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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Knitwear Design

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Fashion Knitwear Design course will encourage you to innovate through experimental research and practice to develop a forward-thinking and challenging approach to realise advances and new directions in fashion knitwear. Through working closely with dedicated expert academic, technical and research staff, you'll enhance and develop new and advanced specialist knowledge and skills for knitted textiles and fashion knitwear design.

Key features

  • Work in our outstanding knit facilities, with access to hand ?at and power knitting machines, including Shima Seiki and Stoll
  • Have space to work in our dedicated postgraduate studio, alongside other MA Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students
  • Benefit from the professional expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Orsola de Castro, Juliana Sissons, Jo Cope, David Telfer, Moxham, and Christopher Raeburn
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Have the opportunity to visit London and join European study trips to Florence, Antwerp and Paris
  • Have the opportunity to apply for specialist bursaries including ‘The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters’ and sponsorship of yarns through links with industry and individual networking opportunities
  • Be selected to exhibit at New Designers in London and have an opportunity to be selected for TexSelect (formerly Texprint)
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • inductions
  • workshops
  • live projects
  • study visits
  • self-directed research
  • independent studio practice


Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • Project Proposal
  • supporting fashion knitwear research and development work
  • evidence of reflective practice
  • experimental designs
  • formal presentations of key developments
  • resolved fashion knitwear swatches and garments
  • portfolio and CV

Career prospects

This course leads to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • knitwear / knitted textiles designer
  • product developer
  • sourcing manager
  • technologist
  • buyer, merchandiser
  • production manager
  • trend forecasting
  • styling within companies and brands.

Some graduates also use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.

Recent graduates have set up their own successful businesses, or work within related careers in the fashion and textile design sector. Others have returned to their previous job with a renewed focus and enhanced career prospects.


Throughout the module you will experience a series of multi-disciplinary Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design lectures and seminars on themes to support the development of scholarly, critical, and practical knowledge and skills at postgraduate level. This will include lectures delivered by academic staff, postgraduate researchers, MA alumni, designers, and fellow professionals. On a practical level You will have health and safety inductions in our Fashion Knitwear Design resources, including an introduction to the flatbed and advanced power knitting (Shima Seiki and Stoll) technology available. This will be followed by computer-aided design (CAD) Knit workshops later in the module. You will also have the option to join other related fashion and textiles inductions, where appropriate, relating to the emerging focus of your project. Inductions into our resources are complemented by workshops in visual research, and 2D and 3D design development to encourage experimentation within your area of interest in fashion knitwear design.

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Entry requirements

Students should have a 2.2 honours degree in a related subject. Students with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more

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