The BA (Hons) Fashion degree course balances its focus between creativity and the development of the technical skills needed for a range of employment opportunities within an exciting and diverse fashion industry.
The course combines conceptual and directional fashion design practices with a strong emphasis on creative pattern-cutting methods, professional garment construction techniques and couture levels of craftsmanship.
You are expected to bring your own thoughts and influences to the course and are encouraged to develop your individual style and approach to design. The course focuses you on creativity and the acquisition of key skills. Exploration of both 2D/3D pattern cutting and garment manufacture will stimulate you to be truly revolutionary and push boundaries.
The course aims to produce industry-ready graduates with the relevant skills and attitude demanded by the workplace. Work-related learning is offered through work placement opportunities within the fashion industry as well as through set projects, competitions and live briefs that engage you in real-world fashion design practices.
Teaching staff have a wealth of skills and fashion house experience, having sold their own labels through Harrods and Harvey Nichols and worked with designers such as Nicole Farhi, Roland Mouret and French Connection. Guest lecturers from diverse areas of the fashion industry visit the University regularly to deliver relevant lectures and workshops.
The course develops you into an industry ready practitioner and graduates can follow a wide range of career paths within the fashion and related creative industries. Creative design opportunities in womenswear and menswear exist within a range of market levels, as well as technical opportunities within creative pattern cutting and garment production. Alternatively, graduates may take up roles within trend forecasting and prediction, business and media, fashion editorial, styling, art direction and illustration.
Business and professional skills are embedded into the course from the very first day of study. The staff team have extensive industry experience and specialist visiting lecturers from industry are invited to deliver lectures, seminars and live projects.
Recent visiting industry specialists include Ellen Brookes (Jack Wills and Aubin Wills), Lottie Tarpey (Marks & Spencer), David Jones (fashion consultant), Gresham Blake (Savile Row trained menswear tailor), Vanessa Denza (specialist recruitment and global consultancy), Harvey Bertram-Brown (music and commercial director), Dai Rees (artisan and crafts practitioner), Joan Brown (Savile Row couturier) and Julie Verhoven (fashion illustrator).
Students will have the opportunity to show in London at Graduate Fashion Week.
Students who successfully complete their undergraduate study may wish to further their career through postgraduate study with MA Fashion at NUA.
The creativity in the students’ designs is breathtaking and we are particularly impressed with the maturity of their designs at such an early stage in their career.
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