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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University

With more than 40 years' expertise and excellent links with industry, this course has a reputation for producing creative and industry-ready graduates.

Based on project and studio work, modules cover fashion drawing, design innovation, pattern cutting, market awareness and the latest technology in garment manufacture. You'll develop your professional skills through live projects and competitions. In your final year you'll present your work as part of a catwalk show or product exhibition.

This award-winning course is nationally and internationally recognised for its students' success in competition work, and the quality of creative graduates it produces.

Key features

  • Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables. (2017 Guardian League Table)
  • Take part in international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • Follow in the footsteps of major prizewinners from this course, such as Caroline Booth (Fashion Marketing Award) and Amy Vanderwal (TU Scholarship Award) who both won awards at Graduate Fashion Week  (GFW) 2017. In 2016, Chloe Jackson was the winner of GFW's highly contested N Brown Textile Award.
  • Benefit from visiting professionals from the fashion industry, such as Aaron Ray Dowie, Giles Deacon, Christopher Raeburn and internationally renowned Japanese pattern cutting expert Shingo Sato.
  • Get involved with national and international competitions, and live projects with companies like Boohoo, Mulberry, ASOS and Armani.
  • Undertake work experience placements and internships.
  • Go on overseas trips to events like Paris Fashion Week.
  • Work in our dedicated Fashion Design studios with support from expert technical staff.
  • Exhibit your work in your Final Year in a catwalk show or product exhibition at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
  • Be selected to exhibit your work at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.

Student work

  • Final collection by Chloe Jackson, winner of the N Brown Textile Award and runner up in the David Band Textile Award at Graduate Fashion Week, 2016
  • Final collection by Charlotte Rollings, Winner of the Fashion Awareness Direct competition, 2016
  • Final collection by Stacie Horton, 2016
  • Final collection by Rochelle Mills, 2017
  • Final collection by Olivia Barclay, 2016
  • Final collection by Anna Gray, 2017
  • Final collection by Chloe Myrants-Wilson, 2017
  • Final collection by Leanne Westbury, 2017
  • Final collection by Sarah Rafferty, runner up in Graduate Fashion Week's People's Choice Award 2017
  • Final collection by Bethan Jacka, 2017

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures
  • briefings
  • demonstrations
  • studio workshops
  • tutorials
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • supervision in workshops
  • study visits
  • peer evaluations.


Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.

How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but may take the form of:

  • 2D visual research and design development work
  • 3D development work and final product
  • portfolio work
  • evaluations
  • reports, essays, dissertation or alternative project
  • visual and verbal presentations
  • a reflective learning journal.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

Recent study trips and visits for this course have included Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Year One) and an optional trip to Paris Fashion Week in final year.

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the globe, including the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. You may choose to study abroad in Year Two for one semester. Two Fashion Design students have recently completed an exchange to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, supported by funding from the Shirley Chan scholarship.

The University is also part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe. If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Our Fashion Design students exhibit their work at a catwalk show and product exhibition in Nottingham, at the University. You will also have the opportunity to be selected to showcase your work to industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world's leading event for fashion graduates.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

Careers and employability

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2015/16).

Our graduates go into a range of fashion-related roles. Here are some recent examples:

  • ASOS, designer, buying administrative assistant
  • Abercrombie & Fitch, fashion designer
  • Burberry, product developer
  • Commes des Garçons, designer
  • Gap Inc., designer
  • George, designer
  • H&M, designer
  • Mulberry, designer
  • Next, designer
  • Pringle, designer
  • River Island, designer
  • Roksanda, designer
  • Topshop, designer
  • Victoria Beckham, designer
  • Vivienne Westwood, designer
  • Yohji Yamamoto, designer.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Links with industry

This course has collaborations with industry partners at regional, national, and international level. Live projects and competitions will give you the opportunity to be exposed to real-life design situations.

Our students have taken part, and enjoyed success, in a range of top industry projects, awards and competitions, including:

  • TU Scholarship Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017
  • Fashion Marketing Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017
  • N Brown Textile Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2016
  • Menswear Award and Fashion Innovation Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2014
  • Fashion Awareness Direct Competition
  • Marks & Spencer Best of British competition
  • IFFTI's International Fashion Illustration Contest
  • National Tailoring and Design Awards
  • Hawes and Curtis Design a Shirt competition
  • International Apparel Federation's International Student Award.

Work placements and internship opportunities

You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

Our Fashion Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as Jigsaw, Vivienne Westwood, Tailoring UK, Christopher Raeburn, Abercrombie & Fitch, Topshop, and Urban Outfitters.

In Year Two you will have the opportunity to apply for an international summer internship, which we have developed with a number of well-known companies. Recently this has included Urban Outfitters and Gap Inc.


Our Fashion Design studios are lively, highly creative environments based in the Bonington building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:

  • fashion studios with industry-standard pattern cutting tables and garment production machinery
  • fabric store
  • laser cutting and engraving
  • digital print facility with digital fabric printers
  • print room with hand screen printing, transfer printing, and collograph printing
  • computer-aided design (CAD) suite
  • IT suite with PCs equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

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If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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