Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles (BA (Hons))

Nottingham Trent University

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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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University

Accredited by Creative Skillset, this course has more than 30 years' experience and an international reputation for excellence. It is the only degree in the UK that focuses on the creative exploration of fashion and textiles through the medium of knit. You will cover fabric design and creation, and garment design and manufacture.

This course has a reputation for producing award-winning students and successful graduates. It is ideal if you have a keen interest in fashion and textiles and want to explore the creativity of knitting, contemporary fashion design, and styling.

Key features

  • Explore creative knitted fabric and garment construction within a fashion context.
  • This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality and strong links with industry.
  • Choose to take a year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad, and gain a certificate or diploma in professional practice.
  • Apply for an international exchange to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • Get involved in competitions, cultural collaborations, and live projects.
  • Work with specialised machinery, expert staff, and industry-standard technology in knitwear design.
  • Visit international trade fairs and exhibitions, such as Pitti Filati in Florence, Italy.
  • Exhibit your work in a catwalk show and static exhibition in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
  • Have the opportunity to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London and through collaborations with organisations such as SPINEXPO, International Yarn Spinners, and WGSN.
  • 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
  • Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables. (2017 Guardian League Table)

Student work

  • Final collection by Charlotte Yates, 2016
  • Final collection by Rachel Currah, 2017
  • Final collection by Kate Timbrell, 2016
  • Final collection by Charlotte Cullens, 2017
  • Final collection by Kendall Baker, winner of the Visionary Knitwear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2016
  • Final collection by Abigail Coop, 2017
  • Final collection by Francine Cooper, 2017
  • Final collection by Egle Vytuvyte, 2017
  • Year One samples by Esme Holland
  • Year One sketchbook work by Raveena Flora and Esme Holland
  • Year One sketchbook work by Raveena Flora and Emse Holland
  • Year One sketchbook work by Jess Braithwaite
  • Year One sketchbook work by Jess Braithwaite
  • Year Two sketchbook work by Olivia Littell
  • Year Two sketchbook work by Lydia Collins
  • Year Two sketchbook work by Olivia Littell
  • Year Two sketchbook work by Tanya Armani Patel

How you're taught

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

  • project work
  • live projects
  • study visits
  • lectures and briefings
  • technical demonstrations
  • knitting and manufacturing workshops
  • studio and IT workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • peer and self-evaluations
  • presentations
  • teamwork.


Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade band. You will receive feedback throughout. Assessment includes:

  • presenting and evaluating research
  • design development
  • technical and practical resolution.

In some modules, assessment includes essays, presentations, and an individual research project. 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:

  • Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum
  • Pitti Filati yarn and fabric trade fair in Florence, Italy
  • SPINEXPO, with the opportunity to be selected to attend the event in Shanghai
  • a London study trip.

Exchange opportunities

The School of Art & Design have an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students can apply to take part in.

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

In your final year 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 Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students exhibit their work as part of a catwalk show and static exhibition at NTU.

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. The course has enjoyed continued success at this event, with students winning some of the top awards, including:

  • Abigail Coop, runner up of the Christopher Bailey Gold Award, 2017
  • Kendall Baker, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2016
  • Ella Nisbett, Menswear Award and Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2015
  • Rebecca Swann, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2014
  • Thea Sanders, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2013
  • Wonjee Chung, Visionary Knitwear Award winner, 2011
  • Rory Longdon, Gold Award winner, 2011.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year.
  • Year 4 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 (22%), independent study (78%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 100% of students who took a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2015/16)

Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch, assistant designer
  • Alphatex, designer
  • Calvin Klein, junior designer
  • DKNY, junior designer
  • Hugo Boss, designer
  • John Smedley, junior designer
  • Josh Goot, studio assistant
  • Julien Macdonald, assistant knitwear designer
  • Lauren Richards, fashion knitwear designer
  • Nike, knit designer
  • Pantherella, assistant designer
  • Sophie Steller, knitwear designer
  • Stine Ladefoged, knitwear design assistant
  • Sun Hing Ltd, assistant knitwear designer.

Hear from our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles alumni

  • Eleanor O'Niell graduated in 2013, and has since launched her own company, STUDY 34. Read more about Eleanor's experience on the course.

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.

Work placements and internship opportunities

As a student on this course you'll have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for your future career.

If you choose to complete a placement then it will take place between Year Two and your final year. You must complete 36 weeks, either working with one company, or multiple organisations, in the UK or abroad.

Our dedicated Employability Team will give you support, advice and access to valuable resources to help you find a placement.

This includes:

  • putting you in touch with companies looking for students
  • help preparing your CV
  • helping you prepare for interviews
  • inviting you to placement fairs and seminars featuring employers and former students.

Links with industry

This course has excellent relationships with industry. Live projects and competitions will expose you to current industry practices and help you develop your portfolio and create contacts for your future career. Visiting lecturers will give you an insight into what it's like working in industry. We work with a number of professional organisations, including:

  • Creative Skillset
  • Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters
  • The Textile Society
  • Bradford Textile Society
  • British Fashion Council Colleges Committee
  • ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry)
  • Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • UK Fashion & Textile Association.

During the past 29 years, 28 of our students have been awarded bursaries by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters by demonstrating that their work has the potential to have a significant impact on the British knitwear industry. Each bursary fund could be up to £2,500.

We have recently worked on live projects with companies including All Saints, Next, Rowan Yarns, Sophie Steller, and Abercrombie & Fitch.


Our Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students are based in the Bonington building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Course facilities are extensive, offering you the chance to use both traditional and industrial machines. Facilities and equipment include:

  • a dedicated studio for creative workshops
  • knitwear hand flat workshops, with Dubied and domestic machines
  • knitwear make-up workshops, with circular machines, linkers, overlockers, lockstitch machines, and button hole machines
  • knitwear industrial workshops, with state-of-the-art industry-standard power knitting machines.

You will have access to resources from across the School of Art & Design, including:

  • digital arts lab
  • laser cutting and engraving facilities
  • dye facilities, including bulk and sample dying for both fabric and yarn
  • hand screen printing, transfer print, and collograph printing
  • digital print facility with digital fabric printers
  • embroidery workshop
  • wood, metal, resin and plastic workshops
  • a leather and metal embossing press
  • fabric store.

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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The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

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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