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Course Content

We support students to develop their individuality. It’s about really key design skills and knowing how fabric works, the cut, the make, the hand skills, the craftsmanship and bringing in that couture base. Technical skills are crucial.

Sue Chowles
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Explore and develop an individual approach to fashion design, gaining an understanding of fashion in a range of contexts
  • Visual research
  • Drawing
  • Design development (2D and 3D)
  • Flat pattern cutting and 3D stand cutting
  • Draping on the stand
  • Garment construction
  • External visits to shops, galleries and museums
  • Year Two
  • Continue to develop your personal conceptual approach
  • Tailoring Block making
  • Extensive prototype and toile development
  • Specialist pattern cutting and advanced garment construction
  • Set briefs and live projects Opportunity for work placements
  • Year Three
  • Consolidate your skills and knowledge as you work towards the production of a professional portfolio
  • Final collection of outfits (or alternative form of final submission)
  • Presentation of work in professional context (catwalk show or static installation)
  • Written Research Report

Visiting Lecturers

  • Simeon Morris
    Fashion designer and clothing creator
  • Sarah Brennand
    Fashion consultant
  • Alexandra Wood
    Bespoke tailor
  • Melanie Plank
    Trend forecaster, Stylus
  • notjustalabel.com

Selections for NUA Fashion Show

Watch a film about the visit of Betty Jackson CBE and Hilary Alexander to assist with the selections of student collections for Graduate Fashion Week 2014.

Visiting Lecturers at NUA

Watch a film about creative director Harvey B-Brown discussing his route into the fashion industry.

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.