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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.

Model on catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week

Graduates create limited edition collection for John Lewis

Three BA (Hons) Fashion graduates have seen their designs hit stores nationwide as NUA launches an exclusive collaboration with John Lewis’s fashion line Kin. The three 2016 graduates Daina Ecaite, Alice Potts and Yee Ki Ng collaborated with the Kin design team whilst studying at NUA to create garments for the AW16 collection which takes its inspiration from Brutalist architecture, urban monochromatic prints and dramatic silhouettes. The 11 piece limited edition collection entitled Urban Poetry launches online and across six stores in the UK including Oxford Street and Peter Jones branches in London, Leeds and Liverpool.

NUA Fashion Course Leader Sue Chowles explains about the collaborative project, “Following our Creative Skillset Tick and accreditation, I was approached by Iain Ewing, Head of Womenswear Design and Helen Prior, Senior Womenswear Designer at John Lewis to work on a live’ project in collaboration with the Kin design team. The ‘live’ project has been a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience and be actively involved with the entire creative process from initial designs on the drawing board to final model fittings at head office.”

Urban Poetry is available to purchase instore and online at John Lewis.

Group of students pose with mannequins

Fashion students create pieces for womenswear brand Hobbs

Second and third year students recently responded to a live brief competition, set by British womenswear brand, Hobbs. They created pieces to a design brief entitled ‘Workwear’, and 20 students have been shortlisted for the national final. Hobbs will now pick five designs to be manufactured and sold in selected Hobbs stores across the UK.