fashion accessory design projects, you’ll develop a personal collection of four to six products and a professional body of 2D work which includes illustrations, technical specifications, and a professional portfolio.

    You’ll complete briefs set by industry, or for a competition, alongside personal projects at a variety of market levels to show your versatility as a designer.

    You’ll exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, and showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. For the research project, explore and research a relevant area of design, completing either a dissertation or a visual product with a short written rationale.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment.

Teaching and learning experiences 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 is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • 2D visual research
  • sketchbooks and design development work
  • 3D development work
  • toiles and final product
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • essays
  • 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’ll have the opportunity to visit places such as the Dr. Martens factory and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In Year Two and your final year, there’s the option to visit an international destination such as Paris, Amsterdam, Milan or New York through trips to trade shows and optional competitions.

Exchange opportunities

The course has exchange agreements with Ryerson University in Canada, and the University of Lapland in Finland. You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

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.

You’ll also benefit from incoming students from other universities across the globe, sharing ideas and new ways of working. Essi Peuhkuri came to NTU on an exchange from Finland. Read about her experience.

Degree Show

In your final year you’ll exhibit your work as part of our  Degree Show, including a catwalk show and Fashion Accessory exhibition at NTU. 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.

You’ll also have the opportunity to showcase your work to industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world’s leading event for fashion graduates. NTU Fashion Accessory Design students have enjoyed success at the event, with a number of students either winning or being named runner-up in the accessory awards.

Essi Peuhkuri receiving the YKK Accessories Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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%).

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE 2016/17)

This course offers many initiatives and opportunities to help you prepare for employment after graduation.

Examples of these include:

  • live projects with industry
  • guest lectures and visiting professionals
  • specialist skills workshops
  • graduate portfolio showing a breadth of work
  • flexible arrangements for work experience placements
  • specialist careers guidance
  • opportunities for grants and sponsorship from industry
  • opportunities to enter national and international competitions. Recent graduate destinations and roles include:
  • Dr. Martens, apprentice footwear design and product development
  • Next, accessory design, marketing and styling
  • Peter Black Footwear and Accessories suppliers, product development and design
  • River Island, accessory, footwear and jewellery design
  • Paul Smith, product development and accessory design
  • Bliss of London, buying.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large 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

Students presenting to River Island's senior designer, Tara Holt as part of a live project

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

Live projects and competitions are a key feature of the course, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to current practices within industry, with leading brands and organisations such as River Island and The Glovers’ Guild.

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. NTU students have benefited from approximately £15,000 of funding from the organisation over recent years. Read about our students' experience.

During the course you’ll benefit from working regularly with visiting award-winning professionals who have developed exceptional careers in the leather goods industry.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff and our NTU Employability team will give you tips on how best to approach companies and help you get the most from your experience.

Recent work experience destinations include;

  • All Saints
  • French Connection
  • Hemsley London
  • Mulberry
  • New Look
  • River Island
  • Skinnydip London
  • Speedo
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Victoria Beckham.
  • NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University League Tables 2019)

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

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

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

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

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

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).

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