Reasons to study Contour Fashion BA (Hons) at DMU:
- 100% of our Contour Fashion
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Global reputation with industry experts in the intimate apparel industry,
with recent graduates employed by: ASOS, Agent Provocateur, Triumph, H&M, Clover International, Heidi Klein and Nicole de Carle
- Specialist areas of design and construction
of lingerie, athleisure, swimwear, corsetry, loungewear, nightwear and menswear
- Develop specialist skills
in conceptual design and application, pattern cutting, grading, fit methodologies, technical excellence and manufacturing and presentation formats to equip you for industry roles in the UK and worldwide
- Work experience and placements
opportunities with the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch, Gossard, Seafolly, Agent Provocateur, Aubade, GAP New York and H&M Sweden
- The Contour Catwalk Show
gives you the opportunity to showcase your final collections/products to a wide range of industry professionals and public through a varied means
- International design competitions
gives you the opportunity to enter and win awards such as Lingerie Designer of the Year, The Leathersellers Award, as well as experiencing external client projects with global brands
- Contour Fashion (Communication) BA (Hons)
is a related course aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in marketing and promotion within the intimate apparel industry
- #DMUglobal is fully integrated into the course
via overseas trips, international study, and the representation of the course in the GREAT Festivals of Creativity in Brazil, Shanghai and Beijing
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials available at no cost
to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
You are introduced to the academic, professional, industrial and commercial challenges of design practice. There are opportunities to work with companies on live projects, work placements and competition awards, and the course has unparalleled links with the UK and global intimate apparel industry.
The course covers visual research; drawing and design development; illustration; trend prediction; contour garment design; pattern cutting and making for lingerie, swimwear and nightwear, sportswear; CAD for print generation, fashion illustration, fit and grading via Lectra garment technology; contextual studies; designing for external clients; professional practice and a final collection suitable for presentation to industry and public display. In the final year, students choose to specialise in either an aesthetic or a technical route.
Structure and assessment
- Contour Technology
- Pattern Cutting & Construction
- Visual Communication
- Design Cultures
- Trend & Product Development
- Contour Applications
- Progressive Pattern Cutting & Construction
- Visual Communication
- Design Cultures
- Progressive Trend & Product Development
- Advanced Pattern Cutting & Construction
- Final Collection – Aesthetic / Technical
- Design Cultures
- Professional Practise and Portfolio
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
Contour Fashion studios include full-size pattern cutting tables, Lectra Modaris pattern generation system, Macpi Moulding machine, Hashima Heat Press, industrial steam irons, a visualiser, the latest computerised lockstitch sewing machines, specialist contour sewing machines and specialist intimate apparel mannequins.
You will be encouraged to work with a breadth of materials common to the intimate apparel industry e.g. stretch and rigid fabrics, while embracing experimentation in other materials and processes.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Students have completed work experience and placements with ASOS, Seafolly Australia, H&M Sweden, Agent Provocateur, Abercrombie & Fitch, Triumph, Charnos, Gossard, Made by Niki, Bordelle, Curvy Kate, Crystal Martin, Jenny Packham and Heidi Klein.
We have an exchange agreement with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) which enables two students to spend one month studying at HKPU and one month working with industry partner – Clover International.
Contour Fashion also has a placement opportunity with GAP, USA for a 10 week placement.
We also have an optional year out between level five and six with industry placements available.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
#DMUglobal supports the first year trip to Paris in January to visit the Salon de la Lingerie and Interfiliere trade show, along with a cultural experience of Paris exhibitions, architecture and shops. The trip is open to all year students too.
Contour Fashion has been well represented as a part of the GREAT Festival of Creativity where work from the course, and our annual catwalk show DVD were showcased in Brazil, Shanghai and Beijing.
The course produces highly sought-after graduates, acclaimed for their technical skills and design excellence, who work for international brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Moving Comfort, Victoria’s Secret USA, Triumph International, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Stretchline Sri Lanka, Clover International Hong Kong, Seafolly, O’Neill, Ace Style, Superdry, House of Fraser, Heidi Klein, John Lewis, Eveden, Ted Baker Intimates, Jenny Packham, Boux Avenue, Asos, Panache, Agent Provocateur, Aubade, Courtaulds, New Look, Tesco, H&M Sweden, Intimas Group plc.
Recent graduates have taken up job opportunities in the USA, Australia, Sri Lanka, France, Taiwan, Canada, China and Hong Kong. Others have set up their own lingerie labels including Nicole de Carle, Lascivious, Tutti Rouge, Made by Niki, and Lorna Drew.