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ARTD1095 Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design Portfolio

Module Overview

This module provides you with an opportunity to start the development of a portfolio for fashion and textile design. Through the creation of the portfolio of work you develop, to an essential level, your understanding of practices, techniques, methodologies and skills required for fashion and textile design. You will have the opportunity to experience Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles through workshop inductions and projects, as well as experiment with a range of skill sets designed to help you decide which aforementioned subject area is best suited to you going forward with your studies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to introduce you to a range of study skills to enable you to develop your thinking and practice relevant to your programme of study; • to introduce you to basic concepts, techniques and methods appropriate for your programme of study through a range of specialised workshop inductions; • to introduce you to a contemporary theme of interest so as to enable you to contextualise your thinking in your area of study and help you engage with your discipline; • to provide you with a basic experience of skills so as to enable you to make choices regarding the direction of your practice within your discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary issues in practice and theory of fashion and textiles to a basic level;
  • how to creatively integrate and exploit a variety of media, techniques, technologies and materials to realise your ideas to a basic level;
  • how to apply fashion and textile concepts, techniques, methods and processes, including the digital, in the realisation of your projects to a basic level;
  • how to evaluate and utilise presentation skills effectively in relevant contexts to a basic level.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of enquiry and reflection which will enable you to critically evaluate the qualities in your work in order to relate your ideas to an intended context;
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, techniques and processes;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • realise your ideas to a basic level through the evaluation and selection of appropriate media and techniques.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of verbal, written, technological and visual formats to a basic level;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently and collaboratively to a basic level;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet to a basic level.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and exploit materials, techniques and processes, including computer assisted technologies to a basic level;
  • work and use basic and introductory machines and equipment safely in the studios and workshops;
  • apply basic practical skills effectively in the making of your work;
  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice to a basic level.


The projects and content of this module are themed so as to provide a focused context to the development of your practical skills and conceptual awareness of your fashion and textile design. You will be encouraged to make links between your experiences of the different workshop inductions and will be supported by specialists who will introduce you to some of the background and current thinking particular to their subjects. You will have workshops, which will introduce you to basic techniques and skills in research, drawing for design, garment construction, handloom sampling, flatbed machine knitting, textile printing and digital design. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year. Based on your experiences towards the end of this module, you will be asked to choose which Fashion & Textile Design specialism you want to pursue in the next practice based module, Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills. Your Personal Tutor and specialist staff will guide you on your choice. Your choice of a specialism in this module will help you consider and finalise which of the programme’s specialist pathways suits your strengths and interests and will be your mode of study for the rest of the programme in Part 2 and 3. Your choice of specialist subject from your programme in Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills module in Part 1, Semester 2 does not mean that you must study this subject in Part 2. You can decide to study a different pathway in Part 2. However, once you have chosen a specialist pathway for Part 2, you will study this pathway to the end of your programme. By way of illustration, if you choose to study the Fashion Design Pathway at Part 2, you will study this subject through Part 3 to the completion of your degree studies.

Special Features

When study trips are arranged, they are optional and students with special needs may be able to participate dependent on destination. There will be an equivalent experience arranged by the Programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures in fashion theory, history and design processes • Industry and subject area insight from guest speakers • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Creative and technical workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio work development • Drawing and portfolio presentation workshops • Research and concept development workshops • Creative design and technical workshops • Study visits • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module creative and interactive learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to develop a range of skills through which you can explore a set project specific to fashion and textile design. You will experience a variety of creative and technical workshops which are designed to give you an introduction to fashion and textile design and offer you tools through which to experiment and explore your project. Lectures and further workshops will introduce you to the subject areas, project theme and contextualise your thinking. Group and one-to-one tutorials are held with specialist staff that will help you to review your progress and development. Group discussion and group critiques will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self- evaluation. Specialist staff, along with your Personal Tutor, will advise you on your choice of subject specialism for the Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills module taking place in Semester 2.

Independent Study310
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Agins, Terri (2000). The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever. 

Bartlett, Djurda, Cole, Shaun and Rocamora, Agnes (2013). Fashion Media: Past and Present. 

Wilson, Elizabeth (2003). Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Art Equipment and Materials: Drawing paper; painting materials; sketchbooks

The following is a list of recommended equipment and material for the Fashion & Textile Design programme in Part 1: A4 and/or A3 Sketchbooks, Tracing paper or layout pad, A4 ring bound folder, Magic tape or masking tape, Spray mount glue, Glue stick, Pencil set [From 6B – 9B], Fine and medium nib pens [Black or dark grey], Thick marker pen [Black or dark grey], Graphite stick [6B or 8B], Range of chalks, soft pastels and oil pastels, Charcoals, Quick ink, Watercolour inks [Dr Martin inks recommended as the best] and Resist fluid, Acrylic paint [start with 1x Tube of white], Set of brushes [recommend - small hogs-hair brush and either 8, 10,12 nylon round nylon brush], Various paper types A3-A2 – sugar paper, handmade paper, wallpaper etc. Low-cost fine hairspray, paper shears [minimum 20cm], Fabric shears [minimum 23cm], Tape measure, Ruler [30cm], Fine steel pins, Scalpel and blades, Overall or an old shirt or apron, Teaspoons, Dessert spoons, ½ litre airtight plastic pots with lids (at least 4)


In Part 1 some material is covered by the programme, including selected fabrics, yarns, thread, print dyes and pastes and paper

Study Trips

Costs usually associated with study trips are travel to and from the destination, lunch and venue entrance fees.


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

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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