More about Katy
What do you enjoy most about studying MA Fashion Knitwear Design?
“The freedom to explore and experiment makes this MA most enjoyable. We are required to expand and push our knowledge on particular elements in knitwear, pushing innovation and experimentation of ideas.
“The fact that we can be so free to organise our time specifically to our experimentation and realisation process brings out creatively explored final products.”
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“Its reputation for successful and inspiring knitwear design was what motivated me to come to the UK. I graduated with a BA degree in Knitwear 2D Trend Forecast. I had explored many techniques and styles of knitting, but hadn’t had much opportunity to develop these techniques into finished garments.
“When I graduated I decided I wanted to specialise further in knitwear design. Combining something I love to do with something I study is what makes this course so satisfying. I feel that in my journey as a knitwear designer I will be forever exploring elements of construction, finishings as well as expanding my knowledge on machinery and knitwear techniques.”
How do you find the course staff?
“The course staff at NTU are approachable, inspiring and motivating. I feel respected as an equal when in group tutorials or one-to-one meetings with staff. It helps build confidence as well as refine ideas, to have staff treat you as a colleague rather than a student.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
“NTU offers a wide range of knitwear facilities and technicians. Ranging from power knit machinery, to Dubied and Domestic machines, we have the freedom to experiment on all types of machinery.
“This was one of the main motivations for me to start an MA here; as even with limited knowledge you are encouraged to learn and progress your understanding on each type of machine.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a cosy yet lively, compact student city. The city campus is perfectly located in the centre of Nottingham with everything being in walking distance. With so many small shops and businesses, it promotes a ‘local business’ mentality especially in creative industries. The city has a creative spirit, with many museums art galleries. There are numerous creative opportunities and workshops to take part in all over the city.”
Why would you recommend your course to others?
“The experience I have gained from completing MA Fashion Knitwear Design at NTU has provided me with further knowledge and confidence which will prove beneficial when looking for jobs in industry.
“The course prepares you extensively for next steps such as starting your own brand, or collaborating with other students. You get to experience international perspectives from your classmates, with students coming from across the world.”
How do you think the course, and having a postgraduate qualification, will help you to progress your career?
“I have been preparing myself for the next step, to find a job in the fashion industry. The ability to specialise in this knitwear has allowed me to profile myself more specifically as a knitwear designer, knitwear developer or knitwear technician. With many types of jobs in the knitwear sector, having MA Fashion Knitwear Design on my CV will add an extra level of curiosity to anyone who views it.
“Working freelance has also been an option I have explored through The Hive, NTU’s centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise. They have opened my eyes to the possibility of working both in the UK and in Europe, as I hold Dual Nationality.”