With more than 30 years' experience and an international reputation for excellence in fashion knitwear design, this course will encourage you to innovate through experimental research and practice. You'll devise an individual project, which could be focused around your career aspirations, or an experimental investigation into art, science and fabrication. We will support you with flexible and responsive teaching, helping you to explore and challenge the limits of fashion knitwear design.
Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations. Receive workshops in Computer Aided Design (CAD) knit, 2D / 3D design generation, creative pattern cutting, and fashion visualisation. Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. Work in our extensive facilities with access to hand flat and power knitting machines, including Shima Seiki and Stoll. Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Juliana Sissons, Simeon Farrar, Jo Cope, Moxham, and Christopher Raeburn. Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris. Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China. Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio. Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study. Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.
“After doing a lot of research prior to studying here, I discovered that NTU had the best reputation for Art & Design courses outside of London. I wanted to specialize in knitwear and NTU seemed to be the obvious choice.
“My project title is “Clothes that my mother wore” and it is based around me going into my mother’s closet and picking things she has had for 20 or more years, which are always trendy and stylish. I came to do my MA with a clear idea that I did not wish to create another line of season-to-season trendy garments, but I wanted to make something of a lasting quality and meaning. I started researching where does this inner beauty come from questioning whether we can infuse life into clothes. This idea led me to hair, as animal hair is used in producing the yarns. Since then I’ve done a lot of experiments, one of them was cutting my friend’s hair off and then using it in my drawings!
“I love our MA studio where everybody has their own space. Every day you get the chance to exchange opinions about work and new ideas with other creative practitioners. The studio is home to photographers, fine art students, graphic designers which creates a mix of eclectic creativity where everything seems to be possible.
“From the first day I came to England and NTU, I was amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone was. The staff here are amazing, they always provide useful advice and it is clear that they have lots of industry experience. Equipment such as the hand-flat and power machines can be daunting when you haven’t used them before however the technicians are very reassuring and approachable.
“I would definitely recommend this course because we have a lot more access to the workshop facilities that you wouldn't find at other universities. Nottingham in itself has a long tradition in knitwear and knitwear design, making it a great place to explore and experiment.”
“The range of facilities, technical staff and impressive campus made NTU a front runner in my choice of study after visiting an open day and completing a tour.
“My project is based on an insight into the perception versus reality of a notorious council housing estate in Dublin, which was noted for its initial luxurious launch in the 1960s and eventual failure and demolition in the past few years. I am combining hand flat knitting and power knitting whilst also exploring different applications onto knitwear such as embroidery, screen printing and mould making. Having access to both of this machinery is really great as it allows me to push my ideas even further . “The academic staff are encouraging and inspiring, extremely helpful and understanding of my ideas whilst the support from the technicians in problem solving and guidance is second to none.
“Nottingham is a small, manageable city with a great creative undertone and friendly atmosphere. For me also, it’s easier financially to manage than the high tuition and living costs in other universities in London.
“I would recommend this course as it’s a great way to explore in more depth, different aspects of knitwear. Attending NTU alongside a diverse range of students from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures makes this course extremely enjoyable to be on. Having worked in production and sourcing for knitwear in industry previous to returning for MA, I feel this MA will allow me to pursue more design orientated roles in the industry.”
Postgraduate Masters Scholarships for UK students
We award these competitive scholarships to students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.*All full-time postgraduate taught courses in the School of Art & Design, with the exception of PG Cert Creative Pattern Cutting.Applicants will be assessed on their academic merit and the relevance of the statement on their scholarship application form.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Half your tuition fee
We're pleased to offer a number of scholarships worth up to the value of half your tuition fee. These scholarships are available to students who have been made an offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate Masters course* starting in September 2017. The scholarships will be available in the form of a tuition fee reduction.
You’ll need to complete a scholarship application form and email it back to us at [email protected] by 4pm on Monday 19 June 2017.
This scheme is for existing NTU students who are progressing to MA student, and NTU alumni who graduated after 1 July 2012.It is open to Home (UK), EU and International students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
25% off tuition fee
To be eligible for this scheme you must either be:a current final year undergraduate student studying at NTU progressing directly onto one of the School of Art & Design's full-time or part-time Masters courses; or an alumni from one of NTU's full-time or part-time undergraduate, postgraduate or professional courses at NTU, who graduated after 1 July 2012. You must also have accepted an offer of a place to study on an eligible course in the School of Art & Design, starting in September 2017. This scheme is open to Home (UK), EU and International students, and will be automatically be deducted from your fees before enrolment.
Eligible students do not need to apply for this fee discount - it will automatically be deducted before enrolment.
These scholarships are to the value of £3,000 enabling you to travel to Tokyo and study at Bunka Fashion College for six weeks. They are suitable if you have recent experience of Higher Education in the UK, and ideally are familiar with Nottingham – as the trip takes place towards the start of the academic year.To be eligible to apply for a Paul Smith Scholarship you must have an offer of a place to study on one of the following courses:MA Fashion Design MA Fashion Knitwear Design MA Textile Design InnovationAs part of your application for this scholarship, you will need to submit a 300 word statement explaining how this opportunity would enhance your master’s studies.
Value of Scholarship(s)
This scholarship is to the value of £3,000 enabling you to travel to Tokyo and study at Bunka Fashion College for six weeks.They are suitable if you have recent experience of Higher Education in the UK, and ideally are familiar with Nottingham – as the trip takes place towards the start of the academic year.
As part of your application for this scholarship, you will need to submit a 300 word statement explaining how this opportunity would enhance your master’s studies.
A good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience, and examples of work. International and EU applicants will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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