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Nottingham Trent University

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W230

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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UCAS Tariff

112
21%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fashion design

On this renowned fashion design degree, you will develop skills in fashion drawing and illustration, design innovation, creative pattern cutting, garment manufacture, market awareness, sustainability and the latest digital technologies. We are nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of our creative and industry-ready graduates, with our students regularly winning coveted awards at events such as Graduate Fashion Week. We're also ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

The course offers you multiple ways in which to develop a global perspective. For example, in Year Three you will have the opportunity to go on international study trips to events such as Paris Fashion Week. The course also benefits from a wealth of exchange agreements with institutions across the world, including the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

You will showcase your final year work either on the catwalk or in a product exhibition at our Degree Show, Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected for the catwalk show and work displayed at Graduate Fashion Week, London.

**How you're assessed**

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.

**Career prospects**

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

Career destinations have included a range of fashion-related roles across the world such as designers, product developers, garment technologists, creative pattern cutters, digital designers, buyers, merchandisers and fashion stylists. Recent graduate destinations included Paul Smith, ASOS, Burberry, River Island, H&M, Coach, Victoria Beckham, Ted Baker, Daks, Sunspel, Urban Outfitters.

Modules

Year One
• 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Fashion design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Design occupations
22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Fashion design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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