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.
- NTU has a rich heritage in teaching fashion-related subjects and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2018)
- Employability for this course is excellent, with 93% of students on the sandwich degree securing employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2016/17)
- Explore contemporary fashion and textile design, product development, and styling. Use of specialist state-of-the art digital equipment alongside traditional hand techniques.
- 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.
- 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.
- The chance to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers in London.
- Educational grants and sponsorship opportunities available through our industry partners.
- 100% of students from the sandwich degree are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade for your work.
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, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Hugo Boss, John Smedley, Josh Goot, Julian MacDonald,
Nike, Sophie Steller.
• 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.
• 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.
• Optional Work Placement 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.
Application deadline details:
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