BA (Hons)

Fashion Design

Top
5
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): W230
  • 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

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

BA (Hons) Fashion Design will test, stretch and develop your creative skills in fashion drawing and illustration, design innovation, creative pattern cutting, garment manufacture, market awareness and the latest digital technologies.

Our expert staff have excellent links with industry across the globe, giving you unique opportunities to develop your professional skills by entering high profile competitions, working on live briefs and attending guest lectures from visiting professionals.

Key features

  • 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 100% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17)
  • We’re delighted that 96% of fashion design students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2018)
  • Get involved with competitions and live projects with companies like Oasis, Boohoo, Mulberry, ASOS, River Island and Burberry.
  • Benefit from guest lecturers such as Giles Deacon, Christopher Raeburn, and internationally renowned Japanese pattern cutting expert Shingo Sato.
  • There is an opportunity to be nominated for the Sarabande Foundation: Lee Alexander McQueen scholarship.
  • Go on optional international study trips to events like Paris Fashion Week.
  • Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, including the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and more.
  • Showcase your final year work on the catwalk at our Degree Show, Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected for Graduate Fashion Week, London.

Student work

What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.


    Fashion Process: Concept and Form (100 credit points)

    During the first year, you’ll be introduced to fundamental aspects of the fashion design process with the aim of developing skills and confidence in the principles of the design process. This includes concept initiation, research, 2D / 3D translation, structural / form experimentation, design development, colour analysis, drawing, illustration, pattern cutting, garment construction and associated technologies including CAD.


    Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)

    This module will encourage you to test your research, presentation and written skills, and to be socially and culturally aware when considering your own environment and design decisions. You will learn about the power of images, objects and materials in visual and material culture, and see how these are central to the way fashion designers make meaning and communicate.

  • Year Two

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Fashion Context: Market and Innovation (100 credit points)
    Through live projects with industry, you’ll engage with team work, developing your interpersonal skills, understanding commercial challenges and design responsibilities, as well as enhancing your verbal and visual presentation skills.

    You’ll be encouraged to take an enterprising and creative approach in response to a number of industry-led design projects at various levels of the global fashion design market. Simulation of a real working environment builds on existing knowledge and skills acquired in your first year, introducing you to the day-to-day commercial challenges and opportunities that graduates face in industry. Encounter the global market and explore research methodologies, technologies, values and ethics to inform design solutions relevant to diverse consumer groups.

    You'll have the opportunity to present work to a panel of industry representatives where you’ll receive feedback to enable you to progress your work. This will give you an insight into industry practices and the work ethic required.

    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 focus on creating a negotiated individual brief in preparation for your final year project.

  • Final year

    Fashion: Research, Design, Technology and Realisation (120 credit points)
    This year-long module includes a fashion design project and research projects.

    For the fashion design project, you will produce an extensive body of 2D and 3D work, with sustained investigation into toiling, fabrication, print, garment construction, CAD, and design responsibility. You'll choose to focus either on a catwalk collection or a fashion product exhibition. For the research project, you will explore and research a relevant aspect of design, completing a written dissertation.

Course specification

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

How you’re taught

On this course, you’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • staged briefings
  • independent learning
  • NOW online learning portal
  • demonstrations
  • studio workshops
  • textile workshops
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • team working
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • supervision in workshops
  • live projects
  • study trips
  • peer group activities.

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 and design development work
  • 3D development work and final product
  • portfolio work
  • evaluations
  • reports, essays and a dissertation
  • presentations.

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

Trips and study visits

Students experiencing Paris Fashion Week (image credit: Amber Osgood)

Experience new cultures and learn more about the international fashion industry through trips to events like Paris Fashion Week, whilst taking inspiration from different subject areas through UK trips to places like Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, such as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. You may choose to study abroad in Year Two for one semester. Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have recently completed an exchange to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, supported by funding from the Shirley Chan scholarship.

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.

Fashion students on a recent exchange to Hong Kong (image credit: Izzy Bentley)

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

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, Georgia Lyne was named the winner of the Tessuti Sports and Leisurewear Award for her vibrant menswear collection
  • In 2017, Amy Vanderwal collected the TU Menswear Scholarship Award
  • In 2017, Sarah Rafferty was named second in the People's Choice Award
  • In 2017, Caroline Booth won the hotly contested Fashion Marketing Award
  • In 2016, Chloe Jackson won the N Brown Textile Award

Georgia Rose Lyne, winner of the Tessuti Sports and Leisurewear 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 (25%), independent study (75%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

Get involved with competitions and live projects with companies like Oasis, Boohoo, Mulberry, ASOS, River Island and Burberry

Careers and employability

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 100% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Our graduates go into a range of fashion-related roles across the world such as designers, product developers and buyers. Recent graduate destinations include:

  • ASOS
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Burberry
  • Coach
  • Commes des Garçons
  • George
  • H&M
  • Mulberry
  • Next
  • River Island
  • Roksanda
  • Topshop
  • Tom Ford
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Yohji Yamamoto.

2016 graduate, Anna Mancilla, made her mark at Lima Fashion Week in Peru, where she was awarded first runner-up in the 13th edition of the Young Creators to the World contest 2017.

Wilson Choi, who graduated in 2017, was announced the second runner-up of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) 2017.

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.

Connecting with industry

Winning collection - Year Two River Island live project 2018

Fashion at NTU collaborates with industry at local, national and international levels. Live projects and competitions will give you the opportunity to have exposure to real-life design situations. Our students have taken part and enjoyed success in a range of top industry projects, awards and competitions, including:

  • live project with Oasis inspired by The Nottingham Lace Collection saw our students designs launched in stores and online in November 2017
  • Winners of the TU Menswear Scholarship Award and Fashion Marketing Award at Graduate Fashion Week, 2017
  • Hawes and Curtis Design a Shirt competition, 2017
  • Fashion Awareness Direct Competition
  • Menswear Award finalist and N Brown Textile Award at Graduate Fashion Week, 2016
  • International Apparel Federation’s International Student Awards, 2016
  • Marks & Spencer Best of British competition, 2015
  • IFFTI’s International Fashion Illustration Contest, 2015.

Hear from global leaders

Recent visiting speakers have included Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, and renowned fashion journalist, Hilary Alexander OBE, who visited to give students a GFW Masterclass.

Former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, also visited to talk to students about her 25-year career at the magazine.

Work placements and internship opportunities

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course tutors and our Employability team are on hand to support you in applying for placement and professional practice opportunities.

With the fashion department's excellent links with industry, students have secured paid summer internships at brands such as GAP inc. in New York and Urban Outfitters in Philadelphia.

Read more about the experience our students gained whilst at Urban Outfitters.

Other recent placement destinations include:

  • ASOS
  • Boohoo
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • GAP Inc.
  • Jigsaw
  • Old Navy
  • Paul Smith
  • River island
  • Topshop
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Vivienne Westwood

    Our fashion design students are in demand  - 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17)

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  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 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 digital portfolio. Download some advice on what to include.

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

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 digital portfolio. Download some advice on what to include.

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

If you aren't a resident in the UK, we'll ask you to submit a digital portfolio in lieu of an interview. Download our portfolio checklist.

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