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MA Fashion and Creative Pattern Cutting

Nottingham Trent University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    45 weeks

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.

Key features

  • Work in our extensive fashion design studios with industry-standard equipment and our expert teaching team
  • Take part in a wide range of workshops and demonstrations
  • Have the opportunity to go on study visits to costume archives, museums and design exhibitions
  • Choose to collaborate with industry for your personal project. Recent student-led collaborations include Berghaus and Mountain Equipment
  • Work with Illustrator, InDesign and LECTRA in our Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite

What you'll study

This MA Fashion and Creative Pattern Cutting course provides a series of research and practical based modules in which you will build upon existing skills that will support the development and realisation of an individual final project that demonstrates new knowledge, skills and abilities. The aims and objectives of the personally negotiated project will be clearly identified within a project proposal and projects may be inspired by personal aspiration or links with industry.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • induction
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • team working
  • tutorials
  • personal project
  • subject specialist tutorials
  • presentations


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

Career Prospects

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

  • creative pattern cutter
  • Pattern technologist
  • Garment technologist
  • CAD/CAM specialist
  • Grader
  • Designer / maker
  • Production manager.

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

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

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  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 86 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    144 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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