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The fashion industry is the largest employer of all the Creative Industries in the UK.

There is a sector wide skills gap in traditional skills and so the focus on technical skills combined with creative design means that NUA graduates are highly employable.

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

NUA’s new fashion studio and facilities are exceptional and students have access to industry standard machinery and technology. Teaching staff have sold their own labels through Liberty, Harrods and Harvey Nichols and worked with designers such as Nicole Farhi and French Connection. There is a sector wide skills gap in traditional skills, such as pattern cutting, professional garment construction, tailoring and couture levels of craftsmanship.


The focus between creativity and technical skills is the key focus of this popular course – meaning NUA graduates are highly employable. The high profile annual Fashion Show, sponsored in 2011 by John Lewis, MAC and L’Oreal, enabled students to showcase their work to potential employers. Students also have the opportunity to exhibit their work and make professional contacts through London Graduate Fashion Week. Typical career opportunities include:

  • Bespoke Tailor
  • Buyer
  • Colourist
  • Costume Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Garment Technologist
  • Fabric Technologist
  • Fashion Editor
  • Freelance Designer
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Stylist
  • In-House Designer
  • Manufacturing
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Pattern Grader
  • Public Relations Officer (PR)
  • Retail
  • Sample Machinist
  • Visual Merchandiser

The breadth and depth of talented and experienced staff guided us to develop skills to an exceptional level. NUA allowed me to freely express myself. In turn, employers have seen my creative flare, personality and passion from my extensive portfolio, which has led to great opportunities that have taken me around the world.

Amy-Olivia Parish
2013 graduate
Costume Designer
Opera Australia

Studying at NUA gave me an awareness of industry standards and taught me sewing techniques that I don’t feel I could have gained anywhere else. My main work is making made-to-measure bridal gowns. I will also be starting a sportswear project with a local company, which I am really excited about.

Danielle Payton
2013 graduate
Bridal Designer

From the beginning the standards of quality and importance of hard work were set high and this has been an invaluable lesson to learn. The course leader saw the potential within everyone’s work and gave us the time and encouragement we needed to really push the boundaries of our skills.

Helen Rix
2013 graduate

The atmosphere is friendly, warm and personal. I left NUA equipped with a balanced set of skills needed to succeed in an industry setting. Each unit is built to challenge you not only creatively, but also intellectually and commercially, which is essential to establish a career as a versatile designer.

Leanne Hindle
2013 graduate
Junior Design Assistant