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Nottingham Trent University

Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

UCAS Code: W222

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

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 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

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UCAS Tariff

112
94%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Illustration

This course has more than 30 years’ experience, has an international reputation for excellence, and is the only course within the UK which focuses on knit in relation to fashion and textiles. If you have an interest in fashion and textiles, and want to explore the creativity of knitting, contemporary fashion design, and styling this could be the perfect course for you. 100% of students from the sandwich degree are satisifed with this course (National Student Survey 2017). NTU is also ranked 5th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian League Table 2017).

You will work with specialised machinery, expert staff and cutting-edge technology in knitwear design and be able to take part in international study exchanges. You’ll learn about fabric design, creation, garment design and manufacture and you’ll utilise your learning from this to cover live projects, industry competitions and a year-long work placement where you’ll gain independence and develop professional skills.

The course is baseed 100% on coursework and may take form as presentation, design development and essays. The first year will give you an introduction to fashion knitwear and the culture and context of design. Your second year of study will help you to develop a further awareness of the practice of design but within the global fashion knitwear industry, through the opportunity to visit to international trade fairs, such as Pitti Filati in Florence. You’ll be taught how to use computer-aided manufacture (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) to develop a range of skills to highlight your design ideas. Your placement year (if you choose to undertake this) will really help you to apply what you have learned so far and you’ll work with either one or a few companies based in the UK or abroad. You may also wish to gain an additional qualification – a certificate or diploma in professional practice. The final year will see you completing a range of projects which are aligned to your own career aspirations. You’ll either create a selection of garments for a catwalk show or take a Fashion Textile pathway where you’ll create a selection of knitted textile fabrics and garments. All work will be presented at the NTU Degree Show where you’ll have the opportunity to be selected to present your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.

The placement year will give you an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience within the industry and skills such as cultural creativity, organisation, efficiency and motivation. Many of our recent graduates managed to secure exciting placements with: Burberry, Li & Fung ( New York) and Hugo Boss. You’ll constantly be evolving your CV as the Employability Team at NTU will put you in touch with companies who are looking for students. 100% of graduates who opted for the year-long placement are in employment or further study within just six months of graduating (DHLE 2015-16). Some of our recent graduates have gone into careers such as: Junior designers at Hugo Boss, ASOS, Zara, Jaeger and Nike.

Modules

Overall, there are five modules which are assessed; two in both the Year One and Year Two with one module over the whole of your Final Year.
Year One:
* Fundamentals: Design and Technology (100 credits) - This course will teach you the basics of creative fabric and garment construction and you’ll get to use a range of specialist equipment to develop your practical skills.
* Design, Culture and Context (20 credits) - You’ll enhance your research, presentation and writing skills within this module. You’ll learn to think culturally and socially about your design decisions as well as the power that images, objects and materials has within visual and material culture.
Year Two:
* Context: Design and Industry (100 credits) - You’ll work on a variety of creative projects that will draw on your design skills in more detail and you’ll use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture. This module will prepare you for your placement year.
* Design, Culture and Context 2 (20 credits) - You’ll explore the role of design in the creation of a trend-driven consumer culture.

Year Three:
Optional Placement year – the placement year will let you practically apply your learning within the working world. You’ll understand the different industry practices and be able to work with either one or more companies based in the UK or abroad. You’ll also be able to gain an extra qualification - a certificate or diploma in professional practice. Your placement must be between 10 and 36 weeks long.

Final Year:
* Resolution: Theory and Practice (120 credits) - You will complete a range of projects guided by your own career aspirations. You will choose one of two pathways: either a Fashion Collection pathway where you will create a garment collection for a catwalk show, or a Fashion Textile pathway where you will create a display of knitted textile fabrics and garments. You will also produce an individual research project demonstrating your skills in analysis, communication, presentation, and independent thinking. You will 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.

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
£13,450
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.

82%
med
Illustration

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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B
387

After graduation


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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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Sales related occupations
4%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
4%
Information technology technicians
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.

Creative arts and 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.

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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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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