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Fashion Knitwear Summer School

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Work by Ella Nesbitt, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles

Early bird 10% discount

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, three weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This practical course combines the two interconnected disciplines of fashion and textiles through the medium of knitted fabric design.

It's aimed at anyone interested in knitting and making up a complete garment. You'll experience industry-level resources, explore design processes, extend your portfolio and create some amazing new work.

And all this takes place in the centre of Nottingham, a city made famous for its textile and fashion heritage.

"It has always been my dream to study fashion knitwear at NTU, and the course has been perfect." (IW, Switzerland, Summer)

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10th July 2017 – 28th July 2017

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Course Description

Nottingham Trent University has one of the most famous fashion knitwear departments of all UK universities, with a team of expert tutors and specialist technicians that work with students and industry on innovative and creative projects. In summer you too can immerse yourself in our fashion knitwear world.

During this course you will learn about and experiment with:

  • knitted fabric design
  • fashion knitwear trend research
  • yarn and material awareness
  • knitted garment construction techniques
  • digital knit workshops.

You will also see the future of smart knitted textile technology.

The projects will enhance your knowledge of garment specification and terminology, enabling you to understand the potential in taking a piece from concept to manufacture.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • the expertise to produce samples and swatches that you can develop in the future
  • innovative, contemporary work for your portfolio
  • new technical knowledge in knitted garment construction
  • a new network of knit practitioners.

This course is ideal for students who have completed at least one year of an undergraduate course in fashion or textiles and are new to knitwear. It is also useful for design professionals looking for new inspiration, and teachers and technicians looking for ways to engage with knit design and technology.

How will the course be taught?

Supporting your studio work will be tours around the city and the region to better understand our textile history. You will see the unique Lace Archive, visit textile museums, take inspiration from galleries and visit manufacturers to help put your work in a historical and global context. There will be a visit to London on one Saturday, with a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum and other key museums used by textiles and fashion students for generating ideas.

Download the indicative course schedule here.


Tutor profile: Jane Thomson is an accomplished knitwear designer and co-founder of Acorn Conceptual Textiles. She has over 25 years of experience in knitwear design and fabric development for the interior and fashion knitwear market. She is highly skilled in the use of industrial and domestic machines, competent in both hand knit and crochet, and has worked with clients including Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Abercrombie and Fitch and French Connection. 

A dedicated knitwear designer, lecturer and mentor, Jane teaches on both the BA Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles and BA Textile Design courses at Nottingham Trent University. With her vast and varied experience in the knitwear industry she has been able to identify and develop creative talent in those she has employed and lectured, helping them discover their potential.

Jane will be joined by CAD and garment make up specialists during the course.

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions? 

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

Looking for credit?

This course is for professionals, graduates and students. If you're an international student the course is part of the NTU Global Summer School and can offer 15 NTU credits (7.5 ECTS). If you wish to gain this credit and transcript please complete the application form on the global summer school webpage: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalsummer. Applying for credit is not compulsory.