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Course summary

This practice-led MA in Fashion and Creative Pattern Cutting will encourage creative thinking, experimentation and problem-solving to develop practical skills and innovative approaches to pattern cutting and garment design. While exploring and advancing knowledge of historical and traditional cutting techniques, you will become conversant with specialist digital technologies and incorporate it within practice. This specialist course is designed to enable the advancement of creative and technical knowledge and skills that are essential in industry, whether for a chosen career within pattern cutting, design, designer/maker or a practice-led research path. Modules include:

  • Practice-Led Research Methods
  • Innovative Pattern Cutting Methods
  • Creative Design Solutions
  • Advanced Practice-led Research
  • Advanced Art and Design Research
  • Design Realisation
Key features
  • 83% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory' Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.
  • Work with Illustrator, InDesign and LECTRA in our Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite.
  • Have the opportunity to go on study visits to costume archives, museums and design exhibitions and take part in a wide range of workshops and demonstrations.
  • Choose to collaborate with industry for your personal project. Recent student-led collaborations include Berghaus and Mountain Equipment
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This course requires you to complete a total of 5 modules with varying credit points awarded, providing an accumulative total of 180-credits. Term one - Practice-Led Research Methods (20 credit points) - Innovative Pattern Cutting Methods (40 credit points) Term two - Creative Design Solutions (40 credit points) You can choose one optional module from below: - Practice-led Research Applied (20 credit points) - Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points) Term three - Design Realisation (60 credit points)

Assessment method

Assessment is 91% coursework and 9% practical assessments. This involves an exhibition of your coursework and project outcomes, including your Reflective Journal / sketchbook.

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Other requirements: a creative portfolio.

Fees and funding

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Fashion and Creative Pattern Cutting at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS