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Many students work on a freelance basis as designers and you will receive substantial professional development throughout your course so that you are prepared for the practicalities of what this involves.

Each year NUA students are selected to exhibit work at New Designers, London – a national showcase for the best graduates from UK Universities – providing the opportunity for potential employers, retailers and commissioners to see their work.

The MA in Textile Design at NUA provides a logical progression route for BA Textile students. All NUA undergraduates receive a tuition fee discount if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.


Graduates have achieved positions as designers at leading companies in the sector including Cath Kidston and DKNY. Potential jobs include:

  • Product Design
  • Materials Production
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Finishing of textiles
  • Manufacturing of knitted and crocheted fabrics
  • Trading
  • Sourcing
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Servicing and repair

I have been working as a Fashion Photographer, Stylist and Make-Up Artist with a number of pieces being published in national magazines. I am currently Style and Fashion Editor for T.G.U.K magazine and a featured fashion writer for Vada magazine.

Jack Baxter
2012 graduate

I won the New Designers Award at New Designers in London, which provided me with a six-month placement with Tigerprint, which I am really enjoying. Since graduating I have sold my designs as art pieces, am collaborating with the fashion store Oasis to create a collection featuring my prints, am selling work through a childrenswear agent and have sold work to interior fabrics companies.

Katie Whitton
2013 graduate
Textile Designer

Exhibiting with NUA at New Designers in my final year kick- started my career. My work was spotted and now my fabrics are on sale in Liberty, Heals and Studio Four in New York. NUA gave me the confidence to create work that was independent and not led by trends.

Rachel Parker
2012 graduate
Textile Designer

The facilities at NUA are really good and it was incredibly helpful to have talks and tutorials from practising artists and designers. The best thing about working at Cath Kidston is the variety of products I get to work on.

Sally Wood
2008 graduate
Print Designer
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Other graduates include

  • Sally Wood
    Print Designer, Cath Kidston
  • Lianne Bristow
    Assistant Merchandiser, ASOS
  • Hannah Cole
    Arts and Textiles Teacher, Langley School
  • Sam Wingate
    Owner of textile design business Mr Wingate
  • Jack Baxter
    Fashion Stylist and Photographer

More advice

For more advice about careers in publishing visit the UKFT website.