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Fashion and Textiles at NTU is internationally recognised for the quality of its creative, industry-ready graduates
This textile design is unique in the UK, allowing you to explore the different areas of textile design before specialising in the creative areas of textile print, embroidery, weave and knit, as your work develops.
As a young, ambitious designer, we’ll introduce you to all aspects of textile design, investigating fundamental principles in colour, form, scale, pattern and composition. Supported by our expert academic and technical staff, you’ll learn traditional and digital techniques with access to our industry-standard facilities.
The course has excellent links with industry, and students will get the chance to take part in live projects and competitions, gain work experience, and have the opportunity to visit fashion and textiles events overseas, such as Première Vision.
- Explore all aspects of textile design before choosing to specialise in print, embroidery, weave or knit.
- NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
- Our students are in demand by industry with 100% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
- Be assured that 94% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2018)
- Learn traditional and digital techniques, working with industry-standard digital machinery.
- Experience live projects with companies like Romo, South African Mohair, Next and Fat Face.
- Take part in industry competitions with professional bodies such as Texprint, the Society of Dyers and Colourists, i-dott and Bradford Textile Society.
- Visit international trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris, and take part in industry competitions.
- There is an opportunity to apply for sponsorship with The Worshipful Company of Weavers.
- Apply for a year-long paid graduate internship in New York working for the ASCENA brands.
- Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.
- Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected for New Designers, London.
- Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only textile design degree in the UK accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).
Careers and employability
Textile Design students pictured with their work as part of a live project with the international renowned company, Romo in which four students secured work placements
This course has an enviable international reputation thanks to the success of its graduates – 100% of students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
Employability is a key focus, with modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career. This includes live projects, visiting professionals, work experience, exhibition opportunities, and competitions.
Graduates go into a variety of roles, including designing, buying and merchandising, global sourcing, textiles product development, styling and trend prediction, marketing and teaching.
Recent graduate destinations include:
- French Connection
- Hillarys Blinds
- John Smedley
- Laura Ashley
- Liberty London
- Paul Smith
- Ted Baker
- Tom Cody Design
- Whiston & Wright.
This is the only Textile Design degree course in the UK that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You’ll also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large employability team.
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won’t find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.
Connecting with industry
Textile Design students with their work as part of a live project with Fat Face
We continue to develop strong links with industry through our alumni and staff contacts. Live projects, competitions and professional bodies are central to the course, giving you exposure to current practices within industry.
Working on live projects with industry can often lead to opportunities for work placements, and the chance to see your designs go into production. Sometimes these experiences lead to graduate employment with companies like Next, DFS, and Romo. A project with South African Mohair led to an international study trip to South Africa to see sustainable mohair farming.
Our students have also received yarn sponsorship and had the opportunity to exhibit their work at Donghua University in Shanghai.
Other recent live projects include Graham & Brown and Fat Face. Final year students have recently undertaken sponsored projects, in collaboration with SPINEXPO, to design and produce trend-leading work to be exhibited at the spring / summer show in Shanghai, Paris and New York.