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Nottingham Trent University

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W230

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

Entry requirements

A level


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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About this course

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Full-time | 2020


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.


[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.

[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.

• 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 Realisation: Research, Design & Technology (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.

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City Campus


School of Art and Design

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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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.

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

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