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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 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 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
94%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

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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.Youll 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.**Key features**- 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 2019)- 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**Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade for your work.**Employability**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.

Modules

[Year One]
• 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.

[Year Two]
• 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.

• 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.

[Year Three]
• Optional Work Placement Year

Final 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.

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
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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?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
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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.

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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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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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