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MA Creative Pattern Cutting

Course Description

The Masters in Creative Pattern Cutting provides a basis for new and practicing pattern-cutters to advance their subject specialist knowledge and experience. In response to the apparel industries demand, this programme will provide both technical and creative learning to an advanced level, for individuals wishing to build on their existing knowledge. You will explore techniques and investigate creative skills in order to challenge shape, cut and silhouette leading to a complete collection of ideas.

The Masters in Creative Pattern Cutting will give you the opportunity to develop new and exciting concepts, building on your own personal understanding of the area, whether you are looking to work within an established concern or freelancing as an independent pattern-cutter.

The fashion industry is a highly competitive area with designers constantly searching for the ultimate cut or drape, making their creations highly sought after and coveted. It is you as a creative pattern cutter that will realise these designs for them. This innovative programme of study will advance your creative and technical skills helping prepare you for a place within this industry.

[[Course Content and Structure]]

All modules will be delivered by experienced subject specific practitioners, who have a professional understanding and awareness of current industrial practice.

- Production for Creative Cut Techniques
- Extended Pattern Cutting Exploration
- Global Garment Development
- Creative Cut
- Major Project

Seminars, practical projects, critiques and independent research ensure that all development solutions are innovative and forward thinking. Practical innovative outcomes are at the forefront of this Masters programme of study.


Written feedback will be given at the end of each module, with formal assessment being given at the end of the academic year, culminating with a coherent and achievable Major Project.

[[Progression Routes]]

Within the world of fashion there is an on-going need to recruit potential employees that have a strong understanding and definite ability to undertake and produce within given time constraints, correct and accurate patterns and garments.
On completion of the course, you will have the necessary skills to undertake job opportunities within the fashion industry both here in the United Kingdom, and on a global scale.

[[External Links]]

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional and academic external links with

- British Fashion Council
- New Designers
- ASBCI - Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry

[[Staff Expertise]]

All members of the teaching team are academically and professionally experienced in their subject specialism and include practicing creative pattern cutters and fashion industry professionals.

[[Industry Comments]]

"I genuinely believe there is a need for a greater understanding of an individual woman’s body and how to facilitate correct patterns for this, it is very exciting to have a programme that will address this."
Caryn Franklyn MBE, Co-Founder All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

"There is a great need for creative technical people within the fashion industry and a masters course that promotes the value of these important tacit skills, will greatly enhance the standing of the pattern cutter. The role of the creative pattern cutter is an interpretation of the designer’s vision and therefore equitable with the position of the fashion designer, in terms of esteem and remuneration. It is essential that graduates realise that the career path in these creative skills is a very exciting one and they would be very much in demand."
Dr Kevin Almond, Head of Fashion - University of Huddersfield

"I believe there is a distinct opportunity for a masters’ programme of this kind outside the London area. The UK fashion and textile industry demands creative yet skilled pattern cutters and I am sure that the MA will be more attractive to prospective applicants."
Dr Julie King, Head of School Fashion & Textiles - De Montfort University

Entry Requirements

A BA Honours degree within the field of Fashion (2:2 or above), or HND and professional experience.

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