On this course, you can specialise in menswear, womenswear and or fashion knitwear, and will study a range of topics including fashion illustration, innovative concept development, pattern cutting and computer-aided design (CAD) for fashion and design development – preparing you for a career in a creative multibillion-pound industry where you can benefit from countless opportunities to develop, progress and learn new skills.
You will be introduced to the academic, professional, industrial and commercial challenges of design practice. There are opportunities to work with leading brands on live projects, work placements and competition awards, thanks to the course’s unparalleled links with the UK and global apparel industry.
The first year provides grounding in fashion and design through practical, creative and technical classes and projects, while the second year is more focused, with emphasis on experimentation, in-depth project research and 3D development.
You will gain skills such as tailoring and fashion prediction, thanks to the major project in the third year giving you the opportunity to set your own briefs and create a final collection of work to showcase your unique vision and talent, as well as entering national and international competitions.
We are delighted DMU was named best in learning experience in 2019 by The Business of Fashion, the internationally renowned website which assesses the world’s top programmes.
- We have been recognised as one of the most sustainable fashion and textiles schools in the country as winners of the Next Generation Learning and Skills Award in the Green Gown Awards 2021.
- Enjoy opportunities to work on live industry projects with a focus on sustainability. Students have recently collaborated with research teams on zero waste pattern cutting and repurposing and have also worked on briefs set by the British Fashion Council, Burberry, Warehouse and New Look.
- Benefit from opportunities to enter prestigious national and international competitions to boost your industry exposure, with previous graduates winning a number of accolades including the Christopher Bailey Gold Award at 25th anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week.
- Talented graduates have recently showcased their collections as part of various fashion weeks and events across the UK and worldwide in destinations such as Shanghai, Mumbai and Hong Kong.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to visit global brands including GAP, Burberry, Coach and Joules in New York.
- The award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students.
- We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
Structure and assessment
- Fashion Design Development
- Creative Concept & Research Development
- Fashion Illustration
- Pattern Cutting and Garment Manufacture
- CAD for Fashion and Textiles
- Creative Knitwear
- Design Cultures
- Design and 3D Development
- Live Project Work
- Textiles for Fashion
- Group Project Work
- Experimental and Conventional Pattern Cutting
- Fashion Knitwear
- Directional Outerwear/Tailoring
- Professional and promotional skills.
- Option Modules: Portfolio Creation or Lectra Pattern
- Design Cultures 2
- Professional Portfolio
- Capsule Collection
- Major Project – Negotiated project
- Design Cultures 3
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
Our excellent facilities include dedicated studio space, extensive pattern tables and sewing and knitting machine resources. You will also have access to our extensive CAD suites (PC and Mac) for specific teaching and with open access if you are completing coursework.
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 Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Our students have completed a variety of work placements with high-end designers ranging from and including Jonathan Saunders and Alberta Ferretti in Italy, through to high street retailers such as River Island.
Recently two students from DMU were given the opportunity of an eight-week, all expenses paid placement in New York with global retail giant Gap as part of their intern programme.
The course offers placements from two weeks to twelve months and there is the option to take a career break in-between Year two and three as part of the programme.
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.
Fashion design offer Faculty-led field trips: a short-term visit to another country as part of an assessed module. Recently second year students took advantage of this four-day #DMUglobal opportunity to experience the culture and beauty that Paris has to offer and gain inspiration for their own work. Students had the opportunity to visit the Première Vision Designs Trade Show as well as the time to explore museums, shops and exhibitions in central Paris, as well as spending the day at the six shows that make up Première Vision, where students will experience the scale and nature of the international fashion market.
Fashion Design graduate Florence Tudgay spent six weeks in America on an internship with the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) in Harvard University, Massachusetts. The internship was supported by #DMUglobal. Florence worked behind the scenes in the costume design department on Finding Neverland, a musical based on the life of Peter Pan author JM Barrie and his relationship with the family who inspired the story. Music and lyrics are by Gary Barlow of Take That and Eliot Kennedy.
During her time in America, Florence learned millinery skills, shopped for fabrics with the designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb and learned different processes for dyeing natural and synthetic fabrics – all skills which will enhance her studies.
Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas in the fashion and textile industry as fashion designers, illustrators, pattern cutters, stylists and trend forecasters. Many launch their own businesses. Recent employers include Burberry, River Island, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi, Reiss and French Connection.
Others progress to MA courses at IFM Paris, the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins and DMU’s Fashion and Textiles MA or Fashion Management with Marketing MA.
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