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ARTD6123 Fashion Design 2

Module Overview

This core module builds on your evolving fashion practice and encourages you to develop an increasingly personal and professional focus. You will be expected to take additional responsibility for your own learning through a negotiated project aligned to your personal interests, motivations and career ambitions. You will be encouraged to define your fashion identity and, using feedback, apply critical judgement to advance your ideas and formulate a practical body of work in preparation for the Final Project. In consultation with tutors and working alongside your peers you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the School and realise a creative portfolio through self-initiated personal study.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: - Negotiate a self-initiated project aligned to your personal strengths, interests and motivations - Ambitiously develop your ideas and working methods in readiness for the Final Project - Demonstrate an advanced creative approach to your fashion practice

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • An in-depth knowledge of fashion design within a framework of professional practice and ethics
  • A range of techniques and research methods applicable to fashion design
  • An advanced level practical skills relevant to your fashion practice
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate relevant concepts and methods to inform your developing practice
  • Demonstrate a reflective approach to your work to advance your thinking
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increasing self-management, recognising own strengths and weaknesses
  • Communicate your ideas visually and in text
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical considerations
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explore advanced individual creativity, vision and personal expression to promote high quality fashion practice including IT skills


- Self-initiated project – project proposal - Studio based learning - Technical studio workshops - CAD workshops - Toile development - Collection development - Interim exhibition - First sample/collection realisation - Portfolio development - Tutor-led critical reviews

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Tutor project briefing Presentations Group tutorials One-to-one tutorials Critical reviews/formative feedback Creative and technical workshops Exhibition planning Learning activities include: Project proposal writing Independent learning, including reflection on feedback Independent research Fabric research Workshop-based learning Digital and technical practice Peer group learning Class discussion and group planning activities

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Hopkins J., (2012). Fashion Design: The complete guide. 

Nakamichi, T. (2010). Pattern Magic. 

Quinn, B. (2012). Fashion Futures. 

Leach, R. (2012). The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design. 

Hethorn, J. and Ulasewicz, C.. Sustainable Fashion – What’s Next?. 

Tallon K., (2013). Creative Fashion Design with Illustrator. 

Dawber, M., (2013). The Complete Fashion Sketchbook. 

Fischer A., (2015). Sewing for Fashion Design. 

Wesen, B. (2016). Fashion Drawing: Illustration techniques for fashion designers. 

Chunman L D., (2012). Pattern Cutting (Portfolio Skills). 

Braungart, M. and McDonough, W. (2009). Cradle to Cradle – remaking the way we make things. 

Nakamichi, T. (2011). Pattern Magic 2. 






MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  ( words) 20%
Portfolio 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1000 words) 20%
Portfolio 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (1000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

1000 word critical reflection on the production of your portfolio and Portfolio to evidence your practice


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate


Materials – fabric, paper, thread. The cost of materials may vary dependent on the nature of your project. Sketchbooks, portfolio materials.

Travel Costs for placements

Optional travel for research visits.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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